When it comes to places to stay, the fictional Red Lion Pub is as good as it gets in the Poldark series, but even George Warleggan would approve of Cornwall’s real-life options. Here are just a few with Poldark connections…
Located in St Agnes, Seven Strippy Strappy is a gorgeous retreat for four people and is part of an iconic, Grade II listed Victorian terrace that featured in all seven of the Poldark books. It’s a perfect spot for exploring the gorgeous Poldark coastline and is dog friendly too!
There are lots of reasons to love Retallack Resort & Spa which is located just a few miles from Padstow and Newquay. Alongside a stylish collection of apartments, cottages and lodges guests have their pick of amazing water sports (think aqua park, Flow Rider surf simulator and wake park), and for added measure a brand-new spa has recently opened and The Green Room Restaurant is winning rave reviews. Poldark cast and crew called it home for some time while filming. Lucky them!
Set in Portreath on the North Cornish coast overlooking the sea and surrounded by countryside, the luxury resort of Gwel an Mor is close to many Poldark locations making it the perfect base for exploring Poldark’s Cornwall. Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson think so too and have stayed in one of Gwel an Mor’s holiday lodges while filming!
Another resort to welcome Poldark cast and crew is The Valley in Carnon Downs. Nestling in 13 acres of outstanding conservation countryside, it offers a collection of architecturally designed cottages and a range of great leisure facilities. The Mineral Tramways trail network which is popular among cyclists and follows the tramway and railway routes once used to transport ore to and from the tin and copper mines is also on its doorstep.
Rose-in-Vale Hotel Country House Hotel is tucked away in the beautiful valley of Mithian, St Agnes. Once upon a time it was the winter residence of Captain Oates, the owner of the Great Wheal Leisure Cooper Mine in Perranporth (inspiration for Poldark’s fictional Wheal Leisure). Nowadays it’s all about peace and tranquillity and is somewhat of a hidden retreat.
Swim in the same waters as Aidan Turner and enjoy pasties from the Porthgwarra Cove Café which fuelled the cast and crew while filming by hiring the keys to a traditional Porthgwarra holiday cottage. Sitting at the heart of the St Aubyn Estate, the collection of six cottages boast sublime views of the crystal clear waters and were at the heart of the action when cameras rolled for pilchard fishing scenes and those where Demelza watches Ross swimming from the clifftops.
Experience the beauty of Bodmin Moor, the landscape which provided the backdrop to Poldark's home. Hallagenna Cottages provided accommodation for the stunt riders while filming on the moors, you’ll be following in Poldark footsteps and will be just a short walk from the filming locations used for Ross and Demelza's home, Nampara, as well as some of the miner’s cottages.
Check into the Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown and you’ll be just a stone’s throw from the spot where some of Poldark’s central scenes were filmed. The inviting guest bedrooms are located above the wonderful 150 year old pub or in the beautiful Georgian town house situated on the harbourside just in front of the Inn. Look out of the bedroom window and it’s easy to imagine Ross walking along the atmospheric harbour or Captain Blamey boarding his packet ship!
If you stay in Cornwall on a self-catering basis why not order a Poldark hamper to be waiting for you when you arrive. Available from The Cornish Food Box Company they’re stuffed full of traditional Cornish fare.
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