Boscastle is set in a narrow ravine and is one of the few remaining unspoilt harbour villages in Cornwall. Designated an Area of Outstanding beauty, the National Trust own and care for the beautiful medieval harbour and surrounding coastline.
With its Medieval core and distinctive harbour, Boscastle is one of Cornwall’s most romantic places. It is a village steeped in history, associated with authors and artists who have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty. A lovely valley path heads inland following a stream which leads to several hidden churches.
The name of the village comes from Botreaux Castle, a 12th century motte-and-bailey fortress, of which few remains survive. Boscastle was once a favourite haunt of author, Thomas Hardy, and the setting for one of his novels, 'A Pair of Blue Eyes'. It was here that he met his wife, Emma.
A flash flood in 2004 caused extensive damage to Boscastle. Four buildings were demolished and a further 58 were flooded as the downpour hit. An estimated total of 440 million gallons of water flowed through the village.