Old Boswednack

Rural retreat close to Zennor and Gurnard’s Head; dog-friendly cottage

At a glance

Beds 2
Sleep 4
Baths 2
Dog Friendly

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About Old Boswednack

Old Boswednack, a fabulous dog-friendly holiday cottage, is a converted barn and is just a few minutes drive or a 15-minute flat walk from Zennor and if you fancied some fabulous food and drink at The Gurnard's Head it would take all of 5 minutes walk across two fields! The beauty of Old Boswednack's location is that you are spoilt for choice for coastal walks along the South West Coastal Path or head to the moors and take in the historical charms of Bodrifty's Iron Age Round House settlement, Nine Maidens standing stones, Mên-an-Tol not to mention Lanyon Quoit, Mulfra Quoit and Chun Quoit.

Old Boswednack is a delightful, beautifully furnished, single-storey, barn conversion which is a real rural retreat on the west coast of Cornwall. Due to its rural location, the dark skies offer spectacular displays of stars and galaxies which means it is equally attractive by day or night. It is a granite building which has been decorated using some wonderful reclaimed materials used to create a warm and welcoming charm in almost every room. There is an open plan living, dining and kitchen area offering the togetherness we all want when relaxing on holiday. In the heart of the room is a wood burner which takes the chill off any time of day as it's so easy to light with a free supply of logs available. It successfully creates a glowing warmth and cosiness when all you want to do is watch a good film or read a book one evening.

There are two bedrooms where the king-size bedroom has a small en-suite shower with WC and wash basin and looks out onto the garden. The twin room is at the other end of the house just off the living area with two single beds, bespoke-made shelving and an open wardrobe. The family bathroom is between both bedrooms (just off the kitchen) with a bath and shower, wash basin and WC plus the added luxury of a heated towel rail and charms of reclaimed wood used to create some character even in the bathroom. The house has electric central heating with radiators in all rooms.

With the Spring and Summer comes the desire to open up all the doors and enjoy the enclosed garden with its paved area, colourful and fragrant borders around a manicured lawn.

The 'Shack' is a wooden summer house which offers a contrast to the main house with subtle, calming tones designed to create a peaceful place to read, paint, do yoga, sew or simply snooze to the sounds of chirruping birds and buzzing bees. Inside you have a small kitchen area built with reclaimed pallets which have a fridge and mini freezer, a microwave, a kettle and a sink with hot and cold water. You also have a WC with a wash basin so no need to nip to the main house!

Up to two well-behaved and well-mannered dogs are very welcome at Old Boswednack, all we ask is that you let us know the age and breeds of your dogs (even their name so we can make friends with them too!). We also ask you to travel with their crate (if they are used to one) and dog beds and towels so they make themselves at home just as much as you. Remember they aren't allowed in bedrooms or on furniture in their holiday home even if they're allowed at home! 

This typical West Cornwall rural retreat is perfect for couples visiting the area with or without a dog and families (we suspect due to the bedrooms being on either side of the living and kitchen area separated by doors and a hallway, parents may not think it suitable for younger children but they are of course welcome) and short breaks are always welcome outside of busy school holiday weeks.

Please note, that there is no phone reception at Old Boswednack so you will need to enable WiFi calling on your mobile phones. There is a landline provided for emergency calls only.

St Ives is a 15 to 20-minute drive from Old Boswednack, as is Hayle and Penzance so it is a perfect spot to enjoy peace, quiet and tranquillity whilst being so close to the hubbub of local coastal towns and harbours. St Just is a 10-minute drive where you can enjoy breakfast at the Dog and Rabbit or pick up delicious local fruit, veg and meat to create a fine meal at home. Zennor is a few minutes' drive and the wonderful Tinner's Arms serves local ale and food and Moomaid's cafe sells delicious ice cream as well as cakes, light lunches and coffee. The Gurnard's Head gastro pub is a minute's drive from Old Boswednack or a 5-minute stroll across a field.

To recap, Old Boswednack is a detached rural holiday cottage on the outskirts of Zennor. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is dog-friendly and accepts one well-behaved and well-mannered dog. There is an enclosed garden within which is a summer house to enjoy also. There is parking for 2 cars outside the barn.

Old Boswednack

417 Old Boswednack 44 View property



Oct 20 2023

Had a great time. Really nice warm cottage well positioned in the countryside.

Emma and Stuart

Oct 06 2023

One of the best properties, we have stayed in and hoping to return next year.
Well equipped, comfortable, immaculate and an ideal location to explore the many beaches, Cornwall has to offer.
Would highly recommend.


