Ghost Hunter Recreates Haunted Jamaica Inn At Home For Girlfriend's Lockdown Birthday
February 07, 2021 1:00 AM ‐ Paranormal
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What do you do when you're planning a special birthday weekend away at your favourite haunted hotel, but a global pandemic gets in the way?
The iconic Jamaica Inn in Cornwall has been closed for the last few months due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, but one ghost hunter who'd booked a weekend at the inn for his girlfriend's 30th came up with the next best thing. Steve surprised his girlfriend, Kerry, by converting his home into a replica of the famous inn, complete with a bar and plenty of Cornish luxuries.
The stay-at-home recreation of the famous coaching inn on Bodmin Moor included a reception desk in the hallway, which mimicked some of the details of the real-life hotel reception. The bedroom became a nod to the luxurious Daphne du Maurier suite, just without the triple-aspect moor view. However there was tea and coffee making facilities, including a travel kettle, Cornish tea bags, and luxury Kernow hot chocolate - all presented in a Cornish mahogany welcome tray.
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The living room was repurposed as the inn's famous Smugglers' Bar, complete with a traditional bar serving Tarquin's locally made Cornish gin and Cornish ciders, all served in authentic Jamaica Inn glasses, which were purchased as part of the project from the inn's online gift shop that has remained open during lockdown.
The Smugglers' Bar wouldn't be complete without stick-on paper wooden beams on the ceiling and a cozy fireplace, in this case a cardboard one, its warm glow provided by soft twinkling fairy lights.
The house is dotted with details from the real Jamaica Inn, including printed versions of door signs, accurate copies of the restaurant's menu with a selection of meals that were genuinely available over the birthday weekend. With local radio station Pirate FM playing online in the makeshift bar.
To make the staycation complete, Steve finished off the homemade hotel with a delivery of locally made Kernow chocolate, and a batch of genuine Cornish pasties by post. The award winning pasties came frozen, ready to bake at home for that fresh just out of a bakery by the sea taste. There was even a plush seagull, who the couple named Craig, hanging from the ceiling to give that authentic Cornwall costal feel. Just watch your pasty!
The one thing Steve couldn't recreate at home is the inn's spooks. The paranormal activity is said to include the disembodied sound of footsteps throughout the building, unexplained tapping, the sound of children playing and babies crying, and most famously the sound of horses and carts moving in the courtyard. As well as countless reports of dark shadowy figures and ghostly apparitions.
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