Cornwall on film

The Eden Project: A home fit for a supervillain

Films versions of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Robin Hood’ have all recently taken advantage of the UK’s stunning natural landscapes while also increasing visits to their respective filming locations. So with screen tourism in mind, we’re starting a new feature on the cottages4you blog, looking at the most beautiful regions in the UK and the film locations you can visit there.

Our first stop is Cornwall, a beautiful and popular filming location in its own right, and one of the UK’s premier sites for screen tourism…

Tim Burton’s re-imagining of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ received a mixed response when it was released earlier this year – though most critics agreed that it provided a feast of stunning imagery. And even though you can’t visit Wonderland for real, its real world locations are no less striking.

Anthony House & Gardens in Torpoint provided the backdrop for Alice’s adventures before she descended down the rabbit hole. A stunning 18th-century mansion, Anthony House is nestled in equally beautiful surroundings. Now operated by the National Trust, visitors can explore the house and gardens for themselves. Please do look out for large holes in the ground though.

Another Johnny Depp starrer, the forthcoming ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’, recently filmed in the popular seaside town of St Ives. Since it’s not released until 2011, we have no idea what they filmed but we imagine it probably took advantage of the fantastic harbour and beautiful beaches…and probably involved pirates. Just a guess.

James Bond casts a fairly large shadow across British cinema and no discussion on the topic is complete without a reference to at least one of 007’s many adventures. Similarly, no discussion on British filming locations is complete without mentioning at least one location that provided the backdrop to his adventures.

‘Die Another Day’ (aka the one with the invisible car), Pierce Brosnan’s final Bond film, used the beautiful Holywell Bay to double for North Korea in the thrilling opening sequence. Thankfully, the reality of Holywell is far more relaxing – and far less dangerous! Likewise, the Eden Project in St Austell was a natural fit for a villain’s base but in reality offers a stunning array of eye-catching flora and a whole host of fun family activities.

Castletown’s scenic village and small harbour perfectly encapsulates the Cornish experience, so it comes as no surprise that it’s also one of the most captured on film. Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ filmed there (see also the ‘Jamaica Inn’, another Cornish visitor attraction), as did ‘The Eagle Has Landed’, the 1976 Michael Caine starrer. More recently 1999’s ‘Mansfield Park’, 2004’s ‘The New World’ and even parts of Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ were captured there.

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Posted by Ben Webster, cottages4you.