YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse

Bideford, Devon, 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]

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.

Each of these sections can be hired individually, or both together for a total of 35 beds. 

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. WiFi is available in the main building.

Member Benefits 
Why not take out YHA membership today to save £30 on your Exclusive Hire booking? Not only will you get a discount on bookings with YHA Exclusive Hire, but you’ll also get exclusive discounts every time you stay with YHA, high street shopping discounts, email newsletters and much, much more!

To get your £30 off discount code, simply log in to YHA.org.uk and go to the Member Benefits tab.

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.


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Bideford, Devon, United Kingdom
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