Sunday nights have taken on a new edge with the BBC’s enthralling period drama, Poldark.
The TV series follows the fate of charismatic Ross Poldark (Aiden Turner) as he tries to regain his inheritance.
Set in Cornwall, the show includes lots of shots of the county at its finest – blue skies, beautiful beaches and dramatic moorland stretching as far as the eye can see.
Church Cove, Gunwalloe
© Tony Atkin
The sandy beach at Church Cove, Gunwalloe on The Lizard provided the setting for one of Poldark’s most dramatic scenes.
The beach was where the shipwreck scenes were filmed, appropriately as it is next to Dollar Cove, site of many famous shipwrecks and named for the silver coins which are still said to wash up on the beach.
Stay at nearby Polurrian Bay Hotel.
From the Guide: Perched on a cliff above a sandy bay on the Lizard peninsula, this family-friendly hotel (part of Nigel Chapman’s Luxury Family Hotels group) has ‘glorious’ views of the coastline from a glass-fronted lounge, and from the ‘well-appointed, comfortable’ bedrooms.
Beautiful Porthgwarra sits at the heart of St Aubyn Estates and was once a thriving fishing cove – and in Poldark it’s used for fishing scenes.
A great place for spending time outdoors as it’s surrounded by wildflowers and birdlife. The tunnel cut through the rock makes it perfect for swimming and rock pooling.
Stay at nearby Mount Haven Hotel
From the Guide: ‘A lovely hotel, just as described in the Guide.’ A visitor this year was ‘more than satisfied’ at Mike and Orange Trevillion’s small hotel on the edge of a village overlooking St Michael’s Mount. ‘The owners and staff were all friendly, and the prices are reasonable.’
Nampara, Poldark’s home, was filmed near this village. It also provided the scenery for some of the miners’ cottages and a dramatic duel.
Stay at nearby Pendragon Country House
From the Guide: In mature gardens, Nigel and Sharon Reed’s ‘lovely’ guest house occupies a former Victorian rectory ‘filled with antique furniture and well-chosen pictures’. ‘Nigel is a splendid host; a great deal of thought has gone into the house,’ a Guide inspector said.
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