The Old Rectory

Literary pilgrims follow narrow single-track lanes to this Victorian rectory in a ‘magical setting’ in the Valency valley, where Thomas Hardy met and courted his first wife, Emma Gifford. More

Contact details

The Old Rectory
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

[2017] per room B&B £100–£115 (single-occupancy discount 10%–20%). 2-course dinner (by arrangement; bring your own bottle) £17.50. 1-night bookings refused weekends and busy periods.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

Literary pilgrims follow narrow single-track lanes to this Victorian rectory in a ‘magical setting’ in the Valency valley, where Thomas Hardy met and courted his first wife, Emma Gifford. It is run as a B&B by Sally and Chris Searle, whose kindness is ‘beyond praise’. The house stands in large gardens, ‘alive with birds and butterflies’; inside, there are cottage-style bedrooms, and flowers freshly cut from the grounds. Modest, homely, each room has its own charm: Emma’s Room has armchairs by the window overlooking the lower lawn and woodland garden; dog-friendly Old Stables, with a log-burner and pull-out sofa bed, is ideal for a family. Organic fruit and vegetables find their way from kitchen garden to table, along with eggs from the house’s hens and honey from the hives. At breakfast there are home-produced sausages and bacon, Cornish rarebit, locally smoked fish; supper, served in the restored greenhouse by arrangement, is ‘delicious’. On the daily-changing menu, perhaps: chicken and mushroom pie; stuffed Mediterranean vegetables. Hardy came to restore St Juliot’s church, ‘three fields away, by footpath’; the sea is within reach.

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The Old Rectory
St Juliot
Boscastle
Cornwall
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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Tourist attractions

  • Boscastle

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

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  • The Eden Project

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