A 240-year old prison has just reopened as a luxury hotel in Cornwall, in Southern England. From an innovative prison, the Bodmin Jail Hotel’s imposing architecture makes it a place full of intrigue, wonder and mystery.
Built during the reign of King George III in 1779 as part of the Prison Reform, Bodmin Jail was a milestone in prison design. With individual cells, segregated male and female areas, well-ventilated living quarters and hot water, it was considered a model for prisons throughout England.
After thousands of people had passed through its doors and 55 executions took place there, the jail was finally closed in 1927. Attempts to demolish the prison with dynamite failed, as the walls were too thick and resistant to explosion.
Nearly 100 years later, London-based Twelve Architects have turned the property upside down. it took over six years and UK£50m (€58.7m) to breathe new life into the historic landmark. The dilapidated, derelict old Bodmin jail building has given birth to a luxurious contemporary hotel filled with creativity and charm.
The property offers 70 rooms spread over four stories. Each room is made of three former cells. The prison’s chapel is now the main bar-restaurant, and its upper level was where the wardens used to watch over the prisoners.
The brand new immersive visitor attraction sees the introduction of a brand new “Dark Walk” experience and gives visitors the chance to delve into an intriguing hidden history.