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Just wanted to give an update on our wonderful time in Cornwall this past July and I have to thank everyone once again for their input.
Before Cornwall, we drove to Bath from Heathrow (via Barcelona). Stayed at Marlborough House which is highly recommended. Three nights in Bath were just perfect for our needs. As we usually find, the hop on, hop off type bus gave us a great overview and then we could return to places of interest. One of our party is a horse racing enthusiast so we took advantage of going to the Bath Race Track. Please do not eat at the concession stands! We were warned that the food was terrible but it was worse than that. Believe they have a dining room but am not sure if that is available to the humble punters!
In future especially if there were just the two of us, I would take the advice given and take a bus or train to Bath from Heathrow. We were two couples and the men were going golfing (Cumberwell Park Golf Club which they said was a great course) so a vehicle was pretty essential. The ladies luxuriated at the Thermae Spa - wow, what a luxury that is!
Drove to Port Isaac via Clovelly where we had lunch. I didn't realize that this was a paid tourist attraction. Didn't mind the hike down to the coast but was a bit disappointed in the village itself. Expectations too high, no doubt. Thought it would be more like, say, Haworth in York! We had lunch at the pub at the bottom and the food was disappointing so say the least.
Loved Port Isaac with it's rugged coastline. A bonus was that they were filming Doc Martin and I got to meet Ian McNiece (aka, Bert, the Plumber). Evidently "The Doc" bought a house there and lives in Port Isaac but we didn't see him. Enjoyed our rooms at the Slipway Hotel. Small but clean with a good breakfast (enjoyed dinner there one evening as well). We had a view of the water from small balconies. View was somewhat limited by the large canopy covering the outside patio but we enjoyed sitting out and watching the tourists come down the hill from Doc Martin's "House". The Slipway was up for sale so don't know what it will be like in future. Very nice meal at The Old School House Restaurant. Then on to Penzance which is a lovely spot to spend a couple of days. The train to St. Ives as a great suggestion from someone (the St. Ives Bay Line from Penzance via St. Erth to St. Ives). It was unusually hot for Cornwall so we rented some beach equipment and watched the ocean. The men went in for a quick dip but just my toes got wet - brrr! Our accommodation at the Abbey Hotel was beautiful! Our rooms were luxurious and with the two couples we took full advantage of our private sitting room ("The Suite") and enjoyed the main lounge for a beautiful afternoon tea. Great town to stroll around with wonderful pubs. The Bakehouse Restaurant was not inexpensive, but a real treat. We took the Cornwall Explorer 300 bus (rather than drive the very, very narrow roads) to a desolate Land's End. In a future trip we'll get off and walk around a bit. There just wasn't enough time.....
The drive back to Heathrow was nothing short of harrowing! Next time we'll stay in London and take the train! We missed the turn-off (several times inspite of using a GPS) and finally the men agreed to stop and ask for directions. What a relief to get to the hotel. It was the Arora Hotel Heathrow and I have already recommended it to friends who travel to the UK frequently. For the two rooms we paid a total of L103.50. Rooms weren't huge but adequate, spotlessly clean and very comfy beds. On reviewing their restaurant, it didn't get the greatest reviews but I left a good review on a travel site because the meal was tasty with good service and oh so handy.
We travelled for a total of almost two weeks and not a drop of rain! Am going to thank the "Fodorites" for that as well!

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