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19 Haunted Hotels in Hertfordshire (Updated 2017)

| On 01, Mar 2017

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Brocket Arms, Ayot St Lawrence

The 14th century Brocket Arms is situated in the little village of Ayot St Lawrence.

The village is famous for Shaw’s Corner which was the home of the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.

The Brocket Arms hasn’t always been a pub…

Until the Reformation, it was actually a monastic quarters for the Norman church!

And it’s from this era that the ghost of the Brocket Arms is said to originate.

You see, the pub is said to be haunted by either a priest or a monk.

Phantom footsteps and eerie banging noises have been heard coming from the first floor.

Terrified members of staff have seen a ghostly apparition of a small monk dressed in a brown habit and cowl in the dining room.

The ghostly apparition is said to be the spirit of a monk who was either hung or hanged himself in one of the pub’s rooms.

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George Hotel, Bishop’s Stortford

On the corner of North Street in the market town of Bishop’s Stortford you’ll find the historic George Hotel.

The George dates back to 1417.

In the 1600’s both Charles I and Charles II visited the hotel.

Now the George has a reputation for being haunted by a Grey Lady.

Terrified members of staff have seen a white shape hovering in the hotel’s cellar…

But the cellar isn’t the most paranormally active area within the hotel, that’s left to Room 27!

It’s said that a woman was once stabbed to death by a burglar in that room.

Guest staying in the room had complained that they feel their being watched by something unknown.

And have also reported seeing the wardrobe’s doors open on their own accord and the bedroom’s lights turn on and off by themselves.

On one occasion a young couple witnessed a grey mist above the bed…

And one poor guest was scared witless when he saw a ghostly apparition of a lady in a grey dress next to the bed looking as though she was in a lot of pain!

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Theobalds Park Hotel, Cheshunt

Just outside Cheshunt in the historic Cedars Park you’ll find the stately home of Theobalds Palace.

Today, the red brick and white stone Georgian mansion is a luxury hotel called Theobalds Park.

The mansion has a reputation for being haunted…

Whilst investigating the Carpenter’s Lounge area of the house a female paranormal investigator reported to have been viciously scratched by an unknown entity.

Checking her back she discovered to have a long nasty scratch on her skin.

It was remarkable that anything could’ve actually scratched her at that time because she had three layers of clothing on to keep herself warm!

Scared witnesses have often reported hearing phantom footsteps wandering around the Carpenter’s Lounge and lobby areas.

In 1878, the wealthy brewing magnate and owner of Theobalds Palace, Sir Henry Meux, married a flamboyant barmaid called Valerie.

As you can imagine this caused a scandal in polite society at the time!

It’s said that the ghostly apparition of Lady Valerie Meux has been witnessed on the main staircase of the house.

Did you know that Lady Meux was an avid collector of antiquities?

At one time she actually possessed a cursed Egyptian mummy in a sarcophagus.

It’s said that the sarcophagus was sold to an overseas collector and placed on a rather famous ship to be sent out to him…

That ship was the Titanic!

The most haunted room at hotel is said to be Room 221.

Spooked guests staying in that room often request to be moved because they feel something trying to pull their bed sheets of them in the middle of the night.

Some say they even hear an eerie male voice whispering to them!

Room 221 isn’t the only room at the hotel said to be haunted.

You see, Rooms 215 and 216 are also said to have had paranormal activity happening within them.

Ghostly apparitions have been witnessed in both rooms…

On one occasion a poor lady guest got the shock of her life whilst sitting up in bed one night.

She noticed her discarded clothes being dragged across the bedroom floor by an unseen entity!

Room 107 and the hallway outside it are also said to be paranormal hotspots.

Members of staff have reported being grabbed by something unknown here.

In 1888, Lady Meux bought Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar with which she created a new entrance to the estate.

The ancient monument of Temple Bar was once one of the old gateways into London.

In its time, decapitated highwaymen heads were mounted on pikes and displayed from its roof as a warning!

Today, Temple Bar has been returned to the City of London and is located in Paternoster Square.

