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Grade 2 Listed Cottage with Harbour Views and Secluded Terrace



Updated: 28-Nov-2016
4 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage just a quick stroll from shops, pubs and restaurants

Turnstones enjoys a fabulous position high above Boscastle Harbour, and has one of the most dramatic views in North Cornwall. This traditional cottage has been lovingly restored and modernised in sympathy with its age and history. It has many original features including stripped wooden floors and a wood burning stove. With four bedrooms, a sitting room, separate dining room, kitchen, bathroom, additional shower/WC and utility room - plus parking for two cars - Turnstones is perfect for families or small groups of friends. The cottage comfortably accommodates up to seven plus a baby. Step outside and you are on the coastal path, making this an idyllic location for walkers, bird watchers and artists. A two minute walk takes you into Boscastle village, with its many shops, cafes and pubs. Some of North Cornwall's most dramatic beaches and coves are a short drive away, as are the attractions of Padstow, Rock and Bodmin Moor.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner


We are the Vosper family. After staying at Penally Terrace for three years running we were lucky enough to purchase our dream cottage in 2010. This is very much a home for us and we hope this is reflected in the cosy decor and furnishings. We and our families visit as often as we can and we let the cottage at certain times for others to enjoy.

Thanks for looking.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a fantastic time at Turnstones such an amazing place! We were obviously lucky with the weather and would have loved to have spent every minute on the terrace (the best in Boscastle - really secluded and private) but thought we'd better do some walking and exploring.There are some fab walks in and around Boscastle and the walk from Tintagel to Boscastle is stunning." A. Lord. 2010

"Another wonderful stay at Turnstones. Counting the months until we can come back!" the Gillards, 2012

"Wow, what a fantastic place. Beautifully furnished and in a stunning location. Couldn't have asked for more. Can't wait to come back." G. Bryant. 2011

"So glad we have found Turnstones. It ticks all the boxes for comfort, location, food, walks and sunshine. We will be back for a third visit." L. Fletcher. 2011
Sep 2010
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2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews


Best location in Boscastle!

  • 5 of 5

Boscastle is such a special little village, so friendly & welcoming and the location of Turnstones cottage is simply amazing. Situated almost at the end of the harbour, one of the highlights was the secluded little terrace overlooking the water where we could watch all the comings and goings. We had an amazing week of beautiful weather and walked every day in every direction! The walking is great for the serious hiker but there are shorter walks for those just looking to get out for an hour or to take a spot on the rocks at the harbour mouth to watch the blowhole at low tide!

We arranged a supermarket delivery shortly after our arrival and then "topped up" with essentials at the local bakery and village stores, so hardly needed to venture out in the car. There are several good pubs and eating places, all of which offer excellent food, much of it locally sourced and delicious!

The cottage has everything you need and really feels like a home rather than a holiday let - a few passers-by said how lucky we were to live there and I must admit sometimes we didn't correct them!! It is tastefully decorated and the owners have retained lots of character with beautiful exposed beams and wooden floorboards. Although we had great weather and spent a lot of time outdoors I can imagine that the cottage would be extremely cosy in cooler months and would happily return at any time of the year.

Can't wait to return and would recommend to those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life - don't expect much mobile phone signal if any, but that was absolute bliss!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A perfect holiday quiet, peaceful, and relaxing, a beautiful cottage and location very well maintained clean and cosey, could have stayed for ever, will most certainly go back. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
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From the Owner

Having visited various places in Devon and Cornwall over a number of years, we found we kept coming back to Boscastle. It really is a stunningly beautiful place and Turnstones sits in one of the most magical locations. We love the walks and the drama of the coastline. However, you are never far from a pub, restaurant or shop which means it is possible to spend a week without venturing out in the car. Our children adore the beaches of course. There are so many that we still haven't discovered them all. And all this within 4.5 hours drive from London!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newquay at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : Cobweb Inn at 250 Metres Nearest Train : Bodmin Parkway at 20 Miles Nearest Motorway : A39 at 5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Harbour Light at 50 Metres Nearest Beach : Bossiney at 3 Miles Car: recommended


The cottage is on the coast overlooking the inlet of Boscastle Harbour. 3 minute walk to the cliffs overlooking the sea.

