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Elm Cottage


Boscastle, Cornwall

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Listed Grade II, this is a rare example of a beautifully unspoilt 17th-century cottage carefully refurbished to maintain the essential character of the building and features, such as the slate flags on the ground floor and low beamed ceilings. The cottage has a garden and is tucked away on its own in the lovely, wooded Valency Valley, just metres from the river and a mile upstream from Boscastle, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt villages in Cornwall. Home to quaint stone-built cottages, shops, art galleries, tearooms an Elizabethan quay and much more.

Step outside your door and onto the footpaths of the Valency Valley and make your way to the half-forgotten churches of Minster and St. Juliots - once made famous by Thomas Hardy. The valley sides are lined with one of the largest expanses of oak woodland in North Cornwall and the valley meadows are home to many a butterfly such as the pearl bordered fritillary or birds such as the dipper. There are sandy and surfing beaches in either direction. Bude, Tintagel and Port Isaac are a short car drive away.

A mile downstream from Elm Cottage you'll find our other holiday apartments, The Gaffer, The Clinker and the Lugger.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
dining hall, kitchen and sitting room with solid-fuel stove.
First floor
Two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and 1 twin) and bathroom with mixer tap attachment over the bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage, electrorad eco heating and convector heating included.

Accessibility: This cottage is fairly isolated and the approach track is long, narrow and steep.

Parking: Level parking for one car next to the cottage.

Garden: There is a partly enclosed, level grassed area at the front of the cottage which is gated.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm.

Please Note: A length of river water, cut off from the main flow, has formed at the edge of the car parking area. Abundant with vegetation, the water is not immediately obvious. Fencing has been erected along the edge of the car parking area at the river's edge. Children would need to be supervised at all times.

Telephone signal: Most mobiles can pick up signal at the top of the track but there is no mobile signal at the cottage.

Logs/Charcoal: Environmentally friendly briquettes for use on the fire can be bought at the time of booking or whilst at the cottage.

Offers: Free entry to Tintagel Old Post Office on production of booking details subject to seasonal opening hours.

Just a drive away or even accessible by foot, about a mile and a half from Elm Cottage is West Country Trout Fishing where you can fish for rainbow trout.

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).

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
Acorn rating What's this?
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Coast nearby
  • Remote location
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

A magnolia blooming at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall © Stephen Robson

Cornwall may be steeped in Celtic history yet it also offers the uncomplicated joy of a day spent by the sea. From the picture-box charms of the villages and towns of St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to the raw natural beauty of the coast, one trip to this part of the world is often just the start of many more. Remember to pack some good walking boots and you will be set for life!

Cottage location
Current cottage
Holiday cottage
National Trust
place to visit
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  • South West Coast Path
  • Wadebridge
  • Eden Project
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • water sports
  • kayaking
  • coasteering.
National Trust places to visit
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 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 Mill
Cotehele Mill Working watermill and workshops


Comments from past visitors

  • Snatchfold
    • January 2016
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    We chose a cottage that has a history to it in a beautiful place in a quiet out of the way location where we can take out two dogs. And we found that in elm cottage. It is down a long uneven track with no immediate neighbours so it was very tranquil and with no light pollution the sky was lit up with stars. The area had so much to see that we will need to go back again. The only thing that would have made the stay a bit easier would be an outside tap or standpipe to help get the dogs clean before taking them back inside.

  • Biggs
    • January 2016
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    The 5 day holiday in Elm Cottage over Christmas was a special treat for us. And we were not disappointed! It was not until half way through the holiday that we discovered the back pack in which there were local OS maps etc. We only found them, because we passed another party with a NT back pack and stopped and talked to them; and they said that the packs have maps etc in them! We had seen the pack hanging up in the cottage, but had not opened it.

  • Farrel
    • November 2015
    • .....
    Clean cottage in lovely location...

    We have stayed in several National Trust Cottages, we found Elm Cottage to be in a lovely location and it was extremely clean, very nicely furnished and had a nice warm homely feel to it. Also plenty of walks to enjoy. Hope to go back again sometime.

  • Barbara Kennedy
    • September 2015
    • ....
    Lovely cottage

    Loved the location and the character of the cottage. It was right on the coast path and the position was close to the sea with breath-taking views. It was really good I could bring my dog.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for 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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