The new film stars Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin in the leading roles, of one of Daphne du Maurier's lesser known novels, and takes place in gorgeous Cornwall and Italy, showing the masses what we knew already... Fowey is one of the most beautiful locations in the world!
The tale is a gothic romance, and unlike her previous books 'Jamaica Inn' and 'Rebecca', the locations are not recognisable as anywhere in particular. Yet the large estate in Cornwall is positioned beside the sea and eagle eyes fans have suggested it is based on several large houses close to du Maurier's home in Fowey.
It is rumoured that Daphne du Maurier took inspiration for the story after seeing a 17th century painting of Rachel Carew at Antony House, near Torpoint, in her adopted Cornwall. You can still see the painting today, as the house and grounds are now owned by the National Trust, with the painting of Rachel still on display in the house, alongside portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
You can see a trailer of 'My Cousin Rachel' below.
When staying in our boutique hotels in Cornwall you are spoilt for choice when it comes to seeing locations connected with du Maurier and her collection of novels.
Our stunning Fowey, near where du Maurier called home, has a museum full to the brim of the authors bits and pieces, while across the water, the village of Polruan was the setting 'The Loving Spirit', and is wonderful place to wonder around and while away the hours on your Cornish holiday. You can also walk the South West Coast Path from Fowey to discover the landscape in 'Rebecca' or take a short drive to nearby Tywardreath, which was featured in 'The House on the Strand'.
Finally, The Jamaica Inn, high up on Bodmin Moor, just a short drive from our hotel, still brings in weary travellers, much the same as it did 300 years ago, and is a great place to stop for some food; they do a delicious traditional Cornish pasty and even do ghost hunting tours!
With Fowey extremely proud with the role it played in her books, there is a designated 'My Cousin Rachel' walk that allows you the chance to explore the Barton land near Fowey, that Daphne du Maurier so eloquently describes in the novel, as well as treading the same countryside as Rachel did with Philip!
The walk begins and ends at Readymoney Car Park in Fowey.
- As you walk towards the farm, you can catch a glimpse of Kimarth, where Daphne du Maurier spent her final years, after leaving Menabilly.
- Walking through the farmyard, head up the hill to Tregaminion Chapel where du Maurier's memorial service was held.
- If you walk away from the chapel, you may catch a rare glimpse of Menabilly, Daphne's beloved home for many years. The house is often hidden from the outside world by trees, so cross your fingers and hope the gardeners have been in!
- The next highlight in the walk is Menabilly Barton, which leads to Polridmouth Beach, one of Daphne du Maurier's favourite locations, and today it still is popular for local sunbathers.
- Polridmouth is also believed to be one of the inspirations for the beach that features in du Maurier's world famous novel, 'Rebecca'.
- Just around the corner from the beach is the cottage that was thought to have been the inspiration for the boathouse in the novel 'Rebecca', it is jaw-droppingly beautiful with a pond and swans.
- The walk takes you back towards Fowey - with views of Polruan in the distance. Following the signs to St Catherine's Castle, you can see the remains of Henry VIII's castle. It was built around the same time as Pendennis and St Mawes castles, to protect the Cornish coastline during Tudor times.
- The walk takes you down to Readymoney's beach, where you can follow signs back to the car park.
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