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Jamaica Inn up for sale

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Jan 08, 2014 | 8:06am EST

The real life Jamaica Inn immortalised by Daphne Du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock has been put up for sale. Du Maurier based her creepy 1936 book on the real life pub of the same name in Cornwall, England, and the tale was later brought to life by Hitchcock in his 1939 film Jamaica Inn, starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara. The real life Jamaica Inn, which was built on moorland near the town of Bodmin in 1750, was originally used as a coaching inn and later became a notorious smugglers' haunt. The bar is now on the market for around $3 million (£2 million) after its current owners decided to retire from the pub business. Du Maurier stayed at the inn in 1930 and the pub now contains her original writing desk and a large number of her possessions as a tribute to the woman who made the venue famous. Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay appears in a new BBC adaptation of the book, which is due to air in the U.K. in the spring (14).

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