The long awaited answer to your 2020 UK vacation
PILGRIMS & POLDARK
A 7 night stay with Poldark’s Cornwall in a luxury room at The Residence at Bolenna on a bed and breakfast basis, visits to all Cornwall’s Poldark locations, Plymouth and Mayflower 400 commemoration sites, Doc Martin’s “Port Wenn” and other film and TV hot spots.
Arrival day: Check in to THE RESIDENCE AT BOLENNA in the heart of the real Poldark’s Cornwall in Perranporth. Check in from 14.00, transfers may be arranged.
Take a stroll along “Hendrawna Beach” or maybe book your personal one-one Yoga session at our in-house yoga studio to help you recover from your journey. Dinner in our relaxed Bar & Restaurant overlooking the sun kissed sand dunes and wild flower meadow & enjoy a luxurious soak in a hot tub with a well deserved cocktail.
After breakfast we depart for some of your first Poldark highlights: Visiting Charlestown Harbour, home port to the maritime scenes and tall ships used in Poldark and other famous productions. Here you may search for sea glass on the pebbly beaches, walk the harbour wall or perhaps sample a local delicacy or two. We will recreate scenes from the show, with you walking in the footsteps of the stars. After this we drive to Bodmin Moor for exclusive access to Nampara to stand in Ross and Demelza’s porch, meet some of the livestock that appeared in the series and again recreate your favourite pastoral scenes in the actual places they happened.
Lunch will be in Port Isaac the fictional “Port Wenn” of the Doc Martin series. Here you will be able to spot Dr Ellingham’s Surgery, Louisa’s house and school, Bert Large’s restaurant, The famous pub and Mrs Tishall’s pharmacy as well as many other well known locations. A fun visit to a beautiful little village that is so well known. (Also home to the Fisherman’s Friends).
A scenic drive westwards takes us to the iconic twin rocks of the Poldark beach at Holywell Bay.
We will always try to visit at low tide so that we can walk to the cave where the dramatic Wheal Plenty rescue of Season 5 took place and also see the real holy well there. More photo re-creations will give you a unique album of walking in the sandy footprints of the stars.
Home to the Residence at Bolenna.
10.00: Depart for our famous tour of the POLDARK LOCATIONS of West Cornwall and THE MAYFLOWER’S CORNWALL DEPARTURE POINT.
We drive through the heart of Cornwall’s mining country taking in views of Illogan and Sir Francis Bassett’s huge mining empire. At St Michael’s Mount we will stop for photos before driving through Penzance to NEWLYN ( The last landfall of the MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS before their historic voyage).
Our first Poldark stop is the pretty fishing inlet of Penberth Cove. Featuring Drake and Morwenna’s cottage and school, stepping stones and a stream that is so much shallower than it looks when Drake takes his bath there! Our next major view will be the stunning Porthcurno Beach with its Caribbean colours and a visit to the magical Minack Theatre or Porthgwarra Café for a light lunch. An amazing walk to the rocky outcrop of Gwennap Head where countless scenes have been shot and we can recreate Morwenna and Drake’s first meeting or walk where Ross and Demelza have shared so many tender moments. Enjoy Atlantic views of Land’s End, lighthouses and beyond.
We then nip across the toe of the UK mainland to the mines at Botallack on the Tin Coast. We will visit Wheal Leisure, Wheal Grace and Grambler and recreate “The Picnic” and “The toasting of The Poldarks” After this epic place we will drive up the picturesque coastal road, via the famous art lovers fishing town of St Ives and head home via two more Poldark locations at Wheal Coates & St Agnes Head. A long and exciting day of remembered views and treasured TV moments.
After a more leisurely start to the day following the long day of touring yesterday, we encourage our guests to enjoy the local village where Winston Graham created the Poldark stories. After lunch we will then journey to the impressive National Trust property of Lanhydrock. This house suffered many tragedies but the fortitude of its former family helped to make it the impressive home you can see preserved today. Fans of Downton Abbey will find it resonates very closely to the fortunes of the Grantham family and the visit will also be familiar to Shakespeare fans who remember Trevor Nunn’s production of Twelfth Night which was filmed here along with the original adaptation of Poldark, in which it featured as Sir Francis Bassett’s “Tehidy”.
As always, The National Trust shop here at Lanhydrock gives a wonderful opportunity for some beautiful souvenirs to take home before returning to Bolenna.
Mayflower 400 Day visit to Plymouth. We leave promptly in the morning for the scenic drive to Plymouth across the River Tamar where Isambard Kingdom’s Brunel’s iron bridge dominates the view and gives an insight into the enduring legacy of his engineering genius. We will first visit The Mayflower Steps and Museum and take a walk around The Mayflower Trail, retracing the possible last steps on English soil for many of the Mayflower Pilgrims.
Weather permitting after lunch we will take a boat trip around Plymouth Sound to see Mount Edgecumbe Estate, the impressive Napoleonic Royal William Yard, Drakes Island and Plymouth Hoe from the water.
No visit to Plymouth is complete without paying respects to the losses it has suffered in so many conflicts due to its strategic location, so we will visit Plymouth Hoe where Sir Francis Drake played bowls before facing The Spanish Armada, then visit the Cenotaph and take time to reflect on the Allies who fought to retain our freedom. For those with a head for heights, you may wish to climb the original lighthouse from Eddystone Rock. Smeaton’s Tower was rebuilt on The Hoe as a tribute to the man who perfected the art of setting concrete underwater and this also has a Poldark connection too.
We will have dinner at a pub on the way home and return to Bolenna for a nightcap.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Project are two of Cornwall’s greatest environmental and horticultural achievements. Both are amazing to visit at any time of the year and half a day at both fills the day complexity.
For those not wishing to visit Heligan or Eden we can offer an alternative adventure to King Arthur’s Tintagel Castle, over the new and exciting bridge that connects the castle for the first time in hundreds of years. After this we can visit Padstow where many of our celebrity chefs gravitate because of the amazing fresh produce that surrounds us and enjoy lunch in one of the great restaurants here and afterwards perhaps visit Tarquin’s Gin Distillery. Before travelling home.
The Final Farewell to POLDARK. After breakfast we retrace the steps taken by the merchants of the Poldark era to see where they would trade their wares. We take a boat trip down the Truro River past Malpas, Tregothnan (home of Lord Falmouth’s family), Smugglers Inn (where General Eisenhower was billeted prior to The DDay offensive), King Harry Ferry and Trelissick estate before sailing across The Carrick Roads and landing at the Prince of Wales pier in Captain Andrew Blamey’s home port of Falmouth.
Here you may learn to make your very own Cornish Pasty with Charlie Choak. Arguably the best fun and definitely the hottest pasty ever! After lunch you will have free time to shop and enjoy Falmouth if you choose or alternatively we can leave promptly from the boat when it lands and drive to The Lizard Peninsula to visit Kynance Cove before visiting The Church of The Storms and Dollar Cove at Gunwalloe. We will see where Dwight and Caroline marry and finally; stand where Ross and Demelza share their final kiss. Recreating the moment that the series ends seems a fitting way to complete your week with Poldark’s Cornwall.
Our return to the Residence at Bolenna takes us through the mining heartlands of Sir Francis Bassett’s Cornwall and elevated views across the north coast as the sun dips down on the horizon for your drinks on the terrace or back in the hot tub again!
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