Elmscott Hostel, Elmscott, Hartland, Bideford, Devon, EX39 6ES

Call John, Thirza and Kate on Hostel 01237 441367/ Owners 01237 441276/ Kate 01237 441637


Elmscott, a former Victorian school, offers a next-to-nature retreat, surrounded by unspoilt coastline with sea views of Lundy Island. Great for walking, cycling, surfing and bird watching, there are amazing rock formations and quiet lanes to explore. The famous fishing village of Clovelly is a few miles away with its cobbled streets and pretty harbour. Elmscott is a few minutes' walk from the South West Coast Path which passes spectacular coves and river mouths. The accommodation is in one unit of 20 beds and another of 12 with mixed dorms, single sex dorms and private rooms. Access is available from 5pm in the afternoon to 10am in the morning (unless by prior arrangement). In winter accommodation is only available for groups. There is a new spacious large kitchen and dining area which is a great addition to the school room and the original well equipped kitchen in the school house. Games room and shop. This accommodation is featured on our map of Devon, Cornwall and the West Country and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    32 (35 in winter): 1 unit of 20: 2x6, 2x4; 1 unit of 12: 1x6, 1x4, 1x2. Extra 3 bed room for sole use in winter.
  • Open:

    All year.
  • Price per night:

    Adult £20-£22, under 16s £15.50-£17. Discounts for groups or longer stays.
  • Booking:

    In summer book direct with the hostel by phone or email. In winter book via the YHA website or for last minute bookings call the owners.
  • Directions:

    The hostel is in the small hamlet of Elmscott 4 miles from the village of Hartland. Grid Ref 231 217.
  • Public Transport:

    Nearest trains Barnstaple (25 miles). Buses from Barnstaple to Hartland (4 miles from hostel). Phone hostel for taxi service.
  • Walks:

    Local Walks Long Distance Walks

This accommodation is by the sea, is available to individuals and is on the present or past youth hostel page and the SW Coast Path.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
4VisitEngland Quality Assured
yYHA Affiliated


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South West Coast Path

January 25th 2018

With the South West Coast Path just a few minute’s walk away, Elmscott Hostel is the perfect break to your adventure, or base for exploring. An ideal holiday destination to get outside; surrounded by stunning unspoilt coast path: feel the fresh salty sea breeze on your face. 

elmscott hostel- south west coast path

Elmscott Youth Hostel

May 30th 2017

Elmscott Youth Hostel was built in 1870 as a School Masters House and School Room. It was acquired by the YHA in 1946 and sold to the present owners as part of the YHA hostel sales. Since then Elmscott has been an independent hostel affiliated to the YHA. YHA Elmscott is on the Hartland Heritage Coast with views to Lundy Island, the surrounding area is superb for walking, with the coastal footpath just a few minutes away. Nearby are the famous Hartland Quay and the pretty village of Clovelly with its cobbled street reaching down to the sea.

Elmscott Youth Hostel

Summer Holidays in North Devon

December 26th 2016

Elmscott Hostel provides great value self catering holiday accommodation near Hartland Point, ideal for a summer holiday in North Devon.   The area around Bideford is ideal for walking and surfing with amazing rock formations on the beaches and quiet lanes to explore.  The famous fishing village of Clovelly with its cobbled streets and pretty harbour, is just a few miles away from the hostel.  To see more great value self catering accommodation in Devon and Cornwall have a look here.

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Contact Elmscott Hostel - Call John, Thirza and Kate on Hostel 01237 441367/ Owners 01237 441276/ Kate 01237 441637

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