YHA Boswinger (Youth Hostels Association)

St Austell, Cornwall, United Kingdom








Due to the coronavirus pandemic our hostels are unavailable for bookings until 31st July 2020. If you are able to donate to support YHA’s charitable work at this difficult time, we’d be very grateful. Support YHA

We are offering our hostels to the NHS, homeless organisations and public sector services. For support please email [email protected]

Please note: All prices are based on hiring the whole place per night.

Originally two stone farm cottages and a barn, Boswinger has been refurbished as one building. Built around a courtyard, this is one of our oldest venues in Cornwall and stands in the centre of the quiet, seaside hamlet of Boswinger, with sea views and a wide choice of beaches.

The self-catering kitchen is just off the entrance lobby. It contains three domestic size cookers (2 gas + 1 electric with fan oven), two refrigerators and one freezer (domestic size), microwave oven, two kettles, toaster and a good selection of pots and pans of various sizes. 

All bed linen is provided, with wash basins in each room. There is accommodation for 38 split over 10 bedrooms.

There is space for 10 cars or 5 minibuses. Unfortunately there is no parking for coaches.

Dining room & lounge

The recently refurbished dining room overlooks the back garden and has dining tables seating up to 38 guests. French windows offer access to the garden where further outdoor dining is available. A cosy lounge is furnished with 2 sofas and 3 armchairs and is accessed via the main entrance lobby. It is connected to the dining room via a passageway with foldaway food service bar which guests are free to make use of.

There are washbasins in every room, plus six showers and six toilets throughout the hostel.

There is central heating, a garden and a payphone. YHA staff are residents in the grounds.

YHA Boswinger welcomes dogs! Add a dog to your booking at check out and bring your four legged friend along with you.

At YHA Boswinger we strive to cater for everybody. Unfortunately none of our bedrooms or washrooms is accessible to modern standards.

We have:

  • Two steps in total up into the hostel
  • A portable induction loop
  • Ground floor bedrooms available from March to October

By car: From the A390 (St Austell) take the B3273 towards Mevagissey. 
After 5 miles turn right at the top of the hill and follow the signs for Gorran. 
After 4 miles, fork right to Boswinger (follow the brown tourist signs). 
The hostel is situated in Boswinger hamlet just below the Seaview International campsite.

By Public Transport: First Service 471 will bring you from St Austell to Gorran Churchtown, our local stop and a pleasant 20 minute walk from the hostel. This service runs Monday to Saturday (except public holidays). Alternatively the volunteer-run Gorran Community Bus will deliver you to our door here in Boswinger. Book by email the night before [email protected] Some days it comes back from Truro, others from St Austell. Weekdays only. The nearest train station is St Austell, 10 miles away.


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St Austell, Cornwall, United Kingdom
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