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Its now October, You know its near,
You feel the cold, and know the fear….
I am a huge fan of Halloween. When my boys were younger, I used to decorate our entire downstairs. The boys would have their friends round and we would have a halloween party. I just loved it. Now days, they won’t play along with me. It seems 17 & 19 years old don’t like being dressed up as man sized pumpkins……Well, the consequence of their fun spoiling is that Nik now gets dragged to as many haunted places to stay in England I can find! I thought I would share some with you. Read on……if you dare mwahhahahahahahh (thats my scary laugh, ok).
I could not write this post without including one of my most favourite hotels ever. The Mermaid Inn in Sussex is a gem of a place. It is full of character and charm, and one of the cosiest haunted hotels ever! The Inn dates back to the 1100’s, with a rich history with the smugglers of the area. Many a smuggler fell out over their swag, so its no wonder a few of the residents decided to stay! This beautiful Inn is full of secret passageways, hidden doors and hideaways for when the law came looking! Nik and I try to visit The Mermaid Inn every winter, and I fully recommend you do too. I have wrote a full post on our stay there, and the ghostly encounter we had there…The Mermaid Inn – Rye.
I love The Langham. It is one of my absolute favourite places to go for drinks in London. I promise you now, you cannot fail to be blown away by the cocktails in The Langham’s award winning bar, Artesian, (I once had a cocktail there served in a huge brass ant….) But, it may surprise you to know that this beautiful hotel in Regent Street is actually, one of the most haunted hotels in London. There is a man in full military dress, (said to be a German Prince who jumped from the window) haunting the forth floor. The ghost of a young girl that died in the building tends to hang around room 502, and then there is a man in Victorian evening wear that hasn’t ever left room 333. October is the month that this particular apparition residing the 3rd floor is sighted the most. In the 1970’s, a BBC reporter was staying in room 333. The guest was so terrified when this Victorian gentleman showed up through the wall, that he fled the room never to return! A stay in The Langham could be paired with one of the many London ghost tours, really get your scare on……Book me in!
I have a bit of a soft spot for this hotel. Nik and I were supposed to stay here for our 20th Wedding anniversary. Instead, we celebrated that particular milestone with a NHS sandwich around Nik’s hospital bed! The lengths he will go to to avoid a hotel bill! The Swan is a great choice though if you are looking for haunted places to stay overnight in England. It is a beautiful old Inn, set in the historic, and incredibly picturesque village of Lavenham, in Suffolk. It has a quirky interior, full of nooks and cranny’s. It just has that feel that the walls have many secrets to tell. One of these secrets is a little tragic. A 19th century housekeeper that lived in the hotel, became pregnant outside of marriage. Very frowned upon in the 1800’s! The Father of her child told her he would do the right thing of the time, and marry her. Sadly, he changed his mind on the day and failed to turn up for the ceremony. Ashamed, depressed and feeling she had no where to turn, she hung herself in room 15 of The Swan. Her ghost has been reported by many staff and guests over the years. Would you stay in room 15????
I have yet to visit this hotel, but it has been on my radar for a while. In fact, it is one of the places we are contemplating staying at for a little Autumn break. Built in the 12th century, Coombe Abbey was originally constructed to be used as a monastery. It has made it into my haunted places to stay in England list as it has a lengthy association with our spirit friends. As you may expect, many of the ghosty residents of Coombe Abbey are monks! Abbott Geoffrey, a monk that was murdered in 1345, has been seen wandering the grounds. He is also said to cause mischief in the kitchens! There is also the ghost of a young stablehand called Matilda. The spirit of Matilda is said to have unfinished business with the Craven family that owned Coombe Abbey for years, and is set on revenge! She is an angry ghost…I love the look of Coombe Abbey. I may have forgotten to mention to Nik the ghostly goings on………
Formerly known as The Bear Inn, this hotel dates back an incredible 900 years! It has a long, colourful history and is reported to be one of the most haunted hotels in the entire British Isles. Take me to The Bear…… The most reported ghosts of The Bear Inn are two members of the same family. First up is Mrs Elizabeth Downing, who passed in the 1700’s. Elizabeth’s ghost is however, seen less frequently than that of her young son, Christopher. The carefree spirit of Christopher is very active, and has frightened many a guest. It didn’t seem to scare off Hollywood golden couple, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor though! They came to room 15 at The Bear on several occasions during their marriages! No ghost was going to ruin their romantic hideaway!
There you have it! Five on my haunted hotels in England. Would you stay in one? Have you stayed in a haunted hotel or house before? Any that you could recommend to me and my not so keen ghost hunting husband?? Are you a fan of scary things? As ever, I would love to hear what you think!
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