DISCOVERING CORNWALL AT THE PENVENTON PARK HOTEL
By Tara | Penventon Park Hotel, Cornwall
Founder, Tara Cummins, shares her recent experience tracing her ancestry in Cornwall.
My ancestry has always inspired me. It all began ten years ago when my teacher assigned the class a family history project. Little did I know, what I discovered back then would someday take me on amazing trips around the world. My latest stop: Cornwall.
Last month I packed my bags and left my seaside hometown for another – 5,000 miles away. One transatlantic flight and a train ride later, I had arrived. My introduction to Cornwall started with a warm welcome from the beautiful Penventon Park Hotel.
Situated in Redruth, a central town known for its impressive mining history, I knew the Penventon would be the perfect spot for discovering my Cornish heritage. The imposing Georgian Manor is the epitome of timeless charm and relaxed elegance. From leisurely mornings in the restaurant to afternoon indulgences of cream tea in the grand lounge and evenings spent in the stylish comfort of my garden room, every moment was a nod to the area’s characterful past.
While the property alone is a wonderful gateway into Cornwall’s rich history, its style and sensibility was only the beginning of my cultural immersion. It was the staff at Penventon that truly made my trip memorable. From witty storytelling at the bar (with a gin in hand of course) to intellectual discussions on history, I learned many hidden secrets that only the locals could share.
I had a true “local” experience when the hotel offered me a full day adventure along the rugged Celtic Coast (Thanks, Luke!). I walked the narrow cobbled streets of the charming fishing villages, marveled at the breathtaking seaside views, and even visited the final resting spot of my ancestors. Every stop along the way, I couldn’t help but imagine the lives of my forefathers. Whether I was looking at a 14th-century castle or abandoned mine, my ancestors would have seen it all.
I’ve been able to trace my roots back 500 years in Cornwall and while it’s fascinating to know your family history, it’s a whole new experience to see it first hand. Although the times have certainly changed, history is everywhere reminding us of a bygone era. I learned a lot during my trip to Cornwall, some things I had anticipated, others were unexpected. Cornwall is deeply rooted in history and heritage, and I have a feeling that there’s still a lot more to uncover. It wasn’t that long ago that I left, but the Penventon Park Hotel and Cornwall’s charm already has me wanting to return again and again.