The hostel has a handy emergency cycle and puncture repair kit on hand - just in case!
St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6LL
YHA Boswinger is one of the most remote hostels in Cornwall, with a unique charm as a perfect place to retreat to for outdoor-themed breaks in Cornwall. With miles of beautiful coastline and smaller, more private beaches on the its doorstep, the hostel provides an ideal base for walkers, nature-lovers, paddle-boarders, kayakers, sunbathers and cyclists.
If you’re planning a visit to the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan, or the floral delights of Caerhays Castle, then Boswinger is the place to be given these attractions are just minutes away.
Why guests love YHA Boswinger
Accommodation at YHA Boswinger
The Youth Hostel is an old farmhouse with 40 beds and comprises of 10 bedrooms ranging from two beds to six beds. We have no en-suite rooms or double rooms. There is a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, two comfy communal dining/lounge rooms, a small walled garden with seating and a pleasant courtyard area to relax in. There are lovely views looking towards the sea from the hostel - a perfect peaceful retreat. We have a fully equipped self-catering kitchen at the hostel which has three cookers, two fridges, a freezer, ample utensils and work benches. We also have a dining room and an outdoor seating area so you can dine al fresco when the weather is good.
YHA Boswinger is open for families, individual travellers and organised groups from March to October.
If you would like to bring a baby during our peak holiday months of July and August, please get in touch so that we can discuss the best accommodation options for you.
Hire the whole place
This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website, or use our live chat service for more information.
Food and drink at YHA Boswinger
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Garden / grounds
- Wheelchair accessible
- Drying room
- Board games
- Library/Quiet room
- Private rooms available
Food & drink
- BBQ area
- Dining room
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & parking
Other YHA products
- Trade bookings
- YHA Exclusive Hire
- YHA School Trips
Need to know
Check in: 17.00 - 21.00
Check out: Before 10.00
Open every day?: From 31st March to 31st October Boswinger is available every day except where pre-booked for groups and Exclusive Hire. During the winter, from 1st November until 31st March, Boswinger is only available for Exclusive Hire and group bookings.
Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.
Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Boswinger. Assistance dogs are welcome. You are able to bring your dog if you book the hostel on YHA Exclusive Hire.
Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.
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YHA Exclusive Hire
To enjoy YHA Boswinger for just you, your friends and family, visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website and hire out the whole property. Open for bookings every weekend from November through to March.
Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.
The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.
You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website.
YHA Boswinger was one of the first properties YHA brought in Cornwall. Originally it was two separate farm buildings but they have since been connected into one. The manager’s accommodation used to be three self-contained flats which were available for hire, but this has now been converted.
Meet the team
Rob Johnson, formerly of YHA Coverack, is the new summer manager of YHA Boswinger. There are many amazing spots in the local area to check out; just a couple of miles west is the beautiful beach of Poth Luney (no joke) and the pleasant gardens of Caerhays Castle. Six miles away in the other direction is the Lost Gardens of Heligan. If you are simply after a walk and some sea air, the South West Coast path is just at the bottom of the hill and will lead you up onto Dodman Point (once the largest Promontory fort in Europe) where you can enjoy some breath taking sea views. Along the coast in each direction are some lovely little villages that are well worth a look. These include East and West Porth Holland, Gorran Haven and, a little further afield, Charlestown with its Ship Wreck Heritage Centre.
Manager recommends: As part of your Cornish Coast break, head off the beaten track onto the Roseland Peninsula, a quiet haven of unspoilt beaches and traditional villages. For something to do on an activity holiday, don't miss the walk from the hostel to Dodman Point, a striking headland topped with a huge granite cross. Or visit nearby attractions The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.