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The Clinker


Boscastle, Cornwall

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Right in the heart of Boscastle, The Clinker offers the visitor that special experience of waking up in the middle of a Cornish seaside village. Within a building that was once a pilchard cellar, and named after a traditional type of fishing boat, The Clinker 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 peaceful retreat. In the same building as The Clinker is the visitor centre and our other holiday cottages. The Gaffer and The Lugger and across the river you'll find Harbour View.

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
Kitchen/sitting room with dining area, double bedroom (with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request), bathroom with electric shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric heating and flame- effect electric fire included.

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

Parking: There is a designated parking space for one vehicle.

Telephone: there is a shared telephone for The Clinker, The Lugger and The Gaffer and this is located on the communal landing.

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

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).

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

Local suppliers: Discount offered to National Trust guests for these outdoor activity providers offering kayaking, surfing, coasteering and much more Cornish Rock Tors and Outdoor Adventures.

Cottage details
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  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Shared Telephone
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • 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!

Boscastle, Cornwall © Mike Henton

There's more to Boscastle than a picturesque natural harbour and village. The Elizabethan quay sits in an impressive amphitheatre of steep cliffs and is home to quaint stone-built cottages, shops and tea-rooms. Long known to sailors as the only natural refuge to be found on this daunting stretch of coast, Boscastle has a dramatically narrow and twisting harbour entrance squeezed between high headlands. The village which is clustered behind the harbour and climbs the steep valley side, is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt in Cornwall.

Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned and cared for by the National Trust. Venture beyond the picture-postcard harbour and a cliff path takes you to the Willapark headland and an intriguing ex-folly, now used as a Coastwatch lookout. Nearby walks around Forrabury Stitches offer a rare glimpse at a surviving farmed landscape showing ancient Celtic strip fields. If you wander further afield, you'll discover the half-forgotten churches of Minster and St Juliots - once made famous by Thomas Hardy.

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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

  • Anonymous
    • February 2017
    • Unknown
    Very comfortable

    The location of the flat, which while small was "perfectly formed" and very comfortable.

  • Mrs S Hollyoake
    • June 2016
    • Northamptonshire
    Good level of cleanliness

    We were particularly impressed with the level of cleanliness and the welcoming touches especially the hand written card. The provision of the rucksack complete with binoculars was appreciated and well used - totally unexpected. Maps and walking routes were provided - again much appreciated.

  • Mr Robinson
    • March 2016
    • Gloucestershire
    Well furnished cottage

    Liked staying in the heart of Boscastle harbour. Great walking from the doorstep. Property was well furnished and cleaned to high standard. Comfortable bed and towels.

  • Jacky Avins
    • December 2015
    • Worcestershire
    Lovely cottage

    We had a superb weekend. The cottage was lovely and a real home from home. The area and walks are outstanding and Boscastle has everything we need with 2 lovely pubs and just enough shops. Hard to beat for walks and views on the doorstep.

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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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