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The Gaffer


Boscastle, Cornwall

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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 river, historic harbour and the bustle of the quayside yet, being on the first floor, with the main room overlooking the courtyard below and the lime kiln, it offers a cosy hideaway. In the same building as The Gaffer is the visitor centre and our other holiday cottages. The Clinker on the first floor and at the front of the building and The Lugger a loft apartment on the second floor and across the river you'll find Harbour View, a larger property on the waterfront.

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.

Parking: Designated parking space for one vehicle.

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

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).

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
  • Romantic
  • 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!

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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

  • Mrs Griffiths
    • April 2017
    • South Yorkshire
    Excellent standard of accommodation

    We were lucky to get excellent weather. The accommodation was of an excellent standard. With everything we needed. It's great to know that we are supporting a good cause whilst having such a good time.

  • Mr Fisher
    • March 2017
    • Berkshire
    Lovely accommodation

    Lovely accommodation in stunning location.

  • Mrs Martin
    • October 2016
    • Suffolk
    Excellent walks nearby

    I particularly enjoyed the place, Boscastle and the area around. The apartment made a wonderful, excellently equipped and comfortable base from which to explore the locality and its many excellent walks.

  • Rachael M-G
    • February 2016
    • Somerset
    Made enjoyable...

    We just loved it's location, beautifully decorated, comfortable and spotlessly clean.

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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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