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Whether you’re looking for a Halloween stay you’ll never forget or the chance to experience the paranormal year-round, there are many haunted stays across the globe that offer just that. The brave and adventurous can stay in anything from a haunted log cabin to a luxurious mansion or even a castle. Book any one of these and you’re likely to come back with plenty of stories to tell.
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One of Ireland’s most haunted and most authentic medieval castles is available on Airbnb. While the country offers many luxury castle stays, it’s rare to find one like this where you’ll truly feel as if you’ve gone back in time. Ross Castle sits in a remote area of the countryside near Oldcastle in County Meath. While Ireland has another Ross Castle, it’s in Killarney and not available for overnight stays. This one, built in 1563, includes seven bedrooms, three of which are in the Tower. Guests have reported many bizarre experiences and over time it developed a reputation as a ghost hunter’s paradise. While nothing harmful has occurred, at least in modern times, guests often mention waking up in the middle of the night hearing doors shut on their own, whispering voices and even the presence of someone or something sitting next to them in bed.
This third-floor private room in the Parks-Bowman Mansion is often ranked among the top haunted Airbnb locations. Located in the heart of the Garden District, it includes a private balcony with sweeping views of New Orleans. The owners casually describe the ghost as “a young girl in a yellow dress from the 1890s,” and some of the reported experiences have included guests that say they heard tiny footsteps dancing around the bed all night, sounding as if they were just a few feet away.
Located inside the Tallinston House, this haunted master bedroom sits within what’s been called “Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home.” Decorated in Scottish art nouveau style, it recreates in nightmarish detail the bed-chamber of a seven-year-old Edwardian child, including books, toys and ephemera. It’s said that a boy of that age died here during the period and continues to stay. When you book, you’ll not only spend the night in the room, but will be guaranteed exclusive use of the entire house, including a kitchen, Victorian living room and dining room, and gardens for the duration of your stay.
Jerome, a former copper mining town nestled high across Cleopatral hill in northern Arizona, is famous as one of the country’s most haunted destinations. It was booming in the early 1900s, a time when crime, murder, and fatal mining accidents were all rather common. Registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1967, it has a ton of reportedly haunted spots, including the Haunted Honeymoon Cottage which sits on 10 acres. Guests enjoy views of Verde Valley, Sedona and the San Francisco peaks while being just steps from Jerome State Park. Those who’ve stayed have reported a thin lady dressed in white with dark hair, a grumpy old miner, and a tall gentleman wearing a top hat. Sometimes faint parlor music can be heard while wind chimes sound with no wind. The cottage is a private suite for up to four guests and has its own private patio.
This magnificent manor in Gloucestershire is incredibly luxurious and will make you feel like royalty – in fact, you might even encounter a king from the past, or at least the ghost of him. According to the owner, the ghost of King Charles I haunts the four acres of landscaped gardens. In addition to enjoying a spooky stay, you’ll have the full run of the place which includes 11 bedrooms and multiple kitchens, a swimming pool, a family room, a dining room and a great room. Each room has a TV and there is Wi-Fi throughout.
This rustic log cabin in the woods has lots of space for the whole family and extended family or friends, with eight bedrooms and four bathrooms. Apparently, it also has room for the ghost of a woman who died of an overdose here in 1927. Guests who stay report all sorts of bizarre happenings, including footsteps heard when no one is there, lights turning on and off, and unexplainable cold spots, even in the summer. It does include plenty for a comfortable stay, like a full kitchen and outdoor grills, although you may encounter Nancy. Wildlife like beavers and turkeys are occasional visitors too.
The Queen Anne Hotel offers affordable luxury (for San Francisco anyway) in a former girls’ finishing school that opened just after the Gold Rush. While rooms are elegant and comfortable, you may have another guest along with you as the headmistress apparently hasn’t given up her role. There have been dozens of accounts speaking of “Miss Mary Lake” who sometimes appear briefly in a mirror. One report says Mary actually tucked in a visitor with the blanket snugly tucked all the way around the bed. There have been a number of paranormal experts, and even a celebrity psychic, who say they’ve confirmed the building is haunted, but the ghosts are friendly.
The Highlands Mystery Mansion is a Victorian architectural wonder in the Potter-Highlands neighborhood of Denver, built in the 1890s by wealthy lumber baron John Mouat, meant to show off the wood his company sold. Over the decades the formerly affluent area became a bit seedier, the Mouats moved and the home was converted into apartments. One of the tenants and her friend were killed, suspected of being murdered in a burglary gone wrong, though the killer was never caught. To this day, sightings of two female spirits are said to appear in the spot the women died, the Valentine Suite. Any addition to ghosts and historic character, guests enjoy high-end features like in-room jacuzzi tubs, big-screen HDTVs and in-room iPads with free Wi-Fi.
Located right at the edge of the Gettysburg Battlefield, well-known as one of the most haunted places in America, this inn once served as a field hospital for the Union Army. Its ghostly history has lingered with guests reporting spooky encounters and paranormal investigators capturing bizarre images and lots of EVPs (electronic voice phenomena).
Cahercastle dates back nearly 600 years and offers an authentic Irish castle experience. You can live like a king in a 15th-century castle, complete with cobwebs and ghosts as it’s said to be one of the most haunted in Ireland. Enjoy picturesque views from its highest room, with guests enjoying full use of the top two floors which include the master bedroom, living room, huge fireplace, a kitchen and bath set within the fairytale-like stone walls.
This farmhouse is part of the David Stewart Farm, located in Gettysburg, used as a civil war field hospital immediately after the Battle of Gettysburg. Superhost Stephani claims, “I will be your only “living” host, but there are many others who reside with me.” She does say that the ghosts are friendly and after living here for 36 years, she has plenty of stories to tell. Two guests can stay in a large sunny bedroom, with a number of available for groups of up to four.
Guests of this Medieval Tower Apartment stay in the original tower, built in 1200 AD. Of course, it’s been renovated, but it still has the feel of staying in a place that’s part of medieval times with many of the original materials used. Many guests have also reported traces of history in other forms, including spectral visitors who arrive late at night.
The one-bedroom cottage in Savannah was built in 1799 and appeared in 2010’s mystery, “The Conspirator,” starring Robert Redford. It sits in the world-famous Landmark District where you can watch the horse-drawn carriages clip-clop by and has also been rumored to have a ghost. “Laura,” who lived here for 50 years before passing, is said to roam around opening windows and flickering the lights.