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Like so many hostels in our network, YHA Street had a curious beginning. The hostel on Ivythorn Hill, Somerset, was built in 1914 by two local sisters as a summer house in the Swiss chalet style. The newly established YHA leased it in 1931, a month before the organisation’s first birthday. In 1959, it joined the modern age with electricity, and improvements in 1971 meant goodbye to the hand pump! Today, as YHA approaches its 90th birthday, this old favourite has been given a complete refresh bringing the interior up-to-date while retaining the charm of the original chalet. Now equipped with camping pods and bell tents in the grounds, it remains one of the most individual hostels in the network.

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YHA Street’s new interior

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