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    14/05/2013 11:58

YHA Salcombe

Following extensive discussions YHA (England and Wales) has agreed with the National Trust not to renew their lease, due for renewal in March 2014, on the 52-bed hostel located within Overbeck’s House, owned by the National Trust nr Salcombe in South Devon.

In the last few years the youth hostelling charity has recorded substantial losses at the hostel due to difficult access to the hostel and limited parking on site which has significantly impacted on guest numbers over the years.

Ben Atwell, Operations Manager for YHA in the South West, explained: “We’re really saddened by this decision. We have held on-going discussions with the National Trust for some years in an effort to achieve something more sustainable and viable at YHA Salcombe.

“Despite the best efforts of everyone we have not been able to find an effective way forward and indeed we believe an unrealistic increase in the number of guests would be required to achieve a viable model. Even with substantial investment, it would fail to tackle the challenges at YHA Salcombe.”

YHA has agreed to hand the site back to the National Trust and has offered to share its knowledge of the youth accommodation market as the National Trust seek to establish a new use for the property for young people.

“This is in no way a reflection on all the hard work and dedication of the team at Salcombe and this decision has been taken after careful analysis of all available options,” Ben Atwell added.

The Youth Hostel will continue to operate this year. The National Trust’s Overbeck’s gardens are unaffected and continue to welcome people to this beautiful part of the country.

YHA operates 10 Youth Hostels and camping barns in Devon, including locations close to Salcombe in Plymouth and Dartmoor.

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