New life at youth hostel as buyers step forward

131407a Elise Armitage and Rob Fletcher who have bought Scarborough Youth Hostel. Rob was brought up on Scholes Park Road, Elise in Guernsey, the couple met working at an international school in Costa Rica, and will take over the hostel on June 3rd, then get married there at the end of June.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013

131407a Elise Armitage and Rob Fletcher who have bought Scarborough Youth Hostel. Rob was brought up on Scholes Park Road, Elise in Guernsey, the couple met working at an international school in Costa Rica, and will take over the hostel on June 3rd, then get married there at the end of June. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013

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Scarborough’s Youth Hostel is to reopen after nearly three years on the market as new owners move in.

The hostel, off Burniston Road, has been closed since it was put up for sale in May 2010.

The building faced an uncertain future with a number of property developers taking interest, however it has now been confirmed it will remain as a youth hostel under new owners Rob Fletcher and Elise Armitage.

Formally taking ownership in June this year, the couple will run the hostel in the Youth Hostel Association’s Enterprise Scheme.

Mr Fletcher, who grew up less than half a mile from the youth hostel and went to school in Scarborough, has returned to the town after working overseas for more than 20 years.

The couple, who made Scarborough their home last year, decided to look for a business opportunity which would interest them both.

“We thought about a shop or a café or a guest house, but then heard that the Youth Hostel was for sale. We spoke to YHA who were very keen to find a buyer who would continue to run it as a hostel and we think that it’s Enterprise Scheme provides a solution that works for us and YHA,’ said Miss Armitage.

They are now looking forward to welcoming hostellers, families and school groups. Mr Fletcher said: “We are both qualified and experienced teachers and we hope to expand into field studies and school groups as well as improving existing facilities for independent hostellers and families.

“The location, just on the edge of the town, is brilliant, just off the Cleveland Way and the Tabular Hills Walk with Scalby Beck on our doorstep and Jackson’s Bay and the North Beach just minutes away.”

The pair has received business advice and support from the Yorkshire Coast Business Gateway during the early stages of their venture.