Today I discovered a cool section in the PaperCity publication in Dallas where people shared some of their experiences about recent travels. Christen Wilson, an art collector and patron shared that she recently traveled with her husband and two kids to Cornwall, England and I was enthralled. After seeing the movie “About Time” staring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson that was released in September 2013, I have been intrigued by this beautiful town. The landscape alone that is shown in the movie is truly breathtaking. I can only imagine the charm and uniqueness of the town centre. Located in the westernmost part of the south-west peninsula of the island of Great Britain, Cornwall is bordered by the Celtic Sea and the English Channel. There appears to be a lot to explore according to Wilson, so I thought I’d do my bit of research for possibly a future trip.
First stop, Bovey Castle in the neighboring city of Devon. This Castle has a lavish history and has been through war, played host to Herr von Ribbentrop, Hitler’s ambassador, and has undergone many ownerships and transformations. Go here for history specifics. While the castle offers guests with luxury and indulgence, it promises that it’s not a “stuffy hotel where you can’t sit on the furniture or let your kids enjoy themselves.” The castle is full of fine amenities and prides itself on having one of England’s finest golf courses. Not to mention, it’s drop dead gorgeous.
Guests will be entertained by the wide variety of activities the castle has to offer from their highly-experienced resort team. Bovey Castle sits on more than 275 acres of Dartmoor National Park and has plenty of space to explore. If you are more of an adventurous type, indulge in archery and air riffle shooting, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, tennis, or a tour or guided walk. More leisurely activities include art master classes, cider making and hot air ballooning. There really is something for the whole family.
With so much to do, it really is a great spot for a family vacation, sports outing or a wedding.
The next stop is The Nare Hotel in Cornwall which overlooks Carne Beach on the Roseland Peninsula. This hotel is a comfortable luxury hotel where unwinding is crucial. “Enjoy afternoon tea, read the papers and snooze in a comfy sofa before dining in style on one of the hotel’s two sea view restaurants.”
Guests stay busy with the indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, spa, croquet lawn, billiards room, and a hot tub with a view. With being located directly on the beach, guests enjoy walking the coastal path and taking in all the beauty Cornwall has to offer.
The Kings Head was recommend by recent traveler, Christen Wilson, and is owned by the same owner as The Nare Hotel. It is a local pub located just a few miles outside Truro in the tiny hamlet of Ruan Lanihorne. “This is a traditional Country Pub with a warm welcome, great beers and an imaginative menu.” The Kings Head’s menu is comprised of an assortment fish that changes daily, homemade puddings, and their ‘signature dish’ Ruan Duckling.
With the long country and sea side, Cornwall offers the perfect setting for surfing, long hikes, and spotting wild horses running through the countryside. Along with the places above, some other popular tourists attractions are:
St. Just in Roseland Church: “St. Just in Roseland is famous for its 13th-century church set in riverside gardens luxuriantly planted with semitropical shrubs and trees, many of which are species rare in England.The church perches on the edge of a tidal creek beside the Carrick Roads on the Fal Estuary just outside the main village. The path from the road to the church is lined with granite blocks carved with quotations and verses taken from the Bible. There is also a Methodist church which is Grade II listed: it dates from the first half of the 19th century.” (Wikipedia)
Melinsey Mill: “According to County records, there has been a mill on the site since 1210. The mill as it stands today has been on site since 1565. The 16ft cast iron water wheel dated 1882, came from a Truro foundry. Melinsey is a Grist Mill, which means it would produce fodder for livestock. Originally the mill had two sets of stones enabling it to produce granary flour as well. In the early 1980’s Melinsey Mill was purchased by Dr Frank Clynick who began to restore the mill along with Rick Hancock. Good fortune and hard grind has kept this historic building intact and kept its wheel turning. Melinsey Mill opened to the public in 1996.” (Website)
Tate St. Ives Museum: Numerous artists came to St. Ives to paint in the Victorian times, attracted by its special quality of light. Artists associated with the town include Barbara Hepworth, Naum Gabo, Alfred Wallis and Mark Rothko. The gallery was built to show works by artists who had lived or worked in St. Ives. The Tate Gallery, St. Ives opened in June 1993 and in just six months welcomed over 120,000 visitors – 50,000 more than the original target for the entire year. Since then, the gallery has been an outstanding success with an average of 240,000 visitors per year. An exciting development is now planned for Tate St. Ives, which will provide better exhibition and display spaces, new education areas and improved visitor facilities, allowing greater scope for understanding the heritage of the St. Ives artists’ colony. (Website)
The National Maritime Museum: The Museum’s purpose is to engage; to entertain; to collect and research maritime heritage; and to provide enjoyment. All major projects involve partners in some way or other: individuals and organizations, some local, many from further afield. This museum always try to think differently and do more for less. (Website).
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden: Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique experience that offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material. (Website)
Now if by chance, you make it to Cornwall before I do, let me know! I’d love to hear of your adventures and anything else I can add to my to-do list!
In the meantime, sit back and bask in the glory of all that is Cornwall.