I’ve already blogged about how much I enjoy finding and staying in B&Bs. I think Ednovean Farm was the start of my habit. I discovered it in Country Living magazine when I was running my cleaning business and in desperate need of regular breaks, and we have visited ever since.
Charles and Christine Taylor have slowly created this lovely house from a derelict 17th century barn. I’m not exaggerating when I say Ednovean is in a magical setting.
The house and gardens look down onto St Michael’s Mount rising from the sea like a fairy castle. If you stay in the elegant Blue Room you can sit up in bed at night and see the lights of Penzance and Newlyn curving round Mount’s Bay.
Christine has a natural eye for creating colourful but serene interiors, and each of the bedrooms has a different mood. If it’s the Poldark feel you’re after, the Pink Room has a carved fourposter bed. (But I doubt Ross and Demelza have an en suite bathroom with a freestanding double-ended bath and his and her hand basins!)
The Apricot Room is a good place for recuperation. It wraps itself comfortingly around you and opens onto a completely private terrace for undisturbed reading. Or take your book into the slipper bath for a long, hot soak.
Outside is a parterre with low box hedges and a gently trickling fountain, and through the gate the avenues in the Italian garden lead to enclosed spaces and classical statues on plinths.
Spud the pure white cat and Louis the little Burmese have fallen on their paws here at Ednovean Farm. They lead enchanted lives pursuing mice, basking in sun puddles and keeping Charles and Christine company as they work in the stables.
As you come and go you will no doubt meet some of the other four-legged residents of Ednovean. Danni the pin-up grey Spanish stallion has sired numerous good-looking offspring, which Charles and Christine are patiently training in equine etiquette.
A slap-up breakfast at the long table upstairs in the barn sets you up for a day of exploring the cliffs, beaches and seaside towns of West Cornwall. It’s very much back on the map this spring, of course, due to the remake of Poldark.
I have to admit to being a bit peeved that Porthgwarra, one of our early finds, has been outed as a location. But the beauty of this part of the world is that there are lots of little coves and characterful hamlets worth exploring if you bother to look on the Ordnance Survey map and walk to find them. I’m giving away no more secrets!
St Ives, which seems to exist in its own semi-tropical bubble, is a short drive across the peninsula. The weather there is often warm and sunny when the other coast is wet and misty, and there’s plenty to see and do.
But should the sea mist roll in and ‘liquid sunshine’ fall during your visit, you’ll be perfectly happy relaxing at Ednovean Farm with one of the many glossy mags or DVDs provided.