Haunted: Brownsea Castle, Brownsea Island, Dorset
Stewart | On 22, Oct 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!
The Haunting of Brownsea Castle
The Grade II listed building dates back to 1547 when it was first built as a Device Fort by Henry VIII to protect Poole Harbour from French attack.
During the English Civil War it was used by Parliamentarian troops but after the war it fell into disrepair.
In 1726, the castle was converted into a private residence by the architect William Benson and later transformed into a country house by William and other owners.
Mary Bonham-Christie bought the castle in 1927 but by the time she died in 1961 the building had fallen into a bad state.
It was then bought by the National Trust who rebuilt it into the property you see today.
Mary Bonham-Christie ghost is said to haunt the castle.
Spooked visitors to the castle have reported seeing her ghostly apparition standing in the grounds of the castle looking out to sea.
A photograph of her ghost was also taken in 2003 showing her looking out from one of the castle’s windows.
A former owner of the castle is said to have committed suicide in one of the ground floor rooms.
Members of staff and visitors alike have reported seeing his ghost in the room and wandering the corridors of the castle.
One witness described him as wearing a black hood!
Julie Harwood (2011) Haunted Poole. The History Press