The worlds most famous Smugglers Pub
Jamaica Inn featured on BBC TV is the worlds most famous smugglers inn and a must read novel by Daphne du Maurier. Situated on Bodmin Moor in Bolventor, Launceston, Cornwall. (Lansen in old Cornish) – see their web site for full details or “JAMAICA INN WEB SITE”
Whilst it’s nice to have local knowledge to hand when you are a stranger to the area, things do change that we are often unaware of so please check out the information before committing to go there. This information sheet should be in your holiday pack in the cottage entitled Barfield Holiday Cottages suggested eating out guide and general information, last updated January 2013.
A little about the area:-
Boscastle a beautiful harbour village made famous for the 2004 flood, lies on the North Cornish Coast 14 miles south from Bude and 5 miles from Tintagel, a conservation area
amongst some of the most beautiful countryside within the British Isles, and is one of the few remaining unspoilt harbour villages in Cornwall. Designated an Area of Outstanding beauty, the
National Trust own and care for the beautiful medieval harbour and surrounding coastline.
An exhilarating walk around the harbour, a brisk walk along the coast path, a visit to the visitors centre to see footage of the flood or call into The Museum of Witchcraft and then maybe a meal at the Riverside Hotel & Restaurant (advanced booking is a must) or The Wellington Hotel & Restaurant.
Here too a lovely valley heads inland, a path follows a fast flowing burbling stream which leads to several hidden churches allowing you to discover the little known connection between North Cornwall and Thomas Hardy.
Bude about a 20 minute/12 miles drive offers wonderful beaches for surfing, swimming, walking and where the kids can play. You can take a pleasant walk along the canal or go to the Internationally known Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club for a round of golf. There are plenty of shops for you to browse and others to discover down some of the back streets
and Life’s a Beach, ideally placed overlooking Summerleaze beach for lunch or evening meal. A cafe during the day and superb fish restaurant in the evenings, booking 3-7 days in advance is essential.
Camelford on the way there you will find St Kitts Herbery located just off the Atlantic Highway (A39) not far from the famous home of Davidstow’s Cornish Cheddar Cheese, a short drive from our cottage and worth dropping into on your way to other destinations. At St Kitts Herbery they use traditional principles of herbal practice to produce a range of modern yet classic herbal products. The fabulous Cornish scenery that surrounds the Herbery allows them to cultivate herbs, providing a stimulus for the creation of St Kitts varied range of herbal products. Look out for their famous chocolate range from Lavender chocolate to their fiery white chilli chocolate. —
The Tamar Otter Sanctuary at North Petherwin nr Launceston is a must to visit. Run by the Otter Trust it’s the world’s leading Otter conservation organisation, the only place in the West Country breeding the British Otter regularly and reintroducing young otters into the wild to save the otter from extinction. Visit the orphaned otter cubs rehabilitation centre and dormouse conservation project to help conserve this attractive little animal – to read more on this please visit:- Tamar Otter Sanctuary
The Tamar Discovery Trail – Walking route, discover the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along this 30 mile walking route. Way-markers guide you through scenic woodland,
historic river quays and rural villages. You can pick up a discovery trails booklet from Launceston Tourist Information Centre.
The Tamar Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which stretches to Launceston, nestled between Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the south coasts of Devon and Cornwall. The Discovery Trails are divided into 5 sections ranging from 3 to 10 mile walks. Many people choose to combine a walk with the Tamar Valley Line train service to make a circular route, or take in one of the many villages along the trail for some well earned refreshment. Suitable for all ages and abilities please check sections for suitability. For more information please ring Launceston Information Centre on 01566 772321.
Padstow – Wander around the town and browse some of the shops, there are names such as Sea Salt and Fat Face to choose from, walk around the harbour and look at the fishing boats or catch one of the speed boats for a thrilling deep sea trip out of Padstow Harbour. For the fitter ones among you, you can take a leisurely walk along the coast-path to the Lifeboat Station where you can take in the sights of the Jurassic Coastline and pass ship wreck visible from the cliff tops.
