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“Warm and Welcoming”
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Pencarmol
Ranked #14 of 16 Boscastle B&B and Inns
London, England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Warm and Welcoming”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Jack and Faye gave us a very warm welcome to there house and also made time to say hello to our two dogs.Tea and cake on arrival was most enjoyable and as for the offer at breakfast the choice of freshly cooked full english or pancakes and a large selection for vegaterians.
The room was very comfortable and clean with lovely views over the harbour.
Would highly recomend a stay and will be returning soon

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Banstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We have been visiting Boscastle over the last 19 years and recommend Pencarmol as perfect, one of the best bed and breakfast’s we have stayed in, we cannot fault in any way. The views of the harbour from our room were absolutely fantastic, the best we have had from any B&B in Boscastle!

A very warm welcome was given by Jack and Faye who could not do enough to help and were not intrusive, along with a nice welcoming pot of tea and slices of gorgeous cake.

The bedroom was very comfortable and very clean.

The extensive English breakfast will be greatly missed (there is also a choice of fish, porridge, pancakes, cereals, fresh fruit, etc), all locally produced and to a high standard.

We felt totally relaxed throughout our stay and really did not want to leave. Thank you so much Jack and Faye, we very much look forward to coming back next year, thanks again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, UK
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

The three basics we look for in a holiday stay are clean premises, good food and friendly hosts. At Pencarmol all three scored highly.

After an ambitious drive from Norwich including a less than welcome wrong turn in the hill fog across Bodmin Moor we arrived at the B&B praying that 'this had better be worth the journey'. We'd barely got out of the car when Jack welcomed us in with much needed tea and homemade cake. Plenty of useful advice was given in regards to local pubs, restaurants etc. We felt very settled from the start.

Owing to other bookings we stayed in the larger double for five nights and the smaller double for the last night. Both rooms were clean, tidy, well furnished and everything worked. Beds were comfortable. Views from the windows were picture postcard. Very quiet at night (in a good way).

Good selection of breakfasts available. Full English was well cooked with quality ingredients. Service from the hosts was friendly and efficient.

As stated above the location was about as good as it gets in this part of Cornwall. As the B&B is situated right on the coastal path you don't have to try hard to find some excellent walks around the locality.

We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Pencarmol and wouldn't hesitate to stay again or recommend to others.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

If you are looking for a welcoming home-from-home in Boscastle, I cannot recommend Pencarmol more highly. Lovely hosts, great views, warm welcome. Jack spent time making chocolate cake with my children so to say he doesn't tolerate kids (as per the previous review) is nonsense. Any rules regarding children are for their safety as the guest house sits at the top of a very steep cliff! Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

I arrived as planned at approx 1:00Pm and "Jack" was waiting to greet me.... A very warm welcome was given by Jack and what a charming host he is. The Pencarmol is located in a beautiful spot, overlooking Boscastle Harbour and is ideally situated for a short break; which is why I was there....

Minutes from the village of Boscastle, you have the cliffs and coastal footpaths literally on the doorstep of the Pencarmol B&B. This is a spectacular area with breathtaking scenery and views.

The bedroom was clean, warm and very comfortable. Everything I needed was there including a well appointed selection of tea and coffee. I was made to feel at home from the moment I arrived with full use of a comfortable lounge area, furnished with books, art and Jack's collection of instruments....!

Breakfast was what ever you wanted it to be; Fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurt, a cooked breakfast, even pancakes.... you just couldn't be disappointed.

I dined at the Riverside restaurant, again at Jack's recommendation and it was superb....

Honestly, ignore the negative comments made by others, this is a great B&B; offering Great value, Great location and a lovely host... You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We obviously had a far different experience than the other people who stayed here. Firstly, nobody was waiting for us - we had to wait several minutes for Jack's wife to answer the door and show us to the room - which we have absolutely no problem with, but mention because everyone else mentioned that he was waiting for them. Jack then came along and told us that tea would be served in the downstairs lounge and then gave us his rules regarding our Bichon Frise, which we found absolutely unbelievable for somewhere that calls itself "dog friendly".

While we were in the room listening to the rules, our dog put his front legs on the windowsill to look out and Jack told us to get him down off there. When my partner originally rang to book the room he was told that dogs weren't allowed in the dining area but had to stay in the bedroom. However Jack proceeded to tell us that dogs had to stay in the car while we ate breakfast (dog friendly??) and could not be in the room without us. He said that he was not allowed on the furniture. When I stated that he often slept on our bed on his own blanket (which we had brought) he said that wouldn't be allowed and that he should be put in a cage at night (dog friendly??) as their other guests who brought a dog did. He went on to say that he had to be on a lead at all times - I will now admit that when we were in the room with the door closed we didn't have him on a lead. Having put us straight about his dog rules, he then pointed out what he called "the emergency rations", which turned out to be 4 teabags and several coffee and sugar sachets.

