Running From Knotweed to Boscombe Bed & Breakfast

A trip down South: tiring but well worth the journey!

One should never tackle a long distance car journey lightly, especially when it involves 300 miles of busy holiday traffic, sandwiched by some particularly nasty country roads…

Janet and I have always been equal rights advocates, even when it wasn’t fashionable to do so, for that reason we’ve not ascribed to stereotypical gender roles for most of our lives which means that we pretty much take it in turns to do everything. Whether it’s cooking the dinner, washing up or driving, we try and share all of life’s responsibilities so that we can both increase our confidence in these skills and also benefit from a break when we’re on the road. We were both grateful for those break when it came to our rather poorly planned drive down from Cambridge to Mevagissey last Christmas.

Why travel so far during Christmas?

Well, just a few weeks before I made a rather troubling discovery in our back garden. Whilst attempting to tame the wilderness that our garden had become I found myself coming up against a jungle of bamboo-like shoots. I swear that I’d never seen them in the garden before, but it looked like it had worked its way over our fence after overpopulating the scrap of land behind our home. A bit of digging online soon revealed its identity as Japanese knotweed, a particularly hardy relative of the bamboo that can seriously wreck house prices. After contacting our solicitor for some legal advice on getting rid of Japanese knotweed we decided that the best thing for us to do was get away for Christmas.

Roughly 300 miles sat between us and our destination, certainly one of the longer journeys that we’ve attempted and certainly picked a bad time of year for it! During the Christmas season the roads are often packed with tourists, making a long journey considerably more challenging than the sum of its parts. Of course, we weren’t to know this before setting off on our rather long-winded and excitement-killing journey. It’s a good thing we always set off nice and early for our journeys, so that eight hours after we set off, we could arrive at Boscombe Bed & Breakfast in Mevagissey.

Cornwall is one of those fantastic places that exudes a sense of peace and quiet, and there can be no greater example of this tranquillity than the peaceful port village of Mevagissey. It’s arguable that that this tiny fishing village has been a little ruined by mass tourism over the years, however savvy councillors have clearly protected the spirit its community as we’re happy to report that, even after decades away, Mevagissey has managed to retain its uniquely Cornish characteristics. Our bed for the night was a prime example of Cornwall’s excellent hospitality and also happened to be one of the chicest B&Bs we’ve yet to stay in.

Andrew and Lynn are the hosts here at the Boscombe Bed and Breakfast and it’s clear they know exactly what they’re doing. Their establishment is truly a class act, from the jug of fresh milk left in your fridge for tea and coffee, to the tasteful decorative choices that flow seamlessly from the hallway through to the bedroom and dining room. Our room was well equipped with everything that you’d expect from a modern bed and breakfast: discreet flat screen television, super comfy king-size bed and a luxurious plush bathroom, but Boscombe Bed and Breakfast surpassed our expectations with the level of comfort and style on offer.

After a peaceful night’s sleep we had high hopes for breakfast, both Paul and I were relieved to find out that the quality of service continued straight through to the breakfast table. We’ve often found that some B&Bs excel in one part of the breakfast service, but then drop the ball in other areas. Unsurprisingly, Andrew and Lynn made no such error. Cold options were splendidly prepared (my granola and yogurt was an unexpected highlight), whereas Paul’s full English was both generous and sumptuously prepared with quality local ingredients.

Boscombe B&B was such a welcoming stay that we were reluctant to leave for the day, but with the promise of another night’s stay ahead of us, we could at least look forward to another fantastic breakfast!

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