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    71 Bed & breakfasts in Cornwall

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    The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    An absolutely beautiful place where you could easily spend an entire day. This is a must-visit for any gardening boffin and if you have to make a choice between here and the nearby Eden Project, this should win hands down!

    Always interesting exhibitions and an impressive permanent collection that includes works by Gainsborough, Sargent, Henry Scott Tuke, and the renowned Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse -

    A beautiful one acre private garden with a huge variety of flowers, and shrubs in different 'rooms' - and also a collection of rare fowl. Delicious home made cakes and drinks are available from a small cafe to enjoy in the garden. Well worth a visit!

    Set in an elegant Victorian house and gorgeous sub-tropical park, the Penlee House Gallery has a vast specialty collection of Newlyn School and early St. Ives artists on revolving display, while the museum has displays on local archaeology and social history.

    Privately owned Elizabethan manor house and gardens on the edge of Padstow. As well as a tour of the magnificent stately home, there are acres of formal gardens and a deer park to explore and a licensed tea room.

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    Dolly's Tea Room & Wine Bar

    During the day, Dolly's is a traditional tea room serving cream teas and homemade cakes.. By evening, it becomes a wine bar/gin palace/tapas bar with quaint 'tea service' cocktails. Shabby chic repurposed furniture, a great selection of reading material and a dog-friendly environment make this a relaxed and homely place to while away the day or evening.

    All food in the restaurant (cafe) is prepared onsite with mainly fresh local ingredients. There are also yummy treats from local specialty and artisan fine-food producers in the farm shop.

    A perfect foodie mix of healthy/vegetarian/organic/seasonal and deliciously decadent. Also has a lovely outside dining area for summer.

    The Lost & Found Cafe & Vintage Shop

    The front rooms of this historic Chapel Street house are a hip vintage store, selling upcycled furniture and collectables. In the back is the cafe and dining areas, continuing the eclectic vintage theme. Their coffee and counter food are superb and the staff are very friendly.

    Small colourful friendly and cheerful. Fantastic food with generous portions and good gluten-free and vegetarian choices.

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    Getting There

    You can get to the Isles of Scilly by ferry from Penzance or twin prop plane from Lands End, Newquay and Exeter. Fog can delay travel but don't let that put you off!

    Facts about Cornwall

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    The Royal Mail Packet Station

    Between 1688 and 1850, Falmouth was the Royal Mail Packet Station; meaning that all mail going between Britain and the Mediterranean (and later the Americas) was processed here.

    Holy Headland

    Penzance derives its name from the Cornish Pen Sans, meaning holy headland - most likely in reference to a chapel that stood on the western head of the harbour in the middle ages

    Edward Gibbon was an MP for Liskeard

    Edward Gibbon, author of the monumental History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, represented Liskeard in the House of Commons in 1774. Although not very well, by accounts.

    The great flood of 2004

    In August 2004 Boscastle was devastated by a flash flood caused by freakishly torrential rainfall. It was the worst flood in the village's entire history.

    The 'terrible' castle

    The picturesque ruins of Launceston Castle hold a rather dark history. It is described as Castle Terrible in the Morte d’Arthur, and public executions were held on the grounds right up until the nineteenth century.