By Katie Wilson
If you’re brave enough to go on a Halloween staycation, here’s five of the UK’s most haunted hotels which are guaranteed to creep you out.
From a gothic mansion which featured in a horror film, to a seaside inn said to be one of the most haunted in Britain – would you dare stay the night at these spooky hotels?
The UK’s Most Haunted Hotels
Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
This elegant Gothic mansion featured in the 1963 horror film The Haunting, but both guests and staff have reported seeing ghostly apparitions at Ettington Park Hotel in real life.
The white gowned Lady Emma, who is said to glide along the corridors and disappear into walls, is the most commonly seen ghost. Other supernatural sightings include Mary the servant girl, a man and his dog, an army officer, a monk, and the ghosts of two boys who drowned in the 1800s in the Stour River.
There have also been reports of mysterious noises echoing throughout the building, and one Christmas Eve staff claim to have witnessed a candle lift off the mantlepiece and float by itself.
Jamaica Inn, Cornwall
For years there have been stories of paranormal activity at Jamaica Inn in Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor. TV show Most Haunted filmed one of their scariest ever episodes there and guests can even book ghost tours.
Famous for having the same name as Daphne du Maurier’s thriller novel, which was later made into a Hitchcock film, several ghostly figures are said to wander around the 18th century inn – and all appear in different ways.
The mirror in room five is said to be haunted by the ghost of an anguished mother and her baby, a highwayman in a three cornered hat has been seen walking through locked doors.
While a murdered young smuggler can be heard pacing around the courtyard in the middle of the night. Although 11-year-old ghost Hannah is said to be ‘very polite’.
The Mermaid Inn, Rye
Said to be one of the most haunted inns in Britain, The Mermaid Inn in Rye, East Sussex, is rumoured to be frequented by no less than five different ghosts.
With Norman cellars dating back to the 12th century, secret passageways in some of the rooms and creaking floorboards, dozens of guests have reported spooky encounters over the years.
They include two 16th century men locked in a sword fight, a man who walks through bathroom walls, a lady who sits by the fireplace and somehow wets guests’ clothes as they sleep.
But by far the most terrifying is the ghost of a woman killed by a smuggler gang who used to haunt a rocking chair, which scared customers so much it was eventually removed.
Dalhousie Castle Hotel, near Edinburgh
Dalhousie is allegedly haunted by a number of ghosts, the most famous being the ‘Grey Lady’, Lady Catherine, said to be a mistress of a Scottish laird who was left to perish in one of the castle turrets by his vengeful wife.
Other spirits include Sir Alexander Ramsey, who was reportedly starved to death in 1342 by the castle’s then owner. Guests have also seen ghostly hands, furniture moving of its own accord and heard unsettling noises and unexplained footsteps.
The Ostrich Inn, Slough
One of Britain’s oldest pubs, The Ostrich Inn dates back 900 years. As well as being a one-time hideout for infamous highwayman Dick Turpin, it was also the scene of 60 gruesome murders.
In the 17th century the inn landlords, Mr and Mrs Jarman, would bump off their sleeping guests by tipping them into a vat of boiling fat through a trap door in one of the bedrooms. They were eventually caught and hanged.
While the modern day owners are much nicer, there are still reports of strange noises, cold spots, equipment being turned on and off and objects moving by themselves. A woman in a Victorian dress and a ghostly young girl have also been spotted in the pub.
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