3 Haunted Hotels in Dorset
Stewart | On 05, Mar 2017
The Ilchester Arms Hotel, Abbotsbury
You’ll find the Ilchester Arms Hotel along Market Street in the historic village of Abbotsbury.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the late 18th century when it started life out as a coaching inn named after the Earl of Ilchester.
The Ilchester Arms has some ghostly tales to tell…
Witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a soldier from the English Civil War period roaming around the premises.
They describe him as wearing a Royalist uniform complete with a wide brimmed hat!
Local legend says that he’s the ghost of a Royalist soldier who was once caught by Parliamentarian troops who then proceeded to hang him.
The building is also said to be haunted by the ghost of coin collector called Charles.
On one occasion a witness heard the phantom sound of coins jangling!
The ghost of a phantom woman is said to haunt the toilets.
And a ghostly apparition of a large dog has been seen walking up to the hotel’s windows and peering through them.
Two women staying at the Ilchester Arms were scared witless after one of then was awoken by the sensation of cold hands around her neck.
And the other one saw a ghostly figure standing at the end of her bed!
The Bull Hotel, Bridport
You’ll find the Bull Hotel situated along East Street in the market town of Bridport.
The present day Grade II listed hotel dates back to the 17th century but there’s been a Bull Hotel on the site since 1593.
With such a long history you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that the Bull Hotel is reputed to be haunted…
During the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685 the Bull Hotel was attacked by three hundred of Monmouth’s men.
The hotel is now said to be haunted by the ghosts of some of the soldiers who died during that attack.
Eerie phantom voices have been heard in the hotel’s cellar.
The Bull is built on an ancient graveyard and many believe the eerie voices belong to the spirits of those buried there.
Witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a woman sitting in the reception area.
They describe her as wearing old-fashioned tweed clothing!
During the English Civil War a skirmish broke out between Parliamentarians and Royalists forces.
A stray bullet struck a man called Wadham Strangeways who was dining at the Bull killing him.
His ghost is now said to haunt the hotel.
The phantom cries of a small child are often heard coming from the hotel’s ladies toilets but whenever anybody goes to investigate they find the room totally empty!
The Grosvenor Hotel, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury is the home to the Grosvenor Hotel which has been voted the 5 th most haunted hotel in the UK.
The hotel dates back to the 16th century where it started life out as a coaching inn.
The hotel has a reputation for being very haunted…
In the oldest part of the hotel, the cellar, witnesses have been scared witless by seeing the ghostly apparition of a monk.
If you venture to the upper floors of the hotel, you just might see the ghost of the Grey Lady!
She said to roam along the hotel’s corridors late at night.
It’s believed that she the spirit of a 16th century nun from the local Abbey.
And finally, guests to the hotel have reported their bed sheets being pulled off them whilst they’re asleep in the middle of the night.
The culprit is said to be the ghost of a mischievous little girl!Click Here to Stay at the Grosvenor