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DEVON AND CORNWALL
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ContentsDevon and Cornwalls Top 10
Devon and Cornwalls Highlights 6
Eden Project 10
Tresco Abbey Gardens 22
Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre 24
St Ives 26
Penzance and St Michaels Mount 28
Moments in History 34
Great Walks 36
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Great Beaches 40
Culinary Specialities 42
Churches, Abbeys and Cathedrals 46
Great Gardens 48
Great Houses 50
Childrens Attractions 52
Famous Writers 56
Great Train Rides 62
Around Devon and Cornwall
North Devon 66
South Devon 74
North Cornwall 82
South Cornwall 90
West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 96
Practical Information 106
Places to Stay 114
General Index 120
DEVON AND CORNWALLS
TOP 10Devon and Cornwalls
Eden Project 1011
Tresco Abbey Gardens 2223
Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre
St Ives 2627
Penzance and St Michaels Mount
Top Ten of Everything 3463
ALLS TOP 10
Devon and Cornwalls HighlightsThe Southwest peninsula holds some of Britains most forbidding moorland, dramatic coastline and enticing beaches. Its history, stretching from Celtic to Victorian times, is strikingly illustrated in its castles and stately homes, while year-round, a range of outdoor activities and all-weather attractions provide entertainment and instruction for the whole family. Equally renowned for old-fashioned tranquillity and soul-stirring views, Devon and Cornwall provide the ideal canvas for the perfect holiday.
Preceding pages A biome at the Eden Project6
! LanhydrockThis impressive 17th-century mansion is filled with Jacobean art and Victorian furnishings. Immaculate gardens and sweeping parkland surround the house (see pp89).
DartmoorA range of activities is
possible on this bleak expanse of moorland, which
is complemented by grand houses and cosy villages sheltering thatched pubs
ExeterRising from the
River Exe, the capital of Devon has a strong
historical flavour, not least in its cathedral
and other ancient monuments. It also has
a buzzing and vibrant contemporary cultural
life (see pp1821).
@ Eden ProjectConservation is made fun at this wide-ranging exploration of the plant world, dominated by two giant greenhouses. Summer concerts, winter ice-skating and several cafs and restaurants serving great food enhance its appeal (see pp1011).
$ PlymouthEnjoying a superb location, this seafaring city was the home port of the intrepid sailor Sir Francis Drake. It still preserves traces of the Elizabethan era. Within a short distance are palatial houses and country parks (see pp1415).
^ Tresco Abbey Gardens On a wind-blasted island in the middle of the Atlantic, this gracious garden of semi-tropical plants has been created within the walls of a ruined abbey (see pp2223).
& Porthcurno and the Minack TheatrePorthcurno has a range of outdoor attractions, including a sandy beach between high cliffs and the open-air Minack Theatre, hewn out of the rock (see pp2425).
* St IvesHome to the Tate St Ives gallery, this quirky seaside town has a thriving arts scene. Sandy beaches and excellent restaurants are further attractions here (see pp2627).
( Penzance and St Michaels MountThe regions most westerly town is home to two superb galleries and is close to St Michaels Mount, a fortified house crowning an island (see pp2829). ) PadstowFamous for its
gourmet restaurants, this North Cornwall fishing port is also notable for its beaches, historic houses and a cycling and walking trail (see pp3031).
Discounts are offered to visitors who arrive by bicycle or public transport.
LanhydrockThis magnificent 17th-century mansion set in the Fowey Valley is one of Englands grandest country houses. Built originally by a rich merchant, Sir Richard Robartes, it remained in the same family until the National Trust took it over in 1953. It was reconstructed in 1881 following a disastrous fire. Though parts of the Jacobean building survived notably its famous Long Gallery the dominant style is that of the High Victorian era. The warren of 50 visitable rooms offer a glimpse into life inside a stately pile, from the huge kitchens to Lady Robartes boudoir.
Top 10 Features
1 Captain Tommys Bedroom2 Woodland Walks3 The Gardens4 The Gatehouse5 The Dining Room6 The Billiard Room7 The Nursery Wing8 The Museum9 The Long Gallery0 St Hydrock Church
Its a nice walk from the ticket booth to the house, but to get into the aristocratic spirit of Lanhydrock, take advantage of a vintage car service.
In the house, the Servants Hall restau-rant offers food, and there is a snack bar in the stables.
! Captain Tommys BedroomThis room is dedicated to Thomas Agar-Robartes, who died in the Battle of Loos in 1915. A suitcase kept on the cast-iron bed contains his personal items.
# The GardensThe clipped yew trees and geometric flower-beds are striking (below), but it is the magnolias in the shrub garden for which the gardens are most renowned.
@ Woodland WalksThe woods and parkland of the estate are lovely to explore. Here, you can enjoy the exuberant birdlife and, in spring, brilliant expanses of bluebells (above) and daffodils.
The gardens at Lanhydrock Dev
Map D4 Near Bodmin, Cornwall 01208 265950 House: open mid-MarSep: 11am5:30pm TueSun & national hols; Oct: 11am5pm TueSun; garden: open 10am6pm daily Adm 9, child 4.50, family 22.50; grounds 5, child 2.50 Vintage car service: adm 1.50, child 75p www.nationaltrust. org.uk
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Below StairsMore than any other house of its period, Lanhydrock provides an intriguing insight into how a grand mansion actually operated. At the heart of the building is the refectory-like kitchen, with its elaborate ranges and spits. Passages lead from here to sculleries, larders, a bakehouse and a dairy. At the top of the house, the modest servants quar-ters are a stark contrast to the lavish bedrooms of the owner