9 Haunted Hotels in the North East
Stewart | On 16, Apr 2017
The Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington
You’ll find the stunning Blackwell Grange Hotel along Grange Road in Darlington.
The Grade II* listed hotel dates back to the early 18th century… 1710 to be precise!
A wealthy industrialist called George Allan built it and it remained in the family for many centuries afterwards.
The hotel has a ghostly story with a Scottish twist associated with it…
During a military campaign in Scotland in 1746, the Duke of Cumberland stole a portrait of a woman dressed in tartan and brought it to Blackwell Grange.
Since that time the portrait has been lost or destroyed.
Unfortunately, the spirit of the Tartan Lady came with the portrait.
And it’s now said that her ghostly apparition haunts Blackwell Grange to this very day!
The Manor House Hotel, Ferryhill
The Manor House Hotel is located in the town of Ferryhill.
The 15th century house was originally built as a farmhouse.
Since then the building has been used as a convent, a court house and an orphanage.
The Manor House has a reputation for being haunted.
So much so, that back in 2004 the Most Haunted gang investigated it as part of Series 4.
Room 6 of the hotel is said to be haunted by a crying five year of boy who’s said to be looking for his mother.
Now, spooked members of staff have witnessed the apparition of a lady they’ve nicknamed Betty in the upstairs of the hotel.
She said to be looking for her lost little boy!
Room 7 is another room at the hotel which is said to be haunted, this time it’s a large man.
Hotel guest and members of staff have often experienced severe temperature drops throughout the hotel.
Although the hotel is a non-smoking property, guests often report the smell of old style tobacco smoke in Room 4…
This typically occurs during the Devil’s hour from 3am!
Stunned members of staff have also reported seeing objects float across this room.
The Lord Crewe Arms Hotel, Blanchland
You’ll find the Lord Crewe Arms Hotel located in the Square in the Northumberland village of Blanchard.
The Grade II* listed building dates back to 1165 when it was probably used as an abbot’s lodge, guest house and kitchen.
The building was used as a hiding hole for the monks of the nearby Blanchland Abbey for centuries.
It’s named after Lord Crewe the Bishop of Durham.
And is reputed to be haunted…
The most infamous ghost of the hotel is that of Dorothy Foster.
Her brother Tom became a commander of the Jacobite forces during the uprising in 1715.
With no military experience he surrendered to the government army at Preston without a shot being fired.
He was charged with high treason and imprisoned at Newgate Prison where he awaited his day in court.
With the help of his sister Dorothy he managed to escape to the Lord Crewe Arms where he hid in a priest’s hole behind the fireplace before being smuggled out of the country to France.
It’s now said that Dorothy’s ghost haunts the Bamburgh Room at the hotel.
Apparently, she appears before guests because she wants them to take a message to her brother in France saying all is well now in England and it’s safe to return!
In the late 1990s an American woman was staying in the hotel’s Radcliffe Room.
One night she woke up to find a ghostly apparition of a monk in a white habit kneeling at the bottom of her bed.
When she reached out and touched him she found him to be very solid.
She was then shocked to see him disappear into thin air right in front of her eyes!
The Tillmouth Park Country House Hotel, Cornhill-on-Tweed
You’ll find the Tillmouth Park Country House Hotel nested in the Northumberland countryside just to the east of the English Scottish border.
The Grade II listed former country house dates back to the 1870s and became a hotel in 2001.
It was designed by Charles Barry junior in an Elizabethan style.
The hotel is said to be haunted.
A spooked guest staying at the hotel reported that she awoke in the early hours of the morning to see the silhouette of a woman standing next to her bedroom window.
At first she believed the ghostly figure was that of her mother who she was sharing the room with.
The figure disappeared into thin air.
And when she looked over to her mother’s bed she found her sleeping peacefully!
The Schooner Hotel, Alnmouth
The Grade II listed 17th century Schooner Hotel is an old coaching inn located in village of Alnmouth.
The village is situated on the mouth of the River Aln and was once a famous sea port.
