Littlecote House Hotel in Berkshire is the third most haunted building in Great Britain, says RICK HALE
Littlecote House Hotel
Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 0SU
If you are looking for an English country hotel that looks like it should be haunted, look no further than the Grade I listed, Littlecote House Hotel.
A large Elizabethan country mansion in the Royal county of Berkshire, it is a building with a long history of being haunted.
So much so, that it’s considered to the third most haunted building in England.
History of Littlecote House Hotel
The original house was built in the 13th century by the de Calstone family, who occupied the house until the 15th century.
De Calstone’s time in the mansion came to an end in 1415, when William Darrell married Elizabeth de Calstone, inheriting the sprawling house.
It was the Darrell family who pulled down the original structure in the 16th century and built the Tudor building that Littlecote is today.
A Gruesome Scandal
As with many old manor houses, Littlecote House is not without scandal. And a gruesome scandal at that.
William Darrell’s father was a man with a bad reputation. He had serious financial problems, even spending time in a debtor’s prison.
However, no crime committed by this man compared to him murdering a newborn infant by throwing the child into a fire.
An unspeakable act that brought shame upon the family.
With the onset of world war II, the United States 101st Airborne Division used the house as a home for high ranking officers.
Even then there were rumours that the house was haunted. And those rumours were confirmed when Littlecote House was turned into a hotel in 1996.
The murder committed by William Darrell’s father is connected to the longest lasting legend of the luxury hotel.
While hunting, the ghost of the baby Darrell killed appeared to him in 1589.
When the apparition appeared, Darrell’s horse was spooked and threw the man from the saddle killing him instantly.
His spirit has been seen standing on the spot where he was finally brought to justice.
The Black Dog
In English folklore phantom black dogs are typically regarded as a bar omen. Except in the case of the black dog of Littlecote House.
The ghost of a black Labrador has been seen sitting on the Jerusalem staircase.
Several guests have reported attempting to pet the dog only to discover their hand passing through it. They then realize they have seen a ghost.
Mother Barnes, is believed to have been the midwife who delivered the murdered child in the 16th century.
Mother Barnes has been seen throughout the hotel but is usually seen in the room where she delivered the doomed child.
During a seance, Mother Barnes, appeared sitting in a chair rocking a crying infant while sinister dark forms moved about the room.
It’s believed this frightening scene was the final moments before the infant’s death.
Why stay at Littlecote House Hotel?
Littlecote House Hotel, Berkshire is a luxury 4 star hotel that is known for its comfortable rooms and friendly service.
You can enjoy a meal and drinks at the hotel’s restaurant, Oliver’s Bistro, named after Oliver Cromwell.
All rooms are en-suite and offers all the amenities of a modern luxury hotel.
The hotel is located near some of Great Britain’s most notable tourist attractions.
If you have an interest in ancient history, you can walk among the standing stones of the megalithic Stonehenge.
Or you can visit the historic city of Bath or get close to British royalty by paying a visit to Windsor Castle.
Littlecote House Hotel is the perfect place to stay for both the history of Berkshire, and of course, its ghosts.