Historical BBC drama Poldark has arrived on the small screen for the first time since 1977, with a string of eight, hour long episodes. The drama follows the ill-fated tale of Ross Poldark, a British officer who returns to his beloved Cornwall after fighting in the American War of Independence. Starring Aidan Turner, Eleanour Tomlinson and Heida Reed, Poldark tells a story of love, loss and redemption amid the stunning backdrop of the Cornish Coast.
Aside from Turner’s portrayal of Poldark, Cornwall has grabbed much of the limelight, with many wondering if the show’s astonishing backdrop is real or computer generated. To prove Poldark’s backdrop is indeed real, we took to the airwaves to find the places behind the programme. So without further ado, here’s a shortlist of the ten best places to stay in Poldark Country.
With its brooding good looks, Bodmin Moor is a fitting setting for Poldark’s cottage, Nampara. Many of the exterior shots were filmed amid this vast moorland; its ruggedness providing a wild, ruminating backdrop to convey Poldark’s passion and menace. In the Bodmin Moor of today, visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits, including horse riding, mountain biking and walking.
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Padstow & the Camel Estuary
For lovers of North Cornwall, the appearance of beauty spots like the Camel Estuary in Poldark will have left them weak at the knee and raring for a return to this wild, untamed coast. The Padstow area features some of Cornwall’s most beautiful pockets of coastline, much of which is battered by stirring Atlantic swells. The area proves perfect for Poldark’s clifftop shots, with some of the region’s best loved landscapes on display, including Porthcothan and Tregirls Beach. For windswept, sea air strolls, there’s no better place.
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Azure waters and tropical flora make Porthgwarra look more like a pirate cove on the Spanish Main than a Cornish fishing village. This undisturbed cove was a hotspot for fisherman during the 17th and 18th century, and now offers a charming place for a private sunbathe or quick dip. Lying on Cornwall’s romantic west coast, Porthgwarra is accessed the South West Coast Path, which links the cove with some of the region’s other top beaches, including Porthcurno.
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The historic town of Charlestown near St Austell is renowned for its collection of tall, aged ships and olde worlde appearance, making it the perfect location to film parts of Poldark supposedly set in the Cornish capital of Truro. Charlestown’s grade II listed harbour features in the drama on a number of occasions, and perfectly captures the spirit of the age. At Sykes, we offer a number of cottages to rent in and around Charlestown, so you can take a walk in Poldark’s shoes.
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Botallack and Levant
As a Cornish tin miner by trade, it was important for Poldark’s location team to come up with a location that echoes the county’s evocative mining heritage. Enter Botallack and Levant, an area quite literally strewn with the carcasses of several historic tin mines. From coast to country, this wild region is peppered with disused Wheals, making it the perfect place to highlight the Poldark family’s failing trade. Take a walk near the Levant Mine in West Cornwall, and be transported to the show’s fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill.
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Book a self-catering cottage break in Poldark Country
Become a passionate Poldark fan overnight? You’re not alone. Poldark fever is sweeping the nation, with many in awe of the show’s striking cast and inspiring locations. Book a cottage break in Cornwall with Sykes Cottages this summer, and you can trace the steps of the drama’s brooding protagonist – what are you waiting for?