The new Bodmin Jail Hotel is now taking bookings ahead of its February opening.

The former jail, which dates back to 1774, has been transformed into luxury 4-star, 70-bedroom hotel and is the result of a £50 million project by Mallino Developments Limited and has taken over two years to complete.

As well as a vast glass ceiling, which turns the central hall space into a looking glass into the history of the building, the new hotel will also be home to a restaurant, bistro, an alfresco dining area. Additionally, with a space for up to 300 people, it will be the biggest wedding, conference, meetings and events venue in Cornwall.

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.

“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.”

The hotel is just the latest phase in the redevelopment. A hospitality academy to train tourism professionals of the future is also in the pipeline. Additionally, a spa and a glamping facility will open in late 2021.