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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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  • We always visit Jamaica Inn when we are in Cornwall - we love the shop (lots of good souvenirs and staff always very happy and friendly), the smuggling museum (small but packed with interesting artefa...  read more »
  • Great spot to stop on the way back from a day out in Cornwall. Great beer, a well stocked Tourist shop (that we had to ask to be opened for us), and a welcoming feel. 
  • Towards the end of our week in Cornwall we decided to visit The Jamaica Inn. That was the day it rained. A Lot! We still went. It was very busy! The staff however were very friendly. The pub very atmo...  read more »
  • We broke our journey from Bristol to Saint Ives here for lunch. It's a very historical Inn and hotel. We all had a bar lunch. The menu was reasonably priced with vegetarian options. Good selection of real ales for non drivers! The bar was comfortable and dog friendly. There's also a museum to visit. Will visit here again.
  • What's not to like! Old traditional English pub just how you would imagine. Good ale, nice food, good gift shop. Staff pleasant enough. Great pit stop.
  • Travelling from Yorkshire to St Austell this Inn was a very welcome break to stop and grab a bite to eat, the food was excellent at reasonable prices. The gift shop was well stocked with some interesting items on its history and the museum that is attached to the building was very enlightening of its and the counties history, a small charge is payable which was well worth it, we had a guided tour by a kindly old lady that was full of character and told very funny and fascinating stories of her time there through her life from childhood. Highly recommended.
  • Good food and service but I'm afraid the receptionit at the museum was cross with the world! Perhaps she was tired of the Bodmin Moor intruders.
  • I've never been before despite living in Cornwall. I was pleasantly surprised. Nice carvery, very good staff in the restaurant and the museum is small but packed with really interesting smuggling artefacts.
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