A lot of thought has gone into this high-end accommodation of this traditional Cornish fisherman’s cottage. The décor is worthy of a full-page spread in an interior’s magazine with its artful combination of old and new.
At the slipway to the harbour, all amenities are on the doorstep in the main village high above the working port. From its multi-aspect open plan living space or patio, you can chill out and watch the boats being launched out to sea.
Boscastle, renowned for its remoteness and rugged beauty, has managed to keep the holidaying hoards away, giving you a chance to enjoy Cornwall at its calmest.
At A Glance
All ground floor
Patio & BBQ
Bike & surfboard shed
2 Smart TVs & Netflix
Pub 3-minute walk
About Harbour Cottage
Its occupants of yesteryear would marvel at this fisherman’s cottage transformation. The whitewashed exterior remains true to its roots, but once you step over the threshold into the sitting room with its slate underheated flooring, sumptuous seating and woodburning stove, it is clear this is no ordinary holiday let. The deluxe décor doesn’t stop here and the bespoke kitchen with built-in ovens, countertop hob and dishwasher includes character pieces such as a reclaimed high-backed settle.
Sleeping two, there are amazing views from the king-size bed and there is a walk-in shower. The private patio with a BBQ has furniture for outdoor meals, and there is storage for bikes and surfboards.
Map of Area
Things To Do in Boscastle
Starting closest to your harbour hideout, there is a pub that once started life in the 1700s as a liquor warehouse. The Cobweb Inn is derived from the black mats of cobwebs from the ceiling, encouraged because it was believed that these filaments kept flies away from the kegs of alcohol. This is where you can enjoy freshly caught mussels, flash-fried scampi, and entertainment, including live bands and pirate nights.
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is within easy walking distance of Harbour cottage and its 3,000 objects pertaining to witchcraft; the occult and magic make it one of the most popular museums in Cornwall.
Boat trips run regularly from the harbour, down the coast to Long Island. You can spot razorbills, guillemots, and puffins during the breeding season, and almost all year-round, there are seals. You could opt for a stint of wreck fishing for large conger or bass, five miles offshore.
A stay in Boscastle is not complete without witnessing Penally Point, north of the harbour, a blowhole that shoots out plumes of water at low tide when there is enough swell. Walking enthusiasts won’t be able to resist the seven-mile coast path walk between Boscastle and Crackington Haven. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but the Northern Door at Strangles beach will reward your efforts; High Cliff, the zenith of the Cornish coast path; the sheer black cliff of Buckator; and Pentargon around Fire Point’s impressive waterfall cascading down to the sea. Further afield is Tintagel, the ruins of a clifftop castle thought to have been the stronghold of King Arthur.
This destination cited for its remoteness doesn’t mean a basic break if it’s Harbour Cottage you choose. Contemporary meets a classical Cornish dwelling here, giving you the true crux of the harbour town with 21st century living. Its interior takes the original features, such as vaulted ceilings. It successfully incorporates essences of the Cornwall coastline with thoroughly contemporary convivences like the underfloor heating and interior magazine-worth décor.
Boscastle is a tiny slice of the country that has been a magnet for holidaymakers for centuries but, unlike its coastal charm, hasn’t been tarnished by an overwhelming flood of tourism. It remains unspoilt, even in high season. The coastline around this working fishing village is truly exceptional. The National Trust own the cliffs at Willapark and Penally Point that form imposing headlands on either side of the port entrance.
Whether it’s a live music night at your holiday home local, a nosey around one of the most intriguing museums in the UK, wreck fishing or learning how to surf, this is guaranteed to be a break beyond your wildest dreams.
If you are up for experiencing the Cornwall coast in all its natural glory, a place where time has stood still, unaffected by swarms of sun, sea and sand seekers, then this is the right place to hang your holiday hat.
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