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Lanhydrock House

Lanhydrock House & Chapel
Lan­hy­drock House & Chapel

On 1000 acres near Bod­min, Eng­land sits a 17th cen­tu­ry house, ful­ly refur­bished after a fire in 1881 and dec­o­rat­ed in high-Vic­to­ri­an fash­ion. Home to the Agar-Robartes fam­i­ly for 300 years, the home boasts 50 rooms includ­ing the authen­tic kitchen facil­i­ties that look as if the ser­vants just walked out for a breath of air.

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Pencarrow House

My Lady, could I interest you in a cup of tea?
My Lady, could I inter­est you in a cup of tea?

Vot­ed loca­tion of Best Ani­mal Con­ver­sa­tions, this his­toric tran­quil 50-acre estate still sur­vives near Bod­min in Corn­wall. The pri­vate home remains in the pos­ses­sion of the Molesworth-St. Aubyn fam­i­ly and fea­tures a Geor­gian house – an archi­tec­tur­al style from 1720 to 1840, named for the first four British mon­archs (Georges I, II, III, and IV) – along with a 17th cen­tu­ry café, lake & ice­house, Ital­ian & Amer­i­can gar­dens, wood­land, and pas­tures. And as ref­er­enced above, the estate hosts some of the most artic­u­late domes­ti­cat­ed crea­tures in Britain.

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Polperro, Cornwall

Decorative mermaid on house
Dec­o­ra­tive mer­maid on house

A pic­turesque fish­ing vil­lage dat­ing back to the 13th cen­tu­ry, Polper­ro, Eng­land faces the south­ern coast of the coun­ty of Corn­wall. The Riv­er Pol greets vis­i­tors at the top of the pedes­tri­an town, guid­ing walk­ers to the har­bor loaded with col­or­ful boats of all sizes. A small red elec­tric bus takes any­one want­i­ng a lift into the heart of the town, pass­ing by old fishermen’s hous­es stacked close­ly togeth­er.

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St. Michael’s Mount

Getting close to the castle now...
Get­ting close to the cas­tle now…

A small rocky isle on the south­west coast of Eng­land in the coun­ty of Corn­wall, this spec­tac­u­lar set­ting show­cas­es a medieval church and the cas­tle home of the St. Aubyn fam­i­ly who con­tin­ues to man­age the island as they have since the 17th cen­tu­ry. Fran­cis St. Aubyn gave the land and prop­er­ty to the Nation­al Trust in 1954 while secur­ing a 999-year lease for the fam­i­ly to con­tin­ue res­i­dence in their ances­tral home. For vis­i­tors, the fact that the cas­tle, gar­dens, and lands have live-in own­ers with a long his­to­ry of stew­ard­ship gen­er­ates a pal­pa­ble feel­ing of gen­uine care­tak­ing and gra­cious over­sight.

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Minack Theatre

The route down to the stage, flowers every step of the way
Route down to the stage, flow­ers every step of the way

With­out ques­tion one of the most thrilling expe­ri­ences ever: to observe qui­et­ly the unpar­al­leled beau­ty of the Cor­nish coast­line while relax­ing in a majes­tic (vir­tu­al­ly hand­made) out­door the­ater set­ting. With the first per­for­mance (of Shakespeare’s The Tem­pest) in 1932, the stage con­tin­ues to offer enter­tain­ment to the pub­lic who sit on grass-cov­ered stone ter­race seats. Some 80,000 peo­ple a year see a show from May to Sep­tem­ber, envi­sion­ing the ornate columns of Antho­ny & Cleopa­tra to the mun­dane farm­yard of Babe, the Sheep-Pig.

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Godolphin Estate

Beauty through the branches
Beau­ty through the branch­es

Locat­ed near Hel­ston, Eng­land in the coun­ty of Corn­wall, Godol­phin holds one of the area’s pre­vi­ous­ly most pro­duc­tive tin mines with a 400-year his­to­ry – and now clas­si­fied as one of Cornwall’s Min­ing World Her­itage sites. The grounds include 550 acres of land, an his­toric house with ancient for­mal gar­dens (both from the 16th cen­tu­ry), and sta­bles (from the ear­ly 17th cen­tu­ry). The fam­i­ly pio­neered the use of gun­pow­der to open up the rich mines in the 1690’s.

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The Legend of King Arthur

The legend remains alive
The leg­end remains alive

The leg­endary birth­place of King Arthur, Tin­tagel Cas­tle in Corn­wall, Eng­land retains a mag­i­cal and mys­te­ri­ous aura of impor­tance. The King’s enchant­ed sword, Excal­ibur, was said to pro­tect him from the evil magi­cian, Mer­lin. Whether or not the many sto­ries about him can ever be proven true becomes irrel­e­vant when you con­sid­er the mar­velous adven­tures that stem from his sto­ry.

To stand on these cliffs and touch the ruins inspires an aston­ish­ing feel­ing of sig­nif­i­cance at hand. You can sense the pres­ence of nobil­i­ty, so grand the set­ting. Beau­ti­ful and wild, it demon­strates the pow­er of belief, over time, to cre­ate one of the most endur­ing leg­ends of the Unit­ed King­dom. Books, films, TV series, art­work and more all cel­e­brate King Arthur and his court. Quite pos­si­ble to imag­ine, his lega­cy cer­tain­ly rings true along this won­drous seascape.

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