There’s something about this time of year that makes us feel all nostalgic, and Cornwall’s Poldark Country makes just the setting for a Christmas that’s all about spectacular views, local produce and somewhere cosy to return to after a long walk on the beach. If you’ve been meaning to follow in Ross and Demelza’s footsteps, then we say do it while you have the footpaths and beaches all to yourselves. So here’s how to have yourselves a Poldarkian Christmas break…
1. A coastline that makes you feel tiny
When things get tricky, Ross and Demelza take to the clifftops to wander the dramatic West Cornwall coastline and clear their heads, and we have to agree that the coastal landscape around Chapel Porth near St Agnes is the perfect place to get some perspective. Just imagine a Boxing Day walk to blow the cobwebs out following the footsteps of our Poldark favourites.
2. Somewhere to stock up on bounty
Any Poldarkian break needs somewhere to stock up on local produce. The Truro scenes for Poldark were filmed in the historic harbour town of Charlestown, and just a short drive away at the Eden Project you’ll find plenty of festive foodie treats at Christmas at Eden. Running until the 2nd January, the event sees the famous biomes transform into a winter wonderland, and you can meet Father Christmas, ice skate, tuck in at the cafes and of course, do some of that shopping.
3. A good old gallop
Who says Christmas should be chaotic? We think it’s the perfect time of year to hop into the saddle and escape for a good old hack. You’ll have your pick of riding schools in West Cornwall, so whether you’re feeling inspired by Ross Poldark’s galloping and you want to give it a go, or you’re more experienced, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Cornwall on horseback.
4. Sandy coves all to yourself
We all remember the scene when Demelza spotted Ross taking a dip in the clear waters of one of those gorgeous Cornish coves, and the good news is they’re even quieter than usual at this time of year. You’ll find the little fishing cove of Porthgwarra near the pretty village of St Levan, and with smugglers caves, slipways and caves it’s easy to see why it inspired the Poldark directors.
5. Some cosy cottage chic
Ok so they may not be the richest of couples, but there’s a rustic charm to Ross and Demelza’s Nampara cottage that we love. And on the subject of cottage chic, we have a whole selection of homes from home in West Cornwall that make the perfect bases for those of you planning that festive Poldark adventure. After a long walk in the footsteps of our Sunday night favourites, just imagine curling up in front of your log burner to watch the flames flicker…click here to browse our holiday cottages in West Cornwall.