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7:55am 19th June 2014

Cornwall and Devon are named in the top three places to visit in Europe.

The Lonely Planet has ranked the Duchy above holiday hotspots Spain and Italy.

The guide calls the south-west "picture perfect" thanks to our beaches, stunning scenery and places to eat, saying they are some of the best this side of Downton Abbey.

It is urging people to visit "before the rest of the world catches on."

Kim lives and works in St Agnes and tells Pirate FM the sunny weather is helping: "If it's a sunny day they're on the beach but if it's a dull day they'll be wandering around more and the village becomes more vibrant and more energised and that makes a big difference."

Mark Lewis is the head ranger at Lanhydrock House near Bodmin.

He tells us why it is so special: "It's just like a little treasure really, sat here in Cornwall. We're seeing lots of people coming now that aren't your typical visitors so it's bringing in a much wider age range of person.

"Loads and loads of German visitors. We get Americans coming in, Japanese coming in - a whole mass really; you just see people coming in from everywhere."

Tousim bosses are hoping it will help Cornwall tap into a whole new holiday market.

Businesses say they're already feeling positive about this summer.

Malcolm Bell is head of Visit Cornwall: "When you get the Lonely Planet saying third best place that really is the endorsement you need and it gets us the profile. That external endorsement is incredibly valuable to new visitors or those that have been thinking about it for a while but never got round to doing it."

7:55am 19th June 2014

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