Rick Stein’s famous Seafood restaurant is nice for lunch or evening meal but they can be booked up weeks in advance. His Quayside Delhi selling Crab, Fish, wine and gifts etc is well worth a visit or enjoy Fish and Chips or Cornish Pasties from his Chip and Pie Shops.
If you haven’t already been to Rock why not take the foot ferry. Parking there can be impossible in high season so be warned. Another hint take the Park-n-Ride at Padstow it’s so much easier and they run every 20 minutes in high season.
Port Isaac otherwise known in the Doc Martin TV Series as Port Wenn. An attractive fishing village since the early fourteenth century. Its narrow, winding streets are lined with old white-washed cottages and traditional granite, slate-fronted Cornish houses, many of which are listed as of architectural or historic importance. From the Middle Ages until the middle of the 19th
century, Port Isaac was a busy port handling various imports and exports, including coal, timber, pottery and Delabole slate. In fact the name Port Isaac is derived from the Cornish Porth Izzick
meaning the ‘corn port’. After the advent of the railways, it became principally a fishing port. The Michelin Starred chef Nathan Outlaw has his Fish Kitchen in the harbour and his Seafood restaurant in the village. Wonderfully cooked local fish and produce and well worth sampling.
A stream runs through the village, finding its way into the sea over the harbour wall. Well worth a visit and why not call into the local fish shop and sea food shop on the quay where some of the best fresh fish in this area is sold. You may need to ring first as they sell out very quickly.
We strongly recommend against driving down into the village as parking is very limited and access in and out is very tight. Go to the car park at the top and enjoy the sea view as you walk down into the village.
Rock – The town of Rock is located across the Camel estuary from Padstow. Its name comes from the local quarry where the rocks were used as ballast by sailing ships that had unloaded their cargo
across the river. Known as the playground of the rich and famous and sometimes called “Chelsea-on-Sea” it is reputed to be the home of more millionaires than anywhere else in Cornwall with
exclusive villas and apartments discreetly hidden amongst the trees and has been a particular favourite for members of the Royal Family over several generations.
It has a beautiful beach that stretches along the Camel all the way around to Daymer Bay at low tide and where you will find deep sea fishermen who can be hired to take you out fishing and catch amongst other fish wriggly fresh Mackerel that you can take home for supper, so fresh that you don’t get that strong oily flavour you get when bought from the fish monger. No special fishing skills needed as they will show you what to do. Don’t forget your camera as some of the shots off-shore are stunning.
Tintagel Castle reputed to be the birth place of King Arthur and for visitors and locals alike, the walk from St Materiana’s Church at Tintagel on the Coastal Footpath to the Castle, is a beautiful and breath-taking experience. The peace and tranquillity of the area is captured while you walk and take in the beauty of the rugged coastline. The special path is suitable for walkers and wheelchairs alike and takes you to near the Inner Walls of the Tintagel Castle. Many years ago the original Castle was split in two by the force of the sea and you now have to traverse some steep steps to arrive at the Castle gateway. You can however approach the bottom of the steps of the Castle on a different route via a Land Rover service. The Castle, which is in ruins, was the fortress used by King Arthur in those long gone days and the Duchy of Cornwall are now owners of the property. It is operated and maintained by English Heritage. Follow this link for more information:- English Heritage – Tintagel Castle & Merlin’s Cave
Trebarwith Strand – Trebarwith with its vast cliffs, dark caves and fine golden sand with Gull rock, almost reminiscent of a dogs head, keeping watch off shore, make an excellent scene. At low tide the Trebarwith Strand is almost a mile long stretch of unbroken golden sand. A very popular destination for beach goers and surfers and where you can take your dogs for a walk on the beach or along the stunning coast path. Nearby is the Port William Inn where you can order good pub grub in the restaurant or a pint in their welcoming bar and enjoy the vista from its elevated position nestled into the cliff overlooking Trebarwith Strand.
Widemouth Bay – as the name implies Widemouth Bay has a wide sandy beach where the Atlantic rollers come rolling in. Ideal for surfers, Kite Surfers and Swimmers, Snorkelling etc. It’s a sight to see when the tide is out a vast vista of Sand and Sea. Dogs are permitted on the south beach only so look out for and park in the Black Rock car park.
