08/01/2013 Caroline Quentin's Cornwall

I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode of the second series of Caroline Quentins Cornwall last night (Monday 7th January 2013 ITV1 8pm) when the actress spends another summer discovering the hidden gems of Cornwall. This series (I have it on good authority) features amongst other places....The Lizard Peninsula (small cheer). Episode one (which if you missed it can be viewed at https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/cornwall-with-caroline-quentin/series-2/episode-1) saw Caroline exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding The Helford Valley. Those that know this area will know this is a jewel in the Cornish Crown. She begins with ferryman Nick Bailey who takes Caroline up the Helford River to Frenchmans Creek famed by Daphne Du Mauriers aptly named book. With the boat engine turned off they take in the silence and beauty of their surroundings and discuss how much this part of Cornwall means to them. For further information on Nicks passenger ferry (from Helford Point to Helford Passage) and his day boats available for hire please visit www.helford-river-boats.co.uk.

Next Caroline visits The National Seal Sanctuary in Gweek where the time has come to release the last of the rescued seal pups back into the wild. This bit makes great viewing when the old adage of never work with animals rears its ugly head with a reluctant and obviously over-fed and far too comfortable seal called Champion who has other plans. For further information on the Cornish Seal Sanctuary visit www.sealsanctuary.co.uk and click on Cornwall.

Caroline then moves on to my favorite garden in Cornwall, Trebah for some extreme gardening in this subtropical paradise. Trebah really is a must do at least once in a lifetime, preferably when either the valley is a blaze with either Rhododendrons or hydrandeas. In this episode Caroline fights with giant Gunnera plants and only just wins. Sadly she did not reward herself with a paddle on its private beach open to all visitors of the garden. For further information on this Cornish gem please visit www.trebahgarden.co.uk

As if this episode wasnt already packed enough with local gems Caroline meets dairy farmer & ice-cream maker Toby Roskilly from Roskillys Farm. Close eyes and think Charlie meets Willy Wonker, except its clotted cream and ice cream instead of Chocolate. This part of the program sees Toby at work testing new ice cream flavors on his harshest critiques, his family and, you have guessed it, one of them goes Yuk! We can only assume this family member has never been seen since following a cliff-top walk in dense fog but it does make very good TV. For anyone visiting The Lizard, Roskillys makes a lovely venue, there is something for everyone and I can guarantee you wont starve. For further information please visit www.Roskillys.co.uk

Heres to episode two on Monday 18th January, ITV1 8pm and more hidden gems on and around The Lizard being discovered.

For further information on Christmas Cottage in Helford that sleeps four please follow the links from our web site at www.lizardholidaycottages.co.uk.

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