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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.