A number of ghost sightings have been reported over the years by guests staying at the hotel, supporting the claims made by the inn that it is one of Britain’s most haunted.
One of the ghosts seen frequently at the inn is the ghost of a former coach driver, who is often seen in the kitchen area of the hotel, staring out of the window. Another ghost has been spotted wearing a naval uniform in the pub area of the hotel.
A phantom blonde female has been spotted flitting around the second floor of the inn and giggles have been heard in that area of the hotel.
Other ghostly goings-on include footsteps and the sounds of someone playing the piano drifting through the hotel – but there is no piano at the inn
The hotel used to be named the George Inn, instead of the Angel Inn, back when it was a coaching inn. It’s one of the oldest hotels in Lymington and there is apparently a passage running from the hotel to what used to be the Londesborough Hotel, now Boots the opticians. The passage was used during an infamous time in the town’s history when many of the hostelries were used as headquarters for rival gangs of smugglers.
Local legend also states that there is another tunnel running from underneath the Angel Inn, right across town to the police station. The upper floor of the Angel Inn, which used to be the Assembly Rooms, was the site of the first cinema in Lymington before the Lyric cinema opened in 1913. The nearby town of Horde was apparently a town full of pirates and smugglers. A hill in the town, named Golden Hill, is supposedly the site where the pirates hid their stash of gold.
The Angel Inn is owned by Marston Inns, one of the best pub chains in the country. It’s a beautiful and traditional building, and that traditional character is seen throughout the entire hotel. The hotel has also been recently refurbished, meaning that the rooms are all spacious and smart. The hotel offers twelve comfortable en-suite bedrooms, comprising of a mixture of singles, doubles, a family room and a four-poster double room. Room prices are inclusive of a cooked breakfast and hot, freshly cooked food is available from the hotel restaurant all day.
The restaurant has made a commitment to using locally sourced produce and other locally sourced ingredients where possible. The hotel menu boasts an impressive array of starters, main courses and desserts, including pate with chutney, apple and bourbon chicken and a melt in the middle chocolate pudding. The Angel Inn is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a traditional, cosy hotel with a fantastic atmosphere – and it’s brilliant for exploring the south of the country, including Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and London.
- 12 en-suite bedrooms
- Television in every room
- Recently refurbished
- Ideally located on the High Street, near to pubs/bars/restaurants
- Full of character
- Close to the sea
- Plenty of nearby transport links
- Single rooms available from £59.95, including breakfast, based on one person staying in the room.
- Double rooms available from £89.95, including breakfast, based on two people sharing.
- Four poster room available from £99.95, including breakfast, based on two people sharing.
- Family room available from £109.95, including breakfast, based on three people sharing.
Things to do
There are plenty of things to see and do in Lymington, including exploring the area’s bars, shops and restaurants. It also offers lots of water sports, including canoeing, kayaking and taking a dip in the seawater baths. There are also many activities for the family and there are a number of theme parks, animal sanctuaries and petting zoos in the area. If you want to soak up some culture, there are a number of museums and art galleries, as well as a number of country clubs. A short ferry trip will take you to the picturesque island of the Isle of Wight.
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