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The Bell Hotel is a traditional and welcoming hotel that used to be used as a court house. It is well known in the area for paranormal goings-on and is thought to be home to a number of spectres, including a previous owner of the hotel, a murdered housekeeper and a number of small children.
Due to the Bell Hotel’s ghostly reputation, a full paranormal investigation was carried out with some unexpected and shocking results. When the investigators first arrived at the hotel, they caught a number of orbs on camera – which are generally accepted as being a manifestation of spirits. They also contacted two spirits, one named Angelina, the old housekeeper of the hotel, who was pushed down the stairs by Malcolm/Melvin, her former lover whose baby she was carrying. The investigators managed to contact Malcolm too, and they discovered that Malcolm was either a doctor or a butcher.
The investigators also used glass divination to communicate with the spirits. During this process, the glass spelled out the name ‘Samuels’, the name of the individual who owned and ran the establishment in 1845.
The team also made contact with a spirit girl, who hadn’t crossed over because she didn’t realise she was dead. She had been vainly trying to find her family and friends. They also made contact with a man named Marshall who had lost his horse, his best friend, because he couldn’t afford to pay the horses’ fees. Marshall didn’t want to cross over because he was afraid that if he did, he would never find his horse again.
Other ghostly experiences at the hotel include individuals having sudden and unexplained pain in one of their shoulders, as well as cold areas and glimpses of figures in rooms and hallways.
Stage coaches used to regularly call at the hotel on every day except Sundays – the ‘Regulators’ via Tring and the “Union” via Wendover, starting and finishing at the Bell Hotel. Since then the hotel has seen many, many visitors pass through its doors. A sign that used to hang at the hotel was found in 1976 and carefully restored. The sign alleges that the Bell Hotel used to be the venue for the Magistrates Court, with Petty Sessions being held every alternate Wednesday. Up until 1914, the Bell brewed its own beer right on the premises as they didn’t want to be tied to any commercial brewery or brand. Today, they remain a free house and they sell the beer that they choose.
The hotel has been refurbished throughout to an extremely high standard, without losing any of its traditional features or character – think oak beams, fireplaces and small doorways. All of the rooms as tastefully decorated, with colour coordinating furnishings and fittings. The Bell has all en-suite bedrooms, including 7 single bedrooms, 6 twin bedrooms, 3 family rooms, 3 executive rooms and 22 double bedrooms. Four of the bedrooms are suitable for disabled individuals. Some of the bedrooms have Jacuzzi baths, spa baths and four poster beds.
The hotel also boasts a Carvery restaurant that is open on Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes between the hours of 12pm and 2pm, and all day on a Sunday from 12pm to 9pm. Throughout the rest of the week, bar meals are available from an extensive bar menu, including sandwiches, soup, pate, salads, a number of hearty main courses and some tempting sweets.
The Bell Hotel is close to a number of counties, which makes it the perfect base for exploring the surrounding areas. Winslow itself is home to a number of cafes and shops, and if you travel a little bit further out there is plenty to see and do, including numerous art galleries and museums, a safari park, leisure and snow centres, a model village and a Silverstone racing circuit.
A single-occupancy fee is applicable if a single individual stays in a double/twin/family room. Prices do not include breakfast. Breakfast is available for an additional fee of £7.50 per person.
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