Welsh Hotels With Paranormal Secrets!

Most hotels can boast of a unique history, but not all can claim to have three, ghost, been the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes’ most famous case The Hound of the Baskervilles, been visited by aliens or had a tank parked on the front lawn.

These nine Welsh hotels all have secrets to tell that are weird and wonderful and worth a stay.

1. Ghost of a murderer
Ruthin CaslteNo sneaking out through the hidden passages and not paying your bill
The original building of Ruthin Castle was constructed in 1277 by Dafydd, brother of Prince Llewelyn ap Gruffydd for King Edward 1 and is steeped in history.

The castle has a whole range of secrets including at least three ghosts. The most well-known is the ghost of Lady Grey, who is said to have uncovered the fact her husband was having an affair so killed the mistress. Legend says she was sentenced to death for the murder and buried outside the castle.

Since then, the grey lady has been seen wandering the castle battlements, the chapel and in the banqueting hall.

The ancient building also has a network of secret passages and hidden doorways that add to the mystery and history of the place.

If ghosts are not really your thing, then the hotel in Ruthin has an abundance of facilities and events including a Spa and Health Club and regular Medieval Feast eventings.

2. African safari in the garden
Pentre Mawr Country HouseIt’s not a two-man Millets special, this is a luxury canvas lodge.
Pentre Mawr Country House in Denbigh has secret accommodation in the garden you wouldn’t know existed when arriving at the front of the hotel.

There are luxury African Safari Lodges in the garden.

The owners explain that the idea came to them when they were staying in a luxury tent on a farm in the Karoo, South Africa during a rain storm and they thought it was like being in Wales.

You might see the occasional fox or the hotel’s Shetland ponies may come for a visit, but there are no other wild animals to worry you, just a hot tub for every canvas lodge. Nice.

Other activities the hotel offers include golf, a falconry experience and husky mushing (which could be classed as an extra secret).

Stay under luxury canvas and chill in the hot tub from £360 for 2 nights during the week with continental breakfast, rising to £200 per night with full breakfast over the weekend. To stay in the country house costs from £165 per night. Book through boutiqueandbreakfast.com

3. UFO seen at hotel
Media WalesLocal school children claim to have seen the UFO too
It’s 1977 and Rosa Granville, who ran the Haven Fort Hotel in Little Haven, was awoken by strange noise and lights. Looking out of her window, she described seeing an object which looked like an “upside-down saucer” in the field next to the hotel and two “faceless humanoid” creatures with pointed heads.

Other incidents reported in the Broad Haven area at the time included a class of schoolchildren who claimed to have seen a spacecraft near their playground. In total, legend has it that 3 sightings occurred in 1977, on the 4th and 17th of February and then one on 19 April, reported by hotelier Rosa.

As a result of the reports of UFO sightings from a number of sources the area was nick-named the Broad Haven Triangle – Wales’ own version of the Bermuda Triangle.

Related: Ministry of Defence officials ‘DID investigate mass UFO sightings in West Wales village’

4. Queen Vic redecorated for Richard Gere
Media WalesWonder which room Richard Gere or Eddie Izzard stayed in?
Ynyshir Hall is near Aberdovey on the gorgeous Cardigan coastline. Parts of the hall date back to the 15th Century but the first recorded owner was David Lloyd, who lived here in the 17th Century.

Ynyshir Hall was later acquired and refurbished by Queen Victoria and she particularly loved the gardens, being responsible for planting many of the trees in the gardens.

Since opening as a hotel past famous guests have included Richard Gere, Rob Brydon , Eddie Izzard and Trevor McDonald.

As well as a list of famous guests, the hotel can boast a Michelin Star restaurant and therapy rooms.

5. A house in the basement
Nanteos Mansion
Most people have wine in their cellar, but this hotel has a house in the basement – well, part of it at least.

Nanteos Mansion sits directly on the site of a much earlier manor house, Neuadd Llawdden, thought to date back as early as the 11th Century. And parts of this house can still be found in the cellars of Nanteos, with the front door and windows still in tact.

Nanteos MansionA door to another period of history in the basement of the hotel Nanteos MansionA door to another period of history in the basement of the hotel
The Georgian hotel has a range of accommodation for guests above ground too. There are spacious suites, luxury doubles and a luxury 4 bedroom mews cottage. Dinner (and all other meals) is served in a grand Georgian dining room, using as much local produce as possible.l

6. Parking for fighter planes and tanks
Richard SwinglerSpace to park the fighter plane
Famous guests at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport have included Kylie Minogue , Beyonce and Barack Obama and world leaders for the NATO Summit in 2014.

Security was on high alert for the summit, including fighter planes and tanks parked on the lawns around the luxury hotel.

But if you’re not invited to the next summit at the hotel, there are plenty of other things to do, including playing golf on its famous course, Voted Europe’s Golf Resort of the Year 2011.

Other activities and events range from Laser Combat to Laser Clay shooting, and when you are done for the day, there is a spa and health club for relaxing and 6 restaurants to choose from for your evening meal.

If you want to stay at the Manor, there might not be room for your plane, but a car parking space is definitely on offer.

7. The Kaiser is in the visitors’ book
Lake Country House Hotel & SpaUpdated since the Kaiser’s stay
Back in 1912 Germany’s Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor and King of Prussia made the long journey to the Lake Country House near Llangammarch Wells to enjoy the legendary spa waters containing barium, a mineral said to have healing powers.

In fact, The Lake Country House Hotel & Spa was the only barium spa resort outside of Germany until the Second World War.

As well as the Spa, there is a swimming pool, extensive gardens, fishing, golf and horse riding and modern Celtic cuisine served in the award-winning restaurant.

8. Sherlock Holmes’ hounds began here
Baskerville HallThe hounds are calling you to Baskerville
Baskerville Hall near Hay-on-Wye was built in 1839 by Thomas Mynors Baskerville and a regular visitor was friend Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the legendary Sherlock Holmes books.

During his many visits the author learnt of the local legend of the hounds of the Baskervilles. The story goes that on nearby Hergest Ridge Conan Doyle used the legend as the source of the story of the most famous case for Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles.

However, at the request of his friends he set the book in Devon “to ward off tourists” that would surely flock to the area once the book was published.

But it you’re not one for writing novels when having a holiday, the hotel can arrange many activities in their grounds for you, including archery, caving, quad trekking and paintballing.

9. Smell that spirit
Gwydir CastlePack a nose peg for your stay, just in case the smelly ghost puts in an appearance
Gwydir Castle near Llanrwst is steeped in history and has a long tradition of receiving royal guests. King Charles I is said to have visited in September 1645. But the King isn’t the only visitors from the past. The hotel is said to be one of the most haunted houses in Wales.

Over many years there have been recorded sightings from many sources of a white or grey woman walking in the north wing of the castle, accompanied by a foul smell of putrefaction.

Although sightings are rare, the ghost’s presence continues to be felt and the extraordinary smell associated with the sightings continues to be experienced, in the same part of the passageway.

Source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/9-welsh-hotels-surprising-secrets-10847850

About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).