Boscastle – a picturesque village within an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Riverside is situated in a picturesque village of Boscastle in North Cornwall. Here the wonderful scenic quality of the surrounding area is nationally recognised hence is a popular destination for families, couples and walkers. Built around 1584 by Sir Richard Grenville of the Armada fame, the grade two listed building sits in the heart of the village and is open all year round. As well as The Riverside, Sir Richard is accredited to building Boscastle’s fine seawalls which can be seen around the Elizabethan harbour.
Back in the 19th century, Boscastle was a commercial port contributing to Britain’s industrial expansion. For example, coal, iron ore and limestone from South Wales and fertilisers, timber, corn, wines and spirits from Bristol were the main imports. There were even import cargoes of timber from Canada. One of the return cargoes was manganese ore from the mines in Boscastle.
One of the most dominating features of Boscastle is the Valency Valley. In particular, the large tree canopy harbours a magnificent landscape. Within the valley, the River Valency flows down from Marshgate and past The Riverside’s secluded garden. The village lies within a conservation area amongst some of the most beautiful countryside within the British Isles and is one of the few remaining unspoilt harbour villages in Cornwall. Consequently, Boscastle is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
Boscastle is located in one of the most beautiful walking areas in the country. Set just a few minutes from the South West Coast Path. Therefore The Riverside is on many guides as a stop over welcoming walkers and their muddy boots.
Beaches and surfing
Widemouth Bay, Trebarwith Strand and Polzeath are three beaches in easy reach of The Riverside and are excellent surfing. Furthermore local surf schools and hire is available at these beaches.