There is a friendly shop further along that sells most basic provision and has a wriggly fresh fish counter selling in the main fish and crabs etc caught that day. For lunch or an evening meal we can suggest The Bay View Inn a little further on for all-day meals during the summer (a restricted food service operates in low season) where you can get a selection of foods from the main menu or from the specials board or just sandwiches or salads from the snack menu. Be warned there can be up to an hour’s wait during busy periods.
GARDENS & COUNTRY HOUSES
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, EX38 8PH (1 hour on A39 route) – If you are looking for inspiration and a relaxing day out, go along to RHS Garden Rosemoor and stroll around their enchanting 65-acre garden. Rosemoor is a garden of intoxicating beauty, meticulously crafted and planted, retaining the essence of rural North Devon within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides. Whatever the season, the exciting colours, scents and textures mean that all your senses will be stimulated, and with both formal and informal gardens – as well as woodland walks, water features and open spaces – there is something for children and adults alike to enjoy time and again. Please follow link RHS Garden Rosemoor for more information.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, nr St. Austell, PL26 6EN (1 1/4 hours via A30 route) – This is a must for garden lovers, please visit their web site and watch videos etc. The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Trebah Gardens in Falmouth (1.5 hour drive via A39 route) – A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Open every day of the year, from 10am. Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden, explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms and follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to our very own secluded beach on the Helford River. Please follow link Trebah Gardens for more information.
The now famous EDEN Project at Bodelva Par is one of Cornwall’s main attractions. As there is too much to say about this attraction so please go to their web site The Eden Project
St Michaels Mount – Explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history. Stroll across the causeway where a
legendary giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit
island community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home.
Stray from the mainland on foot or by boat and get up close to the beguiling beauty of the castle-topped isle standing proud in Mount’s Bay. Come ashore for a family outing, a tour of the castle or a garden visit. Scale the fairytale turrets for dazzling views. Listen to live music on the village green. Tuck into fresh local food in the Island Café or the Sail Loft Restaurant – please see
St Michaels Mount for more information.
We have just scratched the surface above on what you can do in Cornwall, here are some more attractions for you to visit but please look in the Cottage information pack where you will find leaflets on many of these and other attractions and things to do.
Crealy Adventure Park, WADEBRIDGE – we are told this is must for a young family’s day out, a choice of Wadebridge, Cornwall or on your way home in Exeter, Devon. –
Crealy Adventure Park
Hidden Valley situated just off the A395, 4 miles west of Launceston is a must for a family day out “Hunt for the lost crystals (a bit like Crystal Maze on TV) see for yourself
Hidden Valley Discovery Park Launceston, Cornwall.
Pendennis Castle Pendennis Castle – Falmouth, Cornwall.
Poldark Mine near Helston – Poldark Mine – Helston, Cornwall.
Geevor Tin Mine – go underground and see what it was like, see the museum and discover how the rock was brought up from the mine – Greevor Tin Mine Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum – explore the amazing WW2 tunnels and discover how coded messages were sent around the world 140 years ago Porthcurno Telegraph Museum– Porthcurno, nr Penzance, Cornwall.
Bodmin and Wenford Railway – Cornwall’s only full size railway operated by steam locomotives Bodmin Railway
Lappa Valley Steam Railway and Leisure Park Lappa Valley Railway
Launceston Steam Railway Launceston Railway – Launceston, Cornwall.
Go-Karting Kart World – Liskeard, Cornwall.
Blue Reef Aquarium – Blue Reef Aquarium – Newquay
BEES EXHIBITION CENTRE – Porteath Bee Centre – http://www.porteath-beecentre.co.uk/contact – Near Rock, Cornwall PL27 6RA
Jazz – Bude Jazz Festival is a renown annual event held in August/September each year – see web site for details.
Newquay Zoo Environmental Park –Newquay Zoo
We hope you enjoy your stay in our Cottages and enjoy what Cornwall has to offer.