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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.

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

Heating: Electric heating and flame effect fire included.

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

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 NT guests by outdoor activity providers Cornish Rock Tors and Outdoor Adventure

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

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
The view from Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall © Mike Henton

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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  • 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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
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    Made special by:

    location and siting plus local traders/hotel/cafes etc Well cared for and equipped

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
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    High standard

    Very high standard , excellent double bed. Lot of thought went into facilities. Who can not be impressed by the rucksack and contents ! Beautiful small town. Very quiet in November

  • Rebecca Sibley
    • October 2014
    • Dorset
    What a stunning location!

    I was fortunate enough to stay at this property on business recently for two nights and I couldn't have been more pleased with the cottage. What a stunning location! The cottage is immaculately presented, cosy and comfortable and very well equipped. Great to sit and eat breakfast with the complimentary filter coffee and watch the world go by. A few minutes walk up the coastal path to the headland over the harbour to watch a beautiful sunset down behind the horizon with the gulls wheeling and the waves crashing..... bliss.

  • John Myerson
    • January 2014
    • UK

    Excellent location

  • Amanda Cockayne
    • December 2013
    • Berkshire
    Right by the harbour

    The cottage was perfect.The location made it special for us - right by the harbour in Boscastle.

  • Bev Norton
    • November 2013
    • England
    Wonderful cottage

    Wonderful cottage to sit, eat a leisurely breakfast, watching the river flow into the harbour and the dogs taking their owners out!

  • Mrs Williams
    • December 2012
    • London
    Fabulous location!

    Fabulous location with lovely view of the river. Loved the sound of the river and missed it for the first nights at home.People in the village were incredibly friendly

  • Jenny & Andy Rowen
    Excellent accommodation

    Excellent accommodation. First stay in an NT property – will not be the last.

  • F Gibson-Poole & A Goff
    A lovely place

    A lovely stay, well situated in a fantastic valley setting. Visited many places, still more to go – so we will be back.

  • Anna & Jeff Crowhurst
    Quite the perfect location

    Quite the perfect location. A hotel in an exotic location would not be able to rival this view!

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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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