Are you ready for what has been described by some as a “racy” new adaptation of the swashbuckling 18th century Cornish drama, Poldark?
Set in the same period as The Cottage, Trelash was built, this new adaptation of the fictional stories by Winston Graham will capture the hearts and minds of all those who love Cornwall, and hopefully convert a few others as this new BBC period drama is sure to be shown all over the world.
The story of this Cornish drama begins when Ross Poldark, a British Army officer, returns home to his beloved Cornwall from the American Revolutionary War when he discovers life has changed dramatically while he has been away, resulting in a series with hardship, intrigue and romance in equal measure.
Ross is heartbroken to learn that his fiancée, Elizabeth Chynoweth, is about to marry his cousin, Francis Poldark. Having not heard from him for so long, Elizabeth believed that Ross had been killed in the war. Ross is then distraught to hear of his father’s death and the loss of the family wealth. In an attempt to restore his fortunes Ross reopens one of the family’s tin mines. After several years he marries Demelza Carne, his maid, and is gradually reconciled to the loss of Elizabeth’s love. By then, Elizabeth has become a widow and marries George Warleggan, Ross’s arch-enemy……..
How can you possibly miss his heart wrenching drama?
It would appear from the trailers and news reviews that viewers are in for a real treat. With a chest baring Aidan Turner portraying the handsome, heart-torn Ross Poldark and fabulous scenic views of Cornwall in awe inspiring magnificence with rich rolling heaths, crashing waves and dramatic cliff scenes we will be glued to our TV screens for the 8-weekly episodes starting this Sunday, March 8th at 9.00pm on the BBC
Filming took place during the summer of 2014 in a number of locations across South West England, but primarily in Cornwall. Locations closest to our luxury self catering holiday cottages in Trelash, The Cottage and 5 star Meadowview Cottage, include our wonderful Bodmin Moor and Charlestown Harbour.
A large part of the filming took place on Bodmin moor. In particular in the little village of St Breward, nestled in the rugged moor and boasts the highest church in Cornwall at 700ft!, Here a cottage is used for exterior shots of Nampara, Poldark’s home and other miner’s cottages in and around the village were also used in the filming. Look out for scenes of a duel shot on the Moor at sunrise and fabulous shots of the cast on horseback. Whilst staying at The Cottage or 5 star Meadowview Cottage, you can easily reach St Breward within 30-40 minutes. Step back in time as you seek out the various filming locations, visit the church or walk the surround moors. Then treat yourself to a well earned pub lunch or dinner at the fabulous old ‘The Old Inn.”
Another location, a little further afield, is the stunning seaport of Charlestown Harbour, near St Austell. Famous for its collection of resident tall-ships and traditional Cornish architecture, Charlestown, a Grade II listed harbour, has regularly been the backdrop for filming over the years, including Dr Who, The Three Musketeers, Alice in Wonderland and The Eagle Has Landed. Charlestown is still a working port and is a fascinating place to visit. Whilst here treat yourself to lunch at the Rashleigh Arms, a traditional pub with a popular restaurant.