A renovated Victorian school in a wild, next-to-nature location close to Clovelly with sea views of Lundy Island. You’ll find amazing rock formations, a profusion of wild flowers and many lanes on an unspoilt section of coastline.
The self-catering kitchen contains a domestic sized cooker, microwave, 2 x 4 gas hobs, 2 fridges, 2 toasters, 2 kettles and a range of kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery for 35 people. Tea towels are provided.
School House – 15 beds arranged in 1 x 2, 1 x 3, 1 x 4 and 1 x 6 bedded room. A further 20 beds are in the annex, these beds are arranged in 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 bedded rooms. All bed linen is provided.
There is lots of space on site for cars and minibuses.
By road: Leave the A39 just north of the West Country Inn and the follow signs through lanes.
By Foot: If walking from Hartland, continue to the west end of Fore Street and pick up the footpath to Elmscott (3.5 miles) through The Vale. We can arrange a pickup service by taxi from Hartland to the hostel – please call to arrange.
Dining room and lounge
The dining room seats 24 people, the lounge seats 10.
In the schoolhouse there are three showers, three toilets and six washbasins. In the Annex there are two showers, four toilers and four washbasins – there is also an outside toilet. Please bring your own towels.
There are extensive lawns with lovely sea views.
The hostel is centrally heated throughout.
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Registered guide dogs are welcome at YHA Elmscott. Unfortunately, pets are not permitted.
At YHA Elmscott we strive to cater for everybody. There are ground floor bedrooms in the annexe; unfortunately none of our bedrooms or bathrooms meets modern standards of accessibility.
We also have:
One step into the main building.
A portable ramp available
Level access to most communal areas
For more information please download the full access statement here.