Jamaica Inn goes on sale for £2 million

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Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn, which was made famous in the Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name, has gone on the market for £2 million. The pub on Bodmin moor has an intriguing past, and is said to be one of the most haunted properties in the UK.

You get an awful lot of colourful history for your £2 million.

The inn has an interesting history. It was built in 1750 and used as a coaching inn. Even from the early days it attracted local stories, and was said to be used to hide rum brought by smugglers. The agents selling the property say this may be how the inn first got its name.

In 1930 the author Daphne Du Maurier stayed there, and was inspired to write the book of the same name. The BBC has announced it will be screening an adaptation of the book this Easter.

It's a chilling tale of young girl who goes to live with her aunt and uncle at the inn, and discovers a gang who lure ships onto the rocks before murdering the ships' crews and stealing their valuables.

The business has been owned by thriller writer Alistair MacLean in its time, but for the last 40 years it has been in the hands of John and Wendy Watts, who now want to retire.

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The couple have cashed in on the fame of the place, naming its rooms after characters of Du Maurier's novels. They also have her original writing desk in the property (on which they keep a dish of Glacier Mints - her favourite sweets). The couple has built a museum of smuggling artefacts - and the agents Christie & Co, say that it is all for sale alongside the business.

The inn is known as being one of the most haunted properties in the UK. Mr Watts told the Daily Mail that he and his wife have known for rooms to suddenly get incredibly cold - with no explanation. A number of visitors have also described eerie feelings in the property, and a former manager said he heard conversations in empty rooms. Previous landlords also reported hearing footsteps running along the corridors.

The couple are also proud of the fact that the TV programme, Most Haunted, called the episode they filmed there: "One of the spookiest programmes ever recorded." The couple currently hold paranormal investigation nights - run by a ghost hunting firm in the area.

The estate agent particulars include the unusual phrase: "Currently a variety of rooms are available, some reputedly haunted, including some with four-poster beds."

So what do you think? Would you buy it?

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