Rosamunde Pilcher film locations

“It all started here in Cornwall, on the beaches, sitting on the rocks and making up little stories in my head, a long time ago..."

Born in 1924 in Lelant, Rosamunde Pilcher is one of Cornwall’s literary greats, despite leaving the county for Scotland after her marriage in 1946. Her childhood home inspired many of her novels - which have since been adapted to form the basis for a German television series, made up of over 100 episodes. Taking place against the stunning Cornish backdrop, the series features the county’s iconic beaches, breath-taking coastline and impressive architecture.

Cornish Architecture


Many of Cornwall’s architectural gems have found fame as Rosamunde Pilcher film locations, from large county manors including the National Trust’s Lanhydrock Estate and the Trewithen Estate near Truro - to the stone washed, slate hung fisherman cottages of Polperro.


Other large estates featured include Pencarrow House near Wadebridge, a stunning Georgian manor that starred in The Red Dress and the 2011 adaptation of The Winery. The 16th Century Prideaux Place near Padstow has appeared in over 15 dramas including, Four Seasons, Winds Across The Sea and End of Summer - the family thoroughly enjoy the filming and Peter Prideaux –Brune often takes cameo roles, having so far played a gin taster, coroner and chauffeur.


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Beaches in Cornwall


From rocky coves and mile long ribbons of sand to dramatic cliff tops, Cornwall is home to some of the best beaches in Britain - many of which feature throughout the Rosamunde Pilcher adaptations.

The stacks at Bedruthan Steps feature in multiple aerial shots, whilst Gwithian Beach has also become a popular film location due to its stunning views towards Godrevy Lighthouse. Other locations include Little Fistral, Lusty Glaze and the beaches of St Ives.


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Lamorna Cove


Famous for its links with the Newlyn Art movement, this tiny fishing inlet starred in what is considered Pilcher’s most famous work, The Shell Seekers.

We recommend taking a stroll along the coast from Mousehole to Lamorna to appreciate this beautiful area.


Land’s End


Featured in the Day of the Storm, the imposing cliffs, golden beaches and striking countryside at Lands End is an iconic Cornish landmark – well worth visiting when in the county.

Walk south and discover the beautiful Nanjizal beach, home to incredible stone formations including the Diamond Horse – named for the jewel-like glint that appears when the sun shines through it.


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St Agnes Head


The coastline between Chapel Porth and St Agnes Head often features as a dramatic backdrop in many episodes – with the disused mine building standing as poignant reminders of Cornwall’s industrial heritage.

We recommend visiting St Agnes Beacon, used during the Napoleonic wars when it would be lit if there were sightings of French ships.


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St Michael’s Mount


This iconic Cornish landmark saw both The Shell Seekers and Coming Home (starring Joanna Lumley) filmed at its doors. The fairytale castle is instantly recognisable and is one of the most romantic places to visit in Cornwall.

The surrounding town of Marazion is home to quaint shops, a fantastic beach for those that enjoy swimming and kite surfing – and offers incredible views of the iconic castle and Mount’s Bay.


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