10 minute drive to the nearest beach at Bossiney (accessible via steep path, no facilities.)

15 minute drive to Crackington Haven (car park, cafes, swimming and surfing).

20 minute drive north to the broad sandy beach of Widemouth Bay (a mecca for surfers), or south to the beautiful cove of Trebarwith Strand (car park, cafes, swimming and surfing).


A car is desirable as much of the North Cornish coast is not served by trains or main bus routes.

A coastal bus runs at least once an hour in each direction north and south from Boscastle.

Newquay Airport (flights to/from London Gatwick, 60 minutes) is a 50 minute drive away. Taxis available.

The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway, a 45 minute drive away. Taxis available.


1 minute walk to the South West Coastal path.

3 minute walk into the centre of Boscastle.

10 minute drive or beautiful 2.5 hour coastal walk to the historic town of Tintagel.

The bustling towns of Padstow, Wadebridge and Bude are all within a 40 minute drive.

Further Details:

Boscastle is well served by three pubs, and several other restaurants and cafes. WiFi is available at many bars and cafes.

There is a bakers, a Spar supermarket/newsagent and well stocked general store/post office, open daily. The garage is also open daily. The NatWest mobile bank visits once a week on Thursday afternoon.

Further afield both Bude and Wadebridge have large supermarkets, High St banks and other facilities.

Boscastle has plenty of attractions on the doorstep including the Museum of Witchcraft and Boscastle Pottery specialising in Mocha ware.

There are several fine walks for all levels of fitness including the famous South West Coastal Path and the flat inland walk through Valency Valley.

There is an outdoor swimming pool on the beach at Bude and indoor leisure pools in Bude, Camelford and Wadebridge.

It is a short trip to the Camel Trail, a cycle trail suitable for the whole family.

The drama of Bodmin Moor and the historic town of Bodmin with its steam railway are less than 30 minutes by car.

Trendy Padstow and Rock can be reached in 40 minutes.

Thanks to the proximity of the Atlantic Highway (A39) the attractions of the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are less than an hour away.

For all weather attractions, there is Crealy Adventure Theme Park and Trethorne Leisure Park.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2016
28 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas and New Year 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Winter 2017
6 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
February half term 2017
10 Feb 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
17 Feb 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter 2017
31 Mar 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2017
21 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early May Bank Holiday 2017
28 Apr 2017 - 4 May 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Spring 2017
5 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring half term 2017
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2017
2 Jun 2017 - 22 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early summer 2017
23 Jun 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July 2017
7 Jul 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
School summer holidays 2017
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early September 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late September 2017
8 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October 2017
29 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October half term 2017
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees


Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday. We can be more flexible out of season.
Arrival after 3:30pm. Departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Please contact me for short break prices including three and four day breaks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 28-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

The views over Boscastle Harbour from the terrace - virtually unrivalled in the village. 3 minute walk to shops and restaurants - no getting in the car to get provisions. The South West Coastal path - right outside your front door and leading to the most spectacular scenery in North Cornwall. The cottage is modernised and refurbished in sympathy with its age and character. It retains many original and unusual features including a kitchen and bathroom hand built from reclaimed timbers.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront


  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with WC, basin, bath, shower unit. Ground floor shower room with basin and WC.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Plus Cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: master bedroom with king size bed, and harbour views Bedroom 2: double bedroom with double bed and harbour views Bedroom 3: twin bedroom with two 3' single beds Bedroom 4: good sized single bedroom with 3' single bed and harbour views


  • Terrace ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: There is a parking space at the front of the cottage for one large car or two small/medium cars. There is an additional space in the car port to the rear although this is only suitable for a small/medium vehicle due to the tight turning space. A third car must be parked in the village car park. Outside: Delightful secluded terrace overlooking Boscastle harbour. The terrace has a tables and chairs, plus two comfortable loungers. Note - the terrace is fenced but young children should be supervised. Utility Room: Additional fridge with freezer compartment. Washing machine. Ironing board and iron. Indoor clothes airer. Sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned before each new rental. Linen and towels supplied. Please bring your own beach towels. Linen, towel change and additional cleaning can be arranged for stays of more than one week. Please contact the owner. Other: Utility room with washing machine, ironing board, clothes airer and small fridge/freezer.

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