Things to do in Kent: Kent’s most ‘haunted’ hotels to visit this Halloween

Kent certainly isn’t short of spooky places to visit this Halloween.

From abandoned schools littered with the ghosts of their pasts, to entire villages said to be home to an array of ghouls – there’s enough stories to send chills down your spine.

Many of Kent’s historic sites are linked to stories that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Read more: Nine Halloween hauntings said to occur every October 31

But it’s not always derelict castles and spooky graveyards which reportedly play host to ghosts – in fact one of the most common locations of supposed hauntings are hotels.

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Perhaps its linked to their frequent appearances in horror movies – such as The Stanley Hotel in The Shining or The Bates Motel in Psycho – or maybe there’s actually some truth behind the bone-chilling tales.

Car maintenance brand Simoniz have gathered data on known ‘haunted’ hotels in the UK – reviewing records of paranormal activity in every region, cross-referencing UK hotels for reviews mentioning paranormal activity and creating an index of number of haunted happenings versus guests reviews, in a bid to provide a list of the best haunted hotels to visit.

Using this data, Simoniz gave each hotel a ‘spooky score’ out of 100.

And it turns out there’s quite a few ‘haunted’ hotels right here in Kent.

The Chequers Inn, Smarden

The Chequers Inn in Smarden is said to be the most haunted hotel in Kent
The Chequers Inn in Smarden is said to be the most haunted hotel in Kent

The Chequers Inn was ranked as the scariest hotel in Kent, with a ‘spooky score’ of 43.

Located in the picturesque village of Smarden, The Chequers Inn is a stunning 14th century coaching inn, full of original features, and according to Haunted Rooms, is also home to the ghost of Dick Turpin.

One of three pubs in Smarden, it is actually one of the oldest buildings in the village, so it’s no surprise that it’s rumoured to be occupied by a ghost.

Medieval decor insider the Chequers Inn

Recent reports suggest that the spectre of a man dressed in green velvet, with a plume hat, sits at a table in the inn writing with a quill.

Turpin was a notorious highwayman who joined a gang of deer thieves in the 1700s and later went on to become a poacher, burglar, horse thief and murderer.

He is best known however for a fictional 200 mile trek from London to York, where he was executed for horse theft, on his horse Black Bess.

According to Haunted Rooms Turpin isn’t the only one said to be lingering in the walls of the hotel – another ghost that reportedly haunts The Chequers Inn is thought to be that of a soldier from the Napoleonic wars, who was said to have been woken in the middle of the night during a robbery and killed in the struggle.

Woolpack Inn, Canterbury

The Woolpack Inn in Chilham near Canterbury
The Woolpack Inn in Chilham near Canterbury

Woolpack Inn in Canterbury came in second on the list of the most ‘haunted’ hotels in Kent.

The charming inn is over 600-years-old and is reportedly home to the ghost of a Grey Lady.

Its oak beams and fireplaces make it the perfect setting for a spooky horror film.

According to Haunted Rooms, not much is known about the ghost at the Woolpack Inn, aside from the fact that she is supposedly a friendly spectre.

She was nicknamed the Grey Lady due to her gloomy colour and is often seen wandering the main building of the hotel, suggesting she may be one of its former owners.

Eastwell Manor, Ashford

Eastwell Manor near Ashford
Eastwell Manor near Ashford

Eastwell Manor in Ashford was third on Simoniz’s most ‘haunted’ places in Kent.

The breathtakingly beautiful country hotel looks more like the setting for a period drama than a horror film, but according to Haunted Homes, it plays host to the spectre of a white lady and a horseman.

Eastwell Park previously included a large stately home that served as a royal residence, however the property was demolished in the 1920s to make room for the building which occupies the estate today.

Over the years the grounds have seen a whole host of royal figures, including Kings, Queens and their offspring.

Eastwell Manor is said to be home to the white lady
Eastwell Manor is said to be home to the white lady

The village of Eastwell, which adjoins Ashford, is reportedly rife with ghosts – including a horseman who has been spotted riding towards the house before veering off into the nearby lake.

The hotel itself is said to home to the white lady – porters have reportedly glimpsed sight of her on multiple occasions and one of the hotel’s housekeepers is said to have left their job after a spooky experience on a night shift.

Visitors have also reported strange noises and objects moving.

Larkfield Priory Hotel, Maidstone

Larkfield Priory Hotel in Maidstone
Larkfield Priory Hotel in Maidstone

Larkfield Priory Hotel in Maidstone came fourth on the list of Kent’s most haunted places with a ‘spooky score’ of 28 out of 100.

It’s said to be home to a resident guest, who has been named as Charlotte.

The building, which was previously known as Hamlets Hotel, stands on the grounds of a former priory, so it’s no shock that it is said to be haunted.

Rumour has it that a local maid named Charlotte fell in love with the groundskeeper of the hotel and either killed herself after she lost their baby, or died following a botched abortion.

Larkfield Priory Hotel is reportedly home to a ghost called Charlotte
Larkfield Priory Hotel is reportedly home to a ghost called Charlotte

She has reportedly been seen wandering the grounds of the hotel and caused such disturbance in the 1980s that the manager of the hotel called a clairvoyant who claimed that she was just one of many ghosts resident at Larkfield Priory.

It was later discovered that there used to be gallows on the site of the hotel, which could offer some explanation as to the hauntings.

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