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Cove Diary's Guide to Sennen Cove

Cove Diary's Guide to Sennen Cove

This guide is written for the broad-minded visitor who does not mind a bit of humour with his or her history and a fairly tongue-in-cheek approach to being guided about the little huddle of houses clinging to the cliff known as Sennen Cove.

It is the best complete guide on Sennen Cove in existence, mainly because it is the only complete guide on Sennen Cove in existence, although neither of those comments may be true as the author did not check first.
About The Author
The author springs from a short lived Cornish coal mining dynasty which spurned the advice of experts that the smart money was in tin. Subsequent forays into inshore whaling - "you only need to catch one instead of millions of they pilchards" - and carrot farming - "people will have 'em in a pasty, you see" - were also met with derision and dismal failure leaving the author no choice but to earn a living writing books, which is why he runs a shop in the Far West of Cornwall.

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To the Old Boathouse Stores website and online shop.

The Stores are open from March to November each year and the online shop is available all year. We are open for the 2017 season from 11th March to 29th October. See our opening times.

In house we stock most of what you will need for a stay here: Gifts, Clothes, Newspapers and Magazines, Beachware, Fishing Tackle, Groceries, Beers, Wines and much, much more.

2016 Counter top collection raised £885 for Land's End First Responders - well done and thank you.
For 2017 the collection is supporting the Douglas Woolcock Fund helping sick and infirm with mobility to appointments etc.


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We are aware of issues - spelt the bleddy thing has stopped working - with our contact page. Fixing is looking like a big problem at present so in the meanwhile please contact us direct using info "at" old "hyphen" boathouse "dot" com using the usual format.

Wass On Page

At last a page dedicated to what is going on in Cornwall for your delectation. See the link under Store Information on the left of this page.

Currently showing:

  • Visit Cornwall's links to current events
  • Sennen and Sennen Cove events

For more details go to our Wass On page

Eat Well

Eat Well - Eat Local
At The Old Boathouse Stores

Cornwall continues to build on it's reputation as a centre of excellence for quality local produce.

Here at The Old Boathouse you can share in this wealth as we start to expand our range for the season. Here's just some of our seasonally stocked Cornish and local goodies.

  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Cornish early new potatoes from Trevere Farm in Sennen
  • Local potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Variety of meats from Mr Olds
  • Cornish milk, butter and cheese
  • Rodda's Clotted Cream
  • Preserves and chutneys from Sisley's
  • Fudge bags
  • POPTI savoury biscuits
  • Cornish dukkah dipping sand
  • Cornish tea - yes really, from the Tregothnan Estate

Fresh Fish

Fresh Fish now available to order.

Marine Stewardship Council certified CORNISH HAKE as well as pollack, megrim sole, sardines, John Dory, lemon sole, monk fish, haddock and many more in season fish.

An extensive range of other fresh fish can be ordered for next day collection (except Saturday and Sunday). Most fish is sourced locally and the crab & lobster is from Sennen Cove, in season. Cuts and sizes prepared to your requirements.

Drop in and ask about our fish. You may be surprised how easy it is.

Sample easy fish recipes available, full instructions for cooking and picking crab and lobster and we can even lend you a pot to cook it in when ordering from us.

Beach Ready

A day on the beach? Come in and stock up:

  • Best value wetsuits in The Cove
  • Beach tents with 50 UV protection
  • Beach mats
  • Beach blankets with waterproof backing
  • Shorts, swimsuits, bikinis, tankinis and swim shorts for all ages
  • Beach towels
  • Cheapest range of buckets and spades in The Cove

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