Before it was returned, a hotel member of staff had a rather spooky experience one day when she drove past it in her car.

As she passed the Temple Bar she glanced in her rear view mirror and thought she saw a figure sitting in the back of her vehicle.

Knowing that she was alone in the car she just put it down to a trick of the light.

When she reached her home, she got out of her car and started to walk up her pathway to her house when suddenly she felt an almighty push in her back.

Spinning around to catch the culprit she discovered that she was totally alone!

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The Silver Cup, Harpenden

On St Albans Road overlooking Harpenden Common you’ll find the 19th century Silver Cup pub.

Back in December 1985 the landlord of the Silver Cup got the shock of his life…

You see, he went into his bedroom and discovered an apparition of a lady dressed in grey with tied back hair just standing there.

The lady smiled at him and then disappeared through a door!

He believes that the grey lady probably has a connection with the Archer family who owned the pub for many generations.

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Cinnabar Café Hotel, Hertford

Next to the old Post Office in Fore Street is a building which was once the house of the Master of Hale’s Grammar School.

Today the building is a boutique hotel and restaurant called the Cinnabar Café Hotel.

In 2012 a lot of the chefs working at the premises reported paranormal activity take place within the building.

One night a chef was hit in the side of his head with the lid from a mayonnaise bucket.

You see, he was playing Frisbee with the lid during a quiet period earlier in the day with a workmate.

The eerie thing was…

His workmate was actually working in the bar at the time of the incident.

And he was totally alone in the kitchen!

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Dog and Whistle, Hertford

You’ll find the trendy looking Dog and Whistle pub along Fore Street in Hertford.

You may be surprised to discover that the pub is actually an old 17th century coaching inn which for much of its life was called the Ram Inn.

In 2011 the new management at the Ram reported some strange events taking place in the building…

Doors would mysteriously open and close on their own accord.

And witnesses reported seeing shadowy figures in the bar area of the building!

The Ram’s managers also found it hard to rent out Room 1 on the upper floor of the building due to the strange atmosphere in that room.

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Hertford House Hotel, Hertford

There’s a grand looking building along Fore Street called the Hertford House Hotel.

This building hasn’t always been a hotel…

In fact, for many years it was the premises of the Hertfordshire Mercury.

And it was during this time that a lot of paranormal events were reported to take place within the building by terrified members of staff.

One night one of the members of staff was working late alone in the building when suddenly the lights in the office started to flicker on and off.

He then heard the handle of the office door moving so he turned around to get a better look only to find the door handle moving up and down on its own accord.

He thought someone was playing a trick on him so he searched the building but discover that he was the only one working late that night.

As he returned to his desk the office lights went totally out.

And for a moment he was left in total pitch darkness before they came back on again.

Again, the door handle started to move up and down on its own accord.

This was all too much for his nerves and he decided to go home.

One Sunday another member of staff was locking up when he suddenly heard a door slamming shut somewhere in the building.

Thinking that the building was in the progress of being burgled he dial 999.

A police dog handler quickly arrived with a large German Shepherd Dog.

The officer sent the dog into the cellar and shut the door behind him…

A few moments later the dog was scratching at the door trying to get out.

The policeman opened the door and the dog shot out like a rocket with its hackles raised!

The pair searched the remainder of the building but didn’t find any burglars.

They came across one office which had a bunch of keys in the door which were swinging wildly as though someone had just entered it…

The officer rushed into the office ready for action only to find that the room was totally empty!

There are a couple of theories to who haunts the building…

One is the spirit of a machine operator who died on the premises in the area where the offices were located.

In fact, one terrified member of staff actually witnesses the ghostly apparition of a man walk through an office wall here.

The other spirit is of a maid who was said to have been murdered by a butler in the house many years ago.

She’s said to haunt the cellar!

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Salisbury Arms Hotel, Hertford

You’ll find the Salisbury Arms Hotel situated along Fore Street directly opposite Market Place in the middle of Hertford.

