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Cornwall Holiday – Heligan and Charlestown

I have always wanted to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan since seeing them featured on TV many years ago, possibly on Gardener’s World which I used to enjoy watching in the 1980s and 1990s. It is probably the most romantic of stories behind a garden restoration ever and evocative of the changes in the social history of our country between the wars. In a nutshell, after the gardeners of Heligan Estate went off to …

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Cornwall Holiday – Coastal Hopping

Monday and the weather is dry. Yippee. The forecast wasn’t brilliant but we set off for a drive to Port Isaac, of TV’s Doc Martin fame. As there were some roadworks on the way, we decided to turn off the main road and pop into Boscastle and Tintagel via the more scenic route around the coast. Boscastle was a nice surprise not knowing what to expect. The car park was packed and we were really …

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Cornwall Holiday – Sir Goldsworthy Gurney

Sunday morning dawned chucking down with rain. What a horrid start to our holiday after the glorious weather of the journey down. After a little research we decided to pop into Bude and visit the Heritage centre, Bude Castle. It was built by and the home of Cornwall’s forgotten genius Sir Goldsworthy Gurney (what a fabulous name) in 1830, it was the first building on sand with specially constructed foundations and though he was mocked …

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Cornwall Holiday – Arrival

After an uneventful drive of just short of three hours we arrived in Stratton and found our cottage. It was evident that parking was going to be difficult, the ‘ample street parking’ as described by the owner is clearly only available at times when the village is deserted! We were very early for check-in anyway so headed off to Bude for shopping. When we got back to Stratton, we were lucky that a kindly neighbour …

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