Cornwall Journals

Road Trip to Devon and Cornwall

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A May 2011 trip to Cornwall by tvordj

Bath - View to the Abbey Photo, Bath, England More Photos
Quote: We are planning a road trip to the south west of England in the spring of 2011 with an overnight stop in Wells to see the Cathedral then proceding down to Cornwall and a stop in Bath on the way back

Zipping around Cornwall

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Beltane Bed and Breakfast Photo, Wells, England
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When we decided to do a road trip from Manchester to Cornwall, we decided it would be too much driving to go all that way without breaking up the journey. If we stopped over night part way south, we could take our time, stop and see things and have a look around the city where we were overnighting. Thus, the stop on the way down was the cathedral city of Wells. We stayed overnight in a country B&B just outside Wells, the Beltane, which was a lovely small country place but close to the city. We got there in time to see the cathedral inside, at least, though had to scoot back to the car to re-pay and display. We didn't get to go into the Bishop's Palace but wandered around the garden a...Read More

Castles, Stately homes and seaside towns

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Bath - View to the Abbey Photo, Bath, England
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On our second and last day in Cornwall, we went to the Lanhydrock stately house near Bodmin. It dates back to the 1600s though they had a fire in the 1800s so most of it has been rebuilt and redecorated. Luckily they saved quite a lot of what was in the house so there are some nearly 400 year old furniture and antiques in it. It was owned and lived in by the same family for most of that time until 1969 and still has that lived in feel to it.The Great Hall is still the original 1600s room with a full plaster carved ceiling of the stories of Genesis. It's quite something to see! You get a very good idea of how people, both the upstairs and the downstairs staff lived in Victorian times. We both really lo...Read More

Pendragon Country House

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Hotel | "Amazing country hotel in Cornwall"

Pendragon Country House Photo, Cornwall, England
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The Pendragon is probably one of the nicest places I've ever stayed anywhere! It's a country house hotel just outside Camelford, in north Cornwall next to the Bodmin Moor and a short drive from Tintagel and Boscastle. The house used to be a vicarage and is owned by Sharon and Nigel Reed. It's billed as a luxury hotel and it certainly was. The Reeds take good care of you and you will most definitely have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The rooms and the house are all furnished in antiques. The bathrooms have heated floors and towel racks. There are double, king, twin and a single room and there is a twin room on the ground floor. There is a lovely and comfortable room with the bar and ste...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

Pendragon Country House
Davidstow
Camelford, Cornwall, England
+44 (0)1840 261 131

Beltane Bed and Breakfast

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Hotel | "Lovely country B&B near Wells"

Beltane Bed and Breakfast Photo, Wells, England
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If you are visiting the cathedral city of Wells and looking for a quiet, comfortable place to stay, consider staying just outside the city at the Beltane B&B. It's located a couple of miles from the city near Dulcote in an old cottage. They have two rooms in the main cottage and two in an outbuilding a few yards away. All of the rooms are mini-suites with separate sitting areas with the television as well as a small fridge and sink facilities. The bedrooms are furnished with king sized beds and the bathrooms are either wet rooms (showers in the corners) or with a bath. The rooms are very comfortable with lovely linens and pillows. Breakfast is a full cooked if you wish along with cerea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

Beltane Bed and Breakfast
Constitution Hill
Somerset, England 5 3

Express By Holiday Inn Bath

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Hotel | "Standard Issue Holiday Inn"

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A Holiday Inn Express pretty much does what it says on the tin. It's a clean, decent hotel, close to the city centre, has business facilities but not a lot of added perks. You get a decent room, en suite, television. You probably get free continental breakfast (we did) which, at this locale, also included scrambled eggs and bacon as well. The bed was comfortable and clean and quiet. It's not right in the city centry but there's a bus outside that will go into the centre or it's a quick taxi ride. The hotel does not have a restaurant in it, only the bar which is used for breakfast, but is near to a large grocery store which does premade sandwiches and snacks if you don't get a bite in the city centre....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

Express By Holiday Inn Bath
LOWER BRISTOL ROAD
Bath, England
8704442792

Vicars' Close

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Attraction | "Complete medieval street "

Vicars' Close Photo, Somerset, England
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Vicar's Close is found to the north side of the Cathedral and is, or claims to be the oldest residential street in Europe with almost all of it's buildings intact. It dates back to the 14th century. At the entry, there's a gatehouse with a hall in it and at the back end there's a building that houses a chapel and a library. It is still in use by the nearby Cathedral School. Alterations have been made to the houses over the centuries, particularly after Vicars were allowed to marry after the Reformation took place. Some have extensions added on the back and a few have walls knocked out to make one larger house out of two though it's not apparent from the front. The gardens were walled in a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 1, 2011

