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Charming, traditional, comfortable 18thc cottage, ideal for a family holiday

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Admiral Cottage is a delightful 3 bedroomed cottage, pretty garden and parking

Admiral Cottage is located in the upper part of Boscastle in the old 'High Street' and close to Paradise! Just opposite is the characterful 16thc Napoleon Inn and the stylish Bottreaux Restaurant. It is an easy walk across to the coast path, or down Fore Street with its pretty cottages to the harbour area where there are a number of shops and eateries of all sorts. It is but a short drive to some of the best-known surfing beaches on the North Cornish coast for example Widemouth, Polzeath and Trebarwith Strand. For the experts Newquay is a 40 minute drive! Admiral Cottage is a traditional 17thc cottage and has an olde world atmosphere. It was renovated in 2010 and is comfortably furnished with a brand new spacious kitchen and bathroom. It is suitable for family holidays, or out of season for a couple. We can offer flexibility on dates and prices.

Admiral Cottage sleeps 4/5 in a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, and a bunk bedroom. It is an upside-down cottage so the bedrooms and bathroom are on the ground floor accessed by the front door. Upstairs there is a spacious living/dining room with beams and wood-burning stove. there is a spacious modern kitchen with plenty of work surfaces. The back door leads out to the pretty garden, with views to the sea, and beyond to the off-street parking area.

There is a good selection of books, videos and boardgames and a well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine. The utility room leads out to the pretty garden with views towards the cliffs and Forrabury Church as featured in the BBC2 programme, A Seaside Parish. A path leads to the private off-street parking. If you wish to sleep up to 8 people we also own the adjoining cottage, Tamarisk Cottage, which is linked on the first floor. The two cottages can be booked as one. alternatively Tamarisk Cottage (sleeping 3) can be rented on its own.

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Harriet Bradley
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2017

About Harriet Bradley

The Bradley family have been visiting Cornwall for many decades with their parents and grandparents. Jonathan bought Admiral Cottage and then Tamarisk Cottage (ref 708611) a few years later. We love to spend time in Boscastle as do our extended families, children and grandchildren. We live in Bristol which is quite a short distance to go down to Boscastle, and take advantage of staying at the cottages when there are breaks in the rentals. We never tire of the stunning surroundings, the cliffs, the coastline, the walking and visits to many places of interest in this magnificent part of the south-west. Once visited, many people love to come back to Boscastle and our cottages.

Harriet Bradley purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Harriet Bradley chose North Cornwall

Admiral Cottage was originally bought as a second home and used for family holidays. Boscastle, the place, is a real village, not just a holiday centre and is almost completely unspoilt. The old parts of the village, like the old High Street where Admiral Cottage is located has been unchanged for many decades.

What makes this cottage unique

Admiral Cottage is 18thc and it has many charming features, not least of all its exterior, painted white with green windows. The living room is beamed, and yet it is light and airy. We have put in a modern and spacious kitchen to accommodate a family's needs today. There is a very pretty garden behind the cottage with views in the distance to the sea. Ideal for eating out on a summer's day. the cottage is very well-located on the old High Street. It is a lovely walk down picturesque Fore Street to the harbour area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for a wonderful fortnight. We really enjoyed the sunny days at the beach, the walk to Rough tor, Bodmin Gaol, Jamaica Inn and many other places. Last but not least we loved beautiful Boscastle with the harbour and nice places to sit outside. We all had a great stay.
Jul 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Boscastle in Forrabury and Minster

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The bathroom is new. There is an electric shower over the bath and is located downstairs with the three bedrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Family
  • The third bedroom is a bunk bedroom, with sturdy bunks, suitable for teenagers, adults if necessary.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
You may bring your well-behaved dog at an extra charge of £30. Linen and towels may also be hired at a cost of £10 per person, £7.50 for just linen, £3 for just towels. Towels are provided in the kitchen and suitable bathmats in the bathroom.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

