Beautiful Charlestown will transport you to a bygone era. Located centrally within Cornwall, The Rashleigh Arms is an affordable base for exploring the myriad of attractions on our doorstep.
Charlestown has been a prime filming location for the BBC's adaptation of Poldark, featuring as the port of Truro and Falmouth, so why not wander down to the grade II listed harbour and see if you can spot a Tall Ship, or gaze upon Charlestown's beautiful unspoiled cottages when you next visit? Charlestown also offers easy access to Bodmin, where Ross Poldark was tried, Bodmin Moor, featured as a backdrop to many of Poldark's more dramatic scenes and St Breward, where the exterior of Ross Poldark's cottage can be seen.
Charlestown's Shipwreck and Heritage Centre offers a fascinating insight into the rich history of Charlestown, the area’s China Clay industry and the stories of the many ships wrecked off the UK coast. Discover artefacts recovered by divers from more than 150 ships, including the Titanic. Walk through tunnels used to load the Charlestown ships and see what life was like there 150 years ago.
We’re just a ten minute drive from this fascinating attraction, where you can visit the tropical rainforest and a Mediterranean garden in their iconic giant biodomes. Stand among giants on the rainforest canopy walkway, or get your adrenaline fix on the SkyWire, England’s longest zip wire. There are always events and plenty of things to keep curious minds interested. Visit The Eden Project's website to find out more.
Discover this charming sailing town, on the banks of the river that inspired Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. Wander the narrow streets, watch the world go by in one of the many pubs or cafes, and explore the river on boat, kayak or even a stand up paddle-board.
Visit Lanhydrock House and fall under the spell of this magnificent Victorian country house and gardens. Discover the two sides of Victorian life, and the contrast of ‘upstairs’ and ‘downstairs’ living. The gardens and surrounding woodland are well worth the time to explore with ancient woodland and tranquil riverside paths, and some excellent off-road cycle trails. Bike hire is available on site if you don’t have your own.
Hidden under a tangle of weeds, these glorious gardens were only uncovered again 25 years ago. Painstakingly restored to its former glory, Heligan is once again one of the country’s best loved gardens. There are over 200 acres to explore, with a sub-tropical jungle, with bamboo tunnels and giant tree ferns, as well as ancient woodland, rare breeds and an abundance of wildlife. Learn more on The Lost Gardens of Heligan's website.
Discover how Cornwall’s mining industry changed the world at this fascinating museum a few miles away. You can also explore 26 acres of woodland, see Cornwall’s largest waterwheel and working China Clay pit. Dogs are welcome and there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Visit Wheal Martyn's website to find out more.
Overlooking Porthluney Cove on the south Cornish coast, this stunning Regency castle and tranquil gardens are truly beautiful. The 140 acre gardens are internationally renowned and home to the Plant Heritage National Collection of Magnolias containing over 600 species and named hybrids from around the world. Usually only open between February and June, if you’re staying with us then, it makes a fantastic day out. Check opening times and events on Caerhays Castle's website.
Just a few miles up the road, St Austell Brewery's recently refurbished Visitor Centre reveals the secrets behind their award-winning ales and 160 year-old brewing process, with tasters included. Hicks Bar is the ideal spot to grab a coffee after your tour too, and don't forget to pick up some gifts from the gift shop.
Although we’re on the coast, we’re also close to some wonderful woodland. Explore the panoramic terrain at Kings Wood. Gently sloping up the Pentewen Valley, you’ll find rich flora and some impressive views across the south coast of Cornwall. Or to the north, Cardinham Woods, has miles of trails to explore and more exhilarating mountain biking trails. Both are dog friendly.