Dare to stay in a haunted house this Halloween? HomeAway has put together a list of some of the creepiest homes and inns that come with ghost stories sure to send a chill down your spine. Stay in an eerie estate said to be haunted by King Charles I or historical a home frequented by the deceased owner.
We partnered BedAndBreakfast.com, HomeAway’s sister company, to find the spookiest accommodations from Painswick, England to Groveland, California.
#1 – Haunted by a King Charles I
Spook Factor: 4
The Court House Manor in Painswick, England was recently restored to an exceptional standard, sympathetic to the past. Steeped in history, previous guests include King Charles I during the 1643 Siege of Gloucester, who is said to still haunt the four acres of landscaped gardens.
#2 – Previous Owner Lingers
Spook Factor: 7
Current owner Leigh bought Blue Moon Cottage after the previous owner Marcelena passed away. After only a few weeks of living in the Cottage, Leigh realized she had an unwanted roommate. Marcelena had loved the little house and after 65 years in the home she never left. Leigh says, “she loves our home and is an easy housemate, except if you move her chair from her favorite spot which is next to the window in the master bedroom.” Allegedly, Marcelena will move the chair back and occasionally rearrange certain things around the home.
#3 – Unsolved Mystery
Spook Factor: 2
This former family compound build circa 1925 has a long, but simple history. However, it is thought there is an unknown horror story that may have taken place in the main cabin. Today, Nancy the Ghost is allegedly seen walking the halls. The owners cannot confirm her presence, but many guests can feel the eerie feelings experienced while staying at this log cabin. Based off the stories, a guest claims they saw a women walking into an upstairs bedroom and another says the name Nancy was whispered in their ear. Stay in this South Carolina haunted house and solve the mystery of Nancy the Ghost yourself!
#4 – The Texas White House
Spook Factor: 6
This historical home built in 1910 is on many lists of haunted spots. The property plays host to a ghost that's particularly fond of the Lone Star Room. Some guests report they've seen him and others say they've felt his presence in their rooms. According to the Texas White House blog, “The ghost here is believed to be the husband of the only family who ever lived in the house. He died here and now haunts his old bedroom. The ghost sightings occur when a single woman stays in the room. Two women have awoken in the middle of the night feeling that someone was lying on the bed beside them when no one was there. A third woman reported that she felt a presence in the corner."
#5 - The Galloway House Inn
Spook Factor: 5
The Galloway House, in Savannah's beautiful old Historic District, is steeped in haunted tales. Its original owner, an attorney, named Richard Martin Lester, died by suicide in 1926. Many guests have reported sightings of the ghost of Mr. Lester, as well as other strange occurrences such as objects moving on their own in some of the rooms.
#6 - The Groveland Hotel
Spook Factor: 8
This 17-room pet-friendly inn near Yosemite National Park's main gate was originally an adobe trading post. Built in 1849, it's been a gambling house, a saloon, a hotel, a ranger station, a business office, and a bus stop. Throughout the years, the inn has remained home to the ghost of a long-diseased man named Lyle. A gold miner, Lyle was found dead in his room in 1927 with a box of dynamite under his bed. Although he reportedly kept to himself throughout his life, it's said that Lyle is a playful spirit who's known to tease guests by turning on lights and water and moving items (mainly women's cosmetics) around the rooms.
#7 - Inn on Main Street
Spook Factor: 6
Rumors of hauntings at this Victorian B&B include encounters with the spirits of patients of the doctor who lived and practiced medicine at the property in the 19th century. Unexplained happenings include doors opening and closing on their own, and pictures falling off the walls.
#8 - The Mayhurst Inn
Spook Factor: 7
Located about 30 miles from Charlottesville, this 9,200-square-foot plantation house built in 1859 is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson visited the plantation, and some 18,000 Confederate troops pitched their tents on the grounds during the winter of 1863. Guests have reported uneasy feelings of being watched. Others say windows in the Madison Room have opened by themselves.
#9 – B&B Hosts 10 spirits
Spook Factor: 10
Situated in between two cemeteries, one across the street and one behind the property, it’s no surprise that ghosts frequent this inn. The lingering spirits are children that are believed to visit from their resting places nearby. Innkeepers Ted and Carol recently had a guest say they communicated with the spirit named Deborah Adams, who was just five years old. Toward the end of their stay, they asked if there was a way to find her grave. The graveyard was overgrown so Carol got the groundskeeper to clear a path and about fifty feet into the graveyard they found Deborah’s headstone.
#10 - Bewitched & BEDazzled B&B
Spook Factor: 4
This Rehoboth Beach Inn is a year-round homage to the '60s-and-'70s-era sitcom "Bewitched," and features rooms decorated in accordance with the classic TV-show theme. Even spookier: Some rooms are said to be haunted by an old sea captain and his family, including the ghost of his 12-year-old daughter, who's been reportedly spotted in the basement. Her brother and mother are said to roam the grounds, too.