9 Haunted Places in Surrey
Stewart | On 24, Apr 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux Room!
Nutfield Priory, Redhill
You’ll find Nutfield Priory just off the Nutfield Road to the east of the Surrey town of Redhill.
The Grade II listed building dates back to 1872.
The Victorian manor house is a mixture of Gothic and Neo-Tudor architectural styles created by the distinguished architect John Gibson.
Nutfield Priory is built on land that in the Middle Ages belonged to the Augustinian Reigate Priory.
During Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries the land was seized by the Crown.
It was later given to Lord William Howard.
The Quaker Joshua Fielden bought the estate and commissioned John Gibson to build a new mansion house on the site.
Today, Nutfield Priory is a four star country house hotel and health spa.
It’s said to be haunted by the ghostly apparition of a nun.
But another ghostly female has also been witnessed at Nutfield Priory.
A spooked guest reported that she woke up in the middle of the night to find a ghostly apparition of a woman standing by her bedroom’s curtains watching her!
She described the ghostly lady as wearing a high neck dress with a bonnet.
The apparition disappeared when her boyfriend turned the lights on but soon afterwards the bathroom door opened on its own accord as though somebody invisible was walking through it!
The next day the couple were discussing the ghostly experience from the night before when suddenly the bathroom light flickered and went out.
Slyfield House, Dorking
Slyfield House is said to be haunted by a ghostly Blue Donkey!
There’s a picture of the phantom animal surrounded by a blue haze that hangs in the house next to the staircase.
Apparently an apparition of the blue donkey was witnessed jumping over the dog gate at the bottom of the stairs and then it climb the stairs to the top where it vanished into thin air.
Guests staying in an upstairs bedroom have remarked on hearing the sounds of horses’ hoofs in the courtyard outside their bedroom window during the night.
The strange thing is… the old courtyard no longer exist!
This haunted bedroom was the room in which Sir John Fenwick took refuge in the 1690s.
He had taken part in a plot to assassinate King William III.
The king’s men came to Slyfield House and took him off to the Tower of London where he was tried for treason and executed.
It’s said that the sound of phantom horses hoofs which are heard at the house today are those of the king’s men’s horses coming to arrest Sir John Fenwick.
The ghost of Sir John Fenwick is said to wander around the corridors of Slyfield House.
A ghost of a cavalier from the English Civil War era has also been witnessed at the house.
Some people believe that the cavalier ghost is still trying to hide from enemy roundheads who are searching for him!
The final ghost at Slyfield House is of a Grey Lady who has been spotted walking in the gardens.
Spooked witnesses describe her as looking sad and weary!
Farnham Castle, Farnham
Spooked witnesses visiting the 12th century keep have reported seeing ghostly figures which suddenly disappear into thin air.
They describe the figures as being male and wearing a long garment!
The spirit of Bishop Morley is said to haunt the Waynflete’s Tower (Fox Tower).
He led a simple and austere life at the castle living in a very small cell like room on the east side of the tower.
He actually spent an enormous amount of money renovating the Bishop’s Palace during the 17th century.
Witnesses have reported seeing his ghost on the landings and walking the corridors of the tower!
The Great Hall is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl who was forced to dance until she dropped dead from exhaustion.
Some witnesses have reported that they’ve seen her small ghostly figure dancing away whilst others have reported hearing the sound of her bare feet dancing on the floor!
The wide staircase at the castle is said to be haunted by the ghosts of Bishop Morley and a monk dressed in grey robes.
He’s been seen gliding down the staircase on sunny afternoons and is said to be very real looking until he disappears into thin air that is!
A shadowy figure has been seen lurking in the areas of the gateway, ramparts, keep and old guard room.
The ghostly apparition of a 12th century stern-faced lady has also been witnessed in this part of the castle.
She’s been described as wearing a light coloured gown with a long cord girdle!
Town’s folk and people at the castle have reported hearing a bell ringing out from the Waynflete’s Tower on many occasions…
The strange thing is, there hasn’t been a bell at the castle for many years!
