I have just returned from a lovely relaxing weekend in Cornwall staying with some friends who run a guest house down there. I went to Cornwall for the first time just a few weeks ago and fell in love with its wild coasts and countryside. Being a Dorset boy, I am used to parts of the West Country but for some reason had never ventured as far as Cornwall before. The attractions of the south east are often over-rated and quite a few people I know have given up the rat-race to set up their own business with a more gentle pace of life.
While I was down there it was nice to have a look around some of the attractive small towns and visit some of the local sights. Yesterday I went to the stunning Lanhydrock House near Bodmin (right). It is essentially a Victorian reconstruction based on a Jacobean house which burned down in 1881 and was beautifully rebuilt and refurbished with many then “modern” features such as an extensive system of fire prevention measures and internal fire hoses. The house which had been the home of the Robartes family for several hundred years, passed to the National Trust in 1954. It is a fantastic time capsule of genteel living, with extensive kitchens and servants’ quarters, and some superb furnishings, pictures and antiques. It is well worth a visit.
Today Bude had a fund raising event for the RNLI which was attended by thousands and involved displays on the canal and kayaking sports events. Some hardy souls braved the Atlantic wind and cloudy conditions to demonstrate RNLI techniques for rescuing swimmers in distress. I was pleased to make a small donation to the cause.
I hope to go back down there again soon and further my exploration. If readers would like to suggest any places that they have visited and enjoyed I would be interested to hear.
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