If you’re looking for a more unusual weekend break, try a getaway in one of these ‘haunted’ hotels, castles and […]
By Finlay GreigOctober 18, 2016 5:42 pm(Updated July 15, 2020 2:47 pm)
If you’re looking for a more unusual weekend break, try a getaway in one of these ‘haunted’ hotels, castles and guesthouses which you can stay in around Halloween – or any time of year.
Disclaimer: no guarantee of a good night’s sleep.
Mermaid Inn, Sussex
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Price per night: £90-£150
This charming inn is apparently home to a number of supernatural apparitions, from a grey lady who sits next to a fireplace to a mysterious man who walks through one of the suites’ bathroom walls.
The hotel’s two rosette restaurant will allow you to indulge in some comfort eating when the frights become too much.
Coombe Abbey Hotel, Warwickshire
Price per night: £89-£129
One of the converted abbey’s former residents Abbott Geoffrey has allegedly been haunting the building since his brutal murder in 1345. The holy man is said to wreak havoc in the kitchens with ghost-like behaviour.
The hotel is also home to a ghost named Matilda – a young woman who lost her baby following the master of the Abbey’s refusal to accept that the child was his own. She allegedly likes to slam doors and instil a sense of dread among the hotel’s guests.
The Haunted Chamber Apartment, York
Price per night: £99-£145
Situated bang in the middle of York with a view of York Minster, this Airbnb is haunted – according to its host Ian.
The former madness chamber is more than 600 years older and is a fine example of older housing in York with its traditional wooden panelling.
As one reviewer writes: “No ghosts in sight – I think they may have gone on a weekend away too, although we did hear some bumps in the night”.
Kirkstone Pass Inn, Cumbria
Price per night: £9.50-£55
Cumbria’s highest inn’s remote and stunning location in the heart of the Lake District has been attracting walkers and wanderers for over 500 years.
The inn is said to be haunted by a number of walkers who have perished on the Kirkstone Pass – most notably Ruth Ray who met her maker when the unpredictable Cumbrian weather turned, freezing her to death.
Ruth Ray apparently warns ramblers to wrap up warm before setting off on any extended strolls.
Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall
Price per night: £67-£150
The Tulloch Castle Hotel is said to be home to several ghosts, with unexplained bumps and freezing chills frequently occurring in the night – although the cold may just be due to the hotel’s location of course.
Most famous of the hotel’s ghosts is the Green Lady, who has been sighted by many guests and has even had the hotel bar named after her.
The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Monmouthshire
Price per night: £90
The ancient inn is reported to be the oldest public house in Wales, with a history dating back to the Norman conquest.
The inn acted as a courtroom and as many as 180 criminals were convicted and hanged from an oak beam above a staircase – markings of rope can still be found on the beam.
Among the inn’s ghosts are the judge and hangman, whose evil presence can apparently be felt on the upper floors of the inn.
The Black Swan Inn, York
Price per night: £110
This York Inn is said to be haunted by three ghosts: a workman with a bowler hat who fidgets and tuts, a woman wearing a white dress who stares into the fireplace and, most disconcertingly of all, a pair of man’s legs that stroll around the staff quarters.
The inn hosts ghost walks followed by ghost suppers in a dimly lit and eerily decorated dining room, for the full effect.
Langham Hotel, London
Price per night: £480
This five-star London hotel has played host to many famous guests over the years – among them Oscar Wilde, Charles de Gaulle and George Orwell.
Room 333 allegedly plays host to the ghost of a doctor who murdered his wife and then killed himself as well as a German Prince who threw himself out of a fourth floor window.
In 1973 a BBC reporter staying in the haunted room observed a ball of light that gradually turned into a human form and apparently “glided aggressively” towards him. Not for the faint-hearted.
Chillingham Castle, Northumberland
Price per night: £140
The aptly named Chillingham Castle is home to a gang of spooky spirits, most famously the Blue Boy – a young child dressed in blue whose screams are often heard in the castle’s pink suite.
The ghost of tragic figure Lady Mary Berkeley also apparently circuits the castle – visitors often claim they can hear the sound of her silk dress moving along the castle floor followed by an eerie chill.
Elvey Farm, Kent
Price per night: £90-£105
Pluckley is Britain’s most haunted village and Elvey Farm is Pluckley’s most haunted hotel – so it’s one for the most plucky ghost-hunters only.
Among the farm’s apparitions is a previous owner who shot himself in the dairy, a highwayman who was speared to a tree at the nearby Fright Corner, a phantom horse drawn carriage and a lady in red.
Borthwick Castle, near Edinburgh
A weekend stay: £6,000 to £12,000 (entire castle)
This stunning 600 year old castle’s Red Room suite is apparently haunted by a young lady whose remains were bricked up in the walls after she was murdered by one of the Borthwick lords.
Guests have reported having their limbs tugged at during their sleep, as well as general feelings of uneasiness. Guests became so fearful of the Red Room that an Edinburgh priest was called in to perform an exorcism.