The Old Rectory

Boscastle, Cornwall

Fruit and cut flowers from the organic garden, eggs from the hens, honey from the hives, and romantic associations with Thomas Hardy are among the many charms of Sally and Chris Searle's Victorian rectory B&B. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Fruit and cut flowers from the organic garden, eggs from the hens, honey from the hives, and romantic associations with Thomas Hardy are among the many charms of Sally and Chris Searle’s Victorian rectory B&B. It was here that Hardy met his first wife, Emma Gifford. The room he slept in has an antique carved bed, while Emma’s room has an original fireplace, a king-size bed, and an original 1870s thunderbox toilet. In the author’s A Pair of Blue Eyes, the rectory features as Endelstow vicarage, where Stephen Smith’s first repast was taken at a table ‘decked with winter flowers’ and presented ‘a cheerful aspect of abundance’ – much like breakfast here today. The full Cornish brings sausages from the Searles’ own porkers, dry-cured bacon, hog’s pudding, home-grown tomatoes, peppers and courgettes in season. Or there is locally smoked fish, French toast, home-grown fruit. An evening meal is sometimes offered; on other nights, guests who book directly get a lift into Boscastle for dinner, free laundry for a stay of three nights or more, a complimentary newspaper and a tour of the three-acre garden. It’s just ten minutes to the coast.

Hotel details

Address

St Juliot
Boscastle
Cornwall
PL35 0BT
England

Telephone

01840 250225

Bedrooms

4. 1 in Stables (connected to house via conservatory and with separate entrance).

Open

Mar–end Oct, limited evening meals by arrangement.

Facilities

sitting room, breakfast room, conservatory, in-room TV (Freeview), 3-acre garden (croquet lawn, ‘lookout’, walled kitchen garden), EV charging, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

up to 2 allowed, only in stable room (£10 per dog per stay).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £95, singles from £71. 1-night bookings only accepted if there is a late vacancy or quiet period.

Other reviews

VisitEngland Five Star Guest Accommodation

Comments about The Old Rectory

A super place to stay, and handy for the coastal path. Bedrooms full of charm and comfort, like a country house hotel. Emma's Room was spacious, with a glorious modern wet room and the original loo of the house - almost a museum piece. Lovely original fireplace too. Wide choice for breakfast.l - Abigail Kirby-Harris - January 2018

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide