Haunted Hotels of Nottinghamshire
Colwick Hall Hotel
Colwick Hall Hotel is a magnificent Georgian country house mansion in the Palladian style. This historic building dating back from Saxon times nestles in over sixty acres of parkland. The Hall is a Grade II listed building, which was once the ancestral home of Lord Byron. This grand Hotel overlooks Nottingham racecourse.
One of the ghostly visitors reported to manifest itself is believed to be, Mrs Chaworth Musters. She is said to be Lord Byron’s, first love. Rumour has it that she hides behind trees in the parkland. Is she hiding from the mob of 1832 that stormed the hall? The sounds of footsteps echo around the building. Sounds are reputedly often heard coming from the servants’ quarters. These are the sounds of children’s laughter and voices playing around the area.
If you are feeling adventurous why not visit Colwick Woods, which is not too far from Colwick Hall Hotel. There have been reports that the ghostly spirits ghosts of two children have been sited wandering lost in the woods. It is believed that their father William Saville murdered these two young children. In fact, William Saville was hanged in 1844 for being found guilty of the heinous crime. From the woods the sounds of ghostly horses have been heard, cantering around the forest paths. Or are they just the distant echoes from the nearby race course? Please check the information and availability Button for this Hotel.
Bestwood Lodge is an ex-hunting Lodge in a Gothic-style.T he Lodge was previously the property of the Ministry of Defence. Most notably, Bestwood was the headquarters for the allied army during WWII. The 14th century Lodge was one of the many residences of King Charles II and he was often accompanied by his mistress Nell Gwynn.
Much of the Hotels haunted activity is believed to be caused by the spirit of Nell. There have often been reports of the fragrance of oranges pervading the rooms and corridors. This seems to become most active in the presents of children. You may not know that Nell used to be an orange seller and was very fond of children? Is she the cause of this fruity aroma? Please check the information and availability Button for this Hotel
The Saracens Head Hotel was established in the 12th century and was previously known as the King’s Arms. The Hotel was rebuilt in the 16th Century. There are also some more modern modifications. The Hotel has been used as a court for the Arch Bishop of York prior to becoming the Saracen coaching Inn. The Inn became a popular stopping point for weary travellers, as it serviced the old Manchester – Newark stagecoach. The inn offered a place to rest, refreshments and provided fresh horses. At one stage of its life, the Inn even became an auction house for the famous crown Derby Potteries
The Hotel is reputedly hosting the Ghostly apparitions of a Lady and also that of a Cavalier. The lady supposedly likes to visit room 4, where she proceeds to sit on the guest’s bed. She seems to enjoy rocking gently to and fro as if trying to wake the sleeper. Could the Cavalier apparition be that of King Charles I haunting the King Charles suite? Prior to his arrest by the Parliamentarians, this is the room where The King spent his last night of freedom. Other famous guests of the Saracen have included the ambassador to King Louis III, the famous Novelist Charles Dickens and renowned poet Byron. Please check the information and availability Button for this Hotel
Haunted Hotels of Nottinghamshire
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Just back from a night with my husband at the Saracens Head in the King Charles Suite – room 1
In the middle of the night we both heard the voice of a lady shouting – HELP and then two slams of a door and later in the early hours my husband thought he could hear visitors in the l shaped corridor between our bedroom and the bathroom
I stayed in a room here with my husband on our honeymoon in October 1999 unaware that it was haunted. On entering the bar area I felt a dragging feeling of depression and just wanted to get out . We went out for the evening and when we came back to the room I felt ok . At around 2am I woke up with a hot feeling on the right side of my head and neck , and as I looked up to my right , hovering above me was a disembodied head smiling earily at me ! I couldn’t even speak I was so scared , I just started packing my case frantically saying to my husband “ I’m leaving please don’t make me stay here” . I went down stairs to the porter and told him about the head and he showed me a picture of King Charles and asked if that was who I saw and I said yes ! He said that people have seen things like that before and that he hears footsteps all the time when no one is there .