Just three miles from Boscastle, among the ruined fortress of the Earls of Cornwall, discover the home of the legendary King Arthur. In Tintagel you’ll also find the 14th century Old Post Office, one of the National Trust’s more unusual properties. On a grander scale other nearby Trust attractions include magnificent Lanhydrock House, Trerice and Cotehele. Orchard Lodge is less than an hour away from the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the world famous Eden Project, Cornwall’s “living theatre of plants” – huge domes set among the moonscape of former china clay workings.
Cornwall is a film and TV producer’s heaven and its coast and countryside has featured in thousands of movies and television series. Most recently you’ll have seen it in the BBC’s new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. If you fancy following in the footsteps of heroine, Mary Yellan, then Orchard Lodge is the place for you – you can be on Bodmin Moor or at Jamaica Inn in no time.
Boscastle, though perhaps the oldest, is far from being Cornwall’s only picturesque harbour. A good walk along the coast path or a short ride takes you to Port Isaac, the fictional Port Wenn, in television’s popular Doc Martin series, starring Martin Clunes and home to the sea shanty singing sensation, the Fisherman’s Friends. A little further along the coast and you’re in Padstow, where apart from a splendid working harbour and the Elizabethan Prideaux Place manor you can sample the delights of TV chef Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurants and Michelin-starred Great British Menu winner, Paul Ainsworth. Cornwall’s only Two-Michelin starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is just across the River Camel above the golden sands of Rock. If surfing or simply sunbathing’s your thing, there are beaches aplenty, including Polzeath, Widemouth Bay, Newquay and Watergate Bay, where celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has his Fifteen restaurant; not to mention the many hidden-away coves, found only at low tide and by those in the know.