The Wellington Hotel’s family-friendly atmosphere hides the fact it has several active ghosts, says RICK HALE

The Wellington Hotel
Old Road, Boscastle PL35 0AQ

Situated in the hillside, peering out over the harbour in the village of Boscastle, Cornwall, is the Wellington Hotel.

A former coaching inn turned hotel, with a family friendly atmosphere. A hotel that hosts celebrities, royalty and several very active ghosts.

History Of The Wellington Hotel

Built in the 16th century, the Wellington Hotel is the oldest coaching Inn in the sleepy seaside village.

Up until 1852, the hotel was known as the Bos Castle Hotel, when it changed its name to Scott’s Wellington Hotel.

In 2004, the hotel suffered significant damage when several days of rain caused the harbour to flood with the hotel right in the path of the flooding.

You can still see a water marker on the bar indicating just how deep the waters rose.

Thankfully, in 2011, new owners went about the daunting task of renovating and updating the building.

Making it the charming hotel it is today. What they didn’t expect was the improvements seemed to give new life to some very old ghosts.

The Haunting Of The Wellington Hotel

The stories of the hauntings became so widespread, they attracted the attention of Yvette Fielding and her show, Most Haunted.

While investigating the hotel, Yvette and her crew of ghost hunters experienced the paranormal activity that is reported there.

A ghostly shape was caught on camera, two apparitions were sighted and a lamp moved on its own.

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An interesting night of filming to say the least. But who are these spirits that haunt this centuries old hotel?

Old Postcard showing the Wellington Hotel in Wellington Hotel Boscastle, Cornwall
Old Postcard showing the Wellington Hotel in Wellington Hotel Boscastle, Cornwall

Thomas Hardy And His Wife

The apparitions reported by the crew were believed to be the ghosts of novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy and his wife.

Hardy had a great amount of affection for the hotel in life. And it would appear he carried that affection beyond the grave.

Hardy and his wife have been witnessed strolling arm in arm around the grounds and the halls of the hotel.

Room 9 of the Wellington Hotel

The apparition of an elderly woman has been seen in and around room 9.

According to one guest, she was awakened by the elderly woman late one night. She claims she was pinned to the bed by the apparition.

The terrified guest said the bizarre incident lasted only 30 seconds but felt like an eternity.

The Phantom Coachman

The apparition of a man in a black frock coat and a long ponytail has been seen in the hotel.

It’s commonly believed he was an 18th century coachman who lost control of the horses, and drowned in the harbour.

The spectral coachman likes to silently watch people from the shadows. When he’s seen he turns and walks away.

Boscastle in North Cornwall is a place of natural beauty, with plenty of things to see and do - including visiting the Museum of Witchcraft!
Boscastle in North Cornwall is a place of natural beauty, with plenty of things to see and do – including visiting the Museum of Witchcraft!

The Little Girl

Rooms 15, 16 and 17 appear to be the favourite haunt of the ghost of a little girl.

Her partially transparent form has been spotted innocently skipping down the corridor out those rooms.

She has also shocked a number of guests who watched as she smiled at them and walked through closed doors or walls.

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No one knows who she, but they get the sense she’s trying to play a game of hide and go seek.

What The Wellington Hotel Offers

Surrounded by the picturesque Cornish coastline, the Wellington Hotel offers 14 tastefully decorated rooms with floor to ceiling windows.

The award winning Waterloo Restaurant uses only the best ingredients in their menu. And the restaurant was made famous by the Changing Rooms team in 2011.

The Wellington is well known for their special seasonal entertainment. And the friendly staff is there to see to your needs.

Out And About

If staying in is not your thing, you can explore the village of Boscastle – including its Museum of Witchcraft – and the Cornish coastal path

And if you’re willing to make the journey, you can visit Tintangel Castle, the inspiration for King Arthur’s fabled castle, Camelot.

Wellington Castle has much to offer travellers and ghost enthusiasts alike.

RICK HALE is Spooky Isles Deputy Editor (Mysterious Phenomenon). A native of Chicago, Illinois, Rick has had an interest in anomalous phenomena since having a positive encounter with an apparition at an early age. Rick is the author of The Geek's Guide To The Strange And Unusual: Poltergeists, Ghosts & Demons. And the newly released Behold! Shocking True Tales Of Terror... And Some Other Spooky Stuff, both can be found at Amazon.com. Rick has been published by The Supernatural Magazine and Paranormal Underground Magazine. Rick also appeared in Ghost Tapes 2 and several episodes of Ghost Tapes The Series found in YouTube.com.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Boscastle with it witch museum and Tintagel are my two favourite places in Cornwall. I’m lucky in that I only live an hour’s drive away so I visit at least twice a year. They really are magical places.

  2. I haven’t stayed here but I did stay at the hotel the other side of the stream and ate in the Wellington. It’s wonderful

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