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‘Haunted’ 18th-century prison now a luxury hotel

The Bodmin Jail is an imposing former prison in Cornwall, UK, where 55 inmates were executed and rumors of hauntings persist today. And soon you’ll be able to spend the night there.

A portion of the prison, which dates back to 1799, is being developed as a luxury hotel called, appropriately enough, The Bodmin Jail Hotel.

The boutique hotel is slated to open in February 2021. It will include 63 rooms in two former cell blocks, according to Malino Group, the project’s developer.

The former Bodmin Jail has been reimagined as a tourist attraction and luxury hotel. (Rendering by Twelve Architects)

The former Bodmin Jail has been reimagined as a tourist attraction and luxury hotel. (Rendering by Twelve Architects)

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The transformed hotel rooms are “beautifully elegant” and retain original stone walls while comforting guests with freestanding tubs, walk-in showers and “sumptuous” beds, according to its website.

There are two restaurants on site, The Chapel and The Jolly Hangman Tavern, offering afternoon tea and other British favorites.

The jail sat vacant for nearly a century.

The transformed hotel rooms are “beautifully elegant” and retain original stone walls while comforting guests with modern amenities. (Rendering by Twelve Architects)

The transformed hotel rooms are “beautifully elegant” and retain original stone walls while comforting guests with modern amenities. (Rendering by Twelve Architects)
(Twelve Architects)

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Another part of the building is being used for an immersive historic experience to teach visitors about the time when it was still a working jail, showing the conditions for the prisoners and stories of child criminals and other inmates.

The jail’s history isn’t all bleak. It was actually used to house the Crown Jewels during World War I, not long before the facility was shuttered for good.

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The historic attraction just opened last summer. It and the hotel are part of a $51 million redevelopment of the former jail, according to the operator.

The surrounding area in southwest England offers plenty of other attractions for a visitor, too. There are sandy beaches, charming fishing villages, botanical gardens and Victorian historic sites.

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Inside the ‘haunted’ 18th-century jail turned into a luxury hotel

Bodmin Jail (left) had gone to ruin before it was revamped into a modern hotel (Twelve Architects)
Bodmin Jail (left) had gone to ruin before it was revamped into a modern hotel (Twelve Architects)

One of the UK’s ‘most haunted’ buildings has been reimagined as a luxury hotel. 

Bodmin Jail, an 18th-century prison that dates back to 1774 has now been remodelled as a luxury hotel, aptly named the Bodmin Jail Hotel. 

The hotel in Cornwall will open in February 2021 following a £50 million restoration by Mallino Developments Limited. It was designed by London-based Twelve Architects and has taken more than two years to complete.

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The building, which has featured in the reality show ‘Most Haunted’, will now boast 70 rooms and will retain many of its original features, including weathered stone walls and jail cell doors. 

Inside, guests will discover a restaurant, bistro, a cocktail and gin bar serving a selection of 100 gins from around the world and, for sunny days, there will be an alfresco dining area, too.

Bodmin Jail before it was turned into the Bodmin Jail Hotel (Bodmin Jail Hotel/Twelve Architects)
Bodmin Jail before it was turned into the Bodmin Jail Hotel (Bodmin Jail Hotel/Twelve Architects)

While wedding parties are currently limited in the UK due to the pandemic, when restrictions lift the hotel claims it will also become the biggest wedding venue in Cornwall – with space for up to 300 guests. 

Rajesh Joshi, resort CEO for The Bodmin Jail Hotel, said: “The opening of The Bodmin Jail Hotel is a proud moment for Cornwall tourism, and is also about celebrating Cornwall’s history. Through painstaking restoration and preservation, we are returning a national heritage asset to its former glory and creating a cultural showpiece that will attract guests from across the world.

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“Over 90% of the former jail is now within the hotel and its grounds; this is luxury accommodation in a truly unique venue – there is nowhere else quite like it.”

Guests who want to discover more of the history of Bodmin Jail are in luck too. A separate venture, the Bodmin Jail Attraction, which operates independently of the hotel has opened up on the same site and will see visitors undergo an immersive experience to see what the prison was like. 

One of the 70 new rooms inside the Bodmin Jail Hotel (Bodmin Jail Hotel)
One of the 70 new rooms inside the Bodmin Jail Hotel (Bodmin Jail Hotel)

Rooms at Bodmin Jail Hotel star from £130 per night, find out more information at bodminjailhotel.com

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