Sometimes you need to quite literally get away from it all.

We’ve all dreamt of a retreat. Somewhere out in the middle of nowhere. No wifi, no signal, no children, no work, no responsibilities. Just peace and quiet.

Somewhere with breathtaking views, surrounded by nature and with a real back to basics feel. A log fire, lots of blankets, a place to curl up and read, or just even somewhere to sit quietly and think.

Boscastle Retreat

Recently we’ve found such a place. Believe me when I say I didn’t want to leave.

I am a blogger, a freelance writer, plus put another part time job on top of that and then throw in the fact that I am a mama, means I barely ever get a second to myself. I always feel tired, pulled in all directions and unable to switch off. My phone, my laptop, my toddler. They are always at my side.

But I’ve been wanting to get away from it all for a while now. Just two days away from technology, and two days away from work just to recharge.

Getting to go to this place was such a treat. An incredible treat.

Boscastle Retreat

Nestled between a farmhouse and rolling fields, close to the town of Boscastle in North Cornwall, is a breathtaking little barn conversion that has been made into a holiday home.

We found it on Airbnb and after reading all of the lovely reviews we quickly snapped it up!

It was the perfect gift and of course I wasn’t complaining about getting to go either!

Boscastle RetreatAt first I felt guilty at the idea of joining in on this retreat. Treating yourself when you’re a mum always seems to come with guilt. But I am so glad I did.

Inside the property (named Little Sheppy), was the cutest, cosiest little place I’ve ever seen. There was a roaring log fire, a big farmhouse dining table and an adorable kitchen, fully stocked with everything you could need.

Boscastle Retreat

There was a bathroom with both a bath and a shower, and a little snug stocked with boardgames, puzzles, dvds, including a little collection of black and white films.

Boscastle Retreat

There were books dotted around in every windowsill throughout the house and a huge bedroom upstairs, delicately decorated with a mixture of furry rugs, blankets and assorted furniture.

Boscastle Retreat

It was designed to be cosy.

Boscastle RetreatJust outside the kitchen was my favourite spot. A little bench and two chairs, with views overlooking the farmland and out towards the sea.

Boscastle Retreat

It was so peaceful both inside and outside the property. All you could hear was pure nature.

The rooster sounding in the background, a few chickens clucking as they passed by the window, a cow here and there in the distance. But when they all stopped there was silence. Pure silence.

Boscastle Retreat

At night time, all that you could hear was the weather. A light wind tapping at the window.

I bet even on a stormy day the house is quite something. You could easily curl up on the chair with a cup of tea next to the log fire, and watch the weather play outside the window.

It was complete paradise.

Although I was all geared up and ready for the peace and quiet, at first it was so hard to switch off.

I still felt like I should be doing things. I felt like maybe I should be using this time to catch up on work or plan things for the future. Or maybe I should be making the most of the baby free time and go on a big hike or adventure.

But that wasn’t why I was here. It was purely to relax, enjoy the views and unwind.Boscastle Retreat

From the moment we arrived we fell in love with the place. It was a private working farm and we were the only guests.

On arrival we were greeted by the owner who let us into the house. He explained how things worked in the house; such as the fire, and told us if we needed anything just to knock on their kitchen door, other than that they’d leave us undisturbed.

When we stepped into our little place, we were surprised to find some homemade soup and focaccia bread waiting for us on the dining table.

Boscastle Retreat

Such a welcome touch after our little drive up here. We immediately unpacked our things and warmed up with the soup, making the most of the afternoon sun by eating it outside whilst we sat and admired the views, feeling excited and very grateful to be here.

We only spent 48 hours away but it felt like a lot longer. Most of our time was spent in the kitchen/dining area reading books, attempting puzzles and just sitting peacefully by the fire enjoying the views.

We went for a walks through the little town of Boscastle and through the neighbouring and slightly famous Tintagel, but spent most of our time on the farm. We read that there were lots of coastal walks that we could get to from the farm, and although the weather was on our side, it was actually nice to not do much at all.

Boscastle Retreat

We cooked food in the little kitchen every night and also came prepared for our visit with a delicious range of cheeses, meats and crackers and treated ourselves to an evening feast on one of the days, before snuggling up to read one of the many books that were scattered about, followed by a much needed early night (I’d been up the entire night before with a very grumpy toddler).

