Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Best of British Cottages with the BBC series "Poldark" Part Two

The Cornish mining heritage is something that is held dear to many local people with a history that spans the centuries. This theme runs throughout the Poldark series, often expressed in the conflict and contrast between the lower and upper classes. The early episodes of the series cover the time when mines are being closed down with hundreds of miners being forced out of work, after which Ross Poldark opts to open his own mine.

Although the Perran Foundry at Perranarworthal was not used on set, this is a really significant Tullimaar House, a 19th-century parish that was once the home of award-winning novelist Sir William Golding. Within a valley of the village sits The Brass Bolt Shop – a grade II listed cottage in a residential development of homes newly converted from the Foundry. The romantic cottage is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has easy access to the award-winning pub and farm shop in the local village.

The Brass Bolt Shop 
Although the Perran Foundry at Perranarworthal was not used on set, this is a really significant historical site that has been awarded World Heritage status. Between 1791 and 1879 and during the Industrial Revolution, it was an extremely important location for invention, milling, casting, forging and pattern-making. The village of Perranarworthal is situated between Falmouth and Truro, close to some of Cornwall’s most spectacular sights. It contains a number of interesting historical buildings, including the

A mining location that was used in the Poldark series was the underground Levant Mine – a National Trust property in Trewellard, a small village on the north coast road. Helpful Holidays has a number of properties in the wider area, including a four-bedroom, semi-detached 18th century cottage Trecam in the village of Pendeen. The cottage is decorated in contemporary style and boasts a great location within easy reach of classic pubs, hiking opportunities along the cliff coast and spectacular beaches.

Land’s End is one of the most well known parts of Cornwall, and some scenes for Poldark were filmed in Porthgwarra, a lovely fishing hamlet. Its secluded beaches and great surfing opportunities are around 90 minutes’ walk from Lands End along the coastal path. The tiny coastal village of Mousehole is home to The Queach – a stone and slate cottage with expansive sea views. The village is just one mile from Penzance and also features a compact outdoor terrace.

The Queach
While the vast majority of the Poldark shooting took place in Cornwall, there were also some scenes filmed in Prior Park in Bath. Just four miles outside the centre of the city you’ll find Week Farm, which can only be described as a truly spectacular home. A sweeping, tree-lined drive introduces the Georgian country estate, which sits in 98 acres of private grounds and features a 12-person outdoor hot tub, games room, family suite, library and kitchen with a 16-seater dining table. The formal living room perfectly showcases the property’s unique design concept that blends original period detail with a luxurious modern finish. Original stone stairs, flagstone flooring and oak beams play out alongside hardwood and granite units and mod cons. The surroundings are just as wonderful, with the pretty village of Combe Hay just moments away and the city of Bath with its elegant history and natural thermal springs within easy reach.

Week Farm