Iconic Jamaica Inn sells for over £2million

New owner, Allen Jackson

New owner, Allen Jackson

First published in Cornwall

Jamaica Inn, the internationally renowned smugglers' inn immortalised in Daphne du Maurier’s eponymous best-selling novel, has been sold for over £2million.

The iconic inn was sold just six weeks after specialist property adviser Christie + Co put it on the market

The Inn, also once owned by the thriller-writer Alistair MacLean, has been acquired by first-time buyer Allen Jackson for a price in excess of the £2 million sought by Christie + Co.

New owner, Allen Jackson, says: “Within an hour of viewing the Jamaica Inn, I had made an offer. I saw it as a fantastic opportunity to acquire Cornwall’s most iconic, historic and famous Inn. This amazing place has so much potential. And, of course with the BBC adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel airing around Easter, I believe that it’s a very timely acquisition.”

Previous owners, John and Wendy Watts, who were at the helm for the last 40 years, said: “We feel privileged to have had the opportunity of owning the inn, and have enjoyed many happy and successful years in the business. It is a very special property, steeped in history and legend, but it is now time to yield it to younger hands, who will inject new life and progress it further, for generations to come. We wish Mr Allen Jackson and team great success in the future.”

Matthew Smith, director of Christie + Co in Exeter, said there was an "extraordinary response, with hundreds of prospective buyers from across the globe — including North America, Canada and Australia.

He said: “Within days of launching it was quite clear the business would sell for in excess of the guide price due to the demand we received. Allen Jackson was very decisive in his decision making and agreed terms just seven days after we launched, exchanging contracts some nine days after that.

"The sale of Jamaica Inn is a great result for both buyer and seller — John and Wendy Watts can now enjoy their retirement, whilst it’s clear Mr Jackson has the vision and understanding to move the business onto the next level which is exciting for anyone connected with Jamaica Inn.”

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10:11pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

As someone who visits the Jamaica Inn several times a year, I will be interested to see any changes that are made. I wish the new owner good luck and hope he gets on alright with the ghost.
As someone who visits the Jamaica Inn several times a year, I will be interested to see any changes that are made. I wish the new owner good luck and hope he gets on alright with the ghost. Gillian R.Z. Martin
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1:14pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

The article doesn't tell us much about him, does it, Gill? Maybe this kind of thing is why.

http://blogs.mirror.
co.uk/investigations
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The article doesn't tell us much about him, does it, Gill? Maybe this kind of thing is why. http://blogs.mirror. co.uk/investigations /2010/02/thousands-s hafted-by-property.h tml Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
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1:34pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe wrote:
The article doesn't tell us much about him, does it, Gill? Maybe this kind of thing is why.

http://blogs.mirror.

co.uk/investigations

/2010/02/thousands-s

hafted-by-property.h

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It certainly makes interesting reading Lord Barry. Perhaps there are a few skeletons in the cupboard then to go with the ghost!
[quote][p][bold]Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe[/bold] wrote: The article doesn't tell us much about him, does it, Gill? Maybe this kind of thing is why. http://blogs.mirror. co.uk/investigations /2010/02/thousands-s hafted-by-property.h tml[/p][/quote]It certainly makes interesting reading Lord Barry. Perhaps there are a few skeletons in the cupboard then to go with the ghost! Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 3

1:36pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

Gillian R.Z. Martin wrote:
Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe wrote:
The article doesn't tell us much about him, does it, Gill? Maybe this kind of thing is why.

http://blogs.mirror.


co.uk/investigations


/2010/02/thousands-s


hafted-by-property.h


tml
It certainly makes interesting reading Lord Barry. Perhaps there are a few skeletons in the cupboard then to go with the ghost!
He might pick up more tips on how to make a killing and do a vanishing act!
[quote][p][bold]Gillian R.Z. Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe[/bold] wrote: The article doesn't tell us much about him, does it, Gill? Maybe this kind of thing is why. http://blogs.mirror. co.uk/investigations /2010/02/thousands-s hafted-by-property.h tml[/p][/quote]It certainly makes interesting reading Lord Barry. Perhaps there are a few skeletons in the cupboard then to go with the ghost![/p][/quote]He might pick up more tips on how to make a killing and do a vanishing act! Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
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2:08pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe wrote:
Gillian R.Z. Martin wrote:
Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe wrote:
The article doesn't tell us much about him, does it, Gill? Maybe this kind of thing is why.

http://blogs.mirror.



co.uk/investigations



/2010/02/thousands-s



hafted-by-property.h



tml
It certainly makes interesting reading Lord Barry. Perhaps there are a few skeletons in the cupboard then to go with the ghost!
He might pick up more tips on how to make a killing and do a vanishing act!
Lol, I know when I have lunch in there my money vanishes!
[quote][p][bold]Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gillian R.Z. Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe[/bold] wrote: The article doesn't tell us much about him, does it, Gill? Maybe this kind of thing is why. http://blogs.mirror. co.uk/investigations /2010/02/thousands-s hafted-by-property.h tml[/p][/quote]It certainly makes interesting reading Lord Barry. Perhaps there are a few skeletons in the cupboard then to go with the ghost![/p][/quote]He might pick up more tips on how to make a killing and do a vanishing act![/p][/quote]Lol, I know when I have lunch in there my money vanishes! Gillian R.Z. Martin
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