Jamaica Inn


Adam and Paula spent a Ghost Hunting weekend in Devon and Cornwall and couldn’t leave these wondrous counties without paying the moors a visit and more infamously Jamaica Inn. Its reputation for its hauntings drew the couple in. Many tales were reported by the staff, of guests who have witnessed apparitions and spooky goings on. The Visitors Book is full of such stories; a fascinating read.

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Jamaica Inn was originally a public house and now an inn, is a Grade II listed building in the civil parish of Altarnun, Cornwall, near the middle of Bodmin Moor. It was built as a coaching house in 1750 as a staging post for changing horses during stagecoach runs over the moors.

The inn is known for being the base of smugglers in the past and has gained notoriety for allegedly being one of the most haunted places in Great Britain. It is also known as the setting for Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, published in 1936. The young author was inspired to write 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. The novel was made into the film Jamaica Inn in 1939 by Alfred Hitchcock and a 1983 television series, Jamaica Inn, starring Jane Seymour. 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.