"the west country must be delightful in the spring"

Although Daphne du Maurier herself confirmed that Manderley is set in Cornwall, she does not refer to the county by name in Rebecca, preferring to use the less specific term the west country.

The west country is a colloquial collective term for the historic counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. It may also be used on occasions to include Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The area covered by the west country corresponds roughly to the present-day administrative region known as South West England.


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