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The Bodmin Jail Hotel, Bodmin, Cornwall
A brand new opening for 2021, following a complete transformation, the Bodmin Jail Hotel offers an exciting experiential stay in Cornwall. As a former prison, this fascinating hotel has an incredible history that has been preserved and showcased in luxurious style. Sensitively restored, it has been transformed from the walls of an 18th-century jail into a four-star boutique hotel, and is the showpiece of a £70 million project. Ideally located in the heart of Cornwall, just a short drive will take you to both coasts, as well as Bodmin moor. This unique destination hotel fuses old with new and gives Cornish heritage a luxurious twist. The 70 bedrooms - each with their own unique story to tell - have been created by combining three former cells, retaining many authentic features.
A trip to Bodmin wouldn't be complete without exploring the pretty heritage town, featuring beautiful architecture with Victorian era buildings.
Ideally located on the edge of Bodmin, in the heart of Cornwall, it's a short drive to both Cornish coasts and wild Bodmin moor with its myths and legends.
By car: around 5 hours from London and Manchester, and 2 hours 30 minutes from Bristol. Free parking available.
By train: direct trains to Bodmin Parkway, from London, Bristol and Birmingham. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Suited to anyone fascinated by Cornish history - as well as prisons - looking for an immersive stay with added luxury. We were wowed by the prison's former chapel, lovingly restored, with its enormous Victorian Gothic beamed-ceiling, 45 feet overhead.
Service & Facilities
Our tour of the hotel was a fascinating experience, bringing the jail to life with its incredible tales of Cornish inmates. There are 16 dog-friendly rooms available on the ground floor, all with a comfy bed, water bowl and tasty treats to keep your four-legged friend happy and comfortable. The Jail is perfectly positioned within thirty minutes from both coasts, as well as moorland, great for daily walkies.
- Free Wi-Fi
All rooms have their own plaques, informing guests of the occupying prisoners' crimes - room 311 has a particularly haunting tale. The indulgent bathrooms are a standout feature - home to walk-in rain showers, free standing baths and underfloor heating, to a backdrop of weathered stone walls.
Classic, Family, Accessible, Pet-friendly
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, Historical plaques in each room, Egyptian cotton bedding, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The Champagne Bar is a beautiful Art Deco lounge with an extensive selection of cocktails, wines and champagne. The Chapel wows, with artfully presented plates bursting with flavour. Classic Cornish dishes are created using the finest local and seasonal ingredients.
The Chapel: contemporary fine dining. Seasonal, local ingredients. Open for breakfast and dinner.
The Courtyard: bistro-style dining and terrace. All-day dining, homemade pizzas, afternoon tea.
Champagne Bar: plush seating and subdued lighting. Champagne, cocktails and fine wines.