Haunted: The Old Parsonage, Goodnestone, Kent
Stewart | On 27, Jul 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 the Old Parsonage
In the late 1980s the actress Joanna Lumley and her conductor husband Stephen Barlow bought an old parsonage in the Kent village of Goodnestone.
The Grade II listed building dated back to the late 17th century.
Funnily enough it was the birth place of the famous ghost writer M.R. James who was born in the house in 1862.
Joanna’s paranormal activity at the parsonage started the very first day she moved into the house.
Whilst she was down in the cellar, a man who she thought was one of the removal guys came very close to her face and said ‘Leave this place’.
He then left the cellar and headed for the removal lorry.
Angered by his confrontation she decided to report him to his boss but when she got to the removal lorry she couldn’t see him anywhere!
She described the hostile man as being dressed in a flat cap and an old style leather jerkin.
Joanna later discovered that a secret tunnel lead from the house’s cellar to the local graveyard!
Lights turning themselves on and off by their own accord, sudden temperature drops, phantom footsteps and object disappearing or being moved from one room to another were just some of the paranormal activity reported to take place within the house.
On one occasion a fresh grave was dug by the tennis court by someone unknown but then totally disappeared during the night!
Three years pasted and Joanna and her husband decided to sell the house.
On the moving day she went down to the cellar and announced to the ghost that she was leaving the house…
At that moment she smelt the strong perfume of many roses!
The strange thing about the house today, is that the new owners have never reported any paranormal activity taking place with their home.
Janet Cameron (2012) Haunted Kent. The History Press