Caerhays Castle

Caerhays, PL26 6LY

1979’s TV adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ was filmed here, and the book’s ‘Manderley’ is actually a private house called ‘Menabilly’, a little way up the valley from the cove. Cornwall hosts an extremely popular Du Maurier Festival every year in the middle of May. The gardens are the result of the generations of hard work and expertise of the Williams family, who helped fund some of the original plant-hunters’ expeditions. The privately-owned beaches are fantastic, there’s ample parking, safe waters and starting points for some lovely clifftop walks, too.