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Poldark's other leading lady by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O'Sullivan

We’re loving the new series of Poldark at Travelwrap Towers and, to be honest, we’ve developed a bit of a crush. No, not on handsome Aidan Turner who plays Ross Poldark, but on Cornwall, where Winston Graham’s novels are set. As it happens, ravishing scenery isn’t Cornwall’s only asset – it’s also particularly well blessed with good hotels. So if, like us, you’re planning a Poldark-inspired visit, here are five of the best places to stay.

The Idle Rocks, St Mawes

Perched above the harbour at St Mawes, The Idle Rocks (above) is a long-established hotel that has been given a contemporary boutique-style make-over by its new owners. Its location means that while there is a terrace, outside space is limited, but the food, made from fresh Cornish ingredients, more than makes up for lack of a garden. Go for a room at the front of the building, and fall asleep to the sound of the sea. From around £120 a night. Further information, The Idle Rocks St Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick

Set on Trebetherick headland with views across the Camel Estuary, the stylish St Moritz (above) is a contemporary take on a traditional seaside hotel. What it lacks slightly in intimacy, it more than makes up for with facilities, including two pools, a gym and a Cowshed Spa. Perfect for the whole family. From around £175 a night. Further information, St Moritz HotelHotel Tresanton, Saint Mawes

When it opened more than a decade ago, Hotel Tresanton (above), on Falmouth Bay, raised the bar not just for Cornish hotels but for seaside hotels everywhere. Chic and cosy in equal measure, it’s still one of the finest hotels in Cornwall: after a day on the beach, dinner on the candlelit terrace overlooking the sea is very special. From £250 a night. Further information, Tresanton St Enodoc, Rock

Comfortable and stylish with interiors by Emily Todhunter, the St Enodoc (above) sits high above the Camel Estuary. Special mention here goes to the restaurant, overseen by award-winnng chef Nathan Outlaw: expect plenty of seafood, fish and fresh, local ingredients. There’s a spa, too. From £195 a night. Further information, St EnodocDriftwood, Portscatho

The Driftwood (above) overlooks Gerrans Bay and is heaven for walkers (lots of coastal paths) and foodies (the restaurant has a Michelin star). It’s more of a stylish beach house rather than boutique hotel, with terraced lawns rolling down to a beach. The 15 rooms all have a marine theme and almost all have lovely sea views. From £205 a night. Further information, Driftwood

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