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Haunted Hotels for Halloween

Feeling brave? Why not seek out some Halloween spirit(s) this year with a spooky stay in one of these haunted hotels. Go on, we dare you…

Jayne Robinson

Last updated: 9th Oct 2012

Hartford Hall, Northwich

This former Nunnery dates back to the 17th century, and is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a nun who was bricked into a wall at a nearby abbey. The hotel itself is rich in historical features such as open fires and wooden beams, with bedrooms being luxuriously decorated in a modern, boutique style. There's also a restaurant and pub, where guests can huddle around an open fire and share spooky stories. Rooms from £57.50.

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Churston Court Inn, Brixham, Devon

Just minutes away from the stunning Devon coast, this 12th century Grade I listed former coaching inn is rich in history and - if the rumours are to be believed - ghosts, too. Staff and visitors alike have reported many sightings over the years, with the most commonly seen figure one of a monk, who is said to appear through walls and then disappear again. Inside, the inn is cosy and atmospheric, with plush furnishings, for poster beds and open fires. Rooms from£100.

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The Holt Hotel, Oxford

This former coaching inn dates back to the 15th century, and its pretty exterior conceals a grisly past. In 1754 the landlord and his wife were murdered by highwayman Claude Duval, who is now said to haunt the hotel. The ghost of Duval has been seen and heard pacing the building's corridors late at night, while guests (particularly those in room 3) have reported a feeling of being watched. One guest even felt his bed vibrate violently in the middle of the night. Rooms from £58.50.

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Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford Upon Avon

(Main image). Named by the AA as the most haunted hotel in the UK, this grand, neo-gothic mansion is the ancestral seat of Warickshire's powerful Shirley family. The most frequently sighted spectre is that of a woman in a white gown, who is believed to be a former governess and goes by the name of 'Lady Emma'. Other ghostly sightings to have been reported include a grey lady at the foot of the stairs, a monk, an army officer and the two young Shirley boys who drowned in the 1800s. Dare you discover the house for yourself? Rooms from £125.

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The Prince Rupert Hotel, Shrewsbury

Oozing historical charm and original features, this luxurious hotel was once the home of Prince Rupert, the grandson of James I. Shrewsbury itself has a reputation for being one of the most haunted towns in the UK, and The Prince Rupert is no exception. Room 6 (now a conference suite) is said to be haunted by the ghost of a jilted bride who hung herself in that room after being abandoned on her wedding night. The ghost of one of the hotel's maids has also been sighted wandering the stairs, while a ghostly male apparition has been seen disappearing into a wall. Rooms from £65.

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Words: Jayne Robinson