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.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    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 £23-£25, under 16s £16-£18. 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:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks South West Coast Path
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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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Explore the wonders of Devon from Elmscott Hostel

May 21st 2021

Elmscott Hostel 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.


We’re currently closed

December 1st 2020

But we’d love to wish you all a happy Christmas.

Unfortunately due to restrictions we will remain closed until further notice. But we hope to see you all soon, when we can.


Elmscott YHA has re-opened and is available this Autumn

June 25th 2020

We are offering 6 Bed rooms to let. Households have their own toilet and bathroom facilities and the use of a self catering kitchen allocated for themselves. We can not offer the shop, communal sitting room or drying room under the current guidelines. To keep you safe we are issuing cleaning protocols and we will be asking for prompt check out times to put these in place.


Latest Blog about Elmscott Hostel

Planning a South West Coast Walk trip.

January 25th 2019

My name is Melanie.  I am a 61 year old American and a double 2,000 miler (someone who has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail). Here are my experiences of walking the South West Coast Path.

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