An August family holiday at Boscrowan

We all want something different from a holiday – a complete rest, a change of scenery, a bit of pampering, new experiences, new challenges, peace and quiet………….the list is endless. At Boscrowan we hope to offer all of these and more.

Our younger guests often enjoy joining in with Boscrowan tasks. We thought we’d share with you the activities of two young guests who stayed at Boscrowan for the fourth year this August. The weather was definitely mixed but it certainly didn’t dampen any spirits!

On the first day of their stay it was Emily’s 8th birthday! In keeping with tradition she chose to party in the summerhouse. The  nutella cake was baked and iced  in Peace and Plenty  kitchen (no bought supermarket cakes for theses discerning guests!) and we watched this and a whole feast of treats being marched out to the summerhouse

Emily in the summerhouse









where the whole family enjoyed their party tea despite an overcast afternoon


Emilys birthday party







It was a pretty action packed week for young Oliver and Emily who fed the animals and  collected eggs every afternoon with ever evident enthusiasm


mixing food






off to feed the horses






Emily and egg









On one particularly wet afternoon I invited them to join me in the soft furnishing workroom where they selected a fabric, cut, pinned and sewed a cushion each! Not sure who had most fun! It might even have been me!

making cushions






Some extracts from their comments in the Visitors Book after their stay-

‘At Boscrowan you might as well leave your phones at home (but there is wifi) . I absolutely love Boscrowan and can’t wait to come again.’ from  Oliver

‘My favourite bit was the sewing lesson with my brother where we made cushions. I also loved feeding the animals and maybe next year I will be tall enough to feed Molly. I also taught Molly that being carried is good’  from Emily

If you are just wondering at this point as to what species Molly can possibly be………..she’s not a giraffe just a small 16 year old cat whose food is placed on a high shelf in an outbuilding so that she doesn’t have to share it with Jess and Meg!


Emily and Molly









So you can have fun, whatever the weather – life is what you make it!

At this point I thought I’d just look back through the photo archives and share with you some photos of other young guests who have holidayed here and the new experiences that they enjoyed

Mushroom picking

Mushroom picking


rowan making things







Making things


Louisa and Imogen sewing







Making a padded covered coathanger


Thea and David






Riding a horse

and there have been many more over the years when the camera hasn’t been to hand!


I’m afraid we don’t have trampolines, play areas and especially designed activities for children at Boscrowan but what we do offer is to join in with us and our activities and we are more than happy to spare our time to match their enthusiasm.




A visit to Tremenheere Gardens

Just 10 minutes drive from Boscrowan is Tremenheere Garden. An interesting garden full of unusual exotic plants, very unusual sculptures and installations, panoramic views over Mounts Bay with St Michaels Mount sitting majestically out there and a lovely café in an eco building deigned by a local architect.

Restless Temple





The Restless Temple – an interesting installation of very considerable size!








Tropical planting.









Interesting sculptures in the woods

Tremenheere cafe





The lovely café with outdoor seating area


Tremenheere cactus








A rather grand sized cactus in flower


Tremenheere cafe inside





Seating inside too with a roaring woodburner in the cooler months.

So definitely well worth a visit – a garden with some amazing specimens in an area which seldom is subject to frost or even low temperatures as it is so close to the sea.



A visit to the Minack theatre

The Minack theatre at Porthcurno, a few miles from Lands End and a 25 minute car journey from Boscrowan is one of those places that you’ll always remember visiting. Built into the breathtaking cliffside by Rowena Cade in 1932 it is described as one of the world’s top 10 open air experiences.








Performances change weekly and can be seen monday – friday in the season with other  events sometimes at weekends, afternoon and evening performances. Check out the website










Often there are programme sellers on the way down.








Some shows have elaborate scenery – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in early June

Others have few props, the breath taking backdrop of the sea is more than enough








Take a picnic to eat before the performance or take a tip from us and bake a frozen pasty (which we supply in abundance in the cottage freezers) before you go and eat from a paper bag in true Cornish style – it warms the cockles on those chillier evenings. We can lend you thick blankets and cushions to take too – the seats are granite or you may be sitting on grass.

Certainly well worth a visit, it never ceases to fill me with wonder and I have been many times over the years – my earliest visit was whilst doing Shakespeare for O level – a very long time ago!!!