I found the "emergency rations!" incredibly poor for an £80 a night room. At every other B&B we've stayed at there is always a selection of drinks and biscuits. At the B&B we had stayed at the night before (Mellstock House in Combe Martin, Devon) their £65 room came supplied with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, a selection of fruit teas and biscuits. The toiletries provided were also very poor at Pencarmol, being one container of combined shampoo and bodywash, as opposed to the Devon B&B which supplied very nice shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, shower gel, body lotion, hand lotion, cotton buds and cotton wool balls.

The lady of the house shouted up that tea was on the table - this was not very hot by the time we got downstairs, although I must say that the cake was very nice. At the Devon B&B they also invite you down for tea and cake/biscuits, but make the pot of tea once you get downstairs, so it's still hot.

Whilst unpacking we discussed how unhappy we were with the rules about dogs and how uncomfortable Jack had made us feel (almost like naughty schooldchildren) and decided to speak to Jack before unpacking about leaving and going elsewhere where dogs were really welcomed. We went downstairs and I waited about 5 minutes outside the door of what I think was the dining room while he vacuumed, through me knocking and calling out "hello" and "excuse me" repeatedly. When he eventually looked up and noticed me I asked if we could have a word and he told me to come in. When I mentioned we had the dog with us, he said he'd come outside to us! We then told him how uncomfortable and unwelcome he had made us feel and that we really felt unhappy about staying there. He said that he would charge us the £240 whatever we decided to do and would be checking the room and charge us for any damage caused by our dog (a small, well behaved Bichon Frise - I don't know how he would be for anything larger than that). We then said that we would not be coming down for breakfast as we were not prepared to leave our dog in the car. He tried to persuade us to come down and my partner agreed in the end so that we could get away.

When we went back to the room I unpacked and my partner read the "welcome pack", or the Pencarmol Rules Book:- we are not smokers but were quite surprised at the "you can smoke in the garden - IF YOU MUST" which we felt was very rude and unwelcoming to smokers; you must ask permission to charge anything electrical - surely they don't charge extra for that?!?; Pets are welcome (really?) but they reserve the right to refer you and your pet to the kennels. Children must be in the care of their parents at all times (are parents that feckless that they need to be told). We honestly feel that the only people they really want there are childless non-smokers who don't have a pet, but tolerate the others as they want to make money. It would be very interesting to know how many of the other reviewers actually brought children or a dog with them. This is the first B&B welcome pack we've seen that has rules about children and dogs. We should have guessed from the slate propped up against the door that said Dogs and Children welcome - surely children being welcome is a given?

Needless to say, we did not go down for breakfast, although Jack knocked our door at 9 to say that he had asked the other guests if they would be OK with us bringing down the dog - imagine how uncomfortable that also made us feel. We then decided that we would rather lose the money and cut short our holiday than stay there. When we went downstairs we bumped into Jack's wife (at least we think that's who it was) as I had to ask her to ask someone to move their car so that we could get out to get some breakfast. She told us that we wouldn't get a better breakfast anywhere and I replied that that may well be the case, but at least we'd be somewhere dog friendly while eating it - which we were as we had a fabulous breakfast at the extremely dog friendly King Arthur's Hotel in Tintagel (highly recommended).

Going back to the room, we did not feel it was worth £80 a night. The paper was peeling away from the walls in several areas. The toilet had to be flushed around three times before it did its job). We lived in a listed house built in 1590, so feel that we can comment on this, which cannot just be put down to the age of the building, which was a newbie compared to ours. For £80 I would have expected cotton bedding, not polycotton and am only glad it wasn't too warm at night as it would have been unbearable on polycotton.

The furniture was very tired (not antique and aged, just tired). One of the wood cabinets had enormous round white handles on it, that would have looked more in place on an MFI cupboard. There was a lovely lounge downstairs that Jack had said was for guests, but we were afraid to use it incase the dog jumped up on our laps, etc. Can I add that we are very responsible dog owners and would not allow a wet, dirty or badly behaved animal to do that.

The view was lovely, as were the walks - but these could have been seen and done whilst staying at a real dog friendly hotel just down the road.

Not a happy experience as Jack managed to spoil our holiday for us and we cut it short and left a day early. Jack has said that if he managed to let the room he will repay us the £80 (which would be very difficult to do as he didn't bother getting our address - just our card details).

I realise this is a dissertation, but feel it important to let dog owners know - unless we are in the wrong and dog owners usually keep their dogs in their cars while they eat and put their dogs in cages at night.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We can't say it enough. Absolutely a dream of a place! Jack ("Captain Jack") was the sweetest and kindest host. Our room was perfect--overlooking the sea!!! He even suggested fantastic places to go for drinks and music in the evening. Breakfast was delicious. It is the kind of place you dream about going to but never believe exists. We are already figuring out how to get back!!! Thank you, Faye and Captain Jack!!!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Pencarmol

Property: Pencarmol
Address: The Harbour | North Cornwall, Boscastle PL35 0HD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Boscastle
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #14 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Boscastle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
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Pencarmol Boscastle, Cornwall

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