The Old Rectory

Exceptional value (<£50)
In a ‘magical setting’, at the end of a winding country lane, this large slate-built Victorian house and its ‘magnificent’ grounds formed the backdrop for the ‘Cornish romance’ between Emma Gifford and writer Thomas Hardy. Today, under the ownership of the Searle family, ‘the house has been beautifully restored,’ says a visitor this year. ‘They create the atmosphere of a country house party and show great kindness to guests.’ The bedrooms, named for the Hardy love-story, are ‘comfortable and private’. Emma’s Room has a king-size bed and a restored ‘thunderbox’ toilet from the 1870s; Mr Hardy’s Room, slightly smaller, has a high ceiling, an antique carved double bed. ‘The large garden, alive with birds and butterflies, is a delightful place to wander.’ The Searles are green tourism gold award holders: much of the produce for breakfast and an (optional) evening meal comes from the Victorian walled kitchen garden, the Searles’s own hens and ducks, rare-breed pigs and Jacob sheep, and hive of bees. The meals are taken communally; bring your own wine at dinner (no corkage charge). (Catherine Storr, and others)      

  • I picked the Old Rectory for a stay because of the connection with Thomas Hardy, but I would go back for other reasons (many of their visitors are returners). The house has been beautifully and appropriately restored and has a magical setting; the large garden, alive with birds and butterflies, has been expertly laid out and planted and is a delightful place to sit or wander in. Everything from the food to the shower gel is organic. The breakfasts and Anna's suppers are delicious, all home grown or locally sourced. The Searles have managed to create an atmosphere more like a country house-party than a bed-and-breakfast run for profit, and their kindness and consideration towards an old and not very mobile single visitor was beyond praise.

    Catherine Storr, 16/09/2014

  • An absolute jem with the most beautifull, romantic gardens, which reminded me of Heligan. Sally, Chris and Anna were wonderfully helpful and hospitable. We stayed in the Old Stable with our 2 dogs. It was very comfortable and private. The dogs could be walked round the gardens at any time of the day, and there was plently of shade for us to leave them in the car whilst we ate. The food was plentiful and delicious and our every need was catered for.

    Janet Covacic, 27/06/2013

  • I was intriqued by the description of this hotel in the Guide and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent and I enjoyed seeing the garden where much of it was produced. A lovely place to stay.

    Teresa Biggs, 24/09/2012

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Local attractions

The Eden Project
The world's largest greenhouse (biodome), with plants collected from around the world.
A small town with a medieval harbour, set in a conservation area.
A coastal town, associated with King Arthur and the knights of the round table.

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Contact Details

The Old Rectory

St Juliot BOSCASTLE Cornwall England PL35 0BT


01840 250225

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


4. 1 in stables (linked to house).


all year, except Christmas/New Year.


sitting room, breakfast room, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, 3-acre garden (croquet lawn, 'lookout'), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



not under 12.


only allowed in stables (£10 per stay).

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MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £75–£110. 2-course dinner (by arrangement; bring your own bottle) £17.50. 1-night bookings refused weekends and busy periods.