For anyone with an interest in the supernatural- or just an appetite for good old fashioned ghost stories- the Jamaica Inn has some truly spirited events lined up in the coming weeks and months! Do you fancy a chilling access all areas tour of the Inn, with the best of ghostly guides? Add a haunted lake and the echo of clanking chains at Bodmin Jail and you have a truly ghoulish delight.
Whether it’s your first visit, or you keep haunting the place, we can’t think of any more fitting way to explore the Jamaica Inn. In fact, our most famous resident of all, Daphne Du Maurier, was equally enthralled by local ghost tales. Taking cover in the Inn on a foggy night in 1930, she was enthralled by the dark tales of spirits and smugglers told to her by the local rector. Such stories inspired her own writing in the following years.
Fast forward to the 21st Century and for all our technology, those at the Inn are still fascinated by gruesome tales from the past and odd goings on. Even those who’ll tell you I “don’t believe in ghosts” report to having very different feelings on a dark night or a particular spot in the hotel.
The stories come and go, but a handful “regulars” keep appearing -and we don’t mean local ramblers in search of a quiet pint. A murdered guest, who left his ale unfinished on the bar is one of the most common sightings. Press interest hit a peak in 1911, with various locals around the Inn having seen a lone figure seated on a wall who wouldn’t move or utter a single word. Seconds later he would be gone. The more observant witnesses noticed with horror that he was an uncanny match to the man found murdered many years earlier.
Even one of the Inn’s least flappable managers, former Household Cavalry man Mr Groes, felt uneasy in certain parts of the premises. In the location of the old engine room, he constantly felt a menacing presence. Indeed, in spite of being shy to admit to such irrational fears, Groes found himself constantly looking over his shoulder by the old engine room. He was relieved to discover that his staff felt exactly the same, against all their rational instincts.
Who has been watching all these years? From the sound of spectral hooves on the road to invisible beings and bewildered staff members, we could reveal dozens of creepy goings on, but why spoil the surprise? Amanda Keal’s special two day Ghost Hunt at the Inn should be a chilling treat for anyone with steady enough nerves to find out more.
This will be an access all areas search for the supernatural in expert hands, taking you not only into the secret corners of the Jamaica Inn, but into the dark recesses of Bodmin Jail and the drowned visions of a local mystery lake. A special overnight stay and ghost tour package runs on the 21st and 22nd of March, with other ghostly events following in May, June, September and October. Call 01566 86250 to book your haunting break now!
Do you dare to miss out? We suggest you bring a torch, a crucifix and someone to cling tightly too!