Charming, traditional, comfortable 18thc cottage, ideal for a family holiday
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 20 reviews

An Annual Must

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting Boscastle for a week in May for the last 20 years and have stayed in several cottage but our favourite and the one we have been coming back to for the last 6 years or so is Admiral Cottage. The cottage itself is comfortable and welcoming with a very well equipped kitchen and sunny sitting room. The location is perfect, quiet but very much part of the village with a very good pub literally on the doorstep. The owners are friendly and helpful and we would certainly recommend both Boscastle and this cottage as a holiday destination for both people who love Cornwall and those wanting to try it for the first time.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, very quaint village.

  • 5 of 5

Cottage well provisioned, many dining option within walking distance. Really enjoyed Boscastle.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A charming cottage with everything you could need.

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely week in Admiral Cottage. Boscastle is truly beautiful - the harbour is stunning - and the views from the lighthouse breathtaking. We were very lucky with the weather and made the most of it with trips to Trebarwith Strand - body boarding was a hit with our teenage children - and our dog enjoyed the beach as much as we did. I would recommend a trip to Padstow, and we loved Rock beach - in our opinion far better than Padstow beach - and from Rock the ferry to Padstow takes minutes. The walk from the cottage into Boscastle is a lovely downhill stroll and the pasties and cakes from the bakery were amazing. The walk back uphill is steep!! There are lovely walks from Boscastle - the coastal ones gave stunning views. Tintagel Castle is certainly worth a visit, and we enjoyed the beach at Bossiney Cove - never crowded and full of caves to explore. We would certainly visit Boscastle and Admiral Cottage again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming cottage warm, spacious and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

A very belated review of this pretty property but it is coming round to June again and we have such happy memories of staying at Admiral Cottage. We will definitely be returning this year. The location is very good being situated in a picturesque traditional street opposite a very good pub, The Napoleon Inn. The off street parking was a real bonus and we enjoyed our breakfast in the little back garden.

The cottage is warm and comfortable with a big sunny sitting room (my husband was happy to sit here for hours!), comfy beds and a well equipped large kitchen.

The owner, Harriet was very helpful and the cottage was clean and tidy. We would definitely recommend Admiral Cottage and this beautiful area of North Cornwall.

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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one of the best holiday cottages in boscastle

  • 5 of 5

we have been going to boscastle for about the last 15 years, have staved at many lets in boscasle and can honestly say this is the best we have stayed in.

we have been going back to stay hear for about the last 8 years or so.

the cottage is always very clean and tidy, and well maintained .

it has off street parking which is rare in boscastle.

the owner harriet was allways quick to reply to my e-mails, and provided good customer services.

there is a very good pub opposite , which serves very good food and real ale.

i would definatley recommend this cottage to anybody

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not a pleasant place to stay

  • 3 of 5

Our party of three adult family members had Admiral Cottage booked for five nights, but we stayed for only four.

The Pros:

• The owner was communicative leading up to our stay and very kindly did not require us to pay in advance.

• The location is great. Though it’s a long, downhill walk to the historic harbor and shops, and an uphill hike back, it’s picturesque and charming. We actually loved making that walk and did it daily.

• The very fine Napoleon Inn is right across the lane from the cottage.

• There’s off-street parking and a private patio in the back garden.

The Cons:

• The cottage was not clean. Upon arrival, it smelled very musty. Granted, it's old and it's the rainy season, but still... There were cobwebs in the bathroom, dirty windows and the smell of body odor on the linens of one bed—even though we paid 30 BPS extra for linens.

• One of us had to make up her own bed.

• One of the sleeping rooms is a tiny, cave-like bunkroom.

• Two of the sleeping rooms did not have lamps, bedside tables, closets or anywhere to hang clothing.

• The bathroom needs a serious redo. It was cold and dark, the fan was broken and the water pressure in the shower very weak.