Aug 21 2023

Lovely place. Had a lovely week here. Accommodation perfect for family of 4 and doggie. We'll equipped comfortable. Loved the summer house we used on evenings. Walks to zennor over fields for cafe and pub and also to the gunnard head. Both pubs great . Lovely coastal walks on door step and even caught the bus outside to st ives and back. Will def stay again if in the area. 

Elsa Elphick

Mar 27 2023

Beautiful property , perfectly equipped, peaceful, charming didn't want to leave!

We loved our stay and hope to return, I appreciate that those with pets may need extra cleaning however we left the place in immaculate order so I think 50 is rather a lot , having said that I appreciate others may not !


Denise Clark

Sep 12 2022

Old B provided the perfect retreat for our holiday, which sadly turned out to be during the worst week of the summer - lashing rain, storms and gale-force winds. Firstly we were most impressed by the helpful, clear communication from the Orange Roofs team, before, during, and at the end of our stay. Thank you. The accommodation is well laid-out and easy to keep clean. It is also very well-equipped (although egg cups would be a useful addition!). The beds and bedding are comfortable and warm, and bathrooms provide very hot (possibly too much so) water for showers and baths. The tumble dryer proved exceedingly useful each time we got drenched! Although it was too wet for us to use the annexe much, it's a wonderful space, and a reader's paradise. Reassuring too for us was the safe garden area for our dog. Most particularly useful to us was the fact that the bus stop is right outside the house, providing the best method of transport into St Ives or down towards Land's End. Despite the awful weather we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Old B.


Sep 03 2022

We loved Old Boswesnack - the accommodation is smartly finished, beautifully maintained and with the extra studio, was flexible and worked really well for our family. This location is further down the coast then we had stayed previously and we absolutely will return. It is fascinating, the walks are superb, with hidden coves, lighthouses and dramatic cliffs. It was also an easy place to explore from and the village, Zennor is charming - highly recommend.

Vernon Powell

May 17 2022

Really enjoyed staying here. Nicely presented and very clean accommodation that had all the facilities needed. Loved sitting in the garden shack in the evenings which was very relaxing and quiet. It was very easy staying here with our dog who enjoyed the garden also. The local area has two easy to access pubs and cafe in Zennor village. St Ives is only six miles away by car or a bus also stops just out on the main road which is useful as parking can be very busy in st Ives at times. Marazion and Penzance are also fairly close to drive to. Would definitely recommend this lovely place for a relaxing break. Communication from Orange roofs was excellent from start to finish. Very professional and helpful throughout..

Sarah Kubica

Apr 17 2022

Lovely, cosy rural hideaway within reach of St. Ives and a good base for exploring the wider Penwith Peninsula. Spotlessly clean and well equipped for self-catering, though we highly recommend booking at The Gurnard's Head for a special meal. Loved the open plan living space and the grassed area in front of the summerhouse. Communication from Orange Roofs was excellent, and we would not hesitate to stay here again.


Dec 09 2021

We loved this cottage. It was perfect in size, layout and functionality for 2 adults, a baby and a dog. The only thing stopping us immediately booking again is that it's on the main road, so you can't just walk out with the dog and buggy so wasn't ideal for our needs in that way, but will definitely be back in the future when the kid is older and easier to shove in a car! Lots of lovely walks nearby if just for you or with a dog though, we just couldn't get a buggy on the coastal walks! For dog owners - the garden is fully enclosed so no need to worry there, we felt perfectly safe letting out mad hound out in the garden unattended. The owners had left firewood for the extremely cosy fire and we used this several times and it really made our day on the more blustery wet days. Quite often you find places charge stupid amounts for this pleasure so this little touch was really appreciated! The team at Orange Roofs were also really helpful with any queries we had, and even went out their way to volunteer information of local events which was lovely of them (thanks Torrie!).


Oct 12 2021

Great accommodation with everything you need. Great if you are wanting to explore Cornwall but be prepared to drive. Perfect for us returners when we already knew the best spots to see!

Laura Bell

Oct 08 2021

An ideal rural location close to St Ives . The accommodation has plenty of space with two bathrooms. A well equipped kitchen and lounge. With a dishwasher and washing machine ideal for couples or families.

Jamie and Alex

Jul 03 2021

We stayed at Old Boswednack in Sept 2020 and chose to return again this June. The accommodation is very well equipped and immaculately clean. The proximity to Zennors beautiful coast and the lovely Tinners Arms were also a big draw. The booking process and pre- stay information from Orange Roofs made the trip very easy. Would highly recommend this property for anyone who loves Cornwall and coast walking.


May 08 2021

Beautiful property in an amazing location.

