Philip Earl has been coming to stay at Bosinver for 23 years. “After I found this place the first time it was like magic to me.”
Things are rather different here now than when he first visited. Most of the cottages you see here now have been built by Pat and Dave since they took over in 1998. Before then, much of the accommodation was in basic chalets.
“The gardens and the grounds haven’t altered much – they were always wonderful. What Pat and Dave have done really well is utilized the space – like putting in the zip wire and opening up the wetland area in woods so people can walk through it. They use their imagination to sustain the standard. There’s always something new. You think it can’t get any better and then there’s something else – like the play barn and the gym.”
While Philip has stayed in several of the cottages at Bosinver, Hillside, with its sunny conservatory looking down towards the woods, is his favourite – and perfect for wildlife spotting. “Over the years I’ve seen fox cubs playing in the fields, badgers, deer, buzzards…”
A Bosinver honeymoon
Philip first brought Kathy here two years ago, and she’s also fallen under Bosinver’s spell. “You get up here in the morning and it’s so quiet, apart from the birdsong. Even if you didn’t go anywhere you could still enjoy your day. It’s like home from home.”
After they got married recently, they decided Bosinver was the place they wanted to spend their honeymoon “We wouldn’t have gone anywhere else,” said Kathy. In actual fact, the holiday was booked before the wedding. “It all fell into place. If we hadn’t already had a week booked at Bosinver we would have booked one!”
A perfect location
Over the years, Philip has used Bosinver as a base to explore most parts of Cornwall. He explained: “Bosinver is in the ideal spot. In a fortnight, I might travel up to 900 miles visiting different places in Cornwall – up 50 miles in any direction. I’ve been everywhere within easy reach.
Among their favourite places to visit are the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. “You can buy tickets that are valid for a year so it’s good value for money if you come back and visit again.”
They’ve tried out a number of the local eating establishments. “We both like the restaurants in Mevagissey. It’s a whole evening out – the service isn’t fast, as everything’s freshly cooked, but the food is really good,” Philip said.
He also recommends the Pier House Hotel in Charlestown, where he and Kathy went to celebrate his birthday. “They have a very relaxed attitude there, so you can take all the time you want and enjoy the experience rather than feeling rushed.”
We’ll be back…
“Bosinver is the place that brings me back to Cornwall,” Philip said. “It’s the peacefulness here – and Pat’s eye for detail.” Kathy added, “Pat and Dave make you feel special on holiday. You’re not just a number.”
We’ll look forward to welcoming them back to Bosinver again soon.
With thanks to Philip and Kathryn Earl for sharing their story with us.