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The Old Oil House - Boscastle


Excellent 5/5 Score from 15 reviews

The Old Oil House

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome

The Old Oil House of Boscastle is a delightful two bedroom holiday cottage full of character that still retains many original features, and occupies a prime position near to the harbour in the sought after North Cornwall coastal village of Boscastle.

The accommodation is layed out as a single level apartment on the ground floor, boasting a well equipped kitchen and modern bathroom. It has a double and twin bedroom sleeping up to 4 people with the additional option of a sofa bed in the living room if required.

Positioned in the heart of the village The Old Oil House is ideally located for the shops, public houses and restaurants near the harbour.

A short walk along the harbour wall to the Cornish Coastal path makes it an ideal holiday retreat for walking holidays. Approximately 3 miles from Tintagel with its historical castle and links to King Arthur, and the beautiful beaches of the North Cornwall coast in both directions make this self catering cottage an ideal base for family holidays in Cornwall.

The Old Oil House is dog friendly and has its own allocated parking space.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach 100 m
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary, Wheelchair users
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, High chair
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Kitchen – The kitchen is modern and well equipped with a washing machine and tumble dryer, full size fridge freezer and microwave with a grill, along with a full oven and hob. Every effort has been made to ensure that the kitchen is equipped with everything that would be required for a comfortable stay at the Old Oil House.

Bathroom – Modern well equipped tiled bathroom, bath with shower. Towels are not included.

Bedrooms – The Old Oil House has two comfortable bedrooms, one double and one twin room, both have good size fitted wardrobes, bedside cabinets with lights, and storage heaters. Linen is provided.

Dog Friendly – The Old Oil House welcomes well behaved dogs, although we do not have a garden or outside space, the harbour area is ideal for exercising a dog and is just a short walk from the cottage

Electricity - Electricity is included in the rate

Disabled Access – As the cottage is on the ground floor and is on one level it may be suitable for disabled access.

Further details outdoors

Parking – There is one allocated parking space outside the Old Oil House, if additional parking is required there is a large car park almost opposite the cottage. (Please be aware that we are unable to rope off the parking space and cannot guarantee that an opportunist won't park there due to it's convenience to the local shops).

Further details

Welcome pack is provided

Linen is provided, but no towels

The West Country region

In the last decade Cornwall has emerged as one of the world's iconic destinations.

From the dramatic coastline of the north to the sheltered bays in the south, from ancient moorland to soft river estuaries, surfers, walkers, sailing buffs, gastronauts and visitors simply seeking a break from a hectic world have discovered a fascinating, vibrant culture, first class accommodation, food to die for and a naturally thrilling adventure playground.


Boscastle village lies within the parish of Forrabury and Minster on the North Cornish Coast 14 miles south from Bude and aprox 3 miles from Tintagel, a conservation area amongst some of the most beautiful countryside within the British Isles, and is one of the few remaining unspoilt harbour villages in Cornwall.

A designated area of outstanding beauty, the National Trust own and care for the beautiful medieval harbour and surrounding coastline.

An excellent base for touring the area of Cornwall and North Devon, including moorlands, sheltered wooden valleys and coastal footpaths offering magnificent views.

Boscastle is a typical Cornish fishing village with quaint old cottages and a picturesque Elizabethan harbour. The village is located at the confluence of two wooded river valleys where the rivers Valency and Jordon meet on one of the most magnificent and dramatic parts of the rugged North Cornish coast. Boscastle's harbour, with stone hollow jetty, leads you to a long street that meanders up to woodland. The small port was used for loading slate from the quarries, the ships being pulled in by small boats and horses.

A blowhole in the cliff face, Devils Bellows, shows you the power of water, audible just after low water under certain sea conditions. In summer divers sometimes explore its depths, and seals can often be spotted swimming nearby.

The small harbour now hosts a number of little fishing boats but was once a hive of activity with trade taking place between Wales, Bristol and the south of England. Here too a lovely valley heads inland, a path follows a fast flowing burbling stream which leads to several hidden churches.

