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The Old Farmhouse - a coastal getaway with perfect sea and coastal views

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4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
7 guests
7 nights minimum
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This perfect coastal getaway is a Grade II listed farmhouse, thought to date back to the early 18th century. It’s in a quiet location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with picture-perfect sea and countryside views. With ample on-site parking the Old Farmhouse is a perfect base for exploring Cornwall. The Farmhouse is beautifully quirky with original Cornish slate floors downstairs, ideal for muddy walking boots. The slates take you into the dining room or straight through into a traditional kitchen complete with a large cooker with ceramic hob and a farmhouse table and chairs. Washing up is almost a pleasure with the view of the sea and fields of cattle, but there is, of course, a dishwasher. There is also a small utility area with a washing machine and tumble dryer. Relax in th...This perfect coastal getaway is a Grade II listed farmhouse, thought to date back to the early 18th century. It’s in a quiet location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with picture-perfect sea and countryside views. With ample on-site parking the Old Farmhouse is a perfect base for exploring Cornwall. The Farmhouse is beautifully quirky with original Cornish slate floors downstairs, ideal for muddy walking boots. The slates take you into the dining room or straight through into a traditional kitchen complete with a large cooker with ceramic hob and a farmhouse table and chairs. Washing up is almost a pleasure with the view of the sea and fields of cattle, but there is, of course, a dishwasher. There is also a small utility area with a washing machine and tumble dryer. Relax in the cosy snug, with two comfy sofas to snuggle up on and read. If you have Spotify or similar or your music library is on your mobile you can stream it directly to a wireless streaming speaker using Apple Airplay or MusicCast. For TV, retire to the comfortable lounge, also with sea and countryside views. If there’s nothing on TV, just look through the glass doors – the lack of light pollution means that on a clear night you can see millions of stars. Downstairs there is also a toilet and a shower room with toilet. Upstairs (please mind your heads) you will find a bedroom with king-sized bed and views both of sea and countryside, the second double room with countryside views, a twin room and a single room. The family bathroom has a magnificent roll-top bath and a separate shower. The sink has views out to sea. A high chair and a travel cot are available but we need to know in advance if these are needed. Please note, we do not provide bedding for the cot. Just 200 metres away from the Farmhouse is the SW Coast Path, ideal for walkers. The way to the path is via our closest neighbours, an award winning farm shop and cafe – breakfast there is guaranteed to delay your walk, but the café is a welcome sight at the end of a long trek. Just be sure you arrive back before the they close at 4.30. About 20 minutes’ walk away (2 or 3 minutes by car), Boscastle is famous for its Elizabethan harbour and also the devastating floods in 2004. Once again it's a charming village with plenty to occupy you – eating places galore, gift shops, crystal shops and hotels. If magic is your thing then the renowned Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is a must. For traditional music call into the Wellington Hotel on a Wednesday evening for a traditional Cornish singalong. For something louder, go to the Cobweb Inn on a Saturday night, you won’t be disappointed … it will be loud. From the harbour explore the beautiful surrounding area with its ancient woods, the old village of Boscastle with cottages dating back to the 15th Century, the site of the Norman Castle and the medieval strip farming system which is still in operation on the cliff top. And there is much, much more, not least the stunning coastal views. The Spar Shop in the village opens at 6.00 am – early enough for the keenest walkers, and supplies nearly everything you need. You should also try Bottreaux Filling Station for more unusual items, including a range of free-from products. As mentioned, Boscastle Farm Shop is sometimes difficult to leave – locally produced fruit and veg, Ruby Red beef and wonderful bakery items are available to buy and the café has an amazing choice of cake and puds. Hopefully you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay. The kitchen is equipped with all necessities including microwave, toaster, kettle and a very useful slow cooker – just fill it in the morning before you go out and come home to a lovely smell and beautifully cooked food. We don’t leave any foodstuffs in the Farmhouse – we wouldn’t like to use someone else’s sticky sauce bottles or slimy cooking oil bottles and we assume our guests wouldn’t either. We do leave a few tea, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper sachets to get you started and you will find some milk and butter in the fridge, with a loaf of bread and some jam – all local from the Farm Shop. We aren't always around (we're working on it) but we use a great housekeeping team who are your first point of contact in the unlikely event of any problems. All we ask that you leave the Farmhouse tidy and leave a note of any accidental breakages. We are currently collecting books for our snug, but we want our our books to tell a story, aside from the story they already tell. If you read one of the books in the snug, please write a short note inside – just your name, what part of the country you’re from and any thoughts you may have. We can then build up an interesting “guest collection”. If you start reading a book and don’t finish it, feel free to take it home with you and pass it on. If you finish a book here we'll happily accept it in our collection. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Check in is 3pm and check out is 10 am.
Bathrooms
1 Half bath, 1 Shower, 1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Rita B
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:83%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:January 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2019

As soon as the 4 grandchildren (2 girls & 2 Boys) ages from 4 - 13 years old got out of the cars there were shouts of sheer joy and excitement at the size of the garden and the views of the sea. Fantastic location....More

Date of stay: July 2019
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Balcony
Grill
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Ocean Views
Parking
Patio
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Stereo System
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Wi-Fi
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighbourhood
Hillsborough is very quiet. Apart from Boscastle Farm Shop the only neighbours are the sheep and cattle in the fields, sea birds and beautiful peregrine falcons who nest on the cliffs we overlook. So the only noises you should hear are moos, baas and the eerie screech of the falcons when they are hunting for food. The area is also a feeding ground for greater horseshoe bats which apparently can sometimes be seen at dusk.
Getting around
Although a car is needed, the Farmhouse is ideally placed for visiting the rest of Cornwall - there are lots of places to visit within half an hour, including Bude and Launceston. Within an hour you can be in Rock or Padstow and an hour and a half will find you in St Ives, Mousehole or Marazion with beautiful St Michael’s Mount. (Marazion is actually pronounced Marazyne - it was ages before I realised they weren’t two different places).
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