Seven years ago, I spent a delectable two days in the Cornwall town where Virginia Woolf spent her summers as a child. I still dream of going back. It truly is a magical place.
Places to see include:
- Talland House, where Woolf spent her summers until she was 12 years old
- Godrevy Lighthouse, featured in To the Lighthouse
- Tate St Ives
- Harbour Bookshop, where you can find monographs from Cecil Woolf Publishers’ Bloomsbury Heritage Series
- Katherine Hill-Miller, author of From the Lighthouse to Monk’s House: A Guide to Virginia Woolf’s Literary Landscapes, advises taking the walk to Tren Crom, one Virginia made many times with her father and family. The route is in her book.
I also recommend browsing in the local charity shops. At St. Julia’s Hospice Charity Shop, I found treasures ranging from a collection of German hiking staff shields to framed prints of the English countryside to books with full-color photos of English sites — all for a pittance.
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