The spooky goings-on at one of the UK’s most haunted hotels in Essex

There’s something chilling about the prospect of staying somewhere that is supposedly haunted.

Essex has its fair share of places with their own ghost stories and spooky tales.

Right up there in the haunted scale is The White Hart pub and hotel in Coggeshall, one of the most historic and haunted towns in the UK which is full of curious buildings associated with quirky tales.

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The pub has been an attraction for paranormal activity hunters due to the long list of ghost stories. In fact, the sheer number of paranormal reports here is quite astounding.

Many mysterious things have supposedly happened at this location; from monks dancing in fields, young women tied to trees and an eerie fog seeping into the gardens.

The spirits of the departed are said to roam the halls; even today if you listen carefully, you may hear the faint blows of a ghostly axe whistle from a brook across a secluded field near Coggeshall – more than 400 years after the woodcutter’s death.

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The hotel itself is said to be spooked by at least one ghost. It reputedly wanders the old parts of the building and has been said to haunt the bedrooms.

Additionally, legend has it that the ghosts of two children, thought to have died in a fire there, roam the eerie corridors and rooms.

As Mirror Online previously discovered, landlord Grant Beechey outlined its haunted nature: “We have a lady who won’t stay in room two. She said she felt someone touch her in the night or felt something happen in the night. She won’t stay there now. She still stays with us, she stays every week but she won’t stay in room two.”

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Room 19 is another one that has had incidents reported by residents. One of the reports that is repeated more often is that of a poltergeist which is said to disturb people who reside in room 19.

Several guests have reported sudden drops in temperature, the feeling of being watched, objects moving and audible phenomena.

The building, now a Greene King establishment, mixes traditional and modern decor, although it is largely true of when it was first built, further adding to the haunted feel.

Corridors, appearing to slant and tilt, guide visitors – human or otherwise – to the 20 bedrooms on offer. Why not stay here yourself and see if the countless reports by guests are true for your own visit, especially with Halloween around the corner.

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