Far from the Madding Crowd, this how you will feel when staying as my guests at The Cottage in Trelash, North Cornwall. Only 6 miles to the nearest stunning beach and rugged coastal foot paths and even less to beautiful moorlands and the Wilsey Forestry where doggies love to take their owners for walks.
For those of you not familiar with the term “Far from the Madding Crowd”, it is the title of Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel, first written in 1874. Later Hardy amended the novel a few times and it wasn’t until 1915 that the novel made the metamorphosis to film. Following this, two further films based on this romantic drama, were released in 1998 and 2013.
Thomas Hardy became familiar with our little corner of Cornwall in 1870, when he undertook an archeological mission to restore St Juliot parish church near Boscastle, just 6 miles from The Cottage, Trelash. During his stay here, Hardy, an English novelist and poet met and fell madly in love with Emma Gifford. They married in 1874 but sadly, later became estranged. Following Emma’s death in 1912, Hardy revisited North Cornwall to reunite himself with places linked to his courtship of Emma. His love for Emma was the inspiration for many of his poems and stories.
The novel, ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, is a romantic drama involving Bathsheba Everdene, (an independent and headstrong farm owner) and three devotees: Gabriel Oak (shepherd), William Boldwood (a wealthy local bachelor) and Sergeant Francis Troy (a local sheep farmer). Having dismissed Gabriel’s affections, Bathsheba decides on marrying Troy but sadly finds that he gambles, is no sheep farmer and her suspicions that he doesn’t love her are confirmed when it comes to light that Troy had a relationship with servant Fanny Robin resulting in her death during the birth of his child. The story twists when Boldwood (who desperately wants her to marry him) shoots Troy in front of Bathsheba and Gabriel, albeit still in love with her, decides to emigrate…….
You will need to watch the forthcoming new release of ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ out on Friday 1st May to see how the story unfolds. This romantic drama stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, and Juno Temple; a line up that will hopefully provide us with great entertainment.
During your stay at The Cottage you are only 6 miles from St Juliot church which is well worth a visit, after which a visit to the beautiful little harbour at Boscastle is highly recommended. St Juliot church it stands in an isolated location above the valley of the River Valency (Boscastle) at grid reference SX 129 912