Rosamunde Pilcher's Cornwall
Rosamunde Scott Pilcher OBE, was born in Cornwall and is a much loved British writer of several short-stories and 28 romance novels and mainstream women's fiction, including The Shell Seekers, September, Winter Solstice, The End of Summer and Coming Home.
The Rosamunde Pilcher films are filmed on location in Cornwall, and generally feature long stretches of coastline scenes, including dramatic fly-overs of the cliffs at Bedruthan steps or of sun-flooded moorland in the west of Cornwall.
Her books are especially popular in Germany because the national TV station ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) has produced more than 100 of her stories for TV starting with "Day of the Storm". These TV films are some of the most popular programmes on ZDF. Both ZDF programme director Dr. Claus Beling and Rosamunde Pilcher were awarded the British Tourism Award in 2002 for the positive effect the books and the TV versions had on Cornwall and Devon tourism within the UK.
Prideaux Place has featured in 16 films - one of the oval bedrooms, traditionally decorated with delicate stucco and painted in soft green, has been nicknamed the Großmutter room (Grandmother's room) – because this room is where the grandmother dies, changes her will or tells the heir that he is illegitimate!
Notable film locations in Cornwall include: Prideaux Place, an Elizabethan Manor with extensive grounds in Padstow; Port Eliot, the 9th century stately home in St Germans; The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, an 1863 Victorian Gothic building in Plymouth; and much of the coast line of Chapel Porth.