Boscastle Retreat

On another of the days we popped down to the local farm store (a five minute drive away) for a delicious breakfast and to stock up on groceries and local wine, before swiftly returning to the cottage to relax some more.

I don’t remember the last time I got to sit and read a book. I don’t remember the last time I got to sleep in. I don’t remember the last time I switched off my phone and enjoyed my surroundings. I don’t remember the last time I was lost for things to do.

Boscastle Retreat

This retreat was perfect. So, so perfect. I’ll treasure the quiet. I’ll remember the easiness. I have definitely found my happy spot.

If you are in desperate need of a retreat, I couldn’t recommend here enough. You can find Little Sheppy on Airbnb by typing in Boscastle.

If you’re planning a stay in Cornwall, check out our retreats to Bedruthan and St. Mawes.

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What do you think of our little retreat to Boscastle? Have you had some quiet time away from work or little ones before? Let me know in the comments below.



  1. April 28, 2016 / 10:27 am

    You shouldn’t feel guilty about going away, I’m glad you did, you deserve it! The place looks amazing. Last May bank holiday me and my friends did a similar thing and stayed in a cottage in Devon and it was so nice, we’re actually doing a similar thing this year and heading out tomorrow! x

  2. April 28, 2016 / 10:52 am

    This looks fab and so cosy! I’m not sure I could cope with the lack of wifi though, I am too obsessed!

  3. April 28, 2016 / 11:20 am

    Wow. What a stunning little place, it’s utterly gorgeous!
    Rhian is right, you shouldn’t feel bad about going, we all need time to switch off. To be alone, to reflect. Well done to you for doing it!
    It’s my plan to do something similar for my birthday with my husband. Life gets so hectic it’s important to slow down.
    lovely photos as always.

  4. April 28, 2016 / 11:58 am

    What a beautiful place and so lovely to be greeted with soup and bread on the stove. How thoughtful. I need to get better st taking the out for myself. I hope you both had a lovely time x

  5. April 28, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Oh we live in Bos! Lovely cottage… That’s my idea of the perfect cottage, although I’d want to live in it and not stay in it as a holiday retreat 🙂 That bedroom is a dream. I’m curious about that cottage now, will click on the link to see where it is 😉 x

  6. April 28, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Oh wow that looks amazing! I can’t think of anything my husband would hate more than a no wifi or TV retreat… maybe I should leave him behind too 😉 Hx

  7. April 28, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    wow! beautiful pictures! mine is back home in Barcelona, a small quiet beach in Tossa de Mar (Girona) gives me the same feelings that this one does for you. I will take note of this one though! Sorry you had to go back to real life, but at least that meant sharing this beautiful place. 🙂 x

  8. April 28, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I absolutely love Boscastle and that looks like the perfect break away from it all x

  9. April 28, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    What a gorgeous cosy little cottage, it looks like a perfectly idyllic get away, especially to be away from everything and just switch off for a few days. I love the little touch of the books all throughout the cottage! X

  10. Ellen
    April 28, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Those views are gorgeous! The no wifi would be tough for me I think haha – might be worth it looking at that focaccia though!

  11. April 29, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    That sounds perfect, such a relaxing time in a really lovely homely cottage. I want to go!!

  12. April 30, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    That looks like a lovely place for a quiet retreat away from it all.

  13. April 30, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Sometimes we all need to get away from our realities and take a break. It looks like yours was the perfect getaway.

  14. April 30, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Oh my goodness! This place looks heavenly. Good for you for going, we all need and deserve a little break every once in a while – there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
    The cottage looks divine, I could do with that myself.
    Anna x

  15. May 1, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    What a stunning place! I’d love to visit somewhere like that, especially with no children! 🙂

  16. May 1, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    What a sweet little cottage, it looks the perfect place to hole up and lock out the world. Glad you got to have a relaxing break, and how lovely to be left soup and homemade bread xx

  17. May 3, 2016 / 11:54 am

    This looks gorgeous. I love Boscastle and Tintagel, but the retreat in itself looks so cute. I’ve never had a night away from my children and I’ve been a mum for 10 years – I can understand finding it hard to unwind, I don’t think I’d know what to do with myself! Sarah x

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