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'Jamaica Inn' pub made famous by author Daphne du Maurier on market for £2million

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

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The historic 'Jamaica Inn' pub made famous by author Daphne du Maurier has been put up for sale for £2 million.

The 17-bedroom property and one-time smugglers' den was immortalised in the 1936 novel of the same name.

Owners John and Wendy Watts, who paid £46,000 for the pub in 1973, are selling up after deciding to retire.

The Grade II Listed inn was built as a coaching house in 1750 and became a notorious haunt for smugglers.

Du Maurier was inspired to write her novel 'Jamaica Inn' when she became lost while riding in thick fog and sought refuge there.

The local rector entertained her with ghost stories and tales of smuggling and later became the inspiration for her fictional character, the Vicar of Altarnun.

It still attracts droves of du Maurier fans each year and has its own gift shop and museum dedicated to smuggling.

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