Inspired by Poldark
People have been flocking to Cornwall for their holidays for well over a century now, some even naming Cornwall as their favourite place on the whole planet – quite the statement! In all honesty we can see why it’s played such a big part in many people’s holidays, and we feel very lucky to be able to provide a base for people to create those happy holiday memories that will stay with them for a lifetime.
We’re pretty sure that a large part of the attraction to Cornwall is because of it’s breathtaking scenery, in particularly those famous golden beaches. So we’re not surprised that in the past few years a certain film crew have cottoned on to Cornwall’s natural beauty, yes we’re talking about Poldark of course. They may not have been the first film crew to choose Cornwall as their set location, but they’ve definitely done a good job of showing the rest of the world just how special our county is – and it’s a great story! So we thought we’d dedicate this weeks blog to everyone’s favourite Cornish Officer, Ross Poldark, and how you can experience a fraction of his lifestyle whilst staying at Tregongeeves.
1. Saddle up in Bodmin
Bodmin Moor was used to film many of the inland shots in the last Poldark series and so why not saddle up and have a gallop across the moor – it’s the perfect place to do so. Imagine wind in your hair, the pounding of horses hooves and views that are second to none, it’s a great way to experience another side of Cornwall (whilst saving your legs). There are a number of stables and riding schools on the moor who cater for all abilities, with sessions lasting between 2 and 10 hours. Fancy a quick hack? We’d be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
2. Visit Poldark Mine
Poldark Mine is the only full tin mine in Cornwall that offers underground guided tours, so you can experience the intense change in temperature, feel the ragged tunnels and witnesses the sheer darkness for yourself. It’s hard to explain what the tour is like as it captures and takes over the body’s senses, you really do have to do it for yourself. There’s so many unique features to see, infact the chairman of English Heritage listed it as “one of the two most atmospheric mine tours in Europe”.
3. Take to the sea
Poldark, as we know, is very naval based and some of the most beautiful locations can only be seen from the water. But never fear, where there’s a will there’s a way: Head up to Koru Kayaking in St Agnes and hire a kayak. A couple of hours paddling will give you more than enough time to see Cornwall from a different angle. If the thought of being at sea on your own is quite frankly rather daunting, don’t worry there’s no need to miss out: you can book a kayaking tour where an instructor will share his expert knowledge with you whilst taking in the iconic coves and cliff faces.
Photo Credit – Adam Gibbard/Visit Cornwall
4. Head down to Charlestown
We’ve already spotted the crew filming down in this beautiful town’s harbour just a couple of weeks ago. Charlestown plays home to the medieval ships in the first series of Poldark and is intact the most common harbour scene throughout. This quaint harbour is home to magnificent ships with high sails, infact the whole town is very traditional looking. This being said, it’s also home to some amazing little café’s where you can taste one of Poldark’s favourite meals – The classic Cornish Pasty of course!
So why not head down to Cornwall and take a step back from a world full of modern technology for a while. Of course there’ll still be the luxury of the fully heated swimming pool and hot tub for you at Tregongeeves – but we’re pretty sure even Poldark would have had a quick spa session if he had the opportunity!