10 Haunted Hotels in Essex (Updated 2017)
Stewart | On 05, Mar 2017
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Red Lion Hotel, Colchester
The 15th century Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel situated along Colchester’s High Street is probably the most infamous hotel in the town.
It’s said to be haunted by not one but three ghosts!
The ghost of a small boy, a monk and a lady called Alice Catherine Millar are said to haunt the Red Lion…
Terrified witnesses have been reporting seeing the ghostly apparition of Alice Catherine Millar as far back as the 1800s.
Alice was believed to been a chambermaid who worked at the Red Lion.
In 1638, she was said to have been brutally murdered by her lover in the hotel.
One of the past owners of the Red Lion was so frightened that the stories of the hotel being haunted by Alice’s ghost would affect trade that he bricked up her old room to try and stop her haunting the building.
Unfortunately for him it didn’t work…
Her ghost is still seen to this very day in the hotel!
Both guests and members of staff have witnessed her ghostly apparition in the hotel’s kitchen and in rooms 5, 6 and 10.
Her ghost has even been seen by terrified witnesses to disappearing through one of the walls where the old bricked up doorway to her room was once situated.
The assistant manager of the hotel on one occasion even saw her sitting in an old rocking chair rocking backwards and forwards before disappearing.
Other hotel members of staff have been frightened by hearing Alice whispering or even talking to them.
Having their hair pulled by an unseen entity is regularly reported by scared guests staying at the Red Lion.
An unknown woman’s voice was once mysteriously recorded on a video tape shot in one of the hotels rooms by a shocked guest.
Another ghostly apparition seen at the Red Lion is that of a hooded monk…
He’s often witnessed in the early hours of the morning walking along the hotel’s corridors.
Sometimes he magically appears in the Red Lion’s reception area.
He’s sad story dates back a few centuries.
It’s said that he was in charge of some children when a bad fire broke out in the hotel.
He perished in the fire whilst trying to save the children!
And last but by no means least, the final ghost believed to haunt this historic hotel is that of a small boy…
It’s normally children who witness the ghostly apparition of this little boy.
They often see him in the Parliament Restaurant which was once the old Banqueting Hall.
The little boy’s ghost has even been caught on camera by shocked guest when they have taken photos in the Parliament Restaurant!Click Here to Stay in the Red Lion Hotel
De Rougemont Manor, Brentwood
The De Rougemont Manor along Great Warley Street in Brentwood was previously called the New World Inn.
The previous landlady of the New World Inn, Mrs de Rougemont, is said to haunt Room 14 in the hotel…
It’s also said that on quiet nights you can hear the fun sounds of a phantom party taking place somewhere in the hotel!Click Here to Stay in the De Rougemont Manor Hotel
The White Hart Inn, Coggeshall
The timber-framed 15th century White Hart Hotel situated on Market End in Coggeshall is said to be haunted.
The oldest part of the White Hart Inn was once the Guildhall but is now the resident’s lounge in the hotel.
It’s this area which is said to be the most haunted part of the hotel.
The identity of ghost at the White Hart Hotel is a bit of a mystery…
Nobody really knows who, what or even whether it’s male or female!
One thing for certain, paranormal activity does occur at the hotel.
Sudden unexplained drops in temperature, unknown ghostly sounds, TVs being turned on and off on their own accord, objects being mysteriously moved and the feeling of being watched have all been reported by both members of staff and visitors alike.
Apparently, a lot of paranormal activity is said to take place in room 5 of the hotel!Click Here to Stay in the White Hart Inn
Marygreen Moat House Hotel, Brentwood
The 15th century Marygreen Moat House Hotel along the London Road in Brentwood is said to be haunted by a poltergeist.
Frightened witnesses have seen one of the bedroom doors open and close on its own accord!Click Here to Stay in the Marygreen Moat House Hotel
Mistley Thorn Hotel, Mistley
Mistley Thorn Hotel which is located along the High Street in Mistley is said to be haunted.
The ghosts are said to be the Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins, a serving girl who once worked at the hotel and it’s said that she’s been seen walking along the Thorns corridors and a young boy who it’s said was killed at the rear of the building during a fight which ended up with him being pushed under a moving cart and being trampled to death.Click Here to Stay in the Mistley Thorn Hotel
Cross Keys Hotel, Saffron Walden
The 15th century timber-framed Cross Keys Hotel on the corner of King Street and High Street in Saffron Walden is said to be haunted by a Cromwellian soldier.
Members of staff and visitors alike have heard unexplained phantom footsteps walking up and down the corridors of the hotel.
It’s been reported that on every Christmas Eve the soldier’s ghostly apparition is seen running down the dead end passageway of the hotel only to disappear into thin air when he reaches the end!
The Cromwellian soldier is not the only ghost to haunt the hotel…
A ghostly woman who’s rumoured to be the mistress of Oliver Cromwell is said to haunt one of the upstairs bedrooms of the Cross Keys too.Click Here to Stay in the Cross Keys Hotel
Sun Inn, Dedham
In the High Street of Dedham there’s a splendid old 15th century coaching inn called the Sun Inn.
As with most old coaching inns in England it has a ghostly tale to tell!
Legend says that centuries ago a local girl called Elsa once worked at the Sun Inn…
And she was accused of witchcraft and executed!
It’s said that she was the last woman in Essex to be executed under the Witchcraft Act.
Her weeping ghostly apparition has been seen throughout the Sun Inn by frightened witnesses.
Her spirit has also been reported to walk along the corridors of the coaching inn in the wee hours of the night.
In 2002, two startled witnesses saw Elsa walking past the pub dressed in a dark cape and carrying a bundle…
Some say that when Elsa appears it’s a sign that a disaster is about to happen!Click Here to Stay in the Sun Inn
The Kings Arms Hotel, Stansted Mountfitchet
You’ll find the Kings Arms Hotel situated on Station Road in the middle of the village of Stansted Mountfitchet.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the mid-19th century.
The Kings Arms is reputed to be haunted…
The landlord has seen glasses fall off the edge of shelves by their own accord but not smash on the floor.
The bar manager has been spooked by something strange in the cellar.
And guests have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a woman wearing a Victorian outfit wandering around the pub.
On one occasion a male guest sudden left his room in the middle of the night because something had scared him witless.
In November 2012 the Kings Arms hit the headlines when a local took a photo within the pub with his smart phone and capture a ghostly figure.
The photographer said…
‘It was a bit spooky, I thought it might have just been distorted at first but it looks like a Death Eater from Harry Potter or something’!Click Here to Stay in the Kings Arms Hotel
White Hart Inn, Manningtree
The White Hart Inn situated along Manningtree’s High Street is believed to be haunted by Matthew Hopkins aka the Witchfinder General.
It’s said that Hopkins visited the White Hart Inn a lot in his time at Manningtree and that he can still be heard moving around the old pub today… as a ghost!
Shoeburyness Hotel, Shoeburyness
There’s an old historic listed Victorian building in Shoeburyness at No.1 High Street called the Shoeburyness Hotel…
Yep, you guess it… it’s said to be haunted!
A young Victorian boy, a little girl, a lady in a wheelchair, a snoring man and a man in the cellar are all of the ghosts which are said to haunt the Shoeburyness Hotel.
Terrified witnesses have heard unexplained eerie footsteps in the dark cellar…
One of the hotel’s barmaids was scared witless in the cellar when she saw the ghostly apparition of a man standing as clear as day in front of her and then quickly disappearing into thin air!
Today the building is no longer a hotel.
But it’s been renovated into a nice looking bar and eatery.
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