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Search is on for properties to become quirky hostels

Do you own an eccentric French property? A lighthouse, say, or an old boat? If so, Visit Journeys wants to hear from you.

Hostelling brand, Visit Journeys, has launched a Europe-wide search for the most kooky and obscure location for conversion into a hostel, in the company’s bid to build an eclectic, eccentric range of hostels around the world.

Dean D’Eye, who runs the business, says: “The Europeans are known for their eccentricity so I’ve no doubt the winner is going to produce something really special. Whether that character is generated by the person running the hostel, or the hostel itself, we recognise that hostelling is a quickly growing sector and is used by those who want to experience the world rather than just travel it. We want all our hostels to add to the richness of that experience, and that’s why we’ve launched this competition”

All sites have to be clean, safe and well-located, but apart from that, the sites just have to be packed with character. All applications will be assessed by the team at Visit Journeys and the winner will become part of the franchise free of charge, supported by a big launch-campaign.

For more information and to download an application form, visit

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