Vicars' Close
Next To The Wells Cathedral
Wells, Somerset

The City Arms

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Restaurant | "Good food and atmosphere in Wells"

The City Arms Photo, Wells, England
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The City Arms is in a building that used to be the jail for the City of Wells and later, an abbatoir. Despite the rather offputting history, the bar and restaurant is quite nice. On two levels, with a sunny outdoor court, the atmosphere is comfortable and the food is very good. They use as much locally sourced food as possible and have a good range of local beers and ciders which you would expect, Somerset being cider country. We found the prices reasonable (though a tad expensive by Canadian standards but we try not to think about that!) We each had a steak with lots of mushrooms and onions, and a drink with a bill of about 37 pounds. Not bad for steak which is never cheap anyway. The st...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

The City Arms
69 High Street
Wells, Somerset
01749 673 916

The Globe Posting House Hotel

Restaurant | "Upscale restaurant in Fowey"

The Globe Posting House Hotel Photo, Fowey, Cornwall
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We had a late lunch/early dinner at The Globe, mainly because it was after 2:30 and it seemed that most of the pubs stopped serving food at 2:30 (serving again after 7 p.m.) in the off season. Some proper restaurants were open all day and this was one we found was open so we took advantage. It was one of the more expensive meals we had on our trip but we did indulge in a starter and a cream tea for dessert and we came away full up. One of us had steak, which is usually not cheap and the other had fish and chips. The food was quite good, though the service was a bit slow. We'd likely have been happier in a pub but it wasn't to be. The decor was modern, nothing special but it was comfortabl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

The Globe Posting House Hotel
19 Fore Street
Fowey, Cornwall

Merrymoor Inn

Restaurant | "Beachside food in Cornwall"

Merrymoor Inn Photo, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
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One of our stops along a winding Cornish road was a beach at Mawgan Porth. It's a small cove with just a few businesses along the road and some fancy looking modern homes up on the hills overlooking the sea. One of the places to eat is the large Merrymoor Inn, a big yellow place with a large outdoor patio with outdoor seating as well. Lots of parking onsite. The food is a bit hit and miss. My partner had the "Arnie" burger, an enormous burger and he said it was quite good. I had a bowl of cream of mushroom soup that was more like paste in consistency, way too thick, and the crab sandwich was nothing special, just bread and crab, no dressing or much mayo added so i was less than impressed....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

Merrymoor Inn
Mawgan Porth
Mawgan Porth, United Kingdom TR8 4BA
01637 860 258

Lifeboat Inn

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Restaurant | "Lifeboat Inn, St. Ives"

Lifeboat Inn Photo, St. Ives, England
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The waterfront of St. Ives is lined with pubs and restaurants and takeout joints. Check out the menus and see which one is less crowded to make your choice. The Lifeboat Inn is large enough not to feel too closed in if it's crowded. The interior is gleaming with wood and a log fire. There are tables and booths. There are lots of windows so it's bright inside, not dark.

The food is standard pub fare, standard pub prices. Service was good, and the views over the harbour are nice, too!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2011

Lifeboat Inn
Wharf Road
St. Ives, England
01736 794 123

Lanhydrock Country House and Estate

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Attraction | "The perfect country estate"

Lanhydrock Country House and Estate Photo, Cornwall, England
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Lanhydrock was the home of the Agar-Robartes family until the late 1960s. It was originally built in the 1600s though there was a fire in 1881 when it was renovated with all the most modern conveniences available at the time. The house is particularly nice because you can really feel that it was lived in. It doesn't have that dusty museum feel at all like some historic houses do. It's been very well kept up and we were surprised at how much of the original furniture, paintings and other treasures were saved from the fire. It was pointed out that there would have been a very large staff at the time but it is still astonishing to think they'd have had enough time to rescue so much while the building bur...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2011

Lanhydrock Country House and Estate
Follow Signs From A30
Cornwall, England

The Minack Theatre

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Attraction | "Open air theatre on the cliffs"

The Minack Theatre Photo, Penzance, Cornwall
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One of the places I had wanted to see in Cornwall was the Minack Theatre, probably the open air theatre with one of the most spectactular settings ever. It is carved into a cliff on the south coast of Cornwall, overlooking a beach and the sea. It was the dream and creation of a woman called Rowena Cade who built it in the early 1930s. She moved here in the 1920s, building a home out of local granite for herself and her mother. She'd always loved theatre and performing and helped put on local Shakespeare productions. The Minack theatre started off fairly basic but over the years it was improved on, with gardens grown nearby to add to the attractions. The rows of seating are cut from granite...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2011

