Subject: Re: Cornwall
Hi Debbie the north and south coasts in Cornwall are very different and the south does not have the dramatic cliff-scapes and wild beaches of the north. However there are some very pretty villages and coves although choked with visitors in summer. If you are going there in early September then you will miss most of the tourists (known as 'grockles'to the cornish!) although it will still be busy. The National Trust properties are always good to visit - its best to visit their homepage:

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

and take links from there to the southwest. We love Lanhydrock and Cothele and if you are in Devon - Castle Drogo is very different - a Lutyens castle built in the early part of this century for the Drewe family. As for gardens I think the gardens at Heligan (usually referred to as the 'Lost Gardens of Heligan' because they were the subject of a TV series of the same name featuring the story of their discovery and restoration)are a must as is a visit to the Eden Project which is nearby. Here a defunct quarry has been converted into an extraordinary site with 'Biomes'- huge plastic domes that are really massive greenhouses which have controlled atmospheres to duplicate different climates.

Visit http://www.edenproject.com/ to get an idea of what its all about.

Both these gardens will give you a visit that is both unique and extraordinary with fascinating backgrounds - especially as they were both the vision of one man! Try Trebah gardens - the gardens go down to the beach and it was from here that the US 29th Infantry embarked for the D Day assault on Omaha beach. In Devon, Dartmouth is a lovely town and you can take a boat trip up the river Dart passing Daphne du Maurier's house. One other idea is to visit the Isles of Scilly (pronounced 'silly') - you can fly from Newquay or Land's End (helicopter!) and they are just beautiful. There is also a boat - but its a long crossing and can be extremely choppy! see http://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk

A good website for Cornwall is http://www.cornwall-calling.co.uk/ - lots of info and accommodation ideas. A final comment - Cornwall has a Catherdal in Truro but if you want to see what is often thought one of the loveliest cathedrals in England then I have to recommend Wells cathedral in my home county of Somerset. The Cathedral Green and close are wonderful and alongside is the Bishop's Palace which is well worth a visit.

Sally Somerset uk