The Old Rectory

Boscastle, Cornwall

The old rector was none other than the great-grandfather of Sally Searle, who, with husband Chris, welcomes guests to their loved and lived-in Victorian home. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The old rector was none other than the great-grandfather of Sally Searle, who, with husband Chris, welcomes guests to their loved and lived-in Victorian home. Here, too, in 1870 Thomas Hardy met his first wife, Emma Gifford. The Searles are energetic hosts, maintaining the walled garden, keeping ducks, hens, bees, rare breed pigs and Jacob sheep. They grow fruit and vegetables, make sausages, cure bacon, and collect eggs and honey. House bedrooms are furnished with antiques. All have ‘comfort and charm’. The Stables has a rustic feel, the Rector’s Room has a whirlpool bath with shower over it. ‘We had Emma’s Room, overlooking the super garden; it was really spacious, with extra blankets, a full 
tray with teapot, a glorious modern wet room’ 
and original ‘thunderbox’ loo, ‘fully working, 
of course’. At breakfast there is Cornish bacon 
and hog’s pudding, home-grown tomatoes, 
locally smoked fish, Cornish rarebit and much more. At night they will drive you to a local restaurant of your choice. ‘It felt almost like staying with a friend.’

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

normally Feb–end Oct, ‘but please check’, limited evening meals by arrangement.

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £72–£108, double £95–£120. 1-night bookings only accepted if a late vacancy or 
quiet period.

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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. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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