Bodmin Jail Hotel, Cornwall

Sitting on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall is Bodmin Jail. An impressive, imposing building originally built during the reign of King George III in 1779 by Napoleonic prisoners of war. Of course, it’s no longer a jail but has recently been transformed into a luxurious hotel and visitor attraction.

Newhey are proud to have been involved in the transformation of this once gloomy and dilapidated building by designing and manufacturing bespoke carpets for guestrooms and public areas throughout this hotel, which is steeped in history, mystery and intrigue.

Newhey Carpets manufactured over 3,700 square metres of 80/20 bespoke colortec carpet for the guestrooms and public areas throughout this hotel. Twelve Architects were leading the consultant team for the alteration, extension and change of use of the Grade II listed building.

Over the past 6 years the attraction has undergone a £30m development transforming the building into a 63-bedroom hotel within the two original prison wings, and a new £8.5m visitor attraction and education centre.

The cell blocks of the jail have been transformed into the guestrooms, retaining the rich colours and texture of the original stonework and a glazed roof to the atrium.  Bespoke carpets were manufactured for all corridors leading to the guestrooms which is flooded with natural light which was present when the building was in ruins.

Twelve Architects have done a magnificent job with the restoration of this historic structure which is now a leading visitor attraction, venue, hotel and teaching facility for local schools and universities that gives back to Bodmin, Cornwall and the UK. The building’s original features have been retained as much as possible without removing the unique atmosphere and history which still oozes from every nook and cranny.