Cider drinkers rejoice, Devon, Cornwall and the West is the prime spot for proper apple based alcohol. Quaint pubs stocking local ales, to relax in and mull over the days events. Hostels being a great way to enjoy the area (and get insider info on the best watering holes)
Accommodation near to pubs: Devon, Cornwall and the West
Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8NA
Set in 30 acres on the North Devon coast, the farm boasts sea views overlooking Woolacombe, Lundy Island, Lee Bay, Ilfracombe, and the Welsh coast. A former stable block with all accommodation on ground level with raised sleeping areas with mattresses.BYO sleeping bag/bedding and warm clothing. There is a dining area and well equipped kitchen. Toilets/coin operated showers are in a nearby block. No stag/hen parties. Dogs welcome with sole use bookings. B&B, camping and a static caravan are also available on site.
International House, Broad Street Place, Bath, BA1 5LH
Bath YMCA offers great value accommodation. Centrally located, all the sights of this World Heritage city are easily reached on foot. With 210 beds, Bath YMCA specialises in making guests feel comfortable. Fully air conditioned lounge with TV, laundry, lockers, football table and WiFi. Couples, families, groups and backpackers all welcome.
71 Holloway Street, Exeter, EX2 4JD
Globe Backpackers offers clean, comfortable, self catering accommodation. It is just a few minutes' walk from Exeter's city centre with its cathedral, picturesque historic waterway, quay and wide range of shops, pubs, clubs, cafés and restaurants.
Princetown, Yelverton, Devon. PL20 6SL
Set in a beautiful secluded valley in Dartmoor National Park, Bachelors Hall offers groups of all kind the chance to experience the freedom of the moor and the vastness of the landscape. Formerly run by the YHA, it was completely refurbished in 2019. Sleeping 60 across 6 rooms and 2 pods it is centrally heated with a commercial kitchen and large separate dining room/classroom. Outdoor activities can be organised if required.
Vale Cottage, 7 Annery Kiln, Weare Giffard, Bideford, EX39 5JE.
OPENING AUTUMN/WINTER 2020. This converted workshop on a restored section of the heritage Rolle canal in rural Devon sleeps up to 10 in 3 rooms. Surrounded by a county wildlife site & salt marshes there is abundant wildlife. Facilities include an open plan kitchen/living/dining area and two WC/shower rooms. The barn has direct access to the Tarka Trail, perfect for walking or cycling. Guests will also enjoy direct access to the tidal River Torridge for canoeing & fishing. BYO sleeping bags.
Mill Barn, Trevescan, Sennan, Nr Land's End, Penzance, TR19 7AQ
Land’s End Hostel, in the hamlet of Trevescan, is 1/2 mile from Land’s End.
Double glazed & centrally heated it has a fully equipped kitchen & dining areas inside & out.
Modern bathrooms and bedrooms with TVs & WiFi. New bunk beds with USB ports & LED lights. Bedding / towels supplied.
Bike storage, parking & small shop.
29 St James Place, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9BJ
Close to the picturesque Ilfracombe Harbour, this clean and friendly hostel offers fantastic facilities for walkers, cyclists, surfers, families, schools and activity groups. Providing self-catering accommodation with great facilities including, communal lounge (free WiFi), bike/surfboard storage, drying area and free parking. Ilfracombe is full of cafés, galleries, shops and restaurants and is home to Damien Hirst's statue, Verity.
Cumulus Outdoors Residential Centre, Cobbler’s Lane, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2PX
Cumulus Outdoor Residential Centre is situated in the small seaside town of Swanage on Dorset's Jurassic Coast. The purpose built centre sits in 6 acres of private grounds and has 4 separate accommodation units which can be hired individually or together. The smallest unit sleeps 16, the others sleep 32, 38 and 43. The centre is popular
with groups of friends/families, schools, youth groups, DofE & corporate groups. A whole range of outdoor activities are available for your group if required. Dog welcome with prior arrangement.
Hollam, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9JH
A mile outside the town of Dulverton on Exmoor, Northcombe Camping Barns nestle in the Barle river valley with good canoeing, walking and bridleways. A perfect base for groups on Exmoor. The barns sleep 16 and 28 in partitioned dormitories. Smaller groups can be catered for. Heated by wood-burning stoves with a well equipped kitchen, you just need to bring your own pillows, sleeping bags or duvets.
The Stennack, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1FF
Located in the centre of St Ives, Cohort is sytlish and comfortable. Great facilities include a hot shower in the courtyard for surfers, through to a laundry & dry room. The on-site bar is cheap; there’s a big guest kitchen; free super fast WiFi, a TV room & comfortable pod beds - all with USB ports, lights, curtains & under-bed storage. Free tea & coffee before 10am. Walk outside to find cafés, bars, galleries, Tate St Ives and four spectacular beaches. The SW Coast Path is 5 minutes from the front door.
