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Review of The Old Rectory St. Juliot

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The Old Rectory St. Juliot
Ranked #8 of 17 Boscastle B&B and Inns
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essex
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2 reviews
“i'm under it's spell and i can't resist”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2010

This year was my 5th trip to the rectory.I'm pleased to say that it was as memorable as the first.The location is amazing and the views from the garden are to die for.The Rectory itself is steeped in history [ thomas hardy ] and Chris and Sally are the perfect hosts.The room [ Hardy's ] was as always comfortable and the breakfast as supurb as ever.I will be back soon and that's a promise.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2010

From the first friendly welcome to our final goodbyes, staying at the Old Rectory was an absolute pleasure which coupled with the Hardy connection along with the family's history with the property made our stay all the more enjoyable. Good Walking shoes a must and the on hand knowledge available from Chris and Sally on the best places to visit was invaluable.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2010

From the moment Sally greeted us as we drove into the drive until the morning we left, neither she nor Chris (or Millie the dog!) could have been more welcoming, helpful or friendly. If you want to walk in beautiful countryside, explore The Old Rectory's magnificent gardens or just potter around in the many lovely villages of the area and return each evening to the comforts of a lovely old house, then this is the place for you. Informal, relaxing, comfortable......and a must for Thomas Hardy fans!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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southampton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2010

We stayed here for 3 nights and had the most wonderful experience from start to finish. We stayed in the Hardy room that was spotless and a lovely comfortable bed. Dressing gowns and flat screen TV also in rooms. The breakfasts are out of this world and all ingredients locally sourced. I can say i had the best smoked salmon and scrambled eggs I have ever tasted and the full English was delicious so filling! Chris and Sally were so friendly and the perfect hosts! I would recommend The Old Rectory to everyone who wants a peaceful relaxing stay with all your home comforts in a perfect setting. The highlight was watching the sunset from their very own viewing platform in the grounds. Stunning photos - thankyou so much Chris and Sally x

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Worcester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2010

This is a beautiful historical house in the heart of the Boscastle countryside. Travelling with my father we booked a room each and both were of an excellent standard. On arrival we were warmly welcomed by Sally (the owner) and Millie (Dad's new found friend, the family dog).

I stayed in Emma's room, with a lovely four poster bed it has a view of the gardens and valley below. Decor is of a high standard and completely in keeping with such a historic house. The room itself is spacious, warm and comfortable. There is a large shower, toilet and washbasin.

Dad stayed in the old stables which is very spacious with a large double bed in an elevated position, a lounge area with sofa, direct access to the gardens, a log burner for those not so warm evenings and a good size bathroom.

There is a lounge for guests use with a cosy log burner, the house is centally heated so not cold anyway. Dad and I felt very comfortable sat in there reading some of the many books Sally and Chris have available. TVs are in the rooms and lounge with DVDs if required.

A kettle with a range of drinks (and yummy homemade biscuits), a hairdryer, emergency essentials, robes, towels - the room has everything any guest would need.

The mornings start with a newspaper left by your door and breakfast at a time to suit. The breakfasts are delicious with local produce used including eggs from the resident hens.

The house itself is steeped in history, lovingly restored by Sally and Chris. It was a home to Thomas Hardy when he stayed as a guest while overseeing the renovations at the nearby St. Juliots Church.

One mention about the location. I did think that this house was actually in Boscastle, however, it sits in countryside about 1.5 miles from the familiar bridge area. This was a blessing in disguise. The location is stunning, incredibly peaceful and quiet, the (approx 3 acre) gardens are a haven. There is a walled garden and a decked area to discover with views over the stunning countryside and atlantic ocean. To get into Boscastle there is a bus service, a short drive, approx 3-5 minutes to the car park ,or for the more adventurous a walk through the valley or lanes.

I could write much more about this lovely Old Rectory but suggest that you stay there to discover it for yourself, highly recommended by a very satisfied guest.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2010

"Come to the Old Rectory and relax", and that is exactly what we did. Sally and Chris were fabulous hosts and the food they served was excellent; all locally sourced or picked out of their expansive garden. My wife and I stayed in the old stables where we enjoed the quiet privacy which is unusual in a B & B establishment. The wood burner added the 5-star cosiness that we yearned for on our 4th visit to this idyllic hideaway. We were made to feel part of the family and we will continue to visit and no doubt we will have to book well in advance now that we've told all our friends of the experience, ha, ha. (Jock and Janina)

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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midlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2010

A wonderful break between Xmas & New Year, Sally and Chris ensured this was a magical holiday to remember, superb food and excellent service way beyond what was expected. Can’t wait to return later in the year.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Old Rectory St. Juliot
Address: St Juliot, Boscastle PL35 0BT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Boscastle
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Boscastle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — The Old Rectory St. Juliot 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Rectory is in a quiet and secluded area offering four luxurious en-suite rooms in a historic house with Thomas Hardy connections close to the picturesque village of Boscastle. We are surrounded by 3 acres of our mature gardens including a productive walled Victorian kitchen garden, producing fruit and vegetables for breakfast and evening meals (by arrangement). Guests can enjoy our viewing deck over looking the sea and Valency Valley. Hardy wrote he left with "Magic in his eyes" and we hope you will do the same! Dog allowed in The Old Stable Room only. ... more   less 
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