The Old Rectory

‘What a super place to stay for tackling some of the Coastal Path; it ticks all possible boxes,’ writes a Guide inspector in 2018 of Sally and Chris Searle’s historic B&B. More

Contact details

St Juliot
Boscastle
Cornwall
PL35 0BT
England
01840 250225

Hotel information

Bedrooms

4. 1 in stables (connected to house via conservatory).

Open

normally Feb–end Oct, ‘but please check’.

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £56–£99, double £70–£115. 1-night bookings only accepted if a late vacancy or quiet period.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

‘What a super place to stay for tackling some of the Coastal Path; it ticks all possible boxes,’ writes a Guide inspector in 2018 of Sally and Chris Searle’s historic B&B. ‘Cheerful, chatty but never intrusive’, Sally, whose grandmother grew up in the rectory, is a ‘mine of information on Thomas Hardy’ – the author stayed here in 1870 while planning the renovation of St Juliot’s church, returning years later to pen some notable poetry. Rooms have ‘real comfort and charm’. Emma’s, with its original fireplace and loo (‘a working museum piece’), overlooks a ‘super garden with lots of early camellias’; Mr Hardy’s, where the writer slept, is ‘smaller but still cosy and comfy’. All four rooms have ‘organic smellies’, proper wardrobe hangers, and a tea tray with fresh milk, ‘delicious home-made shortbread’ and a teapot. However, after a mix-up with their booking, regular readers in 2018 found their room to be ‘mournful’.Locally sourced ingredients, some from Sally’s walled kitchen garden, fuel a vast breakfast selection with ‘four smoked fishes, along with massive veggie and carnivore selections that set you up for a long cliff walk’ – or perhaps a short stroll across three fields to St Juliot’s.

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The Old Rectory
St Juliot
Boscastle
Cornwall
PL35 0BT

Guest comments

'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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Tourist attractions

  • Boscastle

    A small town with a medieval harbour, set in a conservation area.

  • Tintagel

    A coastal town, associated with King Arthur and the knights of the round table.

  • The Eden Project

    The world's largest greenhouse (biodome), with plants collected from around the world.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide