On top of the misty moor of Cornwall, sits an old pub and hotel. The Jamaica Inn.
The Jamaica Inn was built as a coaching inn in the 1750s. This was the equivalent of a service station got 18th century travellers. After braving the weather on the vast moors, it’s no doubt that the Jamaica Inn would have been a welcome respite.
The moors were wild and treacherous, and even today you can see why. Most rolls in across the boggy waste land, and you feel as though you are on another planet all alone.
The travellers who stopped at the inn would have been a mixture, but it would have definitely attracted its fair share of dodgy characters.
The Jamaica Inn has a history of association with smuggling. This would include things stolen from ships, and brought in from the shore. It is thought that half the available brandy, and a quarter of all tea was smuggled in here and in wider Cornwall.
An extension was built on to the Jamaica Inn building in 1778. This included the coach house, stables and a rack room, which is what gives the Jamaica Inn it’s shape today.
It’s not surprising that many a ghost story has been associated with The Jamaica Inn. Staff and visitors alike have reported hearing conversations in a foreign tongue, thought to be the old language of Olde Worlde Cornish. The sound of horses’ hooves have been heard, too. So, if you’re a paranormal buff like I am, then the Jamaica Inn should be on top of that list!
Parking is free on site, so once you find the inn, you will be able to feel comfortable in getting it to visit. There are plenty of drinks to sample, and a great food menu. All of this is to be enjoyed by an open fire, which adds to the charm of the old inn.
Jamaica Inn is also known for its association with author, Daphne Du Maurier, who stayed at the inn after getting lost on the moors.
Whilst out riding, Daphne and her friend got lost on the moor, and came across the inn, much like the smugglers would have done. They found refuge in the inn, and it inspired one of her famous novels: Jamaica Inn.
As well as enjoying the food and drinks and the history of the inn, you can attend the Jamaica Inn museum, which includes a video of the history and legend of the inns.
And whilst you’re there, why not look at the opportunity to book a room?
The Jamaica Inn was definitely a great place to visit!