The hotel dates back to the 1800s but it’s actually built on the spot of a medieval inn.

Up until 1820 the Salisbury Arms was called the Bell.

It was named after the market bell in Market Place.

One of the pub’s cleaners was working on the first floor one day when she saw a middle-aged man dressed in black walk across the corridor and enter the room where a hotplate was kept.

The cleaner thought the man was a lost guest in need of assistance so she entered the room to see if he needed help…

To her surprise the room was totally empty.

There was no sight or sound of the mysterious man.

He had simply vanished into thin air!

Members of staff at the hotel also believe that Room 6 at the Salisbury Arms is haunted.

And on some occasion witnesses have even reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a Cromwellian looking figure walking along the hotel’s corridor.

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Olde King’s Arms, Hemel Hempstead

Along Hemel Hempstead’s High Street is an ancient ale house called the Olde King’s Arms.

The pub lives up to its name as it dates back to the early 1600s and is located in Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town area.

It’s also rumoured that the pub was a secret meeting place for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn when they were courting.

In fact, the Olde King’s Arms is said to be haunted by King Henry VIII himself…

Terrified members of staff have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a large man resembling Henry in one of the pub’s bedrooms sitting on the bed
whilst laughing!

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Hitchin Priory, Hitchin

Just off Tilehouse Street in Hitchin you’ll find the 14th century Hitchin Priory.

Originally, a Carmelite Monastery dating back to 1317 was sited at Hitchin Priory.

But it was rebuilt in the Georgian era as a private home.

The prior was the Delmay-Radcliffe family home for over four hundred years.

Today the prior is used to host events such as weddings and seminars.

Hitchin Priory has a reputation for being haunted…

In the winter of 1973 some local boys were on a school trip to the prior which included a stay overnight.

In the late evening the boys were walking along a corridor on their way back to their dormitory when they suddenly witnessed a misty figure in front of them exit the corridor’s right wall, cross the corridor and then disappear through the opposite wall.

The boys naturally fled in terror!

One night in the 1980s the caretaker was doing his rounds and checking the building…

He entered the boy’s wing on the top floor when he noticed that the temperature around him had plummeted.

He turned around and saw a ghostly apparition of a woman floating above the stairs at end of the corridor.

Apparently she was wearing a short sleeved blouse and a pearl necklace.

The ghostly encounter terrified the poor caretaker so much that he never patrolled that corridor on his own again.

This ghostly apparition is known as the Grey Lady!

Some people feel that the Grey Lady is the lover of another ghost who’s been witnessed at the priory called Goring.

Goring was a Cavalier during the English Civil War who was visiting his sweetheart at Highdown House in the nearby village of Pirton when he was surprised by a troop of Parliamentarians.

He fled the house and hid in a hollow elm tree in the garden but the Parliamentarians found him and killed him on the spot.

It’s said his sweetheart witnessed the ruthless murder from an upstairs window and later collapsed and died from shock.

It’s believed that Goring was going to head for sanctuary at Hitchin Priory before he was murdered.

And that’s why his headless ghost is witnessed every 15th June riding towards Hitchin Priory!

Security guards at Hitchin Priory have reported seeing many ghostly apparitions within the building…

They often report hearing the sound of eerie talking coming from one of the empty rooms.

Ghostly monk-like figures are often seen at the prior.

On one night a security guard entered a room only to be confronted by a group of men wearing old-fashioned clothes playing cards.

He exited the room and called for backup.

Re-entering the room with his colleague they found the ghostly men had totally disappeared into thin air!

Terrified members of staff have also witnessed ghostly goings-on in the grounds of the priory.

A night porter once reported seeing a phantom coach and horses draw up at the back of the building.

The apparition of the Grey Lady is often seen in the grounds wandering around too!

Some members of staff have also seen and heard Roman soldiers marching through the prior’s grounds.

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Sun Hotel, Hitchin

You’ll find the historic Sun Hotel along Sun Street in Hitchin.

The hotel is old, it dates back to the 1500s and as you can probably guess that it’s reputed to have the odd ghost or two knocking about the place.