Stuart and Caz

May 08 2021

Old Boswednack is a lovely renovated piggery a mile or so out of Zennor. It's warm and cosy with plenty of space in the living area to cook, chill and chat. The garden is a lovely place to sit and chat with coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening - or stroll over the Gunnards Pub for a drink and watch the sunset. Zennor is a lovely walk along the coast away for lunch at the cafe or pub. If you are feeling like a longer walk , St Ives is 6 miles along the same coastal path. Within easy drive are a number of beatifull gardens, the pick of which for us was Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. Surfing beaches at Sennen are about 12 miles down the coast. We couldn't fault anything and had a thoroughly enjoyable week, even though Covid restrictions meant outside dining was not available - we just had our romantic evenings in Old Boswednack.


Apr 25 2021

We had a lovely stay at Old Boswednack - house was perfect for a family of four with the added bonus of the summer house which is very calming and perfect for reading, yoga or getting away from everything. Zennor is a stunning area. The coastal path is on your door step with brilliant walks and the added bonus of two fab pubs down the road. We loved our trip to St Ives, Minack Theatre and Cape Cornwall. Sam & Ross were super helpful and responsive and run a first class service for their guests.

carol palmer

Oct 04 2020

One of the best cottages we have stayed in! Love the open plan living area and also the summer house. Within walking distance of coaast path and driving distance of many interesting resorts. We had some rotten weather but were warm and cosy Used the summer house for painting and reading


Sep 18 2020

Perfect setting, within easy walking of 2 lovely Pubs. Coastal walks were great and accommodation very comfortable. Sun somewhere in garden most of the time. Particularly liked the Shack

J Davidson

Jul 30 2020

We'd originally booked Old Boswednack for a 3 day stay in March but had to cancel due to the Covid lockdown, so we were delighted to be able to get whole week in July instead The property was very clean and well presented and the garden areas were beautifully planted and had sun all through the day. Off street parking a real bonus. Location excellent for walking. Tinners Arms in Zennor 20 mins walk across the fields and the Gurnards Head likewise in the other direction but sadly it only opened the day we left. Orange roofs were great to deal with and they quickly sorted a failed light. We will return!


Nov 19 2019

We loved our visit to Old Boswednack, and really appreciated how easy it was to get to some fantastic nearby beaches in West Cornwall. The property was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed for our week long stay. The lack of phone coverage helped us disconnect and unwind, but the great WiFi was there if we needed it. We highly recommend both nearby pubs for food or drink.


Nov 13 2019

We spent a week in Old B and didn't want to leave. Perfect location for exploring the beautiful countryside and coastline, property is warm, comfortable and well outfitted. Highly recommended!

Ross Gibbons

Nov 04 2019

Our first time staying at Old Boswednack and it won't be our last. Such a wonderful cosy cottage. Perfect location in our favourite area. Facilities were first class as was the service provided by Orange Roofs (again first time we have used you). Top marks.


Oct 13 2019

Great service from the minute we booked and loved Old Boswednack in Cornwall, we had a great week away. Thank you


Sep 13 2019

Hi Thank you for wonderful stay at Old Boswednack. The cottage has everything needed for a relaxing break. Very clean and comfortable with lovely staff who are very helpful. We felt very much at home. We enjoyed the coastal footpath walks and sunsets from Zennor. We will definitely use Orange Roofs again. Thank you from the McHugh family.

Louise Ryder

Aug 18 2019

Our family (myself, husband, 2 children and basset hound) had a fabulous week staying at old boswedneck. The cottage itself is located near the most amazing coastal path, which leads to a lovely pub with excellent food. The cottage was very clean, cosy & equipped well, with nice crockery and quality bedding- the little things that make it extra special... Orange roofs were a joy to deal with, extremely helpful! We’ll certainly be looking to book with them again... Overall we couldn’t find any fault. It was the perfect location to get out and about, with St Ives, Hayle, Mousehole, and St Michaels mount all a short drive away. We look forward to planning our next trip soon!

