Carn Brea Castle, Cornwall

Carn Brea is without a doubt the most peculiar folly Castle in Britain.  What looks at first glance like a fairly regular folly changes aspect completely as one walks around it to find it's appearance from the "back".  It looks almost like the land is trying to reclaim the building, or that the building is melting.  The effect is quite staggering and disconcerting.

The Castle was built as a hunting lodge by the Bassett family in the late 1700s.  The setting is on one of Cornwall's highest points, which is circled by an Iron Age Hill Fort.  The Castle shares the summit with a monument to Francis, Lord Bassett built in the 1830s.  Both are visible from miles around in most directions.

The Castle today is one of England's most remote restaurants...not one we suspect that gets much 'passing trade'!

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