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Beautiful Views Of The Jordan Valley

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine


About the property

Cosy Holiday Cottage in Boscastle, Cornwall, England - Quiet Location Close To Beaches And Cosy Pubs

Tao Cottage is situated in the old part of Boscastle, uphill from the harbour and shops. The cottage is light and spacious with 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, separate toilet, living room and breakfast room/kitchen. At the rear of the property is a patio, with garden furniture and barbecue and a steeply terraced garden leading down to the valley. The spectacular cliffs surrounding Boscastle can be reached in a few minutes by walking uphill from the cottage. The beautiful beaches of Daymar Bay, Polzeath, Trebarwith Strand and Widemouth are within easy driving distance.

Kay Hopes
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Norwegian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Kay Hopes

Although I now live in Surrey with my family I grew up in North Cornwall and went to school in Bodmin. I left Cornwall after my A levels to go to university in London.

Cornwall is a very special place for me and I love nothing better than walking on the cliffs above Boscastle.

Since we have owned the cottage we have been gradually improving it to a very high standard. We hope that visitors to Tao will love the cottage as much as we do.

Kay Hopes purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Kay Hopes chose Boscastle

I wanted to take my children to Cornwall as it is a place close to my heart. We spent 5 happy holidays at Tao Cottage before the previous owners told us that they were selling the cottage as they were retiring.

We loved both the cottage and Boscastle so were very happy when we were able to buy Tao.

Boscastle is a beautiful village in a dramatic setting; nothing can beat the view of the village as you come down to it from Camelford.

The local people are very friendly, the cottage is cosy and all in all it is a perfect place to relax and unwind.

What makes this cottage unique

Tao is a perfect place to stay in Boscastle. It is only a few minutes walk from the harbour and shops yet also quiet and peaceful as it is located in the Old Road away from the traffic coming into the village.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Fabulous holiday, lovely cottage everything you could need." (May 2010).

"We've had a lovely holiday here - after many years of coming to Boscastle we can truly say that this cottage is one of the best!" (September 2010).

"A beautiful cottage in a scenic, restful place." (August 2009).
Jan 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Boscastle in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a bath with mixer taps, WC and separate shower. Separate WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with single bed. Travel cot provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkelling
Notes on accommodation: The property is heated by electric heaters in the kitchen, downstairs bedroom, hallway and living room. The upstairs bedrooms and landing have night storage heaters. A payphone is provided. Outside: There is a patio to the rear of the property, with garden furniture and a garden shed containing beach equipment and a barbecue. The peaceful garden is terraced and leads down to the valley below. Utility Room: The utility room contains a washing machine and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedlinen is included in the rental price. Towels are available at a additional cost. Bedlinen is changed and the cottage cleaned on the changeover Saturday. Other: The master bedroom has a king size bed and has been redecorated for 2015 with a new carpet and new bed linen. There are 3 other Freeview TVs located in the kitchen, master bedroom and double bedroom.


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Beautiful Views Of The Jordan Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, spacious cottage in great location. Our first trip to this part of Cornwall and we all loved it. Cottage has everything you'd need including 4 TVs and now WiFi broadband - you'll need it as there's no mobile signal. Housekeeper is friendly and does a good job of cleaning cottage. Beds are very comfy. Wonderful location just a short walk from shops and pubs/cafes/restaurants and the harbour. Garden is lovely with great views over Jordan Valley - we particularly enjoyed watching birds at the feeder outside kitchen/diner. Only thing to watch is you have to park carefully on narrow road outside.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a positive review. We have tried to make the cottage comfortable for our visitors. The Wifi was something we felt would be of benefit to people staying in the cottage and are pleased it is appreciated.
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage, as described. Would recommend property to a friend & would have not hesitation about returning there ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review we hope you will return to Tao Cottage in the future, we always welcome repeat customers. Kay
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  • 5 of 5

I have been to Boscastle many times growing up and my mum used to go when she was a child too but this was the first time I had stayed in the village.

We stayed at Tao for 3 nights and didn't want to come home! Kay has made the cottage feel like a home from home and you'll feel relaxed as soon as you walk in through the door.

Its very clean and tidy through out and all the pictures & ornaments just give it that finishing touch. The beds are very comfortable, the kitchen is great and well equiped and it was lovely with the sun coming through in the morning and the view is amazing. We didnt meet Colin the badger who lives in the garden but will certainly look out for him next time we stay.

We managed to park the car near to the cottage, the road is narrow so as long as you put your mirrors in then there's no problem.

The walk down the hill is about 3 minutes, but 5-10 minutes back up (it gets slightly easier each time) great exercise after eating lots of pasties!

The Cobweb does great food, the portions are HUGE!

You must also visit the pottery next door to the Cobweb where you can watch the "Boscastle Magic Paint"

We have already decided we will me staying at Tao again next year.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for giving Tao Cottage such a good review. We have gradually updated the cottage to a high standard and want our visitors to feel welcome. We love the cottage and Boscastle and try to go there as often as we can as well as letting it out. Colin is still living at the bottom of the garden - I caught a glimpse of him in July. Kay
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super holiday cottage

  • 5 of 5

Tao Cottage in Boscastle is a super holiday cottage. It is well managed and well equiped, with a large sociable kitchen and gorgeous garden. Comfortable, spacious and roomy house is well situated (on a steep hill) in the middle of beautiful Boscastle harbour town, and there is a footpath to the cliff walks across the road, and the harbour (etc) down the hill. What more could we want! This was our second visit to Tao Cottage - and are planning more!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Helen Thank you for taking the time to write a review for Tao Cottage I appreciate it. I am pleased you have given Tao such a positive review and hope it will help to boost bookings for the cottage. Kind regards Kay
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Car: necessary


The historic harbour at Boscastle is a few minutes walk down hill from the cottage. The Coastal Footpath can be reached easily by walking up the steep hill, from here you can walk along the coast path to Tintagel. The nearest beach is Trebarwith Strand, 10 minutes drive by car. For surfers Polzeath is about 25 minutes away by car, close by is Daymar Bay a sandy beach ideal for those with younger children.


Boscastle is situated on the North Cornish coast, nearest town is Camelford, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Exeter. Transport is essential as there is a limited bus service from the village.


Tintagel Castle is about 5 miles away from the village. Padstow is within easy distance and is best reached by using the car park at Rock and then the ferry to the port. Both Heligan and the Eden Project are within driving distance.

Further Details:

The village has its own small grocery shop, Spar shop, bakery and garage, the nearest supermarkets are in Bude, Bodmin or Wadebridge. Camelford has a small supermarket, banks and a chemist.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Deposit required with booking. Balance due 6 weeks prior to the holiday start.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Guests are asked to vacate by 10.00am. Guests can arrive after 3pm.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Short breaks available off peak.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.