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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 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.

Telephone: there is a shared telephone for The Gaffer, The Lugger and The Clinker and 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: 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
Features
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
Facilities
  • Shared Telephone
  • 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 0344 335 1287

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

Cornwall
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’ll be set for life!

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place to visit
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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 Mill
Cotehele Mill Working watermill and workshops

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

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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 cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk 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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