I visit Cornwall as often as I can. The touristic hotspots and the crowded surfers’ beaches not so much, but the secluded coves, the narrow lanes that rarely get a hint of sunlight, the small hamlets, the great houses asleep under layer upon layer of history, or the places where, if you close your eyes, you can almost hear ‘the gentlemen go by.’
It’s easy to believe that this story might have inspired Winston Graham when he wrote about Capt. Poldark’s changing fortunes. And what better location for the family mines of Wheal Leisure (in real life Wheal Owles) and Grambler (Wheal Crowns)?
Or you could visit the delightful little port of Charlestown to see the ships at anchor, stroll along the Georgian quay and treat yourself to a jolly dinner at The Rashley.
I have not visited Nampara yet, nor Godolphin House, used as the home of Francis Poldark in the original series, but they're both on next summer's list. By the way, did you know that you can actually stay at Godolphin, this hugely atmospheric 17th century manor house?
So what do you think, are you tempted to don your best apparel and have an Early Georgian house party at Godolphin? Or is your heart forever set on the Regency and Pemberley?