At the heart of historic Cornwall & Devon

(click the pins for a description of each historic place in Cornwall or Devon )

Bell Cottage is set in the heart of an ancient and historic landscape which is still a fascinating and beautiful place to explore.  Here are some places you might like to visit, all in Devon and Cornwall within a short drive of your holiday accommodation at Bell Cottage.

(The teacup icon shows the places where there is somewhere to get a cup of tea, as well as something interesting to visit or a fabulous view to enjoy.)

Tintagel Castle
High on the rugged North Cornwall coast, this ruined  castle is the home of the  Arthurian legends and commands stunning views all around. The village is pretty and has many quaint historic features.

Once the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston is now a lively town with interesting small shops, pubs & cafes. Visit the impressive ruins of the Norman castle and ride on the narrow gauge steam railway  – a real labour of love which runs for five miles through the Cornish countryside.

Home to the famous Hurlers stone circle and the Cheesewring stones – a must for those interesterd in Celtic and pre-history. Great spot for a walk on a clear day, with fabulous views over Bodmin Moor to the coast and only a ten minute drive from your holiday accommodation.

This pretty medieval Cornish village has a pleasant level river-side walk, an impressive railway viaduct designed by Brunel – and two good pubs.  Its just a short drive from your holiday accommodation and is a lovely walk from the gardens of Cotehele House.

Well preserved Tudor manor house in Cornwall, with a working watermill and river walks.  The Mill also houses local craftspeople making pottery and greenwood furniture.

Cadsonbury Hill Fort (National Trust)
Just down the road from Bell Cottage is this ancient hill fort – there’s a bracing walk up to the top, or there is a level walk along the beautiful River Lynher for those feeling less energetic. There is also the opportunity for some geocaching with two sites to find here.

Kit Hill looks out over Devon and Cornwall and has both Bronze Age barrows and old mine-workings as well as views to Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, and the coast.

Hingston Down
Site of the last battle of independent Cornwall against the English. Great views down to the coast & river valley, and old mine buildings too. Definitely worth a short visit on the way back from Tavistock.

This pretty Devon market town is set around the ruins of a medieval abbey.  It was one of the old ‘stannary towns’ where tin from the local mines was sold, and is now a thriving centre for local foods.  Brown’s Hotel in Tavistock hides an ancient Roman well in the conservatory!

Plymouth Hoe & the Barbican
Visit the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set out to the USA from Devon, and the Hoe where Francis Drake heard news of the Spanish Armada.