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Jamaica Inn, Bolventor

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Jamaica Inn is a traditional inn on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Built as a coaching inn in 1750, and having an association with smuggling, it was the setting for Daphne du Maurier's 1936 novel Jamaica Inn, which was made into the film Jamaica Inn in 1939 by Alfred Hitchcock.Located just off the A30, near the middle of the moor close to the hamlet of Bolventor, it was used as a staging post for changing horses. The inn is alleged to be one of the most haunted places in Great Britain. Daphne du Maurier wrote her novel in 1930 when, having gone horse riding on the moors, she became lost in thick fog and sought refuge at the inn. During the time spent recovering from her ordeal, the local rector is said to have entertained her with ghost stories and tales of smuggling; he would later become the inspiration for the enigmatic character of the Vicar of Altarnun.As well as the Hitchcock film, there has been a 1983 television series, Jamaica Inn, starring Jane Seymour, and a television adaptation in 2014 starring Jessica Brown Findlay directed by Philippa Lowthorpe. In addition to its use in literature, and film, the hotel is referenced in "Jamaica Inn", a song written by Tori Amos on her album The Beekeeper, written while she was travelling by car along the road of the Cornwall cliffs, and inspired by the legend she had heard of the inn.
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  • Came here on the way back from Bodmin Jail (as a visitor, not inmate! See my separate review) It was surprisingly busy here, and we struggled to find a parking place. We found the museum enthralling a...  more »
  • Great location and great food. Visited for a meal as travelling home. My children loved it and seeing the pirates and finding out some history.  more »
  • I had always wanted to visit Jamaica Inn after reading the book years ago, the views across the moors are outstanding, and the Inn from the outside looks exactly like the photos you see. The old bar i...  more »
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  • The Jamaica inn is quite easy to find and has lovely surroundings. The staff were helpful and the food was very nice and our children had fun in the garden area. The gift shop was great too. Only thing I would say is its a little on the expensive side but I still come back every year when we holiday in Cornwall
  • Stayed at the hotel. Brand new very clean rooms and super friendly reception and bar staff made the stay extra enjoyable. The car park is very large, the views are great and there's a beer garden. Lots of smuggling history as well. I'll be staying again. Highly recommended.
  • Wonderful pub full of history etc.. unfortunately the food is dire.. ordered a very basic scamp n chips .. both came out looking like they'd been fried within an inch of there lives. Think they need to change the cooking oil more often . Will defo no recommend or go for food again
  • Dimly lit but a good atmosphere. The canteen style serving was a bit confusing as there were no staff present at the food counters and I was told off for starting to serve myself, despite other people doing so. Food was ok, nothing to write home about, and expensive for what it was. Good enough as a stop inon a long journey, but not to be sniffed at otherwise.
  • Lovely Inn, very popular and crowded making a great atmosphere. Big portion sizes and a great range of food to choose from. Interesting place to look around, with great history and stories surrounding it.

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