Cosy Holiday Cottage in Boscastle, Cornwall, England - Quiet Location Close To Beaches And Cosy Pubs
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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.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
I do not accept dogs at Tao Cottage
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Half term heaven
Great house in great location. Well equipped, walkable to dinner and pubs, choice of brilliant beaches, good videos (my kids fascinated by these!!) and games. Something for everyone and everything you need for a great week's holiday.
Far better than the photos on the website
Very good- would certainly recommend
This property is located in Boscastle, close to the shops, river and port. It is beautifully presented and exceptionally clean and well equipped. We were able to walk to the centre of the village,to the port and river, and out onto the costal path. We had some lovely meals out in the area. The patio area in garden is lovely, very sunny and sheltered . The owner was available via phone to help with any queries.
The downsides are nit picky
1) there is no allocated parking place, but after speaking with the owner she explained where to park and which road markings to ignore.
2) There is a slight smell of damp - but the property didn't appear damp and after airing well daily it was fine. I would think this is typical of properties in this area
3) We were advised by owner that we have to strip beds otherwise cleaner charges more and this is taken out of the deposit. This is not really highlighted well in the booking information.
4) The cleaner didn't make up the beds exactly as we requested -
5) there is no upstairs bathroom, There is a good downstairs bathroom and separate cloackroom
All in all we had a good stay and would return there
Lovely cottage in a beautiful and tranquil village
We had a fantastic time at Tao Cottage - it was perfectly equipped for a family holiday with everything one needs at hand. It is in great condition and perfectly situated. Boscastle itself is a charming village, with friendly people and beautiful natural surroundings.
Thank you for the excellent review.
We have updated the cottage gradually since we bought it and try to ensure that everything is thought of to give our guests a great holiday in this beautiful village in North Cornwall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.