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The unique harbour village of Boscastle is found on Cornwall’s North coast, 14 miles from Bude and just five miles from the equally quaint Tintagel. Both the village and much of the surrounding coastline has become an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and today is cared for by the National Trust, offering one of the best bases for exploring the Cornish coastline and countryside.
Among our range of Boscastle cottages, you are sure to find the perfect retreat for your Cornwall holiday. Not only do many of our properties have magnificent sea views but some of them offer that little bit extra, from hot tubs to play facilities which is really useful if you’ve got little ones with you. For those of you who have a dog that enjoys a holiday just as much as you do, many of our Boscastle cottages are dog-friendly and the enclosed gardens mean that you don’t have to worry about them taking themselves on a little adventure.
It’s not difficult to see why Boscastle is such a romantic place to visit with its remote position, beautiful scenery and intriguing history. We have a number of romantic cottages in the area that are perfect for couples escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with this and the village’s natural beauty, it has everything you need for a romantic escape.
The village and surrounding area
The Elizabethan quay is very much the central point of the village. Found at the bottom of steep-sided cliffs with little fishing boats bobbing gently in the water, it’s a little reminder of the once busy trading port. Explore the village itself, and you will no doubt stumble upon pretty tea rooms, shops and pubs housed within beautiful Cornish stone-built buildings. You might notice that some of the buildings appear slightly crooked which gives the village a little character.
Although a small and idyllic village, there is definitely no shortage of intriguing tales and old buildings adding to the local history. If that kind of thing interests you, then you might want to visit Boscastle’s Museum of Witchcraft, the largest collection of witchcraft-related artefacts in the world and one of Cornwall’s most popular museums.
As well as Tintagel and Bude, nearby you will find the quaint seaside villages of Crackington Haven and Port Isaac the setting of the popular comedy dram, Doc Martin.
Explore on foot
As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the scenery is breathtaking and the coastal views must be seen to be believed. There are a number of fantastic and popular walks which give you the opportunity to really take all of this in. One of the best is the Boscastle and the Valency Valley walk which heads inland through woodlands and alongside the meandering river. This walk also takes in the Willapark headland, used as a Coastwatch lookout.
You’ll also stumble across forgotten churches, seething in Cornish history, discover Minster church, and on through the valley to St Juliots Church. It was here that renowned novelist Thomas Hardy gained much of his inspiration. Whilst working as an architect on St Juliots Church he fell in love with Boscastle and based one of his early books, A Pair of Blue Eyes on the area. It was here he met his first wife, Emma. After her death, he returned in 1913 and allowed the beautiful landscape to inspire a further collection of moving poems.
Along this trail, keep your eyes peeled for the remaining earthworks of the Castle of the Bottreaux, from which Boscastle previously gained its name. Although there is very little of the castle to be seen, it has been said that much of the village was built from its stone. Not too far from the coast path you will also find Forrabury church.
If you are feeling really adventurous you could take the nine mile walk between Boscastle and Tintagel and take in the wonderful sight of St Nectan’s Glen. This is a natural waterfall that has been created by the River Trevillet and cascades into a 60ft drop.