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By Katie Wilson

If you’re a fan of coastal meets countryside and are wondering where to book for your next Cornwall holiday, allow us to put Bogee Farm on your radar.

Pronounced ‘Bow-gi’, the owners of these stylish holiday cottages grappled with changing the name when they took over the business two years ago. In the end they decided against it, as bowgi means ‘cow shed’ in Cornish. ‘It seemed fitting to keep it,’ they tell us.

Although the Simpson family don’t farm the 110-acre land themselves, it is still used by local farmers. To this day there are cows, sheep and two friendly resident goats called Billy and Sunny, who reside in the fields beyond.

In the midst of this tranquil setting are six Cornish stone holiday cottages. Five have been given a chic revamp, while The Farmhouse is Bogee Farm’s newest and biggest property.

Aside from it being an impressive stay, you’d be hard pressed to find a better base in North Cornwall. Bogee Farm is just outside foodie hotspot Padstow, minutes from beautiful beaches and close to tourist attractions like The Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project and the must-visit Tintagel Castle.

Here’s what happened when The Boutique Handbook spent a few wholesome days by the sea and were one of the first to stay in The Farmhouse…

BOGEE FARM REVIEW

Exteriors Bogee Farm
The view from the garden. Credit: Bogee Farm/ToWander UK

GETTING THERE

Bogee Farm is, as the name suggests, on an actual working farm, so is best got to by car. But this idyllic retreat is one of the most accessible parts of North Cornwall. It took us around five hours to drive down from the Midlands.

You will definitely need a car for getting around when you are here, as there is nothing within walking distance and it’s off a main road. If you want to travel by train, Bodmin Parkway is the nearest station, around 30-minutes away, and you can pick up a pre-booked hire car from there. There is plenty of parking at Bogee Farm and EV chargers for those with electric vehicles.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Bogee Farm The Farmhous exterior
The stylish Cornish stone cottages. Credit: Bogee Farm/ToWander UK

Entry to Bogee Farm is via a secure gate and guests are given the code beforehand. Once inside it feels very private, almost exclusive, as you make the short drive to the cottages.

Nestled in the Cornish countryside, the first thing that strikes you is how peaceful it is. Although there were other guests there when we visited, we didn’t see them as the cottages have been spaced out so well, you really feel as if you are the only ones staying there.

When we saw our home for the next week, the wow factor really kicked in. Set slightly away from the others, The Farmhouse has its own private garden with a hanging egg chair, as well as a mini orchard. Once we’d unpacked, we couldn’t wait to pour a gin and tonic and relax in the outdoor seating area, which had a fire pit ready to light for when the sun goes down.

THE COTTAGES

Bogee Farm bedroom
The Master ensuite bedroom. Credit: Bogee Farm/ToWander UK

There are six cottages at Bogee Farm. The Nooke, Bogee Cottage and The Longstone all sleep two, so are perfect for couples. The Mill is great for small families as it sleeps four, with one double room with an en suite and a second bedroom with twin beds.

Bigger groups should book The Manor, which sleeps six. But if you want to push the boat out, The Farmhouse has that extra wow factor and is the one we would recommend if you’re a group of six or more.

Sleeping eight, The Farmhouse launched this summer and is the one to book for a special occasion or elevated family stay. Though it has to be said, all of the cottages have been finished to an exceptionally high standard. It helps that dad Tony is a builder, son Joe has a background in hospitality and daughter Milli has a great eye for interior design.

Bogee Farm The Farmhouse living room
The Farmhouse living room. Credit: Bogee Farm/ToWander UK

There are four bedrooms in The Farmhouse, including a Master with ensuite shower room, a double bedroom and a twin room with single beds. Note the fourth bedroom has bunk beds, so the house is best suited to six adults and two children, though an extra sofa bed is available upon request. We loved that all the bedrooms have window seats with cushions and rugs on, making them the perfect place to curl up with a book.

