Ghosts of Littlecote House
The hotel dates back to Tudor times and was also once a Roman settlement, so it’s no surprise that there are numerous ghosts resident at the hotel. One common sighting is of a black dog on the Jerusalem staircase. When guests or members of staff reach down to pet the dog, their hand goes straight through. Mother Barnes, who was a 16th-century midwife associated with the site, is referred to in lots of the ghost stories associated with Littlecote House.
One woman saw a shadowy figure walking across the lawn towards Mother Barnes, and found herself floating in mid-air throughout the experience – but this was many, many years after Mother Barnes’ time. There is also one bedroom at the hotel that is particularly haunted, and during a séance held there, a woman was seen rocking a baby in a corner and dark shapes were seen moving around the room. Individuals in the room also felt extremely cold, although no drop in temperature was recorded on their equipment.
Many guests see spectres whilst staying at Littlecote House and the hotel also offers a ghost tour for you to get up close and personal with them – if you dare.
The first Littlecote House was built in the 13th century, with the de Calstone family occupying the house until the 15th century. When William Darnell married Elizabeth de Calstone in 1415, he inherited the house and his family went on to build the Tudor building in the 16th century. The last Darnell owner of the property, William Darnell’s father, is connected with several scandals that took place at the hotel, including the gruesome murder of a newborn baby, financial troubles and having to spend time in a debtor’s prison.
During World War II, the United States 101st Airborne Division took over the house and it was home to many high-ranking soldiers and colonels during the war. In 1996, Warner Holidays acquired the house along with the estate, and turned it into the hotel and resort that it is today.
This stunning hotel is definitely for you if you’re a fan of murder mystery scandals and hotels steeped in history. Period features are aplenty at this hotel, with an 18th-century hand-painted Dutch parlour, a stunning complete Roman mosaic within the grounds and beautiful rolling gardens and parklands. There are 202 rooms at the hotel, all en-suite, with a range of double and twin rooms. The rooms are decorated in a modern, clean and luxurious style, each room with its own set décor and charm. Some rooms have four-poster beds, and each room comes complete with luxurious soft furnishings, a flat-screen television and tea and coffee making facilities.
You also have plenty of options for food and drink at this hotel. There are two restaurants at the hotel; Oliver’s Bistro, named after Oliver Cromwell, which has been awarded 2 AA rosettes, and the more traditional Popham restaurant which offers an array of traditional food and a buffet menu. There’s also a fully equipped gym, an indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and loads of leisure activities included in the price of your stay. You won’t find many hotels with the same facilities that Littlecote House Hotel has to offer – with luxurious surroundings, stunning bedrooms, numerous activities, guided tours, an ancient Roman mosaic and lots of original period features, you’re sure to have a relaxing and enjoyable stay at here.
- En-suite rooms
- Tea and coffee making facilities in the room
- Free Wi-Fi
- Two restaurants
- Numerous sports and leisure facilities
- Heated swimming pool
- Barbers/beauty shop
- Tennis court
- Adults only
Things to do
This hotel is ideally located for visiting some of Britain’s most popular tourist destinations, such as Stonehenge, Newbury races, Ascot races, the city of Bath and Windsor castle. If you don’t want to go too far afield, you can easily just stay at the hotel – there are plenty of activities to choose from, including tennis, Zumba, belly dancing, sauna, swimming pool, hiking, biking, bowls and much, much more.
- Standard twin room available from £197 per night.
- Standard double room available from £197 per night.
All rooms include breakfast, a three-course dinner, evening entertainment and leisure and sports activities. Some stays are subject to a minimum stay of 2 nights.
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