Daphne du Maurier’s holiday Home gets listed status

Daphne du Maurier

(taken around 1930)

Dame Daphne du Maurier was an English author and playwright. Her works include the novel Rebecca (1938) and short story The Birds, which was inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s film of the same name in 1963.

Originally developed as a shipyard and quayside in the 1800s, Ferryside in Fowey, Cornwall, was bought by the Du Maurier family in 1926.

It was at Ferryside that Daphne wrote her first novel, The Loving Spirit, published to critical acclaim in 1931. She is said to have written the book after discovering the wreck of schooner ‘Jane Slade’, whose name became the inspiration for the main protagonist in the book.

Dame Daphne’s son and his wife have kept the house how his mother would have known it.

It has been given granted listed status (at Grade II) by the Heritage Minister John Glen on the advice of Historic England.

John Glen said: “Ferryside is the site where Dame Daphne Du Maurier’s love affair with Cornwall began. “I hope that both the building and Du Maurier’s work continue to inspire people for many years to come.”

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