Hotels in Boscastle
Boscastle is an ancient fishing village on the north coast of Cornwall, in south west England. With its picturesque setting and riveting past, your stay in a Borcastle hotel will be a wonderful seaside holiday.
A resilient place
In 2004, Boscastle suffered the worst flooding in its history, as cottages were literally swept away to sea. However, the villagers could not be beaten by the elements and Boscastle has risen from the ashes with its beauty still very much intact. Most visitors come here for its unparalleled scenery and a walk around the village is the perfect way to start your trip.
The Elizabethan quay creates an amphitheatre in the rugged harbour, make sure you walk it at high tide. For, as the waves crash against its ramparts, the rugged beauty of Boscastle is really laid bare. Take the left hand path off the quay and pay a visit to the Boscastle Blowhole, an hour before or after low tide when it is in view.
After strolling over the quay, head in to the village where there are a number of local potteries, art galleries and shops to grab your attention away from the landscape.
Cornwall was once a centre of pottery in the UK, but the local industry suffered from bigger competition in the north of England. Boscastle Pottery aims to reestablish that proud ceramic heritage and is well worth a visit. It has been producing beautiful ceramics at this site since 1967. Grab one of their lovely teapots as a memento of your trip.
Potting is hungry work, so make sure you stop off at one of Boscastle's wonderfully quaint pubs while you're in town. The Napoleon Inn (the ‘Nap') is a charming 16th-century inn located in the upper part of the village. They serve good quality pub grub as well as real Cornish ale, straight from the barrel. Relax by one of their cosy log fires after a day walking the windswept cliffs.
Cornwall is an ancient Celtic land and folklore still plays a significant role in Cornish culture. If you have an interest in matters not of this world, or are simply feeling a little clairvoyant, make sure you park your broom outside Boscastle's Museum of Witchcraft.
It is no hubble, bubble or toil or trouble to get to. The museum lies right in the middle of town and houses the world's largest collection of witchcraft-related artefacts and regalia. So bring the eye of a newt along and cast a spell so that you might never have to leave Boscastle.
Boscastle's unique charm has not surprisingly attracted many artists over the years. But perhaps its most famous fan was Thomas Hardy. Hardy met his first wife in the village and spent many hours wandering the surrounding country.
Follow in the writer's footsteps by walking through the enchanted woods and up the valley to St. Juliot's Church. The Old Rectory of the church is where Hardy stayed while working as an architect on its steeple. This is where he met the future Mrs. Emma Hardy. Boscastle is a picturesque slice of old England and one of Cornwall's most romantic spots. Its whitewashed cottages and revitalising sea air will stay with you for a while afterwards.
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