In Merlin's Vow, I've changed the island's name to the Little Mount, and Marazion has become Trezion. But all the time I was writing the real places were there, fixed in my consciousness. Some liberties have been taken with the geography of the place, however the castle bears a pretty close resemblance to the real thing - and the village atmosphere is real enough.
But what you really want to see are pictures, right? So I won't yatter on too much except to add a few comments clarifying just where the photos were taken. (While I was uploading these pictures seagulls were swooping above my conservatory, screeching at each other. They really are the most argumentative birds!)
|The Mount seen from the beach. The tide was in,|
so Pete and I couldn't walk across - we had to take a boat.
|You may remember Uncle Kitto travelling through portals.|
The Belisha beacons, which acted as portals in Trezion, look like this.
|And do you remember when the Ice lady was talking about that earlier monarch|
who had arrived unexpectedly and was shown around by the housekeeper? That story is true.
It was Queen Victoria and her footsteps are commemorated by these metal imprints.
|The paths leading to the castle from the foot of the island are cobbled.|
They're made up of lots of rounded stones set into the ground and are quite slippery.
|In Merlin's Vow I refer to the cottages on the island.|
People who work on the island live there. What a wonderful place to live!
|I think that this was my favourite room in the castle. If I could choose to have any|
sort of room in my house, it would be a library like this! This is the room Uncle Kitto saw
when the book showing the map became 3D.
|This table is the inspiration behind the one|
in Merlin's library - except of course that one had
names carved into it.
|The myth of the giant is alive and well. Sorry, please excuse the pun!|
|Believe it or not, this is the main door into the castle.|
I think that is part of the charm of this place, it's not
overly grand like a lot of castles or big houses.
|Maybe you can recall Merlin's library ceiling|
being transformed from white plaster ceiling to a
vaulted ceiling. It might have looked a little like this.
|One of the roofs of the castle. I love towers|
and round roofs, there's something of the fairy tale
|And a wooden door! I'm a sucker for an|
ancient door. I'm not sure how old this one is,
but you can be sure it's been there for an awfully
|This walkway took you round the upper floors |
of the castle - from where you can see land -
and any likely enemies.
|A corridor joining the public and private areas|
of the castle. The St. Aubyn family still live there,
although the National Trust now own and maintain it.
|Two sets of spiral stairs. Remember Uncle|
Kitto puffing his way up them?
|And this corridor is on the lower floor. It's|
where I imagined Nick's 'cell' to be.
|Whether it's sunny or cloudy, the island|
never fails to capture your imagination. Can you
spot the cottages at the bottom? These were the ones
Tamar was looking at Chapter 1.
|Part of the main street in Marazion.|
|Sorry about the finger! But this is an excellent|
view of the castle as seen from part way up the path.
It's easy to see why Arthur (or anyone else) felt attacking it would be