It’s the Rosamunde Pilcher effect
It’s Often a topic of conversation with our guests as to why so many Germans like visiting Cornwall. About quarter of a million German visitors come to Cornwall each year. This makes up approximately 40% of all our overseas visitors. Many of them are great fans of our Cornish born author Rosamunde Pilcher. Also known by her pen name Jane Fraser. Her novels have been dramatised and regularly viewed each week by some seven million viewers in Germany. Born in Lelant near Hayle, Rosamunde Pilcher grew up in Cornwall and spent much of her time exploring the county. The beautiful beaches and coves helped to give her the inspiration to write many short stories. Her first being published at just 15 years of age. She later married and moved to Scotland but her love of Cornwall never diminished, and she continued to write countless short stories and some 28 romantic novels many of which are very familiar, such as The Shell Seekers and Coming Home.
It was Claus Beling, an editor at a well known German television network company ZDF who saw the idea of dramatizing Pilcher’s work, and what better location than to make use of the Cornish landscape. Those coves and beaches so well described in her novels. The German television crews along with their celebrity actors and actresses are often seen filming adaptations of her novels in many of Cornwall’s well know locations. The Germans just seem to love our Cornish landscapes and favourite beauty spots seen on their televisions and just have to came as see it all for themselves.
Much filming takes place at Prideaux place near Padstow ( as pictured above )
Pencarrow House and many surrounding areas near Truro and also St.Ives and St. Michaels Mount.
Now at 93 years of age Rosamunde Pilcher has long since retired from writing but along with our other great Cornish authors such as Daphne du Maurier and Winston Graham, we owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her creative career and inspirational work which has undoubtedly had a considerable influence on our tourism industry today.