The patio overlooks the harbour.
After a day exploring this stunning part of the Cornish coastline, come back to The Shippen to unwind and relax.
You will never tire of looking at the view every time you step outside the front door.
The cottage has two charming bedrooms.
The open plan living-room will make for a sociable holiday.
The small kitchen has all that you need, but with so many choices of places to eat in Boscastle, why tie yourself to the stove- you are holiday after all!
The Shippen has a coal-effect electric fire - perfect for those out-of-season breaks.
The stairs lead up from the living-area.
Bedroom one has a super comfy double bed.
The single bedroom.
The setting really is very special.
The Shippen is the middle of the three cottages and has parking in front of the white garage. The parking is not suitable for SUVs, 4x4s or Estate cars.
The view down the river to the sea from the small stone bridge which you cross to access the property.
The view towards the harbour from the patio.
A view towards the village of Boscastle. The Shippen is tucked away on your right-hand side.
A view towards the harbour and the stunning clifftops.
The award winning Farm Shop and Cafe - pop in for some fresh provisions or treat yourself to morning coffee... or maybe a wonderful lunch whilst you sit back and enjoy the view!
Boscastle's dog-leg harbour leads out to the open sea.
Looking back towards Boscastle on a misty summer morning.
The walks are stunning and protected by the National Trust.

The Shippen


Boscastle / Sleeps 3 (no children under 6)

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Lovely cottage in a perfect location with stunning views of the harbour.

The Shippen is a wonderful cosy cottage, fabulous views in a wonderful location.

We return every year to this adorable little cottage. It is an absolute privilege to be able to stay here, we see ourselves as very lucky.

Great location, handy parking outside, upstairs bathroom a bit cramped

The Shippen is just perfect for a break away, whether a mini break or a long break. It is equipped with everything you need and more. So comfortable and warm. Beds are very cosy. Parking is good for 2 cars. Very clean and tidy. Comes equipped with tea/coffee etc, even hand wash and washing up liquid, also day to day cleaning products like antibacterial etc. It is set in a beautiful location and the views are just stunning, especially when having a morning coffee outside watching the tide come in and even more so at night time when the tide goes out. Full WIFI, access to a landline also. I cannot fault this place at all. Home from home. One of the better places I've stayed. We didn't want to come home!

A clean, welcoming and cosy place to stay. The location is superb and the cottage is well-equipped. We had a wonderful week and would definitely come back again.

The Shippen cottages are spectacularly placed for a view of the natural harbour, the hills and the village of Boscastle. There are 20 stone steps that lead to the cottage. It is the only access. They are steep and can become slippery in the rain or even damp. I would recommend taking great care if you are elderly or have very young children. The handrail is sufficiently safe. When you get to the top, look around - you'll be delighted.

The kitchen and bathroom equipment were excellent.

I was impressed with my stay. It was wonderfully cosy. Everything was provided and easily accessible. The bedrooms were spotlessly clean. It was warm and most comfortable - the best night-sleep I've had in a long time. Excellent!

A couple of points.... I phoned the Housekeeper to introduce myself. She was most pleasant and helpful. It would have been nice to have had a curtesy call to see if everything was alright during my week's stay.

Clearly a great deal of effort had gone into making a visitor's stay a pleasant and relaxing one. I much appreciated that. I'm also impressed with the 'young lady' who helped me from Classic Cottages.

Christian McCulloch

A return visit to this compact cottage on the harbour. Spotlessly clean, and well equipped. Ideally suited for coastal walks. A short walk to pubs/restaurants in Boscastle. No need to use the car.

Cottage is in a very central position. It does have steep steps and only a small outside area. Due to the fact it backed onto a wall means it is quite dark inside. It has all the basics you need.

The Shippen is located in the heart of the beautiful harbour at Boscastle. It is cosy and well presented, and is set above the harbour with its own terrace.... a lovely spot to watch the sun go down!

A beautiful place to stay. Cottage was well equipped, comfortable, cosy and was very sad to leave. Will be coming back!

A delightful cottage set in a beautiful location in Boscastle. Good pubs and shops, lovely farm shop 5 minutes drive away, serving lovely breakfasts. we have been to this cottage on many occasions, and have re-booked for next year.

A comfortable cottage with a great outlook. Very clean and well equipped. The perfect place to explore the area or just watch the world go by.....!

Lovely Cottage, Beautiful location, Excellent service.

There is a reason why we keep returning year after year..... This cottage is simply adorable. We absolutely love it. Thank you x

Beautiful, comfy cottage in such a beautiful location. Warm, well equipped and excellent hosts. Will definitely be returning.

Situated in a good spot conveneint to shops, pubs and restaurants and lovely walks.