• The outdoor lighting from the Napoleon Inn across the way kept two of the bedrooms lit up all night long. Light-blocking curtains are needed and could easily solve that problem.

And, finally, throughout the cottage were posted notes and signage with do’s and don’ts that constantly admonish and advise guests of the things they should and should not do. Yet instructions that might be helpful — for instance, how to reset the stove’s clock, which often happens when the ill-placed switched inadvertently gets turned off — had to be searched for among a stack of appliance owner’s manuals.

Self-catering cottages should be clean, comfortable and homey. This was none of the above. In fact, the feeling was not one of welcome and helpfulness from the owner, but one of distrust. We were glad to leave a day early.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the 'pros' mentioned in this review and are pleased that our visitors enjoyed the picturesque nature of Admiral Cottage's location and its environs. We have been letting the cottage for 13 years and our visitors have always enjoyed their stay. We have many returning visitors. 'Cons' We believe the cottage was very clean. My housekeeper has been with us for 13 years and keeps the cottage spotless. She would not otherwise still be with us! We provide questionnaires to our visitors, so if there was a problem with cleanliness, she and I would both know about it. Admiral Cottage is an 18thC building, and in winter it is difficult to keep the cottage well-aired as opening the windows would bring in rain and make the cottage cold. I appreciate there may have been a cobweb in the bathroom. We understood the ladies required 3 beds. Fresh linen was put on the double bed and the two single beds. We did not expect the ladies to use the bunk bedroom, which we describe as being suitable for children. The bunk bed was therefore not prepared for use. What the ladies will have found is an undersheet & pillow slips used as protectors, on top of which fresh linen provided either by us or our visitors should be placed. If they had contacted me, my housekeeper could have made the bunk bed up ready for use. Visitors are most welcome to bring their own linen to avoid the linen charge. Chests of drawers and table lamps are provided where possible. There are drawers in each room. It is not always possible to include a cupboard due to the configuration and size of the room. There is a large cupboard in the double bedroom and coathooks/hangers in other places. The bathroom was recently renovated. There is an electric shower, a heated towel rail and a heater in the bathroom to keep it warm. I was unaware that the fan was not working, and appreciate that knowledge. The Napoleon Inn has agreed in writing to switch the lights off earlier. We were unaware of the problem because they were very recently installed. The lighting however was not on 'all night' as written in this review. We are putting up darker curtains. We do post some notes in the cottage to help our visitors. In a rental property it is useful to know how to operate things. Several of these points could have been cleared up if the ladies had contacted us during their stay rather than finding out when reading the review. We are always looking to improve our visitors' experience with us.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Napoleon Inn
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
60 Miles
M5 - Junction 30
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Trebarwith Strand
Car: recommended

There are many pretty country and coastal walks within easy access of the cottage. The nearest surfing/family beach is at Trebarwith Strand, just 12 minutes' drive away. Slightly further are Widemouth Bay towards Bude (to the north) and Polzeath Beach to the south. Pony trekking is available very close to the village. Boscastle offers a variety of dining/drinking possibilities at the Napoleon, Bottreaux Restaurant, the Wellington Hotel, and the Cobweb Inn. There are singsongs at the Welly, and occasionally live music at the Nappy! There are several National Trust houses within easy driving distance of Boscastle. The Eden Project and the lost gardens of Heligan are approximately 50 mins away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Boscastle, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Mid Season
22 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Higher Mid Season
29 Apr 2017 - 5 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid Season
6 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Higher Mid Season
20 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Mid Season
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Mid Season
3 Jun 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low High Season
10 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid high Season
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Lower Mid Season
16 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Higher Mid Season
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30

Changeover day at Admiral Cottage is a Saturday during the summer holiday but we can give you some flexibility re the start of your holiday outside the high season. Guests may arrive from 3.30pm and leave the property by 10.00am on the day of departure. Pets are welcome by arrangement and at an extra charge of £30. Linen/towels are available @ £10 per person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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