5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Entrance to the Eden Project
Blue Badge Guided Coach tour around Bodmin Moor
We head for the West Country, arriving at the hotel in time for dinner.
Eden & Charlestown
The Eden Project is our destination this morning. Nestled in a huge crater, massive biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity. Experience the sights, smells and scale of the rainforests in the Rainforest Biome - the world's largest greenhouse - and discover the tropical plants that are used to produce everyday products. Travel to South Africa and California, as you stroll amongst the orange and lemon trees, olive groves and gnarled vines of the Mediterranean Biome, there's lots to be discovered. Charlestown near St Austell is our destination for the afternoon, famed for its collection of ships and traditional appearance which makes it a very popular filming location. It has been used for the 2010 film version of Alice in Wonderland, as well as The Onedin Line, an episode of Dr Who and the most recent adaption of Poldark. The picturesque, original Grade II listed harbour complete with tall ships will make you feel as if you have been transported back time.
Free day in St Agnes.
A chance to explore St Agnes at your own pace, this popular tin and copper mining town still shows its heritage with many of the old engine houses viewable across the landscapes and walkable via the cliff paths. At the bottom of the town is Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes' main beach of sand and single and rock pools when the tide is low. Or just a short walk from the hotel is St Agnes museum, with free entrance it gives you a little insight to this historical town.
Jamaica Inn & Padstow
Today we are joined by a local Blue Badge Guide as we drive to Jamaica Inn, Cornwall's most famous smugglers' inn. Situated halfway between Launceston and Bodmin, the coaching house was immortalised by Daphne Du Maurier in her book of the same name. While still an inn it also houses a farm shop with local Cornish produce, a gift shop and a museum filled with smuggling stories and artefacts. From here we travel to the fishing port of Padstow, on the famous Camel Estuary. Here you can take a seat and soak up the beauty of the harbour or visit the many inns and cafes, craft and gift shops or the museum. It's a haven for foodies and a fascinating place to be as there is always something interesting going on. We then take a leisurely scenic drive back to our hotel.
We spend the day in the thriving harbour town of Falmouth. This natural Harbour was recognised by Henry the VIII as an important anchorage for ships so he commissioned Pendennis Castle to be built on the entrance as part of his chain of coastal castles defences. The castle still stands as part of the landscape today and is visit able (Entrance fee not included in price). Falmouth is also the home to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and for those feeling the need to stretch their legs there's the 111 stone steps of Jacobs ladder to climb, or if your wanting a bit of retail therapy there's Targo Mills, the South West's original discount retailer, founded over 50 years ago offering bargains on thousands of products across 38 departments.
After breakfast we begin our journey home.
3* Rosemundy House Hotel, Saint Agnes
This family-owned hotel is set in secluded and sheltered gardens, only 100 yards from the main street of unspoilt St Agnes. All bedrooms are en-suite with a TV and tea/coffee making facilities. There are quiet lounge areas, a bar and the Tom Noggi restaurant. Whilst there is no lift, ground floor rooms can be requested.
Outdoor heated swimming pool Lounges Bar Restaurant Private bathroom or shower room Flat screen TV with Freeview Telephone Hairdryer Beverage Tray