About The Owners

Chris and Abby, both from Bromley in Kent, decided a change of lifestyle was in order and moved to Ilfracombe, to run Ocean Backpackers in July 2002.

For Chris, a qualified electrician and Abby, a qualified radiographer, the change meant a change of career, one which they are thoroughly enjoying!

Both spent many years backpacking throughout the world and actually first met in a backpackers in Perth, Australia. They were keen to put their experience of hostels throughout the world into providing quality hostel accommodation in perfect surroundings.

Since 2002, Chris and Abby have made numerous improvements to Ocean Backpackers. This includes a solar hot water system in a bid to save energy and reduce its carbon footprint. It has been redecorated both inside and out and Chris and Abby are really proud that the guests that stay thoroughly enjoy their whole experience. The Backpackers boasts a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2019 and has a 10/10 rating on Hostel World as well as a "fabulous rating" on Booking.com.

Chris and Abby married in 2004 and are now enjoying family life in North Devon. They welcome national and international travellers of all ages to Ocean Backpackers all year round and wish one and all a very enjoyable stay.

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