The stunning, rural county of Cornwall is steeped in history. The timeless landscapes and dramatic coastline are what attract the majority of holidaymakers to the region, but there are also some fascinating historical sites to discover too. One of these is located in the far west of Cornwall, in the Chysauster Ancient Village. With some of the most exquisite hotels in Cornwall not far away, the area around the village is a great spot for tourists.
An Iron Age Village
The English Heritage-managed site at Chysauster Ancient Village comprises a remarkable settlement that dates back more than 2,000 years. The village holds 8-10 stone-walled houses and courtyards, built in a style peculiar to the Land's End peninsula and the Isles of Scilly. Experts suggest that the houses' original inhabitants would have been grain farmers who also kept livestock such as pigs and goats.
Facilities at the village help ensure it's an easy and enjoyable place to stop by. Expect ample car parking, a picnic area and shop.
Staying near the Village
Located in the west of Cornwall, just a short way from Land's End and Penzance, there are plenty of excellent places to stay near Chysauster Ancient Village.
If you're keen to embrace the rural feel of this part of the country, there's an ideal place to stay just to the west of the ancient village. Boskednan Farm is situated in Newmill, and the B&B is surrounded by beautiful, natural land. The self-contained accommodation is kept to a high standard and rooms even offer distant views of the ocean.
With the sea so close, some visitors might be looking for somewhere right on the coast. The Sea Waves B&B in Penzance is still only a short drive from the Chysauster Ancient Village, but it offers all the modern facilities you could hope for. Expect free WiFi, an on-site bar and the option of breakfast.
Venture to the Edge
It wouldn't be right to come so close to the very edge of the country and miss out on Land's End! The coastline here is as beautiful as anywhere in Cornwall and there's no feeling quite like looking out over the Atlantic Ocean. For a similar - but different - feeling, head to Lizard Point, for the most southerly part of the UK.