FAQs FOR STAYS GUESTS

Please find below the frequently asked questions about staying at Boconnoc

USEFUL INFORMATION

Is there anywhere with a desk so we can work during our stay?

Yes, Boconnoc House and the Stewardry both have desks with stunning views. The other three properties have good sized kitchen tables to work from if required. If you require a quiet meeting space, do speak to one of our team as we may have a room available.

Is Wi-Fi available?

Yes, there is Wi-Fi in each property and is strong enough to be able to hold Zoom calls. In the main house Wi-Fi works well downstairs and in the library and gallery. Please note in the main house Wi-Fi can be intermittent upstairs.

Can I charge my electric car?

Yes, we have a car charging port available which can be requested when making your booking. The charge is £30 for up to three days stay and £50 for between four and seven night stays.

Do you supply outdoor furniture and BBQs?

Yes, each property has outdoor tables and chairs. We also provide a firepit and BBQ. One bag of charcoal is provided per property and logs are included. If you enjoy a homemade pizza, we have an outdoor pizza oven that one of our team can set up for you to use.

What is provided on arrival?

Tea, coffee, salt, pepper and milk are provided along with dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid, along with a small hamper of goodies. Linens, towels, and toilet rolls are also provided as well as organic hand soaps, body wash and shampoo. We also provide dog bowls and dog biscuits if you have booked in to bring a dog.

Can you provide a private chef?

We have an in-house cook who specialises in delicious wholesome cooking with local produce and veg from the kitchen garden. These menus will be dependent on what is in season. We have vegan and vegetarian options. For a private cook, we charge £20 an hour and the price of any ingredients bought by them is charged on top.

How much does daily housekeeping cost if we wanted that during our stay?

We offer housekeeping at £20 per hour.

We are trying to decide how to get to Boconnoc. What are the options for transport?

If you are driving to Boconnoc please use our written directions as satnav does not bring you to our properties. The nearest train station is Liskeard, a 20 minute drive from the estate. Taxis from there cost approximately £25. If you are coming from west Cornwall, then Lostwithiel is the station to get off at. There are flights to Newquay and a taxi from there is about 50 minutes. You can also train to Plymouth and hire a car from there. 

How do you decorate the properties at Christmas?

We provide a wreath on each door, a potted Christmas tree so we can re-use it and fairy lights and decorations on the tree. 

DOG FRIENDLY STAYS

Are the properties all dog friendly?

Yes, when you book we charge an extra £15 per dog. In the main house we ask that you keep dogs downstairs.

Do dogs have to be kept on a lead?

There is live stock around the estate so we do ask that dogs are kept on leads around the parkland fields. We have a large area of forestry where dogs can be let off their lead. When you arrive you will find walking maps in the accommodation packs that highlight this walk.

LOCAL PRODUCE SUPPLIERS

Where can we buy local produce?

We have a kitchen garden that is full of produce between June and September. You can either order a veg box on booking or ask to pick produce during your stay. We also have fantastic suppliers locally which you will find on our blog. We have a shop in the Stable Yard which sells local chopping boards, local gins, jams, etc.

Where is the nearest food shop?

In Lerryn (10-minute drive) there is a small local shop.  There is a Co-op in Lostwithiel, (15-minute drive) and there are several supermarkets, including Aldi, Sainsbury’s in Bodmin (20-minute drive). There is a Waitrose in Truro or Saltash.

Can we get our shopping delivered to our property?

Yes, you can get shopping delivered to the property. Either one of our local suppliers may be able to deliver meat boxes, alternatively we would recommend using Sainsbury’s as they know the area very well.  We can also provide the correct details to put on the delivery instructions if needed.

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

What do you have for children and toddlers?

We have a cot and highchair in each cottage and two in the main house and Stewardry. If you require more, please do let us know. We also provide a range of children’s books and games in each cottage and sets of children’s cutlery, plates, etc, in each property.

Our kids enjoy collecting eggs – is this possible on the estate?

Yes, we have chickens at Boconnoc and you are welcome to come and meet them and collect some eggs.

Is there other wildlife to look out for with our kids?

We have a resident barn owl in the barn near the cottages, there is a dovecot with beautiful white doves which we can give you a sneak peak into, there are deer, sheep, hedgehogs, birds, frogs, wagtails, goldfinch and many more creates to spot…

THINGS TO DO ONSITE

How much is it to hire your bikes, paddle boards, tennis rackets and balls?

We have four bikes available with helmets, two paddle boards and four tennis rackets.  There is no charge to hire these, simply email or speak to the office about booking in a time to use them.

Do you have a swimming pool?

We don’t have a swimming pool, but we have a beautiful lake in the valley that people love to swim in. You will be surrounded by the trees and ducks!

Are there tracks and roads to explore on the estate?

Yes, there are miles of tracks to explore at Boconnoc. In the accommodation pack that is left in your property there is a map of our favourite walks and cycle routes. If you have dogs, we have a large area of woodland that shows you where dogs can come off the lead.

What else is there for us to do on site?

There is a games room in the Stable Yard with a pool table, table football and a ping pong table. We also have a football goal and ball that can be used in the Dorothy Garden. We can also arrange history tours, or tours of the water-powered sawmill onsite. These tours start from £20 per person.

THINGS TO DO IN THE LOCAL AREA

Where are the best coastal walks?

Our favourite walk is if you park at Lantic Bay or Lantivet car park and walk all the way along the coast to Polperro, where you will find the Blue Peter Inn that serves big plates of wholesome food. The walk is about three hours there and back. For something shorter, head down the steep cliffs to Lantic Bay or park at Lantivet and take the slightly easier walk to Lantivet beach for an evening swim.

What is the nearest child friendly beach?

Polruan and Talland Bay which are both about 20 minutes away. At Talland Bay the car park is just by the beach, and there is an excellent café, which hires out kayaks.

Are there good restaurants, shops, and cafes locally?

There is an abundance of great places to visit during your stay. When you book with us, we send out our accommodation pack which is filled with our favourite restaurants, shops, and villages to visit to help you plan your trip. We just advise that you book restaurants well in advance in the summer as things get very booked up.

Are there good local activities / entertainment for all the family?

There are all sorts of great places for the family, whether you want to see open air theatre or cinema (you can find these happening on the estate over the summer) or explore The Lost Gardens of Heligan or the Eden Project. Adrenaline Quarry has zip wires, go karts, water parks and more and there is Porfell Wildlife Park very close by. Our accommodation pack has additional information on local activity and entertainment sites.

There is acres of space to roam free at Boconnoc, and plenty to do to keep you occupied during your stay

Delicious local produce available and deliveries to your door means you will barely need to leave