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Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier was born in London in 1907, the second daughter of Muriel and Gerald du Maurier. Born into a talented, theatrical and artistic family, she was blessed with a vivid imagination and a desire to write.

This desire was nurtured further by her immediate love for Cornwall, after her parents purchased a holiday home at Bodinnick near Fowey on the coast.

It was whilst staying there, at the house, re-named Ferryside, she wrote her first novel The Loving Spirit (published in 1931). A story set in the fictitious town of Plyn; it was woven around the lives of local Cornish boat builders and their history.

In 1932 Daphne du Maurier married Major-General Sir Frederick Browning and in 1943 they moved to Cornwall with their three children. She went on to become one of the most successful authors of all time. Her most famous works include The Birds, Rebecca, Frenchman's Creek, My Cousin Rachel and, of course, Jamaica Inn.

Daphne du Maurier's passing in 1989 was a great loss, both to literature and to Cornwall and we have created a memorial room to her at Jamaica Inn.

The room is full of memorabilia, including her Sheraton writing desk on top of which is a packet of du Maurier cigarettes named after her father. There's also as a dish of Glacier Mints - Dame Daphne's favourite sweets.

Some of her books were turned into very successful films including Rebecca, starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine as well as The Birds, starring Tippi Hendren and Rod Taylor. The novel Jamaica Inn was her first big commercial success. The film starred Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara. All three films were directed by Alfred Hitchcock. During her career she wrote a total of thirty-eight books, but it is her Cornish-based books that remain the most popular with her readers.




Novel Inspiration

On a cold and eerie night in 1930, writer Daphne du Maurier stayed at Jamaica Inn on the windswept moorlands of Bodmin. The atmosphere and legendary history of the Inn inspired her to write her most famous and compelling novel.

The story tells the tale of Mary, an orphan who goes to live with her Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss Merlyn, the terrifying landlord of Jamaica Inn, and the mystery surrounding her uncle's business of smuggling along the Cornish coast.

Latest News

Murder Mystery Events

Jamaica Inn is now holding Murder Mystery evenings every month. The world famous Inn is the perfect setting for an evening of exciting entertainment solving a mystery, portrayed dramatically by actors, whilst enjoying a fine 3 course meal. Why not … Continue reading

Haunted Happenings at Jamaica Inn on 12th July 2014

Jamaica Inn is one of the UK’s most haunted inns. This old coaching Inn set high up on the wild and wonderful Bodmin moor has a wealth of ghostly history attached to it. The Haunted Happenings team and guests arrived … Continue reading

Murder by Appointment

If you are a fan of Cluedo, Poirot and a good ‘Whodunit’ then our Murder Mystery evenings are just perfect for you. With its wealth of history and twisted tales of smuggling and murder, not to mention its ghostly goings … Continue reading

Jamaica Inn Becomes Repair Shop

Originally built as a coaching inn for weary travellers in 1750, Jamaica Inn went on to become a stop-off point for some less salubrious characters, namely smugglers who used the Inn to hide contraband that had been brought ashore. Nowadays … Continue reading


Stay at the Inn

Stay at the Inn

Stay in one of our romantic, four-poster en-suite rooms with Wi-Fi and Sky channels including Sports and Movies. Who knows, you may even be visited by one of our resident ghosts!
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Dining

Dining at the Inn

Stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a cream tea, snack or coffee... Jamaica Inn has an excellent selection of home cooked food available in the Smugglers Bar and the Peddlars Bar. Read more

Bar

The Bar

Drop in to sample a local Cornish brew or simply for a rest after your adventures on the moor. Read more

Smugglers Museum

Smugglers Museum

Probably the finest collection of smuggling artefacts in the country, featuring 'The History Of Jamaica Inn' an educational and historical theatre show that recounts many of the myths and legends associated with Jamaica Inn. Read more