The last leg of our trip was Cornwall, in the southwestern corner of England.
Home base was the village of Padstow and the Metropole Hotel. The hotel was built in the first part of the 20th century and, even though it has been upgraded here and there, still feels like it would be the perfect setting for an Agatha Christie murder mystery.
Cornwall has it’s share of of country lanes.
Land’s End is the southwestern-most point in England, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean.
Another stop along the coast was Tintagel Castle, purportedly where King Arthur was conceived. Not much remains of the castle that was built in the 1200’s but the rugged coastline is spectacular.
All those steps sure work up an appetite.
When we told our travel agent that we wanted to spend some time in Cornwall, she said, ‘Oh, you must be Doc Martin fans.’ Well, we had never heard of the TV series (I thought Doc Martin was a shoe brand) so we started watching and became hooked after a few episodes. So, for any Doc Martin fans that may be reading this, here are some photos from Portwenn.
One day we visited the Eden Project, a complex dominated by two huge biomes that house thousands of plant species. The biomes are made up of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames. The largest of the two biomes simulates a rainforest environment (the largest rainforest in captivity) and the second, a Mediterranean environment. The attraction also has an outside botanical garden which is home to many plants and wildlife native to Cornwall and the UK.
And what biome would be worth it’s salt without a cafe among the flora?
One of the reasons we picked Padstow as a home base in Cornwall is that there is an acclaimed seafood restaurant there called, creatively, The Seafood Restaurant. Dinner here before heading back to London.
After returning our rental car in Newquay, we took the train back to London.
From Newquay, we changed to to a larger train in Par which took us to Paddington Station in London. There we were able to catch the Heathrow Express to the airport where there is a very nice Sofitel Hotel, perfect if you have an early flight the next morning. In reflecting on the trip, the next time I would take more advantage of Britain’s excellent rail system and rely less on driving. At least I returned the rental car with both side mirrors intact!
And a final few photos from our flight home…