LOCATION

Boscombe Bed & Breakfast is located on the main route into Mevagissey from St Austell – the B3273. Our address is

Boscombe Bed & Breakfast, Valley House, Valley Road
Mevagissey, St Austell
PL26 6RZ

Please be aware that using the postcode with your sat nav will take you past the B&B towards the village centre. To avoid your sat nav taking you along steep, winding single track roads please follow these directions:

From the A390 Liskeard to Truro road in St Austell take the roundabout exit signposted Mevagissey, B3273. After approximately 5 miles you will enter the 30mph speed limit for Mevagissey. In a further 250m you will pass a small village green on your left, and Boscombe B&B is the second house past the green. There is a sign indicating the gated driveway entrance, with the house set back from the road behind a large parking area.

Don’t worry if you miss us the first time – there is a turning circle 200m further down Valley Road, before you reach the one way system in the village. Simply turn round and try again!

Mevagissey is an ideal base for visiting many major attractions (and lesser known gems) in Cornwall. Boscombe B&B is just a 500m level stroll from the village centre, with its many attractions and places to eat, or just sit and relax watching the boats come and go in the harbour and the world pass by. Here you can catch the ferry to picturesque Fowey across the bay (watch out for dolphins), enjoy a leisurely lunch and return to Mevagissey in time for a Cornish cream tea.

For the more energetic, the footpath and Cycle Route 3 to Heligan starts opposite the house and takes you along a traffic free lane through the valley to the Lost Gardens just 1.5 miles away. Alternatively, by car, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are less than 5 minutes away.

Further afield there are many fascinating places to visit, including several fabulous gardens such as Caerhays Castle, Trewithen, Tregrehan and of course the world renowned Eden Project (just 20 minutes by car). Maybe you would prefer to delve into Cornwall’s history at Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre or visit iconic landmarks such as Lands End or Minnack Theatre. The whole of Cornwall is here for you to explore with something to suit all sorts of interests within easy travelling distance of Boscombe B&B.

Savings on admission tickets

We are pleased to offer Boscombe B&B guests a 20% discount on normal entry prices to both the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project. Or book direct via this website to stay for five nights or more and receive complimentary tickets – see our Offers page for further details.

MEVAGISSEY HISTORY


The first recorded mention of Mevagissey dates from 1313 (when it was known as Porthhilly), although there is evidence of settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.

The old name of the parish was Lamorrick, and it was part of the episcopal manor of Tregear. The church was dedicated to Saints Meva and Ida in 1259 by Bishop Bronescombe and in 1329 Sir Otho Bodrugan appropriated it to Glasney College. The Norman church was cruciform and some Norman work remains but the church was more or less rebuilt in the 15th century. In the Commonwealth period the tower became ruinous and the bells were taken down and sold to a Quaker of St Austell. According to tradition there has been a church on the same site since about 500 AD. Meva may well be the same as St Mewan and Issey is also the patron saint of St Issey.

Mevagissey is home to three Cornish holy wells. The Brass Well and Lady’s Well are both situated in the manor of Treleaven, the other holy well is within the gardens of Mevagissey House, the old vicarage.

Towards the end of the 17th century, Porthhilly merged with the hamlet of Lamoreck (or Lamorrick) to make the new village. It was named “Meva hag Ysi”, after two Irish saints, St Meva and St Issey (or Ida, hag is the Cornish word for “and”). The modern Cornish name is Lannvorek, after the old parish name. At this time the main sources of income for the village were pilchard fishing and smuggling and the village had at least ten inns, of which the Fountain and the Ship still remain.

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