Good Hotel Guide Review
‘A super place. The real deal.’ Praise from Guide insiders for Chris and Sally Searle’s B&B, in the rectory where Thomas Hardy courted Emma Gifford. Sally’s grandmother’s childhood and marital home, it is infused with ‘comfort and charm’. The garden supplies cut flowers, produce for the table. Rectory bedrooms have period furnishings. Emma’s Room has a power shower, original thunderbox toilet, garden views (‘even in February, lots of early camellias out, and in a mantelpiece jug’). Mr Hardy’s Room has an antique carved bed, the ‘cosy’ Rector’s Room a whirlpool bath and Victorian fireplace. The Old Stable, a dog-friendly annexe room, has a separate entrance, wood-burning stove, king-size bed and sofa bed. A generosity of spirit seals the deal: ‘Daily paper outside your door by 7.30; no charge for laundry if staying three nights or more; free transport to Boscastle eateries, nicest residents’ sitting room, great choice of breakfast ingredients.’ These include eggs from the resident hens, ‘nicely done bacon and fried egg, good smoked salmon, good kipper’. ‘Their gorgeous golden retriever comes to check out guests if she can get away with it!’ Well located for the Coastal Path. (AKH)
4. 1 in stables (connected to house via conservatory).
normally Feb–end Oct, ‘but please check’, limited evening meals by arrangement.
sitting room, breakfast room, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 3-acre garden (croquet lawn, ‘lookout’, walled kitchen garden), unsuitable for disabled.
not under 12.
up to 2 allowed, only in stable room (£10 per dog/stay).
per room B&B single £60–£108, double £75–£120. 1-night bookings only accepted if a late vacancy or quiet period.
VisitEngland Five Star Guest Accommodation
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