The Old Rectory


Luxury B&B in a historic house in Boscastle

Converted to a Bed and Breakfast in 2000, the high standards explain why they have received 5*’s with a Gold Award every year since. The owners have carefully preserved the Victorian features that make this house so special, including the sash windows, fireplaces, picture rails and elegant staircase. The veranda and conservatory that were built with the house have been restored back to their former glory.

Situated 1.5 miles from the harbour village of Boscastle on the beautiful north Cornish coast. Within an hours drive of the M5 at Exeter. An ideal base to visit Cornwall's Eden Project, Lanhydrock House, a variety of Cornish gardens, unspoilt beaches and many other Cornish treasures.

  • Enjoy England / Visit Britain - Breakfast
  • Enjoy England / Visit Britain - Gold
  • Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold

Our rooms

  • Bed and Breakfast

    We have three high quality en-suite rooms at The Old Rectory, the names of which are based on the history of the house. Hairdryer, towels, bath robes, flat-screen TV, wifi, radio alarm, information pack, books and local magazines in each room. Iron and board available on request. All rooms have a laundry bag - the owners will wash and air dry any clothes for you free of charge (for bookings of 2 nights or more)

    • GuestSleeps 2


  • Breakfast included
  • Garden views
  • Parking
  • Rural & Countryside
  • WiFi
  • No children allowed

About the Old Rectory

The house is surrounded by 3 acres of beautiful mature south facing gardens including a productive Victorian walled garden. Thomas Hardy stayed here as a young architect and met and fell in love with Emma Lavinia Gifford. The romance led to the novel 'A Pair of Blue Eyes', and to some of his finest poetry. Guests are welcome to enjoy a drink in the sitting room or on the viewing deck overlooking the Valency valley and sea. All the produce used for meals is either from the garden or sourced locally.

Staying at the Old Rectory

  • 4 uniquely decorated rooms, all en-suite
  • King-size, double or twin beds
  • Garden and woodland views
  • Some with Victorian fireplaces
  • One with luxury whirlpool bath
  • Power showers
  • Some rooms with desks, coffee tables and chairs
  • All rooms with central heating and hypoallergenic bedding

The Stable is situated at the rear of the house and has its own separate entrance. Centrally heated throughout with its own wood burning stove. King size double bed, a sofa bed and ensuite with a bath and shower. One well behaved dog allowed in this room only.

The guest lounge has double French doors opening out onto the veranda and lawn. In winter it’s the perfect place to curl up by the log-burning stove with a good book. Breakfast served in the dining room between 8.30 and 10am. All dietary requirements catered for please advise when booking.

My bestfriend and I visited Boscastle in early September and stayed at the Old Old Rectory. We loved it! The house is truly beautiful, amazingly decorated, spotless and very inspiring (we stayed in the same room where Thomas Hardy did). Their garden is a real gem and we have been given the tour of both garden and green patch which was very cool! I was also impressed with the breakfast service and the choice of shampoo and body wash in the bathroom (I know, small details but it was another plus for me since they use the same brand I use at home!) We have been welcomed and looked after by the owners and their beautiful doggo and we highly recommend this place to everyone who wants to visit Boscastle! The only downside is the very narrow countryside roads that for city people are a nightmare to drive, but this will not stop us from coming back!

Adele C, Trip Advisor
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