After five months of four adults in a small rented terrace we were desperate for a night away so, as a treat for us all I booked one night at Jamaica Inn in Cornwall. We had often driven past the turning and commented on it. We know Daphne du Maurier’s novel and had dreams of an isolated inn hidden in deepest Cornwall on Bodmin Moor.
We turned off the A30 and where there! Not even five minutes from the junction and not isolated but with a few building opposite. We had let our imaginations run wild.
The building itself, grade 2 listed and a little Disney, is attractive and the new section is all in keeping. I, my granddaughter, and the dog (yes, dog friendly) shared a room in the new building while my daughter and partner had a room in the original inn complete with ghosts. Rooms were comfortable and well presented, and, with windows closed the noise from the A30 was not a problem. There was a pleasant residents lounge with French doors onto a field and dog walking area.
Because of the dog we eat in the old bar, a number of small dining spaces. The main restaurant has more open areas. Food was excellent, lunch, dinner and breakfast.
With the current restrictions due to Covid-19 this was a good trip and the staff are doing everything in their power to keep people safe but I did have difficulties booking. Their booking form on the website is not easy if you want to book multiple rooms. I think wheelchair user would have difficulties with the different levels and narrow passages.
The inn has a small museum on smuggling having been a smuggling inn, and a series of small rooms featuring Daphne du Maurier, who lived in the local area, There are also a gift shop and farm shop.
Before returning home we visited Dozmary Pool, home of The Lady of the Lake and Excalibur.
And will we return, yes, a ghost tour ending at 2am or/and a murder mystery evening.