Next time you're planning a vacation, why not consider treating yourself to a hair-raising slumber in a haunted guesthouse?
From ghostly apparitions appearing in photographs, to spirits of small children playing down the hall, to furniture moving on its accord and phantom voices echoing from right behind you, these are just some of the supernatural things you might experience at one of the following four places to stay.
Would you be brave enough to stay the night?
1. The Myrtles Plantation
Location: St. Francisville, Louisiana
The Myrtles Plantation as built way back in 1796 and to this day, it is considered to be one of the most spooky houses in the deep South.
The most infamous ghost to haunt the plantation is that of Chloe, the household servant. According to stories, this woman had an affair with the plantation's owner and to prove herself worthy of remaining in the house, she fathomed a plan. In the hope to make the daughters of the house sick so she could nurse them back to help, Chloe baked a cake and mixed in some poisonous leaves. However, the plan backfired and the woman accidentally killed them.
Fearing accusation, the other slaves in the plantation dragged Chloe out of the house, hanged her and disposed of her body in the river. To this day, the young woman is said to haunt the plantation, wandering around the grounds and appearing in visitor photos.
2. Stanley Hotel
Location: Estes Park, Colorado
Stanley Hotel was completed in 1909 and these days, it continues to be a popular resort and destination for ghost hunters. Over the years, many apparitions have been reported here, with the ghosts of the first owner, Freelan Stanley, and his wife Flora making appearances.
Visitors have also reported echoes of someone playing the piano ringing through the corridors, as well as sounds of voices and phantom footsteps. Additionally, numerous guests have said they have been awoken in the middle of the night to have their blankets taken away and neatly folded by the side of the bed.
However, it is room 418 which is thought to be the most haunted. Hotel staff often claim that they hear children playing in there, when there are none. Impressions of little bodies on the bed have also been spotted when the room is unoccupied. On the second floor, a ghost of a small child has also been seen by guests, including by author Stephen King himself, who took inspiration from the hotel for his novel 'The Shining.' Here's the trailer for the iconic movie adaptation:
3. The Yankee Pedlar Inn
Location: Torrington, Connecticut
When it was opened by Frank and Alice Conley in 1891, The Yankee Pedlar Inn was the best hospitality establishment around.
Today, it remains a lavish place to stay in the area, yet guests often report some rather strange goings-on behind its walls. Many of the stories surround a particular room – bedroom 353, where Alice was supposed to have died. Often, the rocking chair located there is seen to rock on its own.
Additionally, the ghost of Frank has been seen leaving that room and walking down the corridor. Guests have also reported being kicked, punched, slapped and have witnessed lights turn on and off uncontrollably. Rumors of the notorious hotel have spread so far and wide that even a movie about two hotel workers investigating the building's mysteries was made. Here's the trailer for The Innkeepers:
4. The Marshall House
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