Rosamunde Pilcher’s Cornwall

Inspired by the Cornish landscape Rosamunde Pilcher set many of her incredible books in its surrounding with its dramatic coastline, spectacular scenery, sweeping sandy beaches, traditional fishing villages, maritime and mining history! Cornwall has inspired many artists to paint, to write and to sculpt.

She was born on 22 September 1924 in Lelant, Cornwall, she is a renowned author and novelist. She first published in 1949 as an author of Mills & Boon romances under the pseudonym Jane Fraser. In 1987, at the age of 63, she wrote the international best seller The Shell Seekers which sold 5.5 million copies making her one of the most successful contemporary female authors.

The Shell Seekers was filmed in Cornwall in 2006 at various locations and it is little surprise that the film adaptations of her novels feature some of Cornwall’s most spectacular locations. A visit to the beautiful county of Cornwall gives you the opportunity to discover the villages, houses and coves which feature so prominently in the novels of Rosamunde Pilcher.

Rosamunde Pilcher’s Film Locations

If you are interested in visiting the Cornwall film locations featured in Rosamunde Pilcher’s books, our holiday cottages in Falmouth, Mylor, Restronguet and Flushing are in an ideal location from which you can discover and explore the Rosamunde Pilcher film locations.

St Michael’s Mount

St Michael’s Mount sits majestically in Penzance bay and is a fantastic place to explore and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history. At low water, the causeway enables you to walk out to the Mount and then enjoy the short motor boat trip when the tide is in. St Michael’s Mount featured in both Shell Seekers and Coming Home.


Penzance & Land’s End

Penzance is featured in films such as Snow Storm in Spring, Reflections, Summer on the Sea, The Empty House and Looking to the Horizon. From Penzance, it is easy to visit Land’s End, the most westerly point in the UK.


Further along the coast is the village of Lamorna, well known for its artistic connections with the Newlyn School of Artists. This lovely setting with stunning views is seen in the Shell Seekers. Whilst in this area, it is worth taking the time to visit the clifftop stage of the Minack Theatre which is carved in to the cliffs above Porthcurno beach. If you have the opportunity, stay and watch an afternoon or an evening performance with the sea as a backdrop – performances go ahead whatever the weather (unless it really is torrential rain!).

Journal - Rosamunde Pilcher

Prideaux Place

Prideaux Place is an Elizabethan Manor with extensive grounds which has been the family home of the Prideaux-Brune’s for around 400 years. Prideaux Place is where eight Rosamunde Pilcher films are based, including Four Seasons, Shell Seekers, Winds Across the sea, End of Summer and Coming Home.


Pencarrow House

The setting of Pencarrow House at Washaway, near Bodmin featured in the films The Weekend, English Wine and The Red Dress. For English Wine, Pencarrow was turned into a vineyard. The house’s adaptability meant that a few strategic furniture moves got the Director just the image he wanted.


Guided Tours of Rosamunde Pilcher’s Cornwall

Fancy been guided round Rosamunde’s film location with local expert who will tell you everything you may want to know and more? There are local tour guides who will drive and show you round the film locations, where she was born and places that influenced her books!

Check out these brilliant tour guides:

Meneage Tours & Experience Cornwall Tours

Books by Rosamunde Pilcher

Rosamunde has written so many wonderful books whether that be under a pseudonym or under a real name, often given a beautiful reflection of nostalgic experiences and memories of childhood in Cornwall between 1920s & the 1940s. Family, collaboration and community are at the heart of her books, while also intertwining romance and insight into life. Here are the books she has written:

A Secret to Tell | Another View | April | Coming Home | Flowers | On My Own | September | Shadows | Sleeping Tiger | Snow in April | The Carousel | The Empty House | The End of Summer | The Day of the Storm | The Key | The Shell Seekers | Under Gemini | Voices in Summer | Wild Mountain Thyme | Winter Solstice

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