In the gallery overlooking the Great Hall a former maid witnessed the ghostly apparition of a monk looking out of the window which overlooks the moat.
The moat is said to be the haunt of a procession of phantom monks.
The maid described the ghostly monk as being a tall man dressed in a brown habit and wearing a round hat.
She said he seem very lifelike until he completely disappeared into thin air!
Over the years both members of staff and residents of the castle have reported hearing phantom footsteps walking around the oldest parts of the castle.
One terrified witnessed who stayed the night in the old part of the castle reported that she was awoken by a dark and evil crouching figure trying to pull the bedcovers off her bed!
The Bishop’s Table Hotel, Farnham
The stunning Georgian hotel was built in the middle of the 18th century.
In 1898 the Church of England bought the building to be used a training college for the clergy.
As well as a guesthouse which was known as the Bishop’s Hostel!
In the 1960s the building was converted into a guest house called Newnhams Guest House.
And then it was converted into the Bishop’s Table Hotel that you can stay the night in today.
In the 1940s the building was known as Newnhams House.
And it was during this time that a teenager who lived in the house reported paranormal activity taking place.
One night she felt the temperature drop in her bedroom.
And then witnessed a ghostly shawl clad figure appear in her bedroom doorway.
Thinking it was her old nanny from the room next door she called out to the ghostly figure but it suddenly disappeared into thin air!
Spooked, she ran next door to check whether the figure was her nanny by found the old lady fast asleep in her bed.
Terrified the young teenager decided to spend the rest of the night sleeping in the nanny’s room.
The next day the teenager told her mother about the spooky events which took place the night before.
The mother decided to stay that night in the bedroom to put her daughters mind to rest but halfway through the night she had to leave the room as she felt the atmosphere too repressive!
Many other residents of the building have also reported seeing mysterious ghostly figures within the building.
A local policeman who patrolled outside the building nightly reported seeing a ghostly figure of a priest leaving the building on many occasions.
One night he followed the ghostly figure to St Andrews Church where he then heard the sound of singing coming from within the church.
The policeman then investigated the church but found it to be empty!
In the 1990s a member of staff at the hotel witnessed a ghostly figure in one of the attic rooms located on the top floor of the building.
It’s said that she was so affected by the encounter that she seriously considered leaving her job!
In the 1960s a couple of guests staying in one of the hotel’s bedroom woke up in the early hours of the morning to find a young woman sitting at their dressing table brushing her hair.
They asked the young woman what she was doing in their bedroom.
And she turned around, looked directly at them and then disappeared into thin air!
Box Hill, Dorking
Probably the most infamous ghost of Box Hill is that of Peter Labilliere.
Peter Labilliere was of French Huguenot descent and was born in Dublin in 1725.
He later became a major in the British Army but when he left the army he became known for his anti-war protests.
In his later years he moved to Dorking and would often visit Box Hill.
As he aged he became more and more eccentric, never washing and never changing his clothes he gain the nickname of the walking dung-hill!
When he died in 1800 he was buried in an upside down position on the western side of Box Hill.
This strange burial position was his own wishes because he wanted to emulate St Peter who it’s said was crucified upside down!
Today there’s a memorial stone on Box Hill which is close to the spot where Labilliere is buried.
Spooked visitors to the hill have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of an unkempt eccentric looking man wandering around.
Many think that this phantom figure is the ghost of Peter Labilliere!
At the bottom of Box Hill there’s a ford with some stepping stones that cross the River Mole.
Witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparitions of Roman soldiers crossing the river near to the stepping stones.
Ghostly figures of pilgrims from a bygone era have also been seen using the stepping stones to cross the river.
Another apparition seen on the hill is that of a phantom rider who’s been witnessed galloping down the hill.
This ghostly rider was seen by the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote about the experience in one of his poems.
The Angel Hotel, Guildford
Room 1 at the hotel was said to be haunted by the ghost of a military man.
Terrified guests and staff alike have reported seeing his apparition in the room’s wardrobe mirror.
The ghostly soldier is described as wearing a 19th century Eastern European uniform.
He’s said to have thinning brushed back hair and a large walrus moustache!
