If you are planning on visiting Kent in the near future then you should really consider booking somewhere a little more unusual than the run of the mill hotel. Kent has some fantastic and quirky places to stay and you definitely won’t be disappointed if you’re keen a bit of paranormal activity too! Let’s take a look at some weird and wonderful offerings from the historic county of Kent.
- The Chequers – this is one of the oldest places to stay in Kent and offers the perfect ghostly Inn experience complete with creaking doors and a resident Napoleonic soldier. Don’t expect trendy rooms, this is very much a period property in a charming olde worlde style and the rooms have lovely views towards the village. Just don’t forget to salute the soldier as he passes by the foot of your bed in the dead of night!
- The Circular Martello Tower – there are only 25 of these left on the south coast and only one that is offered as a holiday let. This is a well and truly unique experience to stay in a round tower like Rapunzel! It is surprisingly roomy over 3 floors with vaulted ceilings and an ammunition store. Incredible views await you looking out over the White Cliffs towards France. They certainly had to use a huge amount of Ready mix screed Kent hardcore when they bulit them.
- Elvey Village – is said to be the country’s most haunted village. A boutique hotel offers guests a sumptuous stay but beware of the dining room poltergeist who switches light bulbs around. Dairy farmer, Edward Brett can still be seen haunting the Old Dairy and there’s also an old man who patrols the stairs. If you don’t mind sharing with a few non-paying guests then this is the place for you.
- The Hamlets Hotel – is a haunted Georgian hotel on the site of an old priory. A local maiden is seen lurking and is thought to be a servant girl who fell in love with the groundskeeper but committed suicide when she miscarried their child.
- Fishermans Hut – these are a fabulous way of sleeping as close to the sea as you can without getting sand in your sheets! Originally used as storage huts by cockle farmers, they have been beautifully restored to offer accommodation with bedrooms, kitchens and living space. Fantastic views of colourful yachts and great sunsets await you here.
- Lympne Castle – fancy staying in a cottage on the estate of a 13th century castle? The castle is literally on your doorstep. The cottages once homed gatekeepers, drivers and gardeners but now offer comfortable accommodation. If it’s peace and quiet you’re after then this is the place for you as you could hear a pin drop.
Once you’ve decided on a place to stay, then here are a few suggestions for other creepy places to take in while you’re in the county. Fort Gardens in Gravesend (yes even the name is creepy) is home to a dark floating figure, odd noises and cold spots. Chislehurst Caves are said to contain a selection of ghosts from a drowned woman, a cavalier soldier, a horse, an imp and a black dog. Biggin Hill Airfield is also said to be haunted by airmen from the Second World War.