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Exploring Godolphin House and Garden

Godolphin House entrance - Old wood arched doorway I had a real treat this May when we visited The National Trust Godolphin House, that opens for a just a few days each month.

From the walk through the bluebell woods to the iconic ravaged time worn wooden doors, to the fabulous granite paving slabs to the intriguing doorways opening to yet another vista of the house Godolphin House was redolent with the simmering character of a place rooted in time.

 

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Ages of Art – Ancient Frescos of Breage and Newlyn School Paintings of St Hilary

Detail St Christopher - Breage church fresco

 

We took a look at some of the ages of art yesterday in our local churches, visiting the 15th century Frescoes in Breage church and the Penzance and Newlyn school paintings in St Hilary – well worth a detour if you are looking for a different interest on you holiday in Cornwall.

We’ve been meaning to visit the frescos in Breage Church  and a recent visit to Godolphin House to see the Bluebells proved the perfect catalyst as we “passed” Breage on the way home.

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Carn Euny ancient village

Carn Euny west penwith

The best preserved ancient village in South west Britain

I often suggest to our guests that are seeking early villages a trip to Carn Euny an ancient courtyard settlement, set around an accessible fogou deep, in the heart of West Penwith.  Cornwall has a wonderful ancient heritage from which it is possible to trace the early societies that lived here and linger just for a moment in their shadow.  Carn Euny is managed by Cornwall Heritage Trust with parking in a little lay-by about 600 metres from the site and access is free. Continue reading “Carn Euny ancient village” »

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A visit to Boscawen-un stone circle

 

Boscawen- un a bronze age stone circle just off of the Penzance to Lands end road quite near to St Buryan

Boscawen- un a bronze age stone circle just off of the Penzance to Lands end road quite near to St Buryan

We visited Boscawen-un stone circle again this week mainly because Charles love to photograph the ancient Cornish landmarks and at one point he had built up a fairly good collection but it was sadly lost down a crack of the computer never to be seen again. The years have gone by and a return visit to Boscawen –un, a well preserved stone circle came to the top of our to-do list at last and the other afternoon we had a couple of hours to spare and so we set off!

We drove along the Penzance to Land’s End road, peering to our left for a small footpath entrance and small lay-by to park in just prior to Crows-an-Wra . Bingo!! We spotted a kissing gate with Boscawen-un carved into one of the posts! Lucy Landrover was left to look after herself all alone except for the traffic speeding towards Land’s End and we set off in the autumn sunshine along a broad, grassy, path

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The smugglers of Prussia Cove

Prussia Cove a famous smugglers cove in West CornwallOne of our guests favourite walks from Ednovean farm is eastwards towards Cudden Point and as they walk the coastal paths around the bay towards Prussia Cove they follow the paths the smugglers have trodden in past centuries.

The sheltered waters of Mount’s Bay and the hidden coves that are tucked along its edges have a rich dark history and today I thought I’d tell you a little bit more about the smugglers and shipwrecks in our part of the bay. As I researched for today’s post I came across a rich dramatic history in the lives that moved between Cornwall, Guernsey, France and over to the Americas; a history that touched the turbulent times of France in the shadow of the guillotine and mingled with the lives of the negro slaves in the New world; that found a kind of respectability as with ships of marque; were arrested for piracy but had mysterious friends in high place at the admiralty; murders and sea battles; and final betrayal and return to poverty. Continue reading “The smugglers of Prussia Cove” »