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The Gaffer

Boscastle, Cornwall

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  • WiFi is available free of charge to guests at this cottage.

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Within a building that was once a pilchard cellar, and named after a traditional type of fishing boat, The Gaffer apartment is just a short step away from the historic harbour and the bustle of the quayside yet, being on the first floor, makes it just that little bit secluded and a romantic retreat.

Boscastle is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt villages in Cornwall and its situation is breathtaking. The Elizabethan quay sits in an impressive amphitheatre of steep cliffs and is home to quaint stone-built cottages, shops, pubs and tearooms.

With coastal walks on your doorstep, venture onto the cliffs of Penally Point, which guard the harbour entrance, while nearby walks around Forrabury Stitches offer a rare glimpse at a surviving farmed landscape showing ancient Celtic strip fields. Wander further afield along the footpaths that wind through the lovely wooded Valency Valley, rich with Thomas Hardy connections.

At low tide there is a sandy beach at Trebarwith Strand just 5 miles to the South West or a little further on again you’ll find the famous surfing beach of Polzeath, the well known village of Port Isaac and the upmarket Rock with its ferry boat to Padstow.

The cottage's layout

First floor
Separate kitchen, dining/sitting/bedroom (with 5' double bed), and bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric heating and flame effect fire included.

Garden: Enclosed, kiln-top, sheltered garden shared with The Lugger and The Gaffer.

Parking: Designated parking space for one vehicle. To protect your designated space, may we ask that you provide us with your car registration so we can notify the local contact.

Offers: Free WiFi is available at this cottage

Sample a taste of Cornwall, a cream tea free of charge from our Boscastle café can be enjoyed during your stay (subject to seasonal opening times).

Free admission to Tintagel Old Post Office subject to seasonal opening hours.

For any 2 night starting on a Friday, or 3 night starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late Sunday departure time of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Local Suppliers: Guest discount offered to National Trust guests by outdoor activity providers Cornish Rock Tors www.CornishRockTors.com and Outdoor Adventure www.outdooradventure.co.uk

Cottage details
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Let starts
Thursday
Min stay
2
Dogs allowed
No
Cottage ref
011100
Acorn rating What's this?
3
Special offers
  • 15% Discount - Offer from 18/04/2014 to 04/05/2014 Save 15% 15% Discount
Features
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
Facilities
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
Accessibility
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0844 335 1287

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

North Cornwall
Doyden NT Cottage overlooking Padstow Bay. © Paul Watts

The north coast is where the tremendous force of the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the mighty cliffs of Cornwall. With waves incessantly beating against the rocks below, the coast path provides some of the best walking in Europe and dramatic views.

North Cornwall also boasts several fine, sandy beaches, with the same massive rollers providing some of the best surfing in the country. The Trust has 22 holiday cottages and apartments in this wonderful part of the county including three at Park Head, a remote headland just a mile to the north of Bedruthan Steps but only six miles from Padstow, and three at Pentireglaze, close to the sandy beach of Polzeath. Further round the coast are the dramatically situated Doyden House and Castle and the picturesque hamlet of Port Quin. Port Isaac, Port Gaverne and Boscastle are all charming villages with lots of atmosphere and perfect as holiday bases.

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Attractions
  • South West Coast Path
  • Wadebridge
  • Eden Project
Activities
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • water sports
  • kayaking
  • coasteering.
National Trust places to visit
Boscastle
Boscastle Picturesque harbour and village on the north Cornish coast
Tintagel Old Post Office
Tintagel Old Post Office One of the Trust's most delightful medieval buildings, enhanced by a cottage garden
Lawrence House
Lawrence House Beautiful Georgian town house
Lanhydrock
Lanhydrock Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate
Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps
Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps Dramatic coastline with views over massive rock stacks
Cotehele
Cotehele Tudor house with superb collections of textiles, armour and furniture, set in extensive grounds

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Elinor Miller
    • September 2013
    • Canada
    Wonderful destination

    Boscastle is a wonderful tourist destination and since we were not looking for a secluded escape having cafes and shops close by was wonderful

  • Robert Yockney
    • July 2013
    • Gwent
    Excellent

    In one word "EXCELLENT". Have already booked "the Gaffer" again for same period/week in 2014

  • Andrew Wu
    • November 2012
    • Cheshire
    Enjoyable stay

    Excellent cottage and enjoyable stay

  • Ed & Emily Singapore
    Cosy hideaway

    We have had a wonderful time in beautiful Boscastle. Thanks Alan for the welcome tray & flowers. A tastefully decorated, well equipped, cosy hideaway.

  • Donna & Philip Stafford
    Special hideaway

    A super break in a special hideaway in such a wonderful village thank you.

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Prices include:

  • VAT at the current rate
  • Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

Special offers

  • 15% Discount - Offer from 18/04/2014 to 04/05/2014 Save 15% 15% Discount

Supplements
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  • A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0844 335 1287 or email cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
  • As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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