In 1973 the actor Roger Moore was staying in Room 1.
On a couple of nights he was awoken by a white misty figure which floated straight through the bedroom door and stood by his bedside.
In 1979 the singer Petula Clark was staying in the room and she too saw the ghostly soldier in the room’s wardrobe mirror.
In 1985 a member of staff reported hearing a phantom voice calling out to her when she walked down one to the hotel’s corridors.
Other members of staff have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a white nun within the hotel.
She’s been seen at the top of the main staircase or descending the stairs into the restaurant located in the undercroft.
The ghostly nun is often accompanied by the strong smell of lavender!
Phantom footsteps and kitchen utensils moving on their own accord are belived to be caused by her.
Members of staff have reported seeing other apparitions at the hotel too…
A ghostly male figure has been seen wandering around the restaurant.
An apparition of an old man has been seen sitting by the fireplace in the main lounge.
In 2002 another ghostly man was seen walking into one of the bedrooms where he stopped, looked out of the window for a moment then turned and exited the bedroom.
A ghostly butler has also been seen in one of the front bedrooms of the hotel!
Loseley House, Littleton
Spooked witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a lady standing outside one of the house’s bathrooms.
They describe her as smiling and wearing Victorian clothing.
After witnessing the ghostly Victorian lady, the present owner of Loseley House found a portrait of her in the attic!
The ghostly Victorian lady is believed to have once been a resident of the house.
Some witnesses standing at the bottom of the stairs have reported suddenly feeling freezing cold before seeing the ghostly apparition of the Brown Lady.
Legend says that about four hundred years ago the Brown Lady killed her step son by chopping off his leg so that her own son would inherit her husband’s fortune.
When her husband discovered her evil deed he locked her up in her room where he kept her for the rest of her life.
It’s now said that on a certain night of the year, blood curdling cries can be heard coming from her room where she was once kept prisoner.
There’s another ghostly lady said to haunt Loseley House but she’s only ever been seen by the previous owner’s daughters.
The daughters described her as being a little old lady dressed in grey clothing.
She was always smiling and looked after them whilst they played in their playroom.
The house’s Long Gallery is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who witnesses described as wearing fancy dress!
The Mulberry, Farnham
The Mulberry was previously known as the Blue Boy Inn and had a reputation for being haunted.
Late one night the landlady reported hearing strange banging noises and phantom footsteps coming from the upstairs of the pub.
She went to investigated and found a guest who was as white as a sheet.
He told her that he’s witnessed a ghostly dark figure in the corridor.
He described the ghostly figure as being tall with long hair and wearing a black cape.
Both the landlady and her husband went on to see this very same ghostly figure on a couple of more occasions within the pub.
Late one evening the landlord saw the tall dark figure walk into the dining room.
This time the figure was wearing a black cloak and tall hat but didn’t have a face.
When he followed it into the dining room he found the room totally empty, the figure had totally disappeared into thin air!
The landlady witnesses the dark figure on a few occasions describing that the cloak and top hat it was wearing looked like they merged together.
It’s believed that the ghost may have a connection with the flats situated opposite the Mulberry.
You see, the building was once used as an undertaker’s.
And the residents of the flats have also reported seeing the dark ghostly cloaked figure walking around the premises late at night!
The Running Horse, Leatherhead
Former owners of the Running Horse have reported all sorts of eerie things happening within the pub’s four walls.
The feeling of being watched, strange banging noises, sudden temperature drops and the sound of phantom footsteps walking around the pub are just some of the weird events which have happened within the pub.
The pet dog of a former landlord outright refused to go into an upstairs room at the front of the building even after being coaxed with food.
The pub’s cellar is said to have an oppressive atmosphere…
After cleaning the cellar’s floor one day, the landlady was shocked to discover that a 19th century woman’s silver bracelet had suddenly appeared in the middle of it!
Recently, members of staff at the pub have reported seeing strange shadows in the upstairs hallway and finding doors have either opened or closed on their own accord.
All these strange events have had some people believing that the pub is haunted by the ghost of Elynour Rummyng!
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