Literary Devon + Cornwall
Concierge.com's insider take:
Soft light and dramatic landscapes have long drawn artists to Devon and Cornwall, but these counties have a strong literary heritage, too. A number of English Riviera locations have figured prominently in Agatha Christie's books (see www.theenglishriviera.co.uk/english-riviera/agatha-christie.asp for details). You can catch the historic Greenway Ferry (www.greenwayferry.co.uk), which has run for more than a thousand years, up the picturesque River Dart in Devon to crime writer Agatha Christie's house and gardens (Greenway Road, Galmpton; www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-greenway.htm). Daphne du Maurier lived in the small town of Fowey for 60 years and used the area as the backdrop for many of her books, including Rebecca. Kenneth Grahame was similarly inspired by Fowey to write the children's classic The Wind in the Willows. The area is also associated with King Arthur. Just outside the town, archaeological excavations have revealed the remains of a village as well as Castle Dore, which is believed to have been built by the Cornish King Mark of the Arthurian legend. The Literary Center in Fowey concentrates on Daphne du Maurier but also provides information on other local authors (5 South St., Fowey; 44-1726-833-616; www.fowey.co.uk/directory/literarycentre.htm).