Our guide to Charlestown holiday cottages
Just a mile from St Austell, Charlestown feels a world away from the rest of Cornwall. The village’s Georgian port has changed little over the centuries, and it’s been the setting for so many films and programmes that the first time you visit you'll feel as though you've been before. Scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean, Poldark, and Hornblower have all been filmed with Charlestone as a backdrop, and as the sun sets behind the Georgian buildings that have made the resort famous it's easy to fancy yourself on the set of a pirate-themed production.
Stand in front of the harbour when the tall ships are sitting calmly in the water and take in the sight of one of Cornwall’s most unspoilt corners.Charlestown still harbours a fleet of beautiful square riggers ships and there's usually at least one in the harbour, so if you're after that holiday photo that captures Cornwall's maritime history then this is the place to take it.
The Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre tells the tale of the area’s connection with the sea, and you’ll find it housed in one of the former China Clay buildings. What's a stay in Cornwall without experiencing the world's largest biome in captivity? With the Eden Project a ten minute drive away, Charlestown’s a beautiful base for those keen to enjoy one of the county’s most popular family attractions.