Famous Connections - A mile or so up the River Valency Valley is St Juliot Church. Worked on by the 19th Century novelist Thomas Hardy whilst he was a still a Practising Architect. Boscastle was where Hardy met his wife to be Emma. Much of his novel A Pair of Blue Eyes is based on places in and around the Boscastle Area.

Walks - There are great Cornish to be had both inland and along the rugged Atlantic Coast. Walk north along the Cornish Coastal Path, to High Cliff, the highest point on the Cornish coast and look down on the Strangles beautiful pebbly beach, or continue along to Crackington Haven with its sandy beach and stop for a coffee or an ice cream in one of the beach cafes.

Activities – There is a wide variety of outdoor activities to choose from locally such as surfing, coasteering, kayaking, mountain biking, trekking, horse riding, fishing and walking. North Cornwall is also home to many golf courses, such as the links of St Enodoc near Rock and Bowood near Camelford.

Beaches –The sandy beaches of Polzeath, Trebarwith Strand, Crackington Haven, and Widemouth Bay are all within easy driving distance of The Old Oil House. However, for the more energetic Bossiney and the pebbly Strangles can be reached by walking the coastal path.

Other Areas To Explore - Why not visit King Arthur's Castle which is just 3 miles away in Tintagel, visit the bustling fishing port of Padstow, or wander through the narrow lanes of Port Isaac famous for Doc Martin.

The Old Oil House in Boscastle nestles at the heart of the North Cornish coastline, and is the perfect base to start exploring this beautiful part of the world.

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15 Sep 2014


"Cottage 1a excellent cottage throughout and good location."

This was our first time staying in The Oil House, 1a Valency Row even though we have been coming to this area since 1987. We were absolutely pleased with the accommodation. Spotlessly clean throughout… More

15 Jul 2014


"Beautiful and cosy place to call home."

The old oil house in boscastle was beautiful and cosy. The decor was cute cottage meets chic apartment. It was everything you needed it to be. A treat to return to at the end of a day exploring. Bosca… More

4 Jun 2014


"Fantastic Cottage"

We stayed in 1B the upstairs apartment which has 2 double bedrooms and a separate bedroom accessed via a spiral staircase thorough the lounge containing 2 single beds and a cot. All rooms are decorate… More

25 Apr 2014


"Lovely accommodation in a lovely village"

We had a week's holiday at the Old Oil House, situated right in the centre of Boscastle which is a beautiful village and ideal for exploring the North Cornwall coast. As it is all on one floor, t… More

21 Apr 2014


"Excellent apartment-terrible neighbours"

The contact with the owners from the beginning was helpful and prompt replies to help book our short notice break. On arrival everything was as per the instructions making it easy to settle in and sta… More

Thank you for your comments on the accommodation and we are extremely sorry the neighbours spoilt your stay. We have taken this up with the neighbouring property owner, but hopefully as the occupants are holiday guests we won't get a recurrence.

27 Nov 2013


"Perfect little cottage right in the heart of Boscastle"

Had a lovely time staying here and didn't want to leave. The cottage was perfect for our little boy being all on one level not having to worry about stairs. Lovely exposed oak beams with a nice b… More

26 Nov 2013


"Great location, good value, easy parking & comfortable 2 bed apartment"

This two bedroom lower apartment is very well located in the heart of lower Boscastle and within very easy walking distance of the harbour, attractions, pubs, shops and restaurants.An added bonus is t… More

21 Nov 2013


"Convenient, Clean and Well Equiped"

We received clear instructions on how to locate the property and door key, which we found in clean and tidy condition on our arrival. A fresh pint of milk in the fridge was a nice touch. The cottage… More

21 Sep 2013


"Go ahead and book it!"

We spent a week at the old oil house and was extremely pleased with the accommodation. On arrival there was a welcome pack full of essential information about the property and also the local attractio… More

9 Sep 2013


"Wonderful holiday house"

We travelled with our teenage Daughter and her friend. The cottage is excellent - lovely and clean and furnished to a very high standard. There was plenty of room for us all with nice bedrooms a wonde… More

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