I have been a fan of Daphne du Maurier for several years after my friend Laura encouraged me to read Rebecca, especially since that is also my name! We then saw it at the theatre and it was excellent. I read Jamaica Inn and enjoyed that, too, and I recently watched the dramatisation starring Jessica Brown Findlay and thought it was good.
I hadn't realised that Jamaica Inn was a real place, but as I was looking through the tourist leaflets in our holiday cottage I saw a leaflet for it and knew we had to go! It is in the middle of Bodmin Moor and these days the dual carriageway bypasses the road it sits on, but you go on the old road to get to the inn and it is a narrow and windswept road.
The inn still functions as such and has several hotel rooms - how amazing would it be to stay there! There's also a huge bar, a restaurant with carvery, a gift shop, and a museum. We paid to go into it and although it wasn't huge it was good fun.
The sign, with Joss Merlyn brooding down from it
The inn itself; it was always this L shape apparently
du Maurier's writing desk and her typewriter
A signed copy of The House on the Strand
A playbill of Rebecca
Half of the museum is about du Maurier and her life and works, and half is about smuggling
I loved this old chest!