16 The Parks, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 8BS
Base Lodge is your perfect base for exploring Exmoor, the Quantocks and North Devon. The South West Coast Path starts in Minehead and there is excellent mountain biking. Guided biking, navigational training, climbing, surfing, pony trekking and natural history walks can all be arranged. Base Lodge is clean, comfortable with self-catering and a cosy log burner.
9 Gyllyngvase Terrace, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4DL
Relaxed, friendly and clean, Falmouth Lodge Backpackers is just two minutes’ walk from the Blue Flag Gyllyngvase beach and the South West Coast Path. Only eight minutes’ walk into town with its exotic gardens, art galleries, Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle, and the harbour. Free parking and WiFi. Complimentary tea, coffee and breakfast. Well-equipped kitchen and cosy lounge.
Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2QP
FSC Start Bay is a Field Studies Council centre overlooking the South Devon coast offering 4* accommodation to groups of 20-40. Facilities include a well equipped self catering kitchen and a large dining room and adjoining sitting room with interactive whiteboard, both of which can easily seat a group of 40. Outside, along with panoramic views of the coastline, there's a BBQ area, fire pit and low ropes course. Available for sole use only, it is perfect for schools, clubs and gatherings of friends and families. The centre gives a wonderful sense of remoteness, yet has the village of Slapton nearby with its shop and pubs.
Beacon House, Amesbury Road, Cholderton, Salisbury, Wilts, SP4 0EW
Situated on a delightful family owned farm, this 4* youth hostel provides family/child friendly accommodation for groups or individuals. The hostel is 8 miles from Salisbury & 5 miles from Stonehenge. Cooked breakfasts are available as are packed lunches & evening meals which can be pre-booked. Guests receive free admission to the Rare Breeds Farm. With our Vineyard on site why not also book a vineyard tour & purchase a bottle of our English sparkling wine, from the grapes grown on our Vineyard? Guests need their own transport.
Wapping Wharf, Museum Street, Bristol BS1 6GW
Moored in the heart of Bristol's historic harbour, only a five minute stroll to the city centre. The Kyle Blue Hostel Boat is a converted Dutch Barge with private and shared cabins and a spacious upper deck providing fabulous views of the harbour from its tranquil lounge and well equipped self-catering kitchen. Great for independent travellers or small groups wanting to visit this vibrant city. Sleeping is in various sized cabins with private shower rooms. The Kyle Blue is moored in a residential area so no noise after 11pm.
Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NE
Owned and managed by the National Trust, Exmoor Bunkhouse is the perfect base for groups or families visiting Exmoor National Park. Located at Countisbury, the bunkhouse is close to the Watersmeet Valleys and the picturesque North Devon coastal villages of Lynton and Lynmouth.
Enjoy walking, horse riding or surfing on nearby Atlantic coast beaches. Larger groups can holiday together at nearby Butter Hill Barn, (also in this guide).
Lower Penderleath Farm, Towednack, St.Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3AF
Just three miles from St Ives' beaches & 5 miles from Penzance, Lower Penderleath Farm Hostel provides self-catering accommodation in four twin rooms and one alpine dormitory for 12. Plus a self contained family maisonette with small kitchen and private shower & toilet. BYO sleeping bags. Pub food in two local villages is within walking distance. Bedding not provided.
17 St Stephen's Street, Bristol, BS1 1EQ
Bristol's most central backpacker hostel. Clean & comfortable beds - mixed/single sex dorms - private rooms - individual bathrooms & free hot showers - free linen - large self-catering kitchen - free tea, coffee & hot chocolate. Late night basement bar - piano & guitar room - DVD lounge - free WiFi - luggage storage room - laundrette.
Run by backpackers for backpackers - No curfew after check in.
Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon. TQ7 2QP
FSC Slapton Ley is a Field Studies Council centre set in the South Devon ANOB and close to Dartmoor National Park. Sleeping 142, the accommodation is in 4 blocks of 75, 33, 17 and 17 beds. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Outside there are beautiful landscaped grounds with seating areas, shelters, a kitchen garden and a wildlife area. Slapton Sands, the South West Coast Path and NCN 28 are all close by.
The Leonard Wills Field Centre, Williton, Taunton, Somerset. TA4 4HT
FSC Nettlecombe Court is a Field Studies Council centre in the Exmoor National Park. A Tudor and Georgian country mansion set in extensive grounds, it sleeps up to 120 in spacious dorms, twin and single rooms (many en suite). Due to Covid 19 rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates. Self-catering is only possible if you book the whole centre.
