Rosebank Cottage will charm you from the moment you set eyes on its whitewashed stone walls. The cottage sleeps four guests in two bedrooms and is a favourite with couples and families who appreciate its location between North Cornwall's world famous beaches and beautiful countryside. Whether you want a traditional bucket-and-spade holiday, prefer to spend your days off stretching your legs along the South West Coastal Path, or discovering local artists and tucking into a cream tea on a daily basis, Rosebank Cottage lets you do it all.
Boscastle is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with much of the surrounding landscape being expertly managed by the National Trust. It is beautiful whatever time of year you visit, with long sunny summers followed by colourful autumns, and winter's wild seas. An abundance of birds flourish in the area, and it is extremely popular with walkers and nature lovers who enjoy its unspoilt natural beauty.
Boscastle Harbour is a ten-minute walk from the cottage. It has cafes, pubs and a convenience store with cash machine. There is a lovely walk around the harbour, a visitor's centre, and the well-known Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.
Five miles south are the ruins of the medieval fortress of Tintagel - rumoured to be the birthplace of King Arthur, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the ruins are only accessible by a high steep walk that is not for the faint-hearted, but which rewards your efforts with amazing views, and there is a tidal beach where you can see Merlin's Cave. Tintagel village is a treat, as are the nearby coastal gems of Crackington Haven and Port Isaac. Bude and Launceston are two sizeable towns with more amenities, including supermarkets.
As good as the local cafes and independent boutiques are, you don't come to Cornwall to stay indoors. A day at the beach could include exploring the rock pools at Crackington Haven, surfing at Bude or Trebarwith Strand, or discovering the secluded sands of Bossiney Haven that is only accessible on foot at low tide.
There are an enormous choice of walking paths around the coast and throughout the countryside like Valency Valley. You can find information online or at the visitor's information centre in Boscastle. One of the nicest is the circular work from Boscastle to Rocky Valley, which takes in the dramatic cliffs that are a hallmark of the landscape.
You don't have to believe in magic to be bewitched by the beauty of Boscastle and the surrounding area. A stay in Rosebank Cottage will leave you longing to return.
Jenny Campion joined Independent Cottages in May 2017
Rosebank Cottage is a very old property with many original features including deep window seats and exposed beams. It is furnished with antiques and pieces which reflect the age of the house but which are practical for contemporary guests. The stairs leading up to the bedroom are very steep, and the property is, therefore, unsuitable for those with mobility issues and children under the age of six.
Outside: Rosebank Cottage's elevated garden benefits from beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, and there is a wooden bench from which to enjoy them. There is a small slated area outside the back door, with a set of slate steps leading up to the main garden area which backs onto a field. There off-street parking for one car.
Additional information: Central heating and WiFi are available throughout the property, and electricity and a welcome pack of fuel for the wood burner are included in the price. Linen and towels are not supplied in high season unless guests are arriving from overseas, or have made prior arrangement with the owners so please bring your own. No smoking. No pets. Short stays may be possible out of season depending on availability.