YHA Elmscott Exterior

YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse

Bideford, Devon, EX39 6ES
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will likely be in operation at YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilets and showers facilities with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes.


  1. Lounge(s) remain closed.

  2. Drying room(s) remain closed.

  3. Dining room(s) remain closed.

  4. Luggage room/store(s) remain closed.

Exclusive hire

  1. From 2nd November, YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse will operate on an Exclusive Hire basis only, with contact-free check in.

Walkers, surfers and bird watchers will love this next-to-nature retreat on the Hartland Heritage Coast. Clovelly, a quintessentially English village with cobbled streets and pretty harbour, is nearby.

A former Victorian school, Elmscott is surrounded by unspoilt coastline and enjoys views of Lundy Island. The accommodation is just minutes away from the South West Coast Path, which passes spectacular coves and wide river mouths, meaning the area is great for walking holidays.

Why guests love YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse

  • Close to a stunning stretch of coastline
  • Ideal for walking holidays
  • Quiet, cosy atmosphere

Accommodation at YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse

The hostel

YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse has 7 bedrooms and 32 beds, great self-catering facilities and pristine social areas - perfect for families. We have a newly extended annex, a lovely garden with benches, and stunning views toward Lundy Island. Take time out to relax in our lounge by the woodburning stove, or have lunch in our dining areas.

YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse is self-catering, but there's a well stocked shop on site and a superb new self-catering kitchen in the annex, along with another kitchen in the main building.

This hostel is shut throughout the day from 10am - 5pm.




  • Basic food shop
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Lounge


  • Board games

Food & drink

  • BBQ area
  • Dining room
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Sole use
  • YHA Exclusive Hire

Need to know

Reception times: 08.00 - 10.00 17.00 - 22.00

Check in: 17.00 - 22.00

Check out: 08.00 - 10.00

Open every day?: Yes

Parking: Yes

Pets: Assistance dogs are welcome.

YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse - Access Statement

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YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse

Map references

OS Map: 190

OS Grid Ref: SS231217

Lat/Lng: 50.967488, -4.520579

Contact information

Phone: 03452602590

Email: [email protected]


YHA Elmscott began life in 1879 as Elmscott School, providing education for around 70 pupils including war refugees. This then closed once the war was over and the refugees went home. In 1948, the building was prepared for it's new life with the classroom converted into two dorms.


Meet the team

Manager recommends: Watch the sun set as you walk from the hostel to Hartland Quay, marking the end to a lovely day.

Rough Guides Walkers and cyclists welcome

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