Is It All Just A Bunch of Hocus Pocus?
Come and take a Hop Hallows’ Eve tour of some of the UK’s most haunted hotels with wandering ghost brides, phantom dogs and medieval farmsteads stalked by the ancient highwayman these hotels are sure to give you the spooks this Halloween.
Chillingham Castle, Northumbria
Said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the UK, Chillingham Castle dates back to the 12th-Century and has a rich and grotesque history full of traitor executions by means of being hung, drawn and quartered. To this day visitors can take the same fateful steps down the slope to the Torture Chambers, appropriately sloped to allow executed traitor’s blood to drain more easily.
The Castle is said to be haunted by a whole host of ghosts, however, if guests are feeling brave, they should book The Pink Room haunted by the Blue Boy.
Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey
Heading further South, Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey is steeped in history dating back to the time of Henry VII. The ‘Grey Lady’, a friendly ghost and a woman of common descent stalks the Tudor Wing of the 19th-Century hotel built on the site of Henry VII’s 16th-Century palace he constructed for Queen Anne of Cleves.
The ‘grey lady’ is said to be a maid who killed herself by throwing herself off the bell tower after a lover’ tiff, landing by room 1313 where common guest complaints are related to unexplained temperature changes.
Elvey Farm, Kent
Nestled in Pluckley, England’s most haunted village, according to the Guinness Book of Records, Elvey Farm is frequented by the ‘weeping wanderer’ who is joined in his ghostly haunts by Robert Du Bois, a highwayman who was speared to a tree at Fright Corner and a phantom coach and horses on surrounding Maltman’s Hill.
Ballygally Castle Hotel, Northern Ireland
Taking a trip across the Irish Sea to Ballygally Castle Hotel in Northern Ireland, you will be greeted by Lady Isobella Shaw who lived in the castle in 1625. Lady Isobella was married to Lord Shaw, who reportedly locked her inside of a room after giving birth to their son. Soon after she died after falling from a window in an attempt to escape. Rumour has it she haunts the castle in search of her son who was hidden away from her shortly after she gave birth to him.
The Mermaid Inn, East Sussex, England
Stooped in history with a dubious past involving smugglers and degenerates such as the Hawkhurst Gang, who controlled much of Kent and Dorset, using labyrinth tunnels under the inn to bring smuggled goods in from the coast. The Mermaid Inn is a centuries old coaching house in Rye where guests have reportedly seen chairs rocking unaided and ghostly visions of men duelling.
Langham Hotel, London
Opened in 1856 London’s Langham Hotel is a firm favourite for literary fans, over the years, it has been frequented by a number of literary greats, including, Oscar Wilde and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you are a writer and looking for some ghostly inspiration, then Room 333 (not 666) is the room for you! Every October a man dressed in Victorian style evening wear is said to appear in Room 333.
If Room 333 is fully booked, however, try visiting the fourth floor, which is haunted by the ghost of a German prince who threw himself out of a window before the start of WWI. If you are feeling exceptionally brave you can always take on the basement where it is believed Napoleon III, a former guest, appears.
Airth Castle, Stirlingshire, Scotland
If you are looking for a ghostly experience make sure you book rooms 3, 9 and 23 where you will hear unseen children playing. Some guests have reported sightings of two young children and a nanny who are believed to have died in a previous fire in the Castle. The 14th-Century castle is also said to have a ghostly resident dog that nips at guests’ ankles.