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Cornwall, England’s Celtic Corner
A place of sparkling beaches and dramatic moorland, Cornwall is a study in contrasts. Tucked away in the southwest of England – whether your fancy is taken by its lush coastline or its wild interior, its tiny fishing villages or its bustling towns – Cornwall offers something for everyone. But whichever way you like it, nature is the county’s key attraction. From Celts and ancient Christians through to the works of novelist Daphne du Maurier and Barbara Hepworth, the landscape of Cornwall has long proven to be inspirational, stirring a siren call in those who venture to this far corner of England.
The Romans didn’t make much of an in-roads in Cornwall and as a consequence of this, the Celtic tribes native to this region were left to their own devices. Despite being insulated from Romano-British influence, Cornishmen were renowned across Europe for their tin producing skills. Perhaps thanks to this trade, even today, Cornwall maintains close ties with the Celtic cultures of Brittany, Ireland, and Wales. Those visiting the county will find that the past is always present; old stone quoits and barrows dot the countryside and many places bear Cornish names. Sacred wells abound here and Celtic knot work is a common architectural motif. While only actively spoken by a few thousand people today, the Cornish language now has protected status. But this, of course, is a land of myth and legend and those keen to touch the past can chase the tale of King Arthur at the ruins of Tintagel Castle on the county’s north coast.
The Cornish Coast
It may look like a single unbroken stretch of land on the map, the county’s two coasts are very different. The north coast of Cornwall, which stretches from Land’s End up to Bude, is exposed to the open ocean. The beaches here – including those at Perranporth, Fistral Bay, Polzeath and Bude – are wide and wind-swept, perfect for swimmers and surfers while the area around Rock is known for many a swanky hotel. In contrast, Cornwall’s south coast – often referred to as the “Cornish Riviera” – is sheltered and calm. But no matter which coast you choose, there’s plenty to see. On the south coast, the famous Eden Project – near bustling St. Austell – offers a glimpse into different biomes from around the world. Moving further along the coast, the Lizard Peninsula is a rocky outcrop featuring rare flora and fauna above azure waters. Heading toward the end of the peninsula, St. Michael’s Mount is an island connected by a granite causeway traversable at low tide.
Of Moors and Mines
Turning inland from the coast, Cornwall’s interior unfolds into gentle pasture before rising up into the famous Bodmin Moor. Dotted with low scrub, trickling streams and granite protuberances – some man-made, some natural – parts of the moor are today used as grazing land and are home to a unique range of plants and wildlife. Near the town of Bodmin itself, legend-hunters will find Dozmary Pool, a site closely associated with King Arthur. After a day out on the moors, cosy up in the 300-year-old Jamaica Inn, a place made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s eponymous novel. Those keen to explore Cornwall’s mining heritage will do well to stop by any of the mining heritage sites dotted between St. Austell and Truro. If you head for the latter town – technically designated a city thanks to its impressive Gothic-revival cathedral – it’s worth calling in at the Royal Cornwall Museum for a big dose of Cornish history and culture.
Cream Teas and B&Bs
From fresh seafood to pastries and baked goods, Cornish cuisine is in a class all of its own. Local specialties include meat and veg-filled pasties – sometimes called oggies – as well as the visually striking stargazy pie. While visitors can sample golden saffron buns and spicy-sweet fairings, a Cornish cream tea is not to be missed. Top your splits with strawberry jam and then clotted cream or for something different, try the “thunder and lightning” variation. This swaps jam for honey or treacle. When it comes to sleeping, Cornwall’s hotels and accommodation are concentrated heavily on either of its coasts. However, those hoping to sleep inland will still find a decent hotel selection in mid-Cornwall and around Bodmin Moor. In addition to conventional hotel accommodation, Cornwall also offers a good range of quirky period properties as well as ample camping and glamping opportunities.