The Minack Theatre
Cliffs of Porthcurno
Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6JU
+44(0)1736 810181

Cleeve Abbey

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Attraction | "Cleeve Abbey ruins "

Cleeve Abbey Photo, Somerset, England
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For those of you that like to tramp around the ruins of castles and abbeys, there is a really good abbey along the north Devon/Somerset shore on the edge of Exmoor National Park called Cleeve Abbey. It was originally a Cistercian abbey from the 13th century and there's quite a lot there to see besides piles of rocks. You'll find it off the A39 at Washford, just a little way in and it's signposted so you can find it easily. There's a gatehouse and a visitor centre with a little shop. It's an English Heritage property so if you belong to that, it's free but it only cost about 4 pounds per person. One of the most interesting rooms that is still intact is the Refectory dating from ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2011

Cleeve Abbey
Abbey Road
Washford, Somerset
01984 640 377

Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults Museum

Attraction | "A very old Abbey"

Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults Museum Photo, Bath, England
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Bath Abbey church sits on the spot where there has been a place of worship for over a century. It is well known that Edgar, the first king of all England was crowned here, though not in the present church which was started in 1499 though it didn't get too far before Henry VIII had it destroyed. In the 17th century, it was re-roofed and rebuilt and again, in the 20th century, bomb damage had to be repaired. The abbey as it stands today is full of interesting things to see. The stained glass is beautiful and gleams through the tall windows and throws a soft light over the interior. It is free to visit and there are also tours up the tower for a cost. When we went, there was an exhibit of dip...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2011

Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults Museum
12 Kingston Buildings
Bath, England BA1 1LT
01225 422462

Wells Cathedral

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Attraction | "Poetic Cathedral in Wells"

Wells Cathedral Photo, Wells, England
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Wells Cathedral is called a 'poetic' cathedral. It's a really stunning building that dates back to the 13th century. It's proper name is the Cathedral of St. Andrews and is the seat for the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The showpiece is the west front, broad and high, almost square shaped with two square towers and over 300 statues set into the facade. The Cathedral faces a wide lawn, the "green", and glows as the sun goes down. Inside, there are some original stained glass windows in the east side, one dating back to the 14th century, and some superb fan vaulting to support the central tower. Also supporting the tower are unique scissor style arches. They say they are the only ones like it bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2011

Wells Cathedral
Cathedral Green
Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE
+44 (1749) 674483

Museum of Witchcraft

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Attraction | "Witchy women"

Museum of Witchcraft Photo, Boscastle, Cornwall
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The Museum of Witchcraft tells the story of how witches and witchcraft has been perceived over centuries. There are loads of items, documents and photos relating to witchcraft, magic, curses, cures and other regalia with an emphasis on the English and Cornish. It used to be on the Isle of Man but has been in a little building nestled on the shore of the harbour at Boscastle in Cornwall for 50 years. There are some very interesting items here but also some disturbing ones so it's not for everyone. there was a lot of damage during the floods of 2004 but the upstairs and library were not touched. The majority of the displays were able to be saved and restored, however, and the museum reopene...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2011

Museum of Witchcraft
The Harbour
Boscastle, United Kingdom PL35 0HD
01840 250 111

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

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Attraction | "Victorian funicular rail in Devon"

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway Photo, Lynmouth, Devon
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The towns of Lynmouth and Lynton are neighbours but there's an over 800 foot cliff between them. There are some steep roads and paths between the two but in the 19th century, a small railway was built between the two...straight up the side of one of the cliffs. It's a funicular style car and it's powered by water from the nearby River Lyn. This facilitated moving goods from the harbour at Lynmouth up to Lynton and thereby making it easier to transport the goods inland, and vice versa. It also aided tourism as the little towns became more popular as seaside holiday spots. The little wooden tramcars, one up and one down, are original. The system uses friction and hydraulic brake systems and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2011

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway
Cliff Railway Co
Lynmouth, England EX35 6EQ
015987 53908

Restormel Castle

Attraction | "Stronghold Castle in Lostwithiel"

Restormel Castle Photo, Lostwithiel, England
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Very near the pretty town of Lostwithiel is the remains of Restormel Castle, a former stronghold of Edward the Black Prince. Edward was the oldest son of Edward III but died before his father. Restormel is a round castle on a hill just outside Lostwithiel. It's a bit off the beaten track with just a narrow road up a hill leading to it on the edge of Bodmin Moor. It's more or less a shell and you can climb up the walls for the fantastic views over the countryside. You can still see the holes in the walls about 10 feet up which used to hold the beams that supported the upper floor. There is a small charge to view the castle, under 4 pounds. There are a couple of steps on the path...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 31, 2011

Restormel Castle

Lostwithiel, England