The famous, haunted Jamaica Inn in Cornwall has been sold to the Coaching Inn Group in a deal believed to be around £8million.
The former historic Bodmin Moor Inn was sold by its current owner, Surrey-based businessman Allen Jackson, who took over the historic property, ghosts and all, in 2014.
The inn is now a popular tourist attraction, but has had a varied history having been a meeting place for smugglers and highwaymen, as well as being visited by countless people crossing the moor. Her notoriety led to a detective novel bearing her name, written by Daphne du Maurier and originally published in 1936. The book was adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock.
The hostel is not shy about promoting its haunted reputation and even organizes paranormal nights. According to the hostel’s in-house paranormal team, the change in ownership will not affect this, which is great news as the ghostly stories tied to the hotel are currently a big part of its history and character.
The oldest part of the two-story building dates back to 1750, but the inn has been extended and expanded over the years and has also undergone extensive renovations during Allen’s time at the helm.
It has Grade II status and consists of a large restaurant, gift shop and farm shop selling local produce. It now has 36 rooms, including the luxurious du Maurier suite with its breathtaking view of the moor.
The Jamaica Inn also houses a museum dedicated to du Maurier and has one of the finest collections of contraband in the country. The museum is said to be haunted by a former stable boy named David. Tourists exploring the museum claim to have seen a model of an elephant on display in one of the cabinets moving on its own.
The Coaching Inn Group bought the inn at an indicative price of £8million as part of a series of acquisitions over the past year.
Matthew added: “The company also benefits from future value-added opportunities to include planning permission to construct a significant suite of circular functions over 200 floors. Delighted to have presented this opportunity to the Coaching Inn Group which will no doubt continue Jamaica’s growth. Hostel.”