Countisbury Hill, Nr Lymouth, Devon.
Berry Lawn Linhay Bothy is a stone tent perched on top of some of England’s highest cliffs, with amazing views over the Bristol Channel, Watersmeet Valley and Exmoor.
Ideal as an overnight stop for walkers on the South West Coast Path the bothy welcomes up to two dogs and has no parking.
There is a pub in 500m and the seaside town of Lynmouth is 2 miles away.
9 Bridewell Street, Bristol, BS1 2QD
Bristol Wing will be closed until next March 2021.
This modern hostel, in the historic old police headquarters, is in the heart of the city centre. A mix of private, en suite and dorm rooms makes it ideal for single travellers, couples and families. Close to the bus station, just 20 mins from Bristol Temple Meads and perfectly located for Bristol’s best shopping from the independent shops of Park Street & Clifton, to big name brands in Cabot Circus or quirky market stalls in St Nicholas’s Market. Meeting rooms are available next door where there is also a conference room and events space which can seat up to 220 people.
Lighthouse Road, Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NE
Foreland Bothy on the National Trust Foreland Point Estate on the Exmoor coast offers very basic accommodation, but rewards you with a fantastic location right on the South West Coast Path.
Treat it like camping but without the tent, so you need to bring camping mats, sleeping bags and cooking equipment. There is a composting loo but no hot water. The perfect location for a night or two for those who want to escape technology in this wilderness under some stunning dark skies.
The Bunker, Victoria Square, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1AL
The Bunker is on the South West Coastal Path, with Chesil Beach on its doorstep and world class sport climbing, diving sites and water-sports a short distance away. Sleeping up to 18 in 6 private bunk rooms, each with a shower and sink, The Bunker offers bunk & breakfast and self-catering accommodation for groups and individuals. It has a large communal area, kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities and free WiFi. Packed lunches and evening meals available on request.
22 Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2LE
The Rock n Bowl Hostel is in the heart of Bristol. It occupies 2 floors of an historic 1930s building with The Lanes, a bowling alley, bar and club venue on the ground floor (hostel guests get great discounts). With its huge range of rooms there will be a bed to suit your budget. And everyone gets a free breakfast! Facilities include a well equipped large kitchen, lounge with Sky TV including Sky Sports/BT Sports, laundry and free WiFi.
Exmoor Camping Barn, Drapers Way, Wheddon Cross, Minehead, Somerset TA24 7ED
Situated on a small farm in the heart of Exmoor National Park Exmoor Camping Barn, a recent conversion of a 19th century stone barn, offers quality accommodation for 10 on a sole use basis. The Coleridge Way runs through the farm leading to miles of footpaths & bridleways. The nearest beach is 7 miles & the local pub is 3/4 mile away.
Holywell House, Holywell Road, Newquay, TR7 2PB
Centrally located in Newquay, Blue Room Hostel offers a variety of accommodation. There is a bar and lounge. The Great Western and Tolcarne Beaches are within a 2-minute stroll and the famous surfing beach, Fistral Beach is 30 minutes' walk away.
Elsdon's Lane, Monkton Wyld, Nr Charmouth, Dorset, DT6 6DQ
This Victorian neo-Gothic mansion in Dorset’s AONB has easy access to the Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis as well as the Wessex and Monarch’s Way long distance footpaths. Guests can use the vegetarian self-catering kitchen to prepare their own meals or vegetarian meals can be pre-booked. There is also camping in the grounds. Run by a charity that promotes sustainable living. Fruit and vegetables are grown in the organic garden and Jersey cows provide the dairy products.
47 Walpole Street, Weymouth, DT4 7HQ
In the heart of Weymouth, the gateway to the Jurassic coast. With a mixture of bunk rooms with the plus of double en suite rooms. Close to the town centre, the safe swimming waters of the beach & the old harbour which hosts fantastic festivals of the sea. Go wind and kite surfing, fishing, sailing, diving or rock climbing. Sole use possible for groups of up to 23. Facilities include large self-catering kitchen, lounge with Freeview TV & DVD. No stag/hen or party groups.
Longstone Lodge & Cafe St. Marys Isles of Scilly TR21 0NW
Opened on the 1st May 2018 the Isles of Scilly's first every hostel! Longstone Lodge sleeps up to 25 in single, twins and family rooms as well as dorm beds. The hostel has a large communal kitchen/lounge/diner and a laundry room, as well as large grounds with children's play. Situated in the heart of St Mary's, Scilly's largest island, it's the perfect base for visiting these stunning islands
45 Ford Street, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon, TQ13 8LN
A small, friendly eco-hostel in the centre of Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park. Popular with cyclists, hikers, bikers, wild swimmers, artists and photographers, A beautifully converted stone stable, with solar-heated showers, kitchen, courtyard, BBQ and secure bike shed. High open moorland, rocky tors, ancient burial sites, stone circles, woods and clear rivers close by. Moretonhampstead has shops, cafés, art galleries and pubs. On the Cicerone LEJOG, Dartmoor Way and CTC cycle routes.
La Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatre Chemins, St Martins, Jersey, JE3 6DU
Close to the pretty fishing port of Gorey in St. Martins. Camping and a range of B&B rooms from twin en suites to private dormitories with shared showers. The perfect mix for individuals or groups. Large communal WiFi lounge with TV & DVDs and a games room. Additional costs include: self catering kitchen, sauna, laundry and packed lunches. Adventure activities can be arranged.
Harepathstead Rd, Broadclyst, East Devon, EX5 3DF
Ashclyst Farm Hostel is a charming National Trust farm house on an organic arable farm at the edge of Ashclyst Forest. The hostel sleeps 10 across 2 double and 3 twin rooms. The beds are fully made up with duvets and the bedrooms are spacious and quiet. Guests have full use of the farmhouse kitchen, dining rooms and lounge, and camping is available for larger groups.
Countisbury Hill, Lynmouth, Devon, EX35 6NE
This cosy National Trust bunkhouse with woodburning stove & electric radiators, sits on the A39 at Countisbury, close to Lynton & Lynmouth on the North Devon Coast. Surrounded by the dramatic Watersmeet Valleys & Exmoor, it is close to the South West Coastal Path & Atlantic surf beaches. Perfect for families, groups & walkers, the barn is just along the road from Exmoor Bunkhouse (also in this guide), so it can be used as an overspill for larger groups. The Blue Ball, an old coaching inn, is opposite.
Heddon Valley, Jose's Ln, Barnstaple EX31 4PY
Heddon Orchard Bothy is a four person hideaway located deep in the remote Heddon Valley. Close to the South West Coast Path and Heddon’s Mouth pebble beach on the Exmoor coast.
Embrace this remote rustic accommodation by bringing your own bedding/mats, cooking/BBQ equipment and a torch for the starlit walk to the toilet/washroom. The welcoming Hunter’s Inn Hotel is just 50 metres away.
45 High St, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2LX
Swanage Auberge provides comfortable accommodation with the facilities and flexibility required for outdoor sports. What's more it is right in the town centre close to pubs and restaurants.
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Cerberus Spelaeological Society, Larkshall, Fosse Rd. Oakhill, Somerset, BA3 5HY
Larkshall (Mendip Bunkhouse) is the Cerberus Spelaeological Society’s headquarters and offers well appointed, modern and comfortable accommodation on The Mendips. It is an ideal base for caving, walking, cycling, climbing, diving at Vobster Quay and for exploring the Somerset countryside. Popular tourist attractions include Wells, Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge and the city of Bath. Camping available. Ample parking.
1 North St, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3PR
A live music venue and travellers’ hostel at the heart of Bristol’s arts and cultural area, Stokes Croft, just 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre and bus station. This historic coaching inn is not the place for an early night, as guests get free entry to live music and DJs at the Full Moon’s Attic Bar. Beds are available in dorms and private rooms. There is kitchen, common room and a courtyard with plenty of opportunities to get to know people from around the world.
The Blue Dolphin, Alexandra Road, Penzance, TR18 4LZ
Whether you’re looking for sandy beaches and sheltered coves, the storm lashed cliffs of Land’s End, sub-tropical gardens, international artists, the remains of ancient cultures, or just somewhere to relax and take time out, Penzance Backpackers is for you. Situated close to the sea front and the town centre, accommodation is mostly in small bunk-bedded rooms. Linen is provided. Lots of local information and a warm welcome all included.
Off Renscombe Rd, Worth Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. BH19 3LL
Surrounded by open farmland and just a short walk from the Jurassic Coast, MYTIME’s R&R Retreat Accommodation Centre offers the perfect base from which to enjoy everything that the spectacular Isle of Purbeck has to offer. With a World Heritage Site and the South West Coastal Path on its doorstep, the Centre represents the perfect choice for lovers of the great outdoors. Mere minutes from the idyllic village of Worth Matravers and the popular Square and Compass Pub, there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.
Steps Bridge, Dunsford, Devon, EX6 7EQ
In secluded, native woodland on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, the cabin has been a hostel since the 1930s. Friendly and peaceful, with a homely living room, wood burner, self-catering kitchen, picnic tables, BBQ and fire pit. Walk straight from the door to Heltor and Blackingstone Rock or along the river to Fingle Bridge and Castle Drogo. Cross stepping stones to Dunsford village. Near Moretonhampstead and Exeter. On the LEJOG cycling route.