Haunted: The Grove Hotel, Watford, Hertfordshire
Stewart | On 15, May 2017
The Haunted Grove Hotel
Chandler’s Cross, Watford WD3 4TG
In the countryside on the outskirts of Watford you’ll find the Grove.
LUMLEY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.
And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!
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.
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: Amberley Castle
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
The castle started life out as a timber-framed hunting lodge in 1103.
But it upgraded to a fortified manor house in 1377 by the bishop of Chichester.
After the Reformation the castle still belonged to the church but was leased out to the crown.
During the English Civil War part of the castle was destroyed by Parliamentarian forces and it fell into ruin.
The Duke of Norfolk leased Amberley Castle in 1893 and started to renovate it.
Today the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
The castle is 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!