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Hotel The White Hart Launceston
The 26-room, 3-star White Hart Hotel, tucked within the walls of the friendly, 12th century old-world town of Launceston, is a multi-functional accommodation suitable for a romantic weekend getaway, a fun-filled family holiday, a golf break with friends or as a temporary lodging while on a business trip. The quaint guest rooms offer en-suite bathrooms and basic amenities including a television and coffee and tea preparation facilities. Standard, double, and family rooms are available. The White Hart provides free Wi-Fi in public areas, free car parking is available onsite and the venue offers a 24-hour reception desk. Pets are not allowed. A restaurant and lounge provide meals and beverages throughout the day, while additional coffee houses, cafes and pubs are to be found within Launceston. A limited room service menu is available. The White Hart commands a prime location within easy walking distance of the Hampton Court Palace. more
Hotel Dorset Farm Launceston
You are assured of a very warm welcome when you arrive at Dorset Farm. Offering both farmhouse Bed and Breakfast (b&b) and self-catering accommodation Dorset Farm nestles in beautiful countryside near Launceston, the old capital of Cornwall. We enjoy the best of both worlds - great access from the A30, Exeter and Newquay Airports or Plymouth railway station coupled with the tranquillity of an old Cornish farm. We have acres of space stretching right down to the River Tamar where you are free to wander at your leisure. In our woods you will discover signs of days gone by in the old Launceston to Bude canal along with a wide variety of wildlife. You can watch from the comfort of our hide with its extensive views over woods and river. We also have a fabulous new garden room where you can watch the sun go down. Free wifi is available.Lots of free parking is available Things to do, places to go.... Nearby there are lots of fascinating attractions to visit covering everything for garden lovers - (e.g. the Eden Project for one) to surf beaches (Bude / Newquay ). See the ‘Places to See’ page on our website. (www.dorset-farm.co.uk) more
Hotel Trethorne Hotel & Golf Club Launceston
Set in the picturesque Cornish countryside on the border of Devon and Cornwall, the three-star Trethorne Hotel & Golf Club offers a laid-back stay with scenic views. The 30 rooms are equipped with TVs, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, and en suite bathrooms. Many of the rooms have scenic views and most are just steps away from the golf course. The hotel boasts its 18-hole golf course. It also offers free parking and free Wi-Fi access in public areas. A business centre, a meeting room and tours and tickets assistance are provided for the guests’ convenience. Guests may dine at the on-site restaurant which serves full English breakfasts, light lunches and full evening meals. They may also grab a few drinks at the hotel bar. Trethorne Hotel & Golf Club is 20 minutes away from Dartmoore National Park, Lanceston Golf Club just 10 minutes. more
Hotel The Eagle House Hotel Launceston
The Eagle House Hotel is a beautiful Edwardian town house located next to Launceston's Medieval Castle ground and is the perfect location to experience some proper Cornish hospitality. Launceston (Lanson as referred to by the locals!) is the gateway to Cornwall, nestled on the side of the river Tamar just off the A30 the hotel offers guests a great base from which they can easily access the moors (Dartmoor & Bodmin Moor) and our beautiful coastline and all that they have to offer. If you like walking, cycling, gardens, beautiful period properties, food, the sea and or the moors then this would be a great spot from which to explore the South West. Then at the end of the day you can return enjoy some well earned refreshment in our Lanson Lounge and enjoy some local seasonal produce prepared with love and care by our in-house team in the Moat Restaurant. more
Hotel Hotel Jamaica Inn Launceston
Hotel Jamaica Inn is situated between Launceston and Bodmin and features The Daphne du Maurier's Smugglers Museum as well as free high-speed Wi-Fi. Each room features a new flat screen TV with Sky channels and movies, while some rooms provide luxurious four-poster beds. All rooms come with an en suite bathroom with a full length bath tub. Hotel Jamaica Inn features an outdoor courtyard space with seating areas and a garden that overlooks Bodmin Moor. There is also a children's play area and free on-site parking. A full English breakfast is served each morning and is included in the rate of the room. The bar serves local ales and a selection of wines. This hotel is not too far from Falmouth's National Maritime Museum, while you will be able to access the A30 quite easily from this hotel. more
Hotel Racehorse Inn Launceston
The RaceHorse Inn Restaurant and Bar situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor in the heart of Cornwall just a few minutes from the A30 and midway between Launceston and Liskeard, close to the environs of the Tamar valley. Centrally positioned, for access to both the North and South coasts of Cornwall as well as Tavistock and Plymouth. We enjoy being in an unspoilt part of Cornwall, a haven for wildlife and a real treat for walkers who want to trudge the Lynher valley, Excalibur’s Dozmary Pool and the Poldark route to Minions just 40 minutes away on foot. Park in our large secure car park and enjoy the hills and valleys surrounding us- a hidden and untrodden Cornish countryside. A fine food experience with a warm welcome is found at The Racehorse Restaurant and Bar seven days a week. Our menu changes seasonally but everything is locally sourced and prepared using fresh food. Lunch is from Midday till 2.30pm and Dinner from 6pm to 9pm, but we are closed on Monday Lunchtimes (Open bank holiday Mondays and high season). more
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