a cauldron-full of ghosts' stories and more tales of murder
and deception than you’d want to know, here are hotel
most haunted British properties - ideal if you’re
partial to a petrifying trip.
Castle Hotel, County Durham
occupied by the aristocratic Lumley family, rumour has it
that the 14th Century lady of the manor, Lily Lumley, still
haunts the grand building to this today.
As the story goes, poor Lily was thrown down a well in the
castle grounds and, ever since, she’s sought revenge
by haunting staff and guests alike at the 4* hotel, including
the Australian cricket team, who reported sightings of ghosts
when they stayed there during an Ashes tour. Book a room
at this hotel and you certainly won’t be stumped the
next time you’re asked for a paranormal tale.
Hall Hotel, Darlington
a large Georgian manor house standing in 150 acres of peaceful
woodland, Redworth Hall is now a fabulously-appointed and
hugely popular hotel, with (you guessed it) plenty of legendary
ghosts. This grand old manor house dates back to 1744 and
has a haunting history, including a jilted lover who suffered
a terrible death in the hall, and is now said to stalk the
bedrooms. If that’s not spine-tingling enough, it is
said the sounds of ghostly children’s laughter and crying
can be heard throughout the building - *shudder*.
Abbey Hotel, Warwickshire
12th Century Cistercian Abbey, with formal gardens designed
by Lancelot "Capability" Brown, is a haven of peace
and tranquillity. But it’s also home to a number of
spooks who’ll certainly liven up your stay.
The Hooded Monk, the ghost of Abbott Geoffrey, was brutally
murdered in 1345 and his cloaked figure is said to be seen
wandering the castle grounds. He is, legend says, behind the
poltergeist activity in the kitchens. And if the monk isn’t
scary enough, another spirit resident is a young green-eyed
girl known as Matilda - a stablehand who won the eyes of the
master of the house. When he made her pregnant and refused
to accept her, Matilda cursed the house. She still walks the
floors with reports of her footsteps and doors slamming commonplace.
Holt Hotel, Oxford
though the stunning Holt Hotel blends the atmosphere of a
15th Century inn with the modern facilities of any discerning
contemporary hotel, it is most famous for its highwayman ghost.
Highwayman Claude Duval is often seen walking around the corridors
of the hotel and some guests have reported seeing him in their
rooms. He was the leader of a notorious gang of highwaymen
and was thought to be responsible for many murders, including
that of the landlord of the hotel. Guests have reported hearing
heavy footsteps in the corridors late at night and feeling
as though they were being watched, particularly in Room 3.
Dare you book a stay?
Boasting what is widely regarded as the most
haunted hotel room in London (room 333), The Langham is
as ghoulish as it is grand. Since it opened in 1865, it
has long been a popular destination for well-heeled customers,
but also home to more than its fair share of ghosts.
Heard the story about the doctor who murdered his wife and
then killed himself while on their honeymoon at the hotel?
It’s as grim as it sounds. The doctor is still hanging
around, too, so if you see a silver haired Victorian gentleman
wearing a cravat, say hi from us.