The Wellington Hotel, in the delightful coastal village of Boscastle, Cornwall, is an imposing sight.
Located in a 17th-century coaching inn with a castlesque turret, the hotel is tucked into the hillside overlooking the bridge that crosses Boscastle’s Elizabethan-era harbour.
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We booked online before leaving Australia and – with the exception of Trip Advisor reviews – we knew little about the Wellington Hotel at the time.
However, all our research suggested that Boscastle was one of the most beautiful spots on the northern Cornish coast – and a ‘must-see’ destination.
Everything we had heard about Boscastle proved correct.
And the Wellington Hotel proved to be the icing on the cake.
On the way to northern Cornwall, we read that the hotel had counted among its guests Thomas Hardy, who fell in love in Boscastle; Guy Gibson of Dambusters fame; and members of the Royal Family. And we were soon to find out why.
Q: Were there any problems with the booking?
A: None at all. We had booked two months ahead of our arrival, yet when we checked the night before reaching Boscastle, the staff knew who we were and were expecting us.
Q: Was there adequate parking space at the hotel?
A: This is always a concern in southern England, as on-site parking can be difficult to secure at some coastal hotels. However, at the Wellington Hotel, we were able to park our hire car directly outside the front of the building, in a well lit and secure parking area.
Q: Did check-in run smoothly?
A: Like clockwork. the reception staff were friendly and efficient. Check-in took only a few minutes and we were shown to our room.
Q: Was the room as expected?
A: The room was spacious and straightforward, with traditional furnishings, a comfortable bed and an en-suite bathroom. There was a TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. The free Wifi worked well and the room had adequate and well-placed power points.
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Q: Did the room have a view?
A: Yes. there was a pleasant view over the front of the hotel to the heart of the village and harbour walk.
Q: Was breakfast included?
A: Cooked breakfast was included. As usual at English country hotels, the breakfast was hearty and filling.
Q: Did you use the restaurant?
A: Yes, we had dinner on our first night at Boscastle – and the restaurant offered a large range of European cuisine in a stylish dining room.
Q: Would you return to The Wellington Hotel and recommend it?
A: Without hesitation.
Independently owned, the Wellington Hotel has 14 bedrooms, three suites and a public bar.