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BBC TV series Poldark 2015

If you're inspired by the setting of Poldark, come and stay in a cottage in Poldark country.

Located near Land's End in west Penwith, Porthgwarra is a beautiful cove with a rich history and strong local traditions. With tales of smuggling and stories from the sea, there is more than enough to keep you hooked. However, to add to the intrigue, Porthgwarra has now become the location for the BBC’s new adaption of the hit 1970’s TV series, Poldark.

Porthgwarra beach

Originally a series of novels by Winston Graham, Poldark is based around the life of the protagonist, Ross Poldark, who returns to his beloved Cornwall and the remnants of his former life after fighting in the American War of Independence. Having come back from the war expecting to return to normality, Poldark discovers that his father has died, the family mine shut down, and his fiancee betrothed to his cousin. The story then follows Poldark in the time to come, and narrates the highs and lows of his life and the lives of those around him.

The first adaption of this spellbinding series, which was on air between 1975 and 1977, saw eight weeks location filming in Cornwall, and it seems as though the beauty of the Cornish coastline is set to take centre stage again.

The filming for Poldark features many picturesque spots up and down the Cornish coast, with many of the mining scenes centred on the stretch of west Cornwall coast between Botallack and Levan, perfectly suited with its rich mining heritage. The old Levant Mine, perched on the scenic cliffs of Pendeen, features as Tressiders Rolling Mill, while the Crown Mines and Wheal Owles near Botallack star as Wheal Leisure. These historical glimpses act as intriguing reminders of Cornwall’s past, and set the scene perfectly for the atmospheric Poldark.

Botallack mines

Porthcothan beach, near Padstow, also takes a central role as the setting for Poldark’s fictional Nampara Cove. With its wide, open bay and beautiful golden sands, it’s a dazzling celebration of natural Cornish beauty. Many of the surrounding cliff scenes filmed for the exterior of the protagonists’s Nampara cottage were filmed in the beautifully contrasting, rugged moors of Bodmin, carefully opposing the stunning Cornish coastline with the wild, untamed beauty of the moors.

The Camel Estuary, with its jaw-dropping panoramics, is also recognised in Poldark, whilst the wonderfully quaint Charlestown, celebrated for its assortment of ships, features as the city of Truro.

Covering ground from north Cornwall all the way down to the Lizard, it’s hard to ignore the outstanding natural beauty of Cornwall as it sets a spectacular backdrop to the immensely popular Poldark, long-awaited by legions of fans. With a gripping storyline and stunning scenery, you’ll be glued to the screen.

If you’d like to experience this beautiful place for yourself, we have lots of luxury self catering cottages in Cornwall.

This modern adaption of one Britain’s most successful TV dramas ever is due to air on BBC this Sunday, 8th March. Be sure to keep your eyes open!

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