Daphne Du Maurier's real life Jamaica Inn has been saved after it was snapped up in a multi-million dollar deal.

The pub in Cornwall, England inspired the writer's 1936 book of the same name, and was later immortalised on the big screen by Alfred Hitchcock in his 1939 film starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara.

Jamaica Inn was put up for sale earlier this year (14) after its owners decided to retire, sparking fears the building, which was once a notorious smugglers' haunt, would be redeveloped.

It has now been snapped up for more than $3.2 million (£2 million) by English businessman Allen Jackson, who has vowed to preserve Jamaica Inn. He also noted the timing of the sale comes just weeks before a new Tv adaptation starring Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay is due to air in the U.K.

He says, "With the Bbc adaption airing around Easter, I believe it is a very timely acquisition. I am delighted to have acquired Jamaica Inn and intend to breathe new life into this fantastic and historic location."