So you may have to wait until series 4 of Poldark to be shown, but if you come and stay with us at Roundhouse Barns you’re at least within easy reach of visiting some of those fabulous locations where it is filmed and of course that is the main reason we watch it!
Poldark provides a window into Cornwall in the eighteenth century when the local copper mining industry was in turmoil because of the overwhelming competition from Welsh mines. Today the metal mining landscapes of Cornwall have World Heritage Site status.
There was much excitement at Roundhouse Barns in 2017 when the whole Poldark crew descended to camp on a farm near us for three days and filmed a whole scene on our very own Turnaware Beach – even though they were pretending it was in France! So a location within a ten minute walk from us!
The next nearest film location to us is Charlestown, a perfectly preserved eighteenth century copper and clay port which is the stand in for Falmouth Harbour. You would be unlucky not to see a tall ship in the harbour and you may even catch a film set working there as it’s regularly in use.
Make sure you find time to visit the Charlestown Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre while you are there and a choice of The Pier House or The Rashleigh Arms for a coffee or a spot of lunch.
Poldark Mine near Wendron had just the right atmosphere for lots of underground filming of the fictional Wheal Leisure (and we won’t mention the underground drowning in case you have not read all the books)! Do you dare go down what is the only complete tin mine in Cornwall open for underground guided tours?
Porthcothnan Beach near Newquay – a distinctly triangular inlet was used as Nampara Cove – the beach below Ross Poldark’s cottage.
Still on the beaches, Porthgwarra near Lands End, is a rugged cove with a distinctive tunnel dug by the St Just miners to allow farmers access for beach sand. This was the cove where Ross went for that famous swim and emerged topless! St Agnes Head is used as the sweeping valley setting for Nampara.
Many mines near St Just were used during the filming, including Botallack, which doubles as Grambler Mine, Levant Mine was used as the setting of Tresidders Rolling Mill and West Wheal Owles Mine was used as a setting for the fictional Wheal Leisure which Ross finds nearly derelict on his return from fighting abroad.
Let Roundhouse Barn be your base whilst you follow the characters and action at the many film locations within and around the Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites.
Where to find them…
Click on the icon below for more info about each Poldark destination.