If you have a cool £2m just laying around begging to be used, where better to invest it than the famous smuggler’s inn made famous by the Daphne du Maurier book of the same name? There’s a pretty good guarantee on a very big return on the investment with the television adaptation of Ms du Maurier’s book coming out in a few months.
You can stay in cottages on the estate surrounding Chatsworth, probable model for Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice, or in the grounds of Menabilly, the house on which Daphne du Maurier based Manderley, the fictional estate in her novel Rebecca. Much more unusual, though, is the kind of opportunity that presented itself this week with the news that Jamaica Inn is up for sale – a chance to own a property that inspired a celebrated book, assuming you have £2m to spare. Du Maurier wrote her period tale of Cornish smugglers after staying at the former coaching inn on Bodmin Moor in 1930, and – unlike in Rebecca – used the place’s real name.