Just off the coast of Marazion, Cornwall, is a tiny island, known as St Micheals Mount. When the tide is low, you can walk across the beach, down the causeway to the island itself, and explore the abbey turned home that sits at the top.
A dark, blustery day just adds to the drama here. There are days when you can’t get to the island due to the weather – a perfect setting for a murder mystery, or a haunted house story, possibly even a good setting for a survival story!
Home to an abbey for many years, it then became a fishing town, apt since St Micheal is the patron saint of fishermen. In 1659, the Mount was sold to Colonel John St Aubyn, and his descendants still live there, having leased the most of the property to the National Trust.
There are a couple of literary highlights here. The first is the connection to the tale of Jack the Giant Killer. Legend says the giant lived on this island and was killed by young Jack who hailed from Marazion, falling to the bottom of this well.
The second highlight is my favourite room – the library. It felt like just the kind of cosy room where you could curl up in front of the fire with a book whilst a winter storm raged outside.
As the family still reside here, the place certainly has a lived-in feel, and it’s steeped in history too, with the odd invasion or two to peak the interest. If you can try to come at low tide when you can walk across the causeway. It adds to the drama, although if the tide is in you can catch a ferry, which I’m sure is fun too!
Have you been to St Micheals Mount? What did you think of it?