One of the upstairs rooms in the hotel is said to be haunted by the ghostly apparition of Lord Havisham who committed suicide in the room back in the 1800s.

Apparently his ghost is absolutely terrifying!

Room 10 at the hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman.

One guest who had an encounter with the ghost was so frightened that he actually ran out of the hotel and spent the night wandering around the town until dawn.

The hotel’s bar is also said to be haunted…

A former barmaid witnessed on a couple of occasions the ghostly apparition of a monk walk across the bar area!

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King’s Lodge Hotel, Kings Langley

Along Hunton Bridge Hill in the historic village of Kings Langley you’ll find the 17th century King’s Lodge Hotel.

The hotel was originally a hunting lodge used by Charles I, hence the name!

In the hotel’s cellar are the remains of an underground passageway which was said to lead to a nearby house where the lover of Charles II, Nell Gwynne resided.

In the 1980s, the landlady of the hotel called in a medium to try and explain what was causing the ghostly knockings and other spooky goings-on taking place within the building…

The medium said the paranormal activity was caused by the ghost of a lady called Jenny who was buried somewhere within the hotel!

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The White Hart Hotel, St Albans

The stunning 15th century White Hart Hotel is situated on Holywell Hill.

The ancient black and white coaching inn is said to be one of the oldest buildings in the city.

Like many of Britain’s old coaching inns the White Hart has a reputation for being haunted…

Spooked members of staff and guests alike have witnessed shadowy figures throughout the hotel.

Heavy barrels which had been stacked neatly where often heard moving around the cellar on their own accord in the middle of the night.

Upon inspection of the cellar in the morning the heavy barrels were discovered to be scattered all over the place.

These barrels were very heavy which only strong men could move!

The cellar lights would also switch on and off on their own accord.

And the cellar door would constantly lock itself without the use of the key.

The apparition of a little girl has been seen standing by the fireplace in the bar area…

And whilst we’re on the subjects of fireplaces, one witness saw the fireplace in Room 7 engulfed in flames which was really strange because that fireplace has been bricked up for many years!

Terrified members of staff and guests alike have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a woman believed to be Elizabeth Wilson.

Elizabeth Wilson tragically died at the hotel in 1820.

You see, she was sitting on top of the Northampton coach as it drove through the archway which leads to the stable yard at the back of the building.

She forgot to duck her head and was fatally injured when she hit the archway!

On one occasion a guest staying in Room 8 reported that he saw a ghostly apparition of a man sitting on his bed…

Not only that, but a message suddenly appeared on his bedroom mirror.

It read MEET ME IN ROOM 7 at 7.30!

The guest reported the paranormal writing to the manager downstairs.

The manager inspected the room and wiped the mirror clean whilst the guest was still downstairs.

The manager then went back downstairs and told the guest that she had wiped the mirror clean so he could return to his room.

Within a few minutes of the guest returning to his room he’d came back saying that the writing had reappeared!

Other guests staying in the same room had reported waking up in the morning to find bathroom towels mysteriously strewn across the bedroom floor.

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St Michael’s Manor Hotel, St Albans

And finally, the grand five hundred year old St Michael’s Manor Hotel in Fishpool Street is rumoured to be haunted too…

A ghostly apparition has been seen walking down the stairs of the hotel!

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Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Tewin

Near to Rectory Wood you’ll find the 17th century Tewin Bury Farm Hotel.

The farm is not only a hotel but also a leading wedding venue too…

In 2008 a photographer took some photos of the farm for a couple who were going to use the place as their wedding venue.

Later, he was going through the photos on his computer when he noticed a glowing figure peering around the corner of a building near to the barn.

The apparition is said to be of a little boy wearing white night clothes!

Spooked members of staff at the venue have often reported seeing the ghostly little boy near the main door of the barn.

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Feathers Inn, Wadesmill

The 17th century Feathers Inn located along Cambridge Road in Wadesmill near Ware is said to be haunted by a ghost dating back to when the Feathers was a coaching inn…

You see, a young girl was knocked down and killed by a stagecoach outside the inn and it’s now said that her ghostly apparition haunts the building!

