Rosamunde Pilcher's Cornwall

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.

Rosamunde Pilcher has set many of her books in the landscape of Cornwall. 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, including St Michael's Mount, Penzance, Land's End and Lamorna. 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.

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.


Just 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!).

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.


The setting of Pencarrow House at Washaway, near Bodmin featured in the films The Weekend and The Red Dress.

Books by Rosamunde Pilcher:

A Secret to Tell
Another View
Coming Home
On My Own
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