Sue Hoffmann

Jul 04 2019

We all really enjoyed our stay at Old Boswednack. It has been beautifully renovated and has everything you could need. The ‘shack’ was lovely too. The area is beautiful and very interesting with a lot of history. A lot of myths and legends! Thank you to Orange Roofs for being so good to deal with and we hope to return to Cornwall soon. :)


Mar 19 2019

We loved our stay at Old Boswednack. The cottage I’d cosy, stylish and clean. We had terrible weather for our entire stay, never less than a force 9 gale! It didn’t stop us braving the nearby coastal path, we battled the elements and then returned to a hot bath, books and a fire. Lovely! Only one suggestion, it would be nice to be left with enough wood for a full evening the first night, and more than 4 matches! It’s tricky to light the fire when the wind is howling

Dulcie Winslade

Sep 22 2018

We stayed here for our mini moon and it was perfect! The home is so well done (we are very picky so trust me when I say it's lovely!!!) and it has absolutely everything you'd need. Everything is thought of, you'd be able to stay here forever!!! The location is ideal, it's picturesque but also an easy drive to St Ives, Sennen, Lands End etc. You can also do an amazing coastal walk straight from the front door. The garden is perfect, I loved that it was secure for our pup which is a MASSIVE tick for all dog owners as you can open either one of the doors and know they'll be safe. Huge thank you to the Old B for being ideal for a costal Cornwall escape, 5*!

Fiona Hillier

May 06 2018

The cottage/ out building are just lovely... and even better, dog friendly. Perfect location to lots of locations and hidden treasures... beautiful coves and sandy beaches. Would thoroughly recommend!

Chris and Denise

Dec 08 2016

What a lovely and beautifully appointed cottage, thank you for making us so welcome. We prefer visiting St Ives in Winter! The light is beguiling, just like Pembrokeshire. Kippers for breakfast at the Porthminster Kitchen in St Ives were the best I've tasted in 69 years!


Dec 28 2016

The perfect 'snug' for our post Christmas/ New Year break. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time curled up in front of the fire relaxing after soaking up the best of the Cornish coastline and beaches. Gwithian in full sunshine was marvellous and a perfect day topped off when we spotted several dolphins surfing the waves at sunset. Definitely use the 'Shack' It was toasty warm in there and wonderful fresh setting. I painted in there over a couple of days and we started our New Year party there with bubbly.Fabulous Stay!


Jan 14 2017

Even with the benefit of living in Cornwall, it took us 12 months to find teh perfect place for our annual January break. ''Old B'' has delivered on every level from initial enquiry, booking and our stay. We have had everything we needed in a wonderful location that enabled us to complete another section of the SW Coastal Path. Thank you it has been wonderful!

Rita and Sandy

Mar 24 2017

Very comfortable and warm, everything we needed, lovely garden and very convenient for coastal walks in both directions. An easy walk across the fields to Zennor and in the opposite direction, a short walk to Gurnards Head Hotel.

Isabel, Anthony and Mouse the dog

May 02 2017

Old Boswednack is fantastic, idyllic location with excellent facilities. A short walk takes you to the coastal path and the fabulous Tinners Arms and Gurnards Head - a warm welcome for us and Mouse at both, wonderful food and local beer! Busy at this time of year so imagine booking would be essential in the summer months. The coastal path was a definite change to the walking in Norfolk but a scramble down to near by Veor cove gave us the most amazing couple of mornings - turquoise water, beautiful sand, a waterfall and all to ourselves!!! Hard to leave and hope to be back soon.


Jun 17 2017

This is just a great place to stay: Beautifully decorated cottage, everything is new and perfect in shape, very well equipped. Nice and supportive people in case of any problem. And, not to forget, located at an excellent sport to explore the Cornwall coast. One restaurant in 5min walking distance. Another one and a cafe close by.


Jul 07 2017

Eigentlich müssten wir ja berichten, dass das Haus furchtbar dreckig, schlecht gelegen, übelst ausgestattet usw. wäre....... (um immer freie Buchungsdaten für die Zukunft zu haben) Leider ist genau das Gegenteil der Fall. Ein wunderschönes Haus, in dem es an nichts fehlt. Unglaublich liebevoll renoviert und ausgestattet mit einem tollen Blick für Details und genügend Platz für Alle und Alles. Gemütlicher Garten und ein Gartenhaus, welches meine Frau am liebsten mit nach Hause genommen hätte (samt Inhalt). Eine Fleckchen der Ruhe und Entsapannung. Für uns war es der perfekte Ausgangspunkt für unsere täglichen Touren. Auch die Nachbarin Liz hat uns gleich freundlich begrüßt und ihre Hilfe angeboten, falls nötig. Ein weiterer Urlaub in diesem kleinen Schmuckstück ist schon in Planung.


Sep 13 2017

Lovely cottage in great location. Warm and comfortable with everything you could possibly need a real home from home . Having used Orange Roofs before and being impressed Old Boswednack kept up the standards we previously experienced . Thoroughly recommend


Sep 29 2017

Lovely conversion of a cattlebyre! Everything has been considered to make a most enjoyable retreat on the spectacular Lands End Peninsular. The location means you can explore this Devine Area by foot, bus, bike or car but most important you can bring the dog with you. FABULOUS.
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