A small but perfectly formed traditional cornish cottage. It was very well equipped with everything you could need for your holiday. The location is stunning with lots of lovely walks on the doorstep. There are pubs, shops and restaurants within walking distance. We would definitely recommend a stay at The Shippen.

Our third stay. The cottage was spotlessly clean. We had a very enjoyable holiday, in a lovely setting.

Property is in a superb location but is let down by the interior the, cottage needs an update it is a bit tired, the kitchen tiles are cracked and the shower is just a trickle, there is not enough water for a bath even when boosting the immersion heater, the shower curtain is not brilliant and there is a small amount of mould on the shower/bath tile wall, we had a great stay but property was a bit of a let down.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you so much for your review of The Shippen! We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed Boscastle - it is a wonderful area to explore. The Shippen is one of our more traditional properties and we are sorry to read that there were areas that you found in need of an update. We of course have shared this with the owner to take into consideration for the future. We have also asked the housekeeper to investigate the shower wall and pressure. We are sorry that we did not her from you at the time as we would have loved to help. We hope to welcome you back or to another Classic Cottage in the future. Sarah, Customer Support

We really enjoyed our week at the cottage, its in a great location beside the harbour, comes well equipped with nice furnishings, was very clean on arrival and would be happy to recommend to friends and family. Anon.

This was our 3rd visit to this cottage, which feels like a home from home. We love everything about it: the location is wonderful, the cottage is cosy with a lovely, peaceful feel to it, and it is well-equipped and comfortable. Small but absolutely perfectly formed. Always sad to leave.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for reviewing The Shippen - it's always lovely to hear from our regular visitors such as yourself. Boscastle is a such a special place and having such a cosy cottage to return to at the end of a long day is the icing on the cake. I'm sure we'll be seeing you again soon! Bryony, Customer Support

We love this cute cottage and see it as a home from home. It is a privilege to stay here.

We had a very enjoyable holiday at the Shippen. The location of the cottage is excellent, and it offers good views and it is situated near enough to enjoy the attractions of Boscastle Harbour within walking distance. We would certainly return, and it offers good facilities, and the advantage of being able to explore this part of North Cornwall from a very attractive location. The Wifi facilities are an added bonus.

Location location location. Fantastic location, shame about the cottage. It's in need of a serious refurbishment. It's very dull inside even on the sunniest of days you need the lights on . The sofa has been repaired with planks under the cushions which made it very uncomfortable. I know that you are warned about the beams and low roof upstairs, but unless you are under 5ft you are going to struggle. The bathroom is so small and dark with no extractor. The steem kept activating the smoke alarm and it impossible to sit on the toilet properly. This not the standard of cottage we are used to from classic cottages.

Reply from Classic Cottages

We're pleased that you enjoyed the position overlooking the harbour, but were sorry to see that perhaps The Shippen wasn't quite what you were looking for. It is a traditional Cornish cottage with smaller rooms and low ceilings, and we do try to show this clearly in the photos. The ceiling height is more than 5ft but you do have some sloping areas as shown in the images; if you are very tall, it is something to be aware of. The owner does refresh the decor regularly, and his preference is for a more traditional style in keeping with the cottage's age. We were unaware of there being a board under the sofa seat to add some support, but will check this out with the owner. The cottage is much loved by many guests, but we're sorry it didn't quite meet your requirements. Tanya, Customer Support

The Shippen, is the perfect location for a harbourside stay in the picturesque village of Boscastle. Nestled centrally, you can relax and take in the beautiful views of the harbour and headland from your own private terrace and watch the world go by. And if you're lucky you'll get to see one of Boscastle's stunning sunsets!

Amazing position.

This cottage is our dream cottage and we never want to leave. It really does have everything and it's view of Boscastle is stunning. We hope we can come back here forever.

Excellent value for money , we will return

A very comfortable and well stocked cottage. There was a problem with the lock on the inner front door, this was sorted while we were still there.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you for your lovely comments, we are delighted you found The Shippen very comfortable and well stocked. Great that the team were able to sort the lock straight away. Hopefully we will see back in Cornwall soon. Emma, Customer Support.

Our third visit, very clean cottage in excellent position overlooking the harbour and close to amenities, which made for a very enjoyable holiday.

Just lovely. The location and view were amazing. The cottage was comfortable and well equipped. We are already planning a return trip.

This cottage is in a great location overlooking the very pretty harbour. We'll placed for pubs, tea shops, bus stop and all village amenities. Have booked to go back

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for sharing your review - it's great to hear how much you enjoyed your stay and we're looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Tanya, Customer Support

The cottage is in a great location and has very comfy beds, but would benefit from updating in some areas

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for your review; we're so pleased that you had a comfortable stay overall. The Shippen is a charming Cornish Cottage with some typical traditional features but ideally located in beautiful Boscastle - we'll certainly pass your comments onto the owner and Property Manager for their consideration. We'd love to welcome you back to Cornwall soon. Tressa, Customer Support

Great location, wonderful sunsets, comfortable bed and sofas, helpful housekeeper.

