Discover Rosamunde Pilcher’s Cornwall

Discover Rosamunde Pilcher’s Cornwall

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Experience the scenery that inspired Pilcher's finest work, with Blue Chip Holidays

If you’re a fan of the work of Dame Rosamunde Pilcher then the chances are you’ll already be pretty familiar with Cornwall’s beautiful landscape, so why not discover the windswept corner of England that inspired so much of Pilchard’s work? Rosamunde Pilcher spent her childhood enjoying the unspoilt countryside and village life of Cornwall, and it’s been used as the setting for story after story by the international author.

Cornwall welcomes more than a quarter of a million visitors from Germany every year, and as the county’s stately homes, beauty spots and rugged coastline shine on TV screens across Germany every week it’s no wonder fans are inspired to experience it for themselves. So, to help you to discover the sights that have appeared in the TV and film adaptations of Pilcher’s classics, we’ve rounded up some of the spots you won’t want to miss...

Pencarrow House & Gardens

Let’s start with Pencarrow House and Gardens near Bodmin. Every inch the traditional Georgian mansion, this Georgian home starred as the Benson Valley Winery in the 2011 Pilcher film English Wine.

Pencarrow HouseThe film starred Eva Habermann, Robert Seeliger, Ruther Maria Kubitschek, Barbera Wussow, Sarah Beck, Albert Fortell and Alexander Klaus Stecher. Filming saw the house star as a vineyard, and every room on the ground floor appeared in it, so part of the fun of a visit is recognising familiar rooms and pieces of furniture from the film.

Pencarrow House and Gardens opens to the public between the 29th March and 1st October, and visits take the form of a guided tour so you won’t miss a thing.

Prideaux Place

Those of you who have seen the film versions of Four Seasons, Winds Across the Sea, Shell Seekers, End of Summer and Coming Home will recognise the extremely grand Prideaux Place, as it’s been used as a filming location for every one.

Over the years the producers have used Prideaux as Lord Willoughby’s home, a luxurious hotel and even as a gin distillery, and the oval bedroom has been the backdrop to so many films in which a grandmother alters her will or reveals an heir’s illegitimacy that it’s now affectionately known as the ‘groβmutter room’!

The house is found near Padstow on the north coast of Cornwall, and it’s been in the same family since it was completed in 1592. The Elizabethan gem is so popular with Pilcher fans from Germany that there are a team of German-speaking guides on hand to make them feel extra welcome. Prideaux Place is open to visitors from 10th May to 8th October from Sunday to Thursday. The house opens from 1.30 – 4pm and the gardens from 12.30 – 4pm.

St Michaels MountSt Michael’s Mount

When you first catch sight of St Michael's Mount in Marazion you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped straight into a fairytale. This castle-topped mount sits in the shimmering Penzance Bay, and when the tide goes out you can walk out to it via a causeway. This majestic Cornish landmark appeared in the TV versions of Shell Seekers and Coming Home, and in real life it’s attracted pilgrims for centuries.

The island may be a tourist attraction, but it’s also a home. Thirty villagers live on St Michael's Mount all year round, and as soon as you step foot on it you’ll feel the sense of community spirit that shone through in so many of Pilcher’s stories.

Lamorna

Just minutes from the pretty little harbour village of Mousehole in West Cornwall, Lamorna Cove has provided the beautiful setting for the filming of four Pilchard adaptations – The Empty House, Another View, Snow in April and Voices in Summer.The screen version of The Shell Seekers was also filmed in Lamorna Cove, and trust us, the area’s every bit as enchanting as it looks on screen.

If you make your way for a visit then make sure you visit the open air Minack Theatre set in the cliffs high above the sea below. The theatre is carved right into the cliffs that overlook Porthcurno Beach, and the sea provides a spectacular backdrop to every performance. Don’t worry if it rains a little on the day – being British the show will go on whatever the weather!

St Ives

St IvesHow could we forget St Ives? Just two miles from Pilcher’s childhood home of Lelant, St Ives is a harbour town so beautiful that it attracts artists from all over the world keen to take advantage of its perfect light for painting the views. The area still has a place in Pilcher’s heart, and she’s admitted to having to return every so often to recharge her batteries and reconnect with her home turf.

These days Rosamunde’s happiest when walking along Lelant Beach during a visit, but her childhood saw her swimming in the sea at Porthminster, enjoying the short train journey between Lelant and St Ives and even bodyboarding at Porthmeor. So, is it time you discovered the rugged corner of England that inspired the woman behind the stories?

We have hundreds of holiday cottages throughout Rosamunde Pilcher's home county of Cornwall. Click here to browse Cornwall holiday cottages.

Experience the scenery that inspired Pilcher's finest work, with Blue Chip Holidays

If you’re a fan of the work of Dame Rosamunde Pilcher then the chances are you’ll already be pretty familiar with Cornwall’s beautiful landscape, so why not discover the windswept corner of England that inspired so much of Pilchard’s work? Rosamunde Pilcher spent her childhood enjoying the unspoilt countryside and village life of Cornwall, and it’s been used as the setting for story after story by the international author.

Cornwall welcomes more than a quarter of a million visitors from Germany every year, and as the county’s stately homes, beauty spots and rugged coastline shine on TV screens across Germany every week it’s no wonder fans are inspired to experience it for themselves. So, to help you to discover the sights that have appeared in the TV and film adaptations of Pilcher’s classics, we’ve rounded up some of the spots you won’t want to miss...

Pencarrow House & Gardens

Let’s start with Pencarrow House and Gardens near Bodmin. Every inch the traditional Georgian mansion, this Georgian home starred as the Benson Valley Winery in the 2011 Pilcher film English Wine.

Pencarrow HouseThe film starred Eva Habermann, Robert Seeliger, Ruther Maria Kubitschek, Barbera Wussow, Sarah Beck, Albert Fortell and Alexander Klaus Stecher. Filming saw the house star as a vineyard, and every room on the ground floor appeared in it, so part of the fun of a visit is recognising familiar rooms and pieces of furniture from the film.

Pencarrow House and Gardens opens to the public between the 29th March and 1st October, and visits take the form of a guided tour so you won’t miss a thing.

Prideaux Place

Those of you who have seen the film versions of Four Seasons, Winds Across the Sea, Shell Seekers, End of Summer and Coming Home will recognise the extremely grand Prideaux Place, as it’s been used as a filming location for every one.

Over the years the producers have used Prideaux as Lord Willoughby’s home, a luxurious hotel and even as a gin distillery, and the oval bedroom has been the backdrop to so many films in which a grandmother alters her will or reveals an heir’s illegitimacy that it’s now affectionately known as the ‘groβmutter room’!

The house is found near Padstow on the north coast of Cornwall, and it’s been in the same family since it was completed in 1592. The Elizabethan gem is so popular with Pilcher fans from Germany that there are a team of German-speaking guides on hand to make them feel extra welcome. Prideaux Place is open to visitors from 10th May to 8th October from Sunday to Thursday. The house opens from 1.30 – 4pm and the gardens from 12.30 – 4pm.

St Michaels MountSt Michael’s Mount

When you first catch sight of St Michael's Mount in Marazion you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped straight into a fairytale. This castle-topped mount sits in the shimmering Penzance Bay, and when the tide goes out you can walk out to it via a causeway. This majestic Cornish landmark appeared in the TV versions of Shell Seekers and Coming Home, and in real life it’s attracted pilgrims for centuries.

The island may be a tourist attraction, but it’s also a home. Thirty villagers live on St Michael's Mount all year round, and as soon as you step foot on it you’ll feel the sense of community spirit that shone through in so many of Pilcher’s stories.

Lamorna

Just minutes from the pretty little harbour village of Mousehole in West Cornwall, Lamorna Cove has provided the beautiful setting for the filming of four Pilchard adaptations – The Empty House, Another View, Snow in April and Voices in Summer.The screen version of The Shell Seekers was also filmed in Lamorna Cove, and trust us, the area’s every bit as enchanting as it looks on screen.

If you make your way for a visit then make sure you visit the open air Minack Theatre set in the cliffs high above the sea below. The theatre is carved right into the cliffs that overlook Porthcurno Beach, and the sea provides a spectacular backdrop to every performance. Don’t worry if it rains a little on the day – being British the show will go on whatever the weather!

St Ives

St IvesHow could we forget St Ives? Just two miles from Pilcher’s childhood home of Lelant, St Ives is a harbour town so beautiful that it attracts artists from all over the world keen to take advantage of its perfect light for painting the views. The area still has a place in Pilcher’s heart, and she’s admitted to having to return every so often to recharge her batteries and reconnect with her home turf.

These days Rosamunde’s happiest when walking along Lelant Beach during a visit, but her childhood saw her swimming in the sea at Porthminster, enjoying the short train journey between Lelant and St Ives and even bodyboarding at Porthmeor. So, is it time you discovered the rugged corner of England that inspired the woman behind the stories?

We have hundreds of holiday cottages throughout Rosamunde Pilcher's home county of Cornwall. Click here to browse Cornwall holiday cottages.

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