The South Wing is a completely private and self-contained part of a large family house with its own entrance and garden. Downstairs there is a large kitchen/living room with access into the garden. There is also a utility room and downstairs loo. Upstairs there are two large, light-filled bedrooms with accommodation for up to six people as well as ample living space. There are also two bathrooms, both with good showers and one with a free-standing, claw-foot bath.
Boskenna itself is a manor house and its associated buildings, all set in a spectacular and secluded location surrounded by gardens, woodland and cliffs. It is located between Penzance and Land’s End on the south coast of the Penwith peninsula of Cornwall, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The main house is a treasured family home that dates from the 17th century and looks out over the rocky bay of St Loy and to the sea beyond.
St Loy and the coast path are a short 5 minute walk from the South Wing, with coastal walks over National Trust land to Lamorna cove in one direction and Penberth cove in the other. Both are charming and characterful bays, steeped in Cornish history. There are many beautiful sandy beaches and attractions all within a 15 minute drive: Porthcurno beach, Pedn Vounder beach, the surfing mecca of Sennen, the famous Minack theatre, the idyllic Cornish village of Mousehole, the fishing port of Newlyn, Penberth and Porthgwarra coves, gardens at Trewidden and Trengwainton, and of course Land's End. Within a 30 minute drive are St Michael's Mount, Tremenheere gardens and the art galleries, shops and beaches of St.Ives.
The manor has a colourful and artistic history. It was the setting for Mary Wesley’s novel 'The Camomile Lawn' and hosted Newlyn school artists such as Alfred Munnings, Laura Knight and ‘Lamorna’ Birch. It is allegedly the inspiration for the setting of Nancherrow in Rosamunde Pilcher’s books: "a long wooded driveway [...] the surrounding trees thinned and fell behind them, the road turned a final corner and the house stood revealed. It was of local granite, and slate-roofed, like any traditional farmhouse, with long windows on two floors, and a line of dormer windows above these." - Coming Home.
The South Wing
The South Wing is a completely private and self-contained part of the main house.
The kitchen/living room in the South Wing is the old ‘smoking room’; a large wood-panelled room about 40m2 with mullioned windows on three sides which fill it with light. A door that leads out to the garden. There is an electric cooker, a fridge-freezer and dishwasher. The living area has 2 sofas, an armchair and a large table with chairs. There is no TV but there is fast, unlimited broadband for streaming.
This will be the largest, and possibly the most beautiful, bedroom you’ve ever slept in! The walls are hand-stencilled, the ceiling is vaulted and beamed, the room is furnished with antiques that provide storage space as well as character. There is plenty of living space in which to relax. A tall mullioned window looks to the south-west over the gardens and towards the sea. There is an extremely comfortable super-kingsize Vispring double bed which can be made into twin beds on request. The room can also comfortably accommodate up to 2 further single beds on request.
Another large bedroom with a vaulted and beamed ceiling which also provides plenty of living space. Antique furniture, armchairs and a desk add character. It is a light-filled room with mullioned windows on two sides facing south and west overlooking the gardens. There is an extremely comfortable super-kingsize Vispring double bed which can be made into twin beds on request.
The master bathroom has underfloor heating, a freestanding cast iron, claw-foot bath in the window, a separate shower, heated towel rail, mirror, electric sockets and loo.
The shower room has underfloor heating, a heated towel rail, large mirror and electric sockets. There is an adjoining loo.
Includes washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave and separate loo.
The South Wing has exclusive use of its beautiful south- and west-facing garden. This is accessible directly from the kitchen/living room. It is partly walled with views out to woodland (and to the rest of the manor gardens which are private). There is a bench, chairs and table. A path leads through the trees to a public footpath down to the sea.
Access is down a private drive, shared with the owners and other properties on the estate. There is parking for 1 car, or 2 on request, from where it is about 50 yards through cobbled passageways to the private South Wing entrance. EV charging is available on request. The property is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs.
Check in & check out
3pm Friday to 10am Friday, 7 day bookings only
By Car: Boskenna is 5-6 hours from London, 4 hours from Bristol (at off-peak times…), 1.5 hours from Newquay airport. There is parking for 1 car, or 2 on request.
By Train: The nearest station is Penzance, a 15 minute taxi drive. Trains take 5+ hours from London Paddington, 4 hours from Bristol Temple Meads. Car hire is available at the station. It is not easy getting around this very rural area by public transport - but it is possible!
There is no mobile reception on any network but there is excellent broadband for wifi calling or Whatsapp etc.
Dogs are welcome but are not allowed upstairs and need to be on a lead in the garden as we have our own animals.
2 bedrooms, each with super king size beds (or twin beds on request).
2 further single beds on request
Egyptian cotton linen and towels
Fast, unlimited broadband wifi (but note there is no television screen provided)
Games & puzzles
Ironing board and iron