The location is gorgeous and the cottage very warm and cosy, would recommend to anyone who enjoys walking. Everyone is very friendly in the local shops and pubs.

Reply from Classic Cottages

We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Boscastle. The walks certainly are lovely in the area; there's a popular circular stomp from the village, out through the Valency Valley and back past Forrabury Common - highly recommended! Tanya, Classic Cottages

Our second visit and as before the cottage was very, very clean and welcoming. Location was good a we were able to pop out for a paper, or a coffee and also good food at the Riverside and the Wellington. We thoroughly enjoyed out stay.

Lovely cottage and location. Would definitely book this one again

A lovely clean, comfortable, well equipped cottage. Perfectly placed to explore the great little town and the wonderful Cornish coast. Loved to sit on the patio and watch the world go by

We have visited Boscastle many times and this is the 3rd time we have stayed in or near there, but undoubtedly the best.

It's our second time we've stayed at The Shippen and it has everything you need, we always keep bringing our own stuff like coffee, tea towels, bath towels, cooking utensils, etc (as we usually stay in static caravans we had to bring our own stuff as the items provided weren't sufficient or not there) and we forget when we come here that we don't even need to do that, even down to spices!!! Would recommend bringing a large frying pan as well though as it'll help with the cooking (that's if you actually decided to eat in, plenty of choices for food around) They even have a few board games on hand and we just got engrossed into scrabble (which we have never really played before) Most of the evenings you'll probably spend your time up on the cliffs staring out into the ocean enjoying that nice relaxing breeze and the silence it brings from modern day life, just sit and chill with the sounds of the ocean and of course the occasional seagull It's a lovely place to stay and it's in the perfect location, will definitely return at a later date

I would highly recommend for a lovely break away Very peaceful location excellent accommodation Very clean Wonderful views We travelled around Cornwall perfect base Will definatley return

Lovely cottage in a superb location. Very clean and cosy. The little extras were a nice and welcome touch (milk, tea, coffee and biscuits!). Loved sitting on the patio and watching the world go by. Always love staying in Boscastle and will definitely be back to The Shippen!

The Shippen was the perfect holiday home. Compact but very well-equipped and homely, in the most perfect location in the heart of Boscastle. It was very easy to relax here.

A perfect retreat for two who enjoy walking and good food and pubs.

We enjoyed our stay in the cottage. It’s a very nice and cosy place. It’s small but everything needed is available. And you really have an awesome view from the little terrace. We were very happy there and would like to recommend this beautiful property.

We had a great holiday in this excellent property in a fantastic location. WiFi is reasonable given remote location, we got about 6 or 7mb download speed regularly. Mobile phone coverage was non existent on both Vodafone and O2 so the provided landline phone was useful for booking local restaurants etc.

Dedicated parking is a bonus but the space is quite tight for manoeuvring in and out of if you have a larger car like we did (e.g. BMW 5 series / Audi A6 / Skoda Superb).

Beware that the stairs in the property are quite steep and have a dog-leg turn in them so not great if you have mobility issues.

Gorgeous cottage with everything we needed, we took things with us that were already provided! Charming and in such a picturesqueness location. A week just wasn't enough to enjoy the cottage and it's location. I can't praise it enough and want to return. Already miss it

Perfect cosy cottage, in great position above the harbourside, easy access to beautiful coastal walks.

Fantastic location, lovely cottage. We will return!

The Shippen is a wonderful Bijou Cottage in delightful Boscastle Harbour. Our late booking was expertly arranged by Classic Cottages we had an excellent holiday. The Taylors, West Sussex

It is a perfect escape from the rat race. Exquisite view and very cosy. Notna single spider dared to spin it's web inside this immaculate cottage!! An achievement for the Autumn!!!!!

Lovely cottage, small but very cosy and ideally situated to enjoy all that Boscastle and surrounds have to offer. A very enjoyable break and would definitely stay again.

Beautifully situated in picturesque environment

Great position to relax in the sun on the front patio and watch the world go by.

I think it is the most perfect cottage for a couple to stay in. It's perfectly equipped for every need and it is set in such idyllic surroundings. I NEVER want to go home afterwards!!!!

Lovely cottage in a gorgeous location. Suited 2 adults and a child perfectly. Would love to come back

A very 'homely' cottage in an idyllic location, with great views, well appointed and very clean. Located in a great place for walking and sightseeing.

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