Helpfully to save the queue for the bathroom in the morning, the owners have put in two bathrooms. Upstairs you can take a dip in the freestanding bath, while downstairs there is a huge walk-in rainfall shower. Both have toilets.

Meant for year-round holidays, there is a cosy log burner to snuggle around in the living room and plenty of blankets if it turns chilly. After a busy day exploring, guests can watch films on the Smart TV or play one of the many boardgames dotted around the house.

Bogee Farm The Farmhouse kitchen diner
The open plan kitchen and dining area at The Farmhouse. Credit: Bogee Farm/ToWander UK

The kitchen is an open-plan affair with a huge dining table for family feasts and a breakfast diner with bar stools. As well as the main fridge, there is a separate drinks fridge which is handy if you’re there for a celebration.

Some toiletries are provided in the form of soap, shampoo and conditioner in the bathrooms, but Bogee farm cottages are self-catering, so you must bring everything else yourself. There is no need to pack hairdryers and irons as you’ll find that in the house, along with a washer and tumble drier cleverly hidden away under the stairs.

Unfortunately we visited in mid-October and there were a few rainy days, so we were unable to use the fire pit outside. Had it been summer, we would have loved to sit and toast marshmallows. All the cottages have their own private outside seating area with fire pit and the first lot of logs are provided.

In addition to the cottages, owner Joe showed us the shepherd’s hut they hope will be ready next summer. Plus there are plans to convert a silo in the grounds into another holiday rental property, which will make for a quirky stay.

LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK

The Mariners pub Rock Cornwall
Paul Ainsworth’s harbourside pub is worth a visit. Credit: The Mariners

Bogee farm is a 12-minute drive from Padstow, where you’ll find some of the best food you can eat in Cornwall. For fresh locally caught fish, try and get a table at Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant. He also has a more casual cafe, St Petroc’s Bistro and Stein’s Fish and Chips in the area.

If you’re into Michelin Star dining you’re spoiled for choice as it’s where you’ll find Paul Ainsworth at No. 6. He also owns The Mariners pub in Rock that is well worth a visit. Get the water taxi over from Padstow harbour which only takes a few minutes.

A little further afield in Port Isaac, chef Nathan Outlaw has two restaurants which are so good they’ve both been awarded One Michelin Star. Choose from Outlaw’s New Road and Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen.

Other local restaurants worth a mention include Prawn on the Lawn, The PIG-at Harlyn Bay and St Kew Inn. The latter serves elevated pub food, which recently featured on The Great British Menu. New openings approved by Gordon Ramsay, who lives in the area, include Four Boys cafe with its enviable ocean views and Italian-inspired restaurant ONDA. We also tucked into an excellent Sunday roast at Mussel Box overlooking Padstow harbour.

THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA

The Lost Gardens of Heligan rope bridge
The rope bridge you have to cross. Credit: The Lost Gardens of Heligan

There is never a shortage of things to do in Cornwall, with coastal walks and beaches aplenty whatever time of year you visit. Some of the best beaches near Bogee Farm are Harlyn Bay, Bedruthan Steps, Polzeath, Daymer Bay and Watergate Bay. If it’s too cold to take a dip, we’d recommend booking a session in Saunas by the Sea.

Another great thing to do is cycle or stroll along the Camel Trail, a recently opened stretch of Cornish countryside along a disused railway line. Sailing, water skiing and more is available in Rock Harbour and surf lessons are available to book on most beaches.

Other attractions worth a visit include the Lost Gardens of Heligan where you’ll find a magical rope bridge, explore a Cornish rainforest at the Eden Project or step back in time and discover the historic ruins of Tintagel Castle.

OVERALL VERDICT

Bogee Farm provided the perfect base for exploring North Cornwall and a most welcome retreat to come back to after a long day. By the end of the week, it really felt like a home away from home. Modern, stylish, and with an air of exclusivity, these new Cornwall holiday cottages get our seal of approval.

Stays start from £95 a night

Book a stay at Bogee Farm here

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