Daphne had a great affinity with ‘place’ – and she incorporated many of the places that she found inspiring into her work. These pages give brief details about the places Daphne lived and wrote in. Of these, the most important are the three houses near Fowey, Ferryside, Menabilly and Kilmarth. Given that these were the houses she most loved it is strange that she never owned any of them. In fact Daphne and Boy never owned a house of their own.
Many of the places she lived up to the age of 35 were dictated by the nomadic nature of army life and the random dislocations of the second world war. Once she returned to Fowey in 1942, she would never leave again.
Cornwall, and Fowey in particular, was the setting for many of her novels and stories. A number of other places she had visited, usually on holiday, fired her imagination. Her French roots were also an influence. Having spent a year in Paris when she was young she always loved the City and the home of her ancestors in Sarthe provided a backdrop for two of her books. Information and pictures of the locations in Daphne’s work is included in the dedicated pages – though I have not been able to visit them all.