The Old Rectory

The ‘magical setting’ in the Valency valley is the perfect spot for a whimsical tale. More

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The Old Rectory
St Juliot
PL35 0BT
01840 250225

Hotel information


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


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


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

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not under 12.


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

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[2016] per room B&B £70–£110. 2-course dinner (by arrangement; bring your own bottle) £17.50. 1-night bookings refused weekends and busy periods.

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VisitEngland Five Star Guest Accommodation

Good Hotel Guide Review

The ‘magical setting’ in the Valency valley is the perfect spot for a whimsical tale. Thomas Hardy arrived here in 1870, to be met at the door by the rector’s sister-in-law, Emma Gifford, his future first wife. If it’s the romance of the story that draws guests to Sally and Chris Searle’s B&B, it’s the hospitality that inspires them to return. The ‘beautifully restored’ Victorian house has comfy sofas, log fires, fresh flowers; bedrooms decorated in cottage style. Choose Hardy’s Room, and put your feet up in the antique carved bed. The Searles run their B&B along green lines: they keep an organic kitchen garden; a beehive buzzes with activity; ducks, hens and rare-breed pigs contribute to the ‘home-grown breakfast’. ‘The large garden, alive with birds and butterflies, is delightful’; ask the hosts for a tour – or a spare bee suit, if you’re keen to look in the hive. Dinner (perhaps Cornish fish with freshly dug potatoes) may be served in the restored greenhouse, by arrangement. Then sink into sleep: breakfast is served till 10 am, if a lie-in appeals. (CS)

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The Old Rectory
St Juliot
PL35 0BT

Guest comments

'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 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 created 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 - September, 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 - June, 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 - September, 2012

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