She began publishing some of her writings in 1949, first under the pseudonym Jane Fraser, and then under her own name. Although living in Scotland, the landscape and scenery of her childhood in Cornwall provide the setting for many of Pilcher’s stories. Pilcher went on to sell more than 60 million books worldwide.
Pilcher’s books have been turned into television series and films. These programs are particularly popular in Germany, where over 160 television series based on Pilcher’s works have been produced. Sunday evenings are even affectionally known in Germany as ‘Rosamunde Pilcher Night’, and her shows attract a weekly audience of 7 million viewers.
Below can be seen some of the scenic locations across Cornwall that serve as the backgrounds to the Rosamunde Pilcher films and television series.
If Rosamunde Picher fans were pilgrims then Prideaux Place would be the Holy Land. The Elizabethan country house has been used as a filming location in numerous Pilcher series
Prideaux Place by Dave Malby
Prideaux Place, its grounds, the nearby town of Padstow have all been used as settings. If you are a fan and plan on visiting Cornwall then Prideaux Place is a must-see location.
More information: prideauxplace.co.uk
More information: padstowlive.com
St. Ives is famous for its beaches, ice cream, and artistic heritage. It was also the location of the G7 World Leaders Summit in 2021.
Boasting no less than five different beaches, encompassing 270 degrees of orientation, there is always a coastal scene catching the light in St. Ives. This is perhaps one of the reasons why artists have been attracted to St. Ives, a group of these painters have even become known as the ‘St. Ives School’.
As well as being geographically unique, St. Ives town is renowned for its quaint narrow streets, little fisherman’s cottages, and idyllic vistas.
More information: stives-cornwall.co.uk
At high tide the island is completely cut off from the mainland except by boat, but at low tide it is linked to the town of Marazion by a causeway.
According to legend the island was occupied in the 6th Century by a giant called Cororan, who terrorised the locals by eating animals and children. He was finally trapped and killed by a local farmer’s son, named Jack, and so was born the story of ‘Jack the Giant Killer’.
In addition to being a filming location for Pilcher films, the island has also been a location for the prequel to ‘Game of Thrones’, called ‘House of the Dragon’.
If you’re visiting then we recommend a walk across the causeway at low tide, and then around the village and gardens. At high tide it is possible to take a tour around the island by boat.
More information: stmichaelsmount.co.uk
Lamorna Cove by Simon Smith
This cove was a popular location for landscape painting with some of the artists from ‘the St. Ives School’, and even today you’re likely to see artists at work painting the scenery.
Wheal Coates by Jamie Turnbull
At low tide one can walk around the cliffs to the right of the beach at Chapel Porth and see the engine house from the beach below. At high tide there is no beach to be found, but one might still enjoy a ‘hedgehog’. Do not be alarmed… this consists of a scoop of vanilla ice cream covered in Cornish clotted cream, and then rolled in toasted hazel nuts and brown sugar!
More information: nationaltrust.org.uk/chapel-porth
The name ‘Bedruthan’ it has been said comes from a mythological giant, who used the stacks as steppingstones. The earliest records of this myth, however, indicate that it was most likely invented to entertain the Victorian tourists of the last 19th Century. The name itself is more likely to have originally been the name of one of the miners paths that lead up the cliff from the beach.
Steps leading to the beach were covered by a rock fall, and unfortunately there is currently no safe way down. However, the views from the top of the cliff are still astounding!
This area is rich is smuggling history, and there are also several shipwrecks just off the coast here. While Church Cove is a beautiful beach, swimming is not advised outside of lifeguard season as it is also well known for its strong currents and dangerous seas.
More information: nationaltrust.org.uk/gunwalloe
The house was designed around 1750, and built up on the proceeds of copper mining in Cornwall in the 19th Century. The estate overlooks the Fal River and the King Harry Ferry, and has views towards the coastal port of Falmouth.
Run by the National Trust, the estate gets over 200,000 visitors a year. The gardens are noted for their rare shrubs and collections of rhododendra, azaleas, hydrangeas and camellias.
More information: nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick
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