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The Grove Hotel, Watford

In the countryside on the outskirts of Watford you’ll find the Grove.

Today the Grove is a new luxury hotel but the building actually dates back to 1720.

Over the centuries it has had many alterations one of which legend says resulted in the property becoming haunted.

You see, back in the 18th century Lord Doneraile foolishly built the mansion’s kitchen on top of an ancient chapel.

For this, he was cursed to take part in a ghostly fox hunt for eternity!

A former warden at the house reported that he actually witnessed Lord Doneraile ghostly fox hunts on many occasions.

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The Pré Hotel, St Albans

If you travel out of the west of St Albans along the Redbourn Road you’ll pass the Garden House.

The Garden House was formerly known as the Pré Hotel.

Back in the late 19th century the Pré Hotel was a grand white Georgian House where the Toulmins lived.

On one summer’s night Constance Toulmin was ill in bed and their cat was disturbing her peace by making a lot of noise in the garden.

So her younger sixteen year old sister Isobel ventured out into the garden to chase away the cat.

Whilst out in the garden, Isobel notices a glowing figure behind a tall hedge…

She described the figure as being lovely, twice the height of a man, dressed in a white robe and bathed in a haze of golden light!

The glowing figure remained motionless for about three minutes until Isobel’s other sister entered the garden and it then vanished into thin air!

Isobel wrote to her brother in America about the beautiful apparition in the garden.

Her brother wrote back saying that he had also seen the figure with two other witnesses.

He nicknamed the apparition ‘The Saint’.

Some people believe the beautiful vision Isobel witnessed in the garden was the apparition of Saint Alban himself!

Now, the Pré Hotel had a reputation for being haunted by a shadowy figure of a child…

The hotel was used for wedding receptions.

And the ghostly child would often appear in the wedding photographs taken in the hotel’s gardens.

Especially those taken in the summer month of August!

So say the shadowy child is the ghost of young Isobel herself as she loved the house and its gardens so much.

It’s not only the grounds of the hotel which are said to be haunted…

Spooked hotel guests have reported hearing phantom footsteps walking down an empty corridor.

And members of staff have reported the sound of eerie tapping on the doors of bedrooms!

 

Banyers Hotel, Royston

You’ll find the Grade II listed 18th century Banyers Hotel in Melbourn Street, Royston.

Part of the hotel was once a vicarage, its name comes from the Reverend Banyer who was a vicar there in 1739.

In fact, it’s said that his ghost haunts the cellar of the hotel.

At one time it had a tunnel which connected the vicarage with the nearby church.

Terrified witnesses have also reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a monk in the cellar…

They say that he disappears through the cellar’s wall!

The hotel is also said to be haunted by a ghost of a Cavalier who’s been nicknamed Henry.

He’s often witnessed by guests in Room 4.

Apparently, he wears a cape and a hat and takes off his cape and bows to whoever he meets!

A ghostly apparition of a soldier in a soft cap is another spirit often seen in the hotel.

It’s said that he too, like the ghostly monk in the cellar, disappears through the hotel’s walls!

The bar area of the hotel is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman.

Spooked guests have seen her ghostly apparition walking through the bar room.

They’ve described her as wearing a bonnet, short cape and a long dress!

The ghostly woman isn’t the only spirit to have been seen in the bar area…

An apparition of a white haired man in his mid-forties dressed in a white suit has also been seen to manifest behind the bar!

Lots of paranormal activity has also been reported to happen at the hotel…

The sound of a phantom baby crying, eerie knocking noises on the front door, the sound of conversations in the empty bar and the bar clock flying off the wall have all been reported by members of staff and guests alike!

 
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Bibliography
Damien O’Dell (2009) Paranormal Hertfordshire. Amberley
Ruth Stratton (2012) Haunted Hertford. The History Press
Paul Adams (2013) Haunted St Albans. The History Press