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Devon and Cornwall Film Sets for the Small Screen

June 29, 2016 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

The West Country has always been a favourite place for filming. Poldark, Doc Martin, The Coroner and a part of The Night Manager all make the most of the regions’ dramatic coastal scenery, isolated moorland and distinctive local characterisation to add atmosphere to scenes.

Poldark – Botallack, Cornwall

The cliffs between Botallack and Levant in west Cornwall is the film location for the tin mines in the BBC’s latest adaptation of Poldark. Long-ago abandoned, the old mine workings and magnificent granite and stone engine house perched high on the cliff edge above the Atlantic Ocean, are a perfect theatrical and romantic backdrop for many of the series’ scenes.

Old Coastguard Cottage, St Just – Sleeps 2

A stone’s throw from the amenities of St Just (the most westerly town in England) and the golden beaches of Sennen, the cottage has been beautifully renovated by its’ owners, who are cabinet makers by trade, into a ‘home’ which is full of light.  Expect quality and originality in the fixtures and fittings – such as a super-king-size wooden bed with black inlay detail.

Week beginning Sat 16 July 2016 – £460 (was £510)

Week beginning Sat 23 July 2016 – £525 (was £580)

Weeks beginning Sat 20 and 27 August 2016 – £580

Weeks beginning Sat 3, 17, 24 September 2016 – from £340 – £470

More details at: www.stayincornwall.co.uk

Doc Martin – Port Isaac, Cornwall

With its narrow streets and traditional harbour, Port Isaac is a charming holiday destination. Enjoy a pint in the Doc’s favourite pub, the Golden Lion. Check out the village shop (really the Liberal Club) and wander through the streets to spot the private residences masquerading as Mrs Tishell’s chemist shop, Louisa’s home, Bert’s Restaurant and Doctor Ellingham’s surgery.

Helstone Sunnyside, Port Isaac, Cornwall – Sleeps 4

A charming, characterful cottage with a large garden located in a Cornish hamlet, not far from Port Isaac and the legendary village of Tintagel on Cornwall’s rugged and beautiful north coast.  Countryside and coastal walks are right on the doorstep along a stretch of National Trust coastline which offers some of the most stunning scenery in the country.   This popular holiday cottage is fully booked for the summer months, but some great autumn prices make it well worth a visit; even if the Cornish mist is about!

Weeks beginning Sat 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2016 – £360

More details at: www.stayincornwall.co.uk

The Coroner – Salcombe and South Devon

BBC 1’s drama, The Coroner, is set in the fictional world of Lighthaven, based on Salcombe, South Devon. Many South Devon towns were used as locations, including Totnes, Dartmouth, Hope Cove and Brixham.

Milber Cottage, Kingswear, Devon – Sleeps 6

This charming character cottage is set in the quaint village of Kingswear, not far from Dartmouth. Dartmouth, a town affectionately referred to as the ‘jewel of the South Hams’ has a labyrinth of pretty cobbled streets, pubs, cafes’ and a beautiful harbour waiting to be explored. If you are a keen walker, Dartmoor is within easy reach and the coastal path striking distance.

Week beginning Sat 17 Sept 2016 – £850

Week beginning Sat 1 October 2016 – £685

Week beginning Sat 22 October 2016 – £835

Week beginning Sat 29 October 2016 – £580

More details at: www.stayindevon.co.uk

… or, Explore Castles in Devon and Cornwall

Castles of all shapes and sizes, from the really old at Tintagel to the ‘newest’, Castle Drogo, can be found in Devon and Cornwall. Explore the cobbles trodden-on by Roman soldiers, discover Tudor sea defences and imagine what it was like being a guest at a country house party in the early 20th century.

Powderham Castle

Not far from Dawlish is Powderham Castle, “a magical family home in the heart of Devon”. Although steeped in history going back as far as the Doomsday Book, Powderham is a ‘happening’ sort of place today, being a popular location for events and festivals. Pirates, Robin Hood, Knights and Dragons and Faerie Folk can all be found at Powderham during the summer months.  Powderham is a great day out. Take a guided tour of this historical building and wander through the walled Victorian kitchen garden. Walk the nature trail or jump on a tractor for the deer park safari.

Magnolia Jasmine, Dawlish, Devon – Sleeps 2

One of five properties set within the grounds of a magnificent Georgian mansion, this pale blue colour washed, light and bright holiday home is ideally situated for relaxing and/or days out. You are in the heart of the Devon countryside, complete with its’ chocolate-box cottages, lanes, wildlife and undulating hills, yet a short drive from the city of Exeter, the South Devon coastal towns and beaches and National Trust properties.

Week beginning Fri 15 July 2016 – £565 (was £625)

Week beginning Fri 22 July 2016 – £645 (was £710)

Weeks beginning Fri 5, 12, 19, 26 August 2016 – £710

More details at: www.stayindevon.co.uk

 Aller Stables, Dawlish, Devon – Sleeps 6

This converted stables is a perfect location for a family holiday. The beach, pubs, shops and restaurants at Dawlish are a 10 minute stroll and by car, you are not far from many of South Devon’s attractions and the historic city of Exeter.  The open-plan living accommodation is equipped to a high standard. Enjoy the warmth of a woodburner or light up the BBQ and watch the sun go down over the Devon countryside.

Week beginning Fri 9 September 2016 – £660

More details at: www.stayindevon.co.uk

St Mawes & Pendennis Castles

Built either side of the Fal estuary, as coastal artillery fortresses, by Henry Vlll to defend against possible invasion from Catholic France and Spain.  Pendennis, the larger of the two castles is a circular four-storey tower which had a storeroom and kitchen in the basement, guns on two enclosed floors and an open roof with a lookout turret. The Castle is home to some of the best live action events in the area with everything from fighting knights, pirate battles and spooky Halloween tours – there really is something for all the family to enjoy.  St Mawes Castle is exceptionally well preserved and elaborately decorated. Check out the basement kitchen with its large fireplace and bread oven which was used daily to cook meals for the soldiers.

The Old Quay House, Falmouth, Cornwall – Sleeps 6

Perfect for all year round holidays. The 18th century Old Quay House is located between Falmouth’s bustling Custom House Quay and King Charles Quay. All windows have sea and estuary views. Watch yachts, tall ships and fishing boats coming and going throughout the day. Stroll into the town to discover an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, art galleries and pubs. Visit the National Maritime Museum. Relax on wide sandy beaches. Falmouth also has a multi-screen cinema and a good range of leisure facilities, including a public pool and bowling.

Week beginning Sat 16 July 2016 – £1900

Week beginning Sat 27 August 2016 – £2170

Week beginning Sat 3, 10, 17 Sept – £1345-£1685

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