Boscastle

Boscastle 

The ancient port of Boscastle on the North Cornwall coast makes the perfect base for a holiday.  With nearby beaches and picturesque clifftop walks and paths through unspoilt natural woodland relaxing is easy to do. The village has shops, pubs and restaurants all within easy walking distance of the house, in fact once you park up you may not feel the need to use your car again for the whole holiday.

TOSH - The Old Store House - is surrounded by National Trust land, with their tea shop  just across the stream from the cottage. so the peace and beauty of the harbour is guaranteed. 
Places to Eat

Opposite TOSH and towards the harbour you will find the Visitors’ Centre run by the National Trust, the National Trust’s own shop and Pilchard Cellar cafe. There is also a shop selling clothing, books and organic ice-cream etc. run by our neighbour “Trixie”, who also owns the Harbour Light, which is now a café.
Apart from the Harbour Light and the Pilchard Cellar cafe, there are a number of places to eat in the harbour area:

Boscastle Farm Shop Hillsborough Farm, Boscastle PL35 0HH  http://www.boscastlefarmshop.co.uk/
Fantastic award winning food and farm shop - the cakes have no calories if you walk up there from TOSH ;)

The Manor House Restaurant. The owners also manage the Napoleon Inn at the top of the village, which also serves good food.

The Riverside Hotel & Restaurant. Offers an a la carte menu. If you check out our Visitors book you’ll see that this restaurant gets consistently good reviews.

The Wellington Hotel. This is the nearest to TOSH, and is popular with locals and visitors alike. Live music is a feature of the “Welly”, too – so look out for notices outside the hotel and around the village describing upcoming events.

The Cobweb. A very famous pub in the village, with a number of bars, a family room and an upstairs restaurant. The Cobweb serves reasonably-priced food, real ale, and has live music most Saturday evenings – usually starting at about 9pm.

The Napoleon Inn. If you take Old Road – the steep road that runs alongside the Wellington Hotel – and follow it to the crossroads at the top, you will see the Napoleon Inn just across the crossroads, on the right. You will also see the Bottreaux Restaurant. The Napoleon is a very old pub which serves food at most of the tables as well as in “Boney’s Bistro”. It’s a little bit more expensive than the Cobweb, but full of character and well worth the walk, which is guaranteed to work up a thirst for the real ales on offer from casks on view behind the main bar.

The Toby Jug Cafe. Lovely little cafe with friendly staff.

Fine Dining  nearby - some of these are the very top restaurants in the country .

Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick, Cornwall PL15 7QQ, 01566 782009, coombesheadfarm.co.uk
St Tudy Inn, St Tudy, Cornwall 01208 850656; sttudyinn.com
Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, 6 Middle Street, Padstow PL28 8AP 01841 532093 https://www.paul-ainsworth.co.uk/
The Dining Room, The Pavilion | Rock Road, Rock PL27 6JS 01208 862622 http://www.thediningroomrock.co.uk/ 
St Enodoc Hotel Restaurant, Rock PL27 6LA 01208 863394 http://www.enodoc-hotel.co.uk/
The Seafood Restaurant, Riverside, Padstow PL28 8BY 01841 532700 http://www.rickstein.com/eat-with-us/the-seafood-restaurant/
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw 6 New Road, Port Isaac PL29 3SB 01208 880896 https://nathan-outlaw.com/
Margot’s at Trevisker, Trevisker Garden Centre, Padstow PL28 8LD, 01841 541361, margotstrevisker.com

Things To Do In Boscastle

Boscastle is one of the most attractive places to stay in Cornwall. It is actually quite a large village, spreading up the valley with lots of interesting cottages and other items of interest to see. The jewel in the crown is, of course, the harbour – and you are lucky enough to be staying in one of the nicest cottages in it!
Much of the harbour area is owned by the National Trust, who also own a number of cottages and other properties in and around the harbour. Development is very rigorously controlled, which means that the harbour area is not radically different to the way it looked a century ago. The restrictions on business development, traffic etc., mean that the harbour is normally a peaceful place – even when the tourist season is at its peak. It often surprises visitors how few people can be seen, even when the car park is full of cars and coaches. This is probably due to the wealth of footpaths leading from the harbour and up through the village, which seem to effortlessly soak up visitors.

Village walks
Most visitors want to explore the area on foot to enjoy sights such as the ocean views and the Valency valley. Ordnance maps and a mounted map on the landing have been provided to help visitors to get their bearings, but to start you off, here are a few ideas for walks that you way wish to try.

The Grassy Bank
This is our name for the very gentle walk that runs along the valley side opposite TOSH. Its proper name is Green Cut. If you walk towards the harbour, cross the lower bridge and climb the short slope to the right of the Harbour Light you will reach a small clump of cottages. A path is signposted just before you reach the cottages which doubles back along the valley side. It’s a gently rising grassy path, with several benches to allow you to sit and enjoy the views to the south, back towards TOSH. A real sun-trap on a sunny day. If you follow the path to the end, you join the Bude road about 100 yards above the newsagents.
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The Queen’s Head
If, instead of doubling back along the Grassy Bank, you continue past the cottages on the right-hand side of the harbour, you can follow the path right to the entrance of the harbour, to the Queens Head, so called because from certain angles it resembles the head of Queen Victoria. It’s more properly called “Profile Rock” If you climb to the cliff edge overlooking the Atlantic a bit to the right of the Queens Head, there is a slate bench offering fantastic views both inland and over the ocean. A birdspotter’s dream, and a great place for photography. On a calm day you may spot the harbour seal or even a sunfish – with its spookily shark-like dorsal fin.
If you’re feeling ambitious you can head along the coast path from here towards Crackington Haven.
As the crow flies, it’s not too far but be warned, the ravines that run into the sea mean that what appears to be an easy walk can be quite challenging due to the sharp drops and equally sharp climbs out of each ravine. The views are stunning, though.

The Lookout Tower and Forrabury Church

If you leave the cottage and walk towards the harbour, keeping to the left hand side, there is a path which leads easily along the water’s edge and along the cliffs towards Tintagel. It is a bit steep in parts, so sensible shoes are recommended, but there are some benches to allow a rest and a chance to enjoy the views. This is a great place to watch the sun go down.

If you follow the path along the cliff you have the option to walk up to the lookout tower which was recent re-opened and is staffed part time by volunteers, helping to keep the coastline safe for fishermen and sailors. If you look inland to the left you will see Forrabury Stitches. These are conserved strips of farmland dating back for centuries. If you follow the path to a natural T-junction at the corner of the Stitches, you have the choice of turning right, along the coast towards Tintagel, or left towards the village, where a gate leads you through the churchyard.
If you take this option, a nice downhill walk will take you to Old Road and back to TOSH in the harbour.

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