Over the centuries both the village and the Schooner Hotel have been linked to smuggling.
In the Schooner’s cellar there’s actually a blocked off smuggler’s tunnel which at one time led all the way to the nearby shore.
The hotel also has the odd story or two about murders, family massacres, hangings and suicides associated with it.
The Schooner Hotel has a reputation for being haunted…
In fact, it’s said to have well over sixty ghosts within its walls!
Rooms 16 and 17 are said to be haunted both inside and outside in the hallway by ghostly shadowy figures.
Spooked witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a little boy outside these rooms and he’s believed to be the spirit responsible for knocking on doors.
Two members of staff were scared out of their lives when they witnessed a dark figure rush out of Room 20 and crash into the fire doors opposite…
Fear turned into panic when the ghostly figure turned and rushed at them!
A lot of paranormal activity takes place in Rooms 28, 29 and 30.
Especially Room 28 where suicides, murders and family massacres are said to have taken place.
Guests and members of staff alike have witnessed a ghostly apparition of a maid on the staircase.
A ghostly soldier is also often witnessed walking up and down the hotel’s corridors and is said to also haunt Room 16.
In fact, the Schooner Hotel has such a reputation for being haunted that the gang from Most Haunted felt that they just had to investigate it back in 2003 for their Series 3!
The Whitworth Hall Country Park Hotel, Spennymoor
Just to the east of the town of Spennymoor you’ll find the Whitworth Hall Country Park Hotel.
The Grade II listed Whitworth Hall is a country house and former family home of the Shafto family.
Before the Shaftos, Whitworth Hall Estate was owned by the Lords of Whitworth spanning as far back as 1183.
The present house dates from the early 1900s but there’s actually been a manor house on the spot for centuries.
Whitworth Hall is said to be haunted…
Members of staff have reported sudden temperature drops in the Library Restaurant.
And a ghostly apparition of a man sitting at one of the restaurants tables has been witnessed on many occasions.
Books in the restaurant have been known to mysteriously fall off the book shelves on their own accord!
It’s said that the ghosts of Elizabeth Bessie Hewitson and Bobby Shaftoe haunt the hall.
The Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester-le-Street
In the town of Chester-le-Street you’ll find the Grade I listed Lumley Castle.
The building is a former 14th century manor house which was later fortified and turned into a castle.
It’s said to be the most haunted place in County Durham!
The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle by walking up and down the corridors and suddenly appearing in rooms.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor of Lumley Castle by spooked witnesses.
A ghostly apparition of a man sitting at the bar is regularly seen by both shocked members of staff and guests to the hotel.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!
The Ancient Unicorn Inn, Bowes
The Ancient Unicorn Inn in Bowes was once a coaching inn back in the 16th century.
This old coaching inn is rumoured to have the odd ghosts or two knocking about the place…
The ghostly apparition of a twelve year old boy has been seen by startled witnesses in the cellars of the inn.
And a ghost of a bearded man wearing a bowler hat has also been witnessed at the Ancient Unicorn Inn.
Guests at the inn have also reported to have been touched and had tricks played on them by something paranormal!
The George Hotel, Piercebridge
You’ll find the George Hotel situated along the B6275 near the village of Piercebridge.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the 17th century.
The former coaching inn was originally called the Bridge Inn.
Over the years the hotel has gained a reputation for being haunted.
Guests and members of staff alike have reported hearing the phantom voices of two people having a disagreement in the empty bar area.
Some people believe it’s the spirits of local farmers having an argument over the price of cattle whilst others think it’s the Jenkins brothers who owned the hotel in 1875 and were known for their bickering!
A ghostly apparition of a gentleman wearing old fashioned gaiters has been seen standing next to the George’s famous Grandfather Clock.
Room 11 is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman who was the daughter of one of the first landlords of the inn.
She had her heart broken and sadly committed suicide by hanging herself from a beam in the room.
Her apparition dressed in white shows itself to young men staying in the room during springtime and places her hand on their shoulders!