Thursday, 28 October 2010
Haunted Hotels for the Brave or Bold
Daphne du Maurier's The Jamaica Inn, Cornwall
A Cosy coaching house on Bodmin Moor with cobbled courtyard, beamed ceilings, roaring log fires and real ales, immortalised in Daphne du Maurier's novel.
Who Haunts there? The most famous and oldest is a man who sits on the wall outside, believed to be the ghost of the stranger who was lured outside while drinking in the bar in the 1800's. His body was found on the moor the next day, but his killer was not.
The Holt Hotel, Near Steepleaston, Oxfordshire
Beautiful traditional coaching inn dating back to the 15th century, with ultra modern facilities.
The ghost of legendary highwayman Claude du Vall, who often spent his ill-gotten gains from the road at the inn before he was executed in 1670. Guests often heard heavy footsteps walk the corridors and rooms of the hotel, while female guests have regularly report the feeling of being watched, mainly in Room 3.
Chillingham Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Famous for its moaning and whimpering Blue Boy. His bones and some scraps of blue clothing were discovered behind a wall where his cries have been heard, suggesting he may have been immured there. In the meantime, the rustle of a dress on the turret stairs heralds the passage of the restless spirit of Lady Mary Berkeley as she searches in vain for her husband (he ran off with her sister). Then of course there's the white lady in the pantry, the voices in the chapel etc.
Elvey Farm, Pluckley, Kent, England
Ghosts from the grave ... Pluckley in Kent is 'England's most haunted village'. Pluckley may look familiar as the setting for The Darling Buds of May but, according to the Guinness Book of Records, it's also England's most haunted village. Mediaeval Elvey Farm is slap bang in the middle of it and boasts beautiful bedrooms with ancient rafters and, if you're lucky, a "weeping wanderer". In the vicinity you might also encounter the unhappy wraiths of a schoolmaster, a soldier, a highwayman, a screaming man, a miller, Red Lady Derring, a white dog and many others besides.
Maes-y-Neuadd Talsarnau, Gwynedd, Wales
Not all apparitions aim to frighten, of cours,this 14th-century granite manor house is home to a ghost who is really quite friendly. Maes-y-Neuadd's Morfa Suite is the scene of many sightings of a woman thought to have been a children's nursemaid. Rather than being terrified, guests claim they became very calm in her presence and found themselves drifting pleasantly off to sleep. If you don't receive a visitation, you can at least console yourself the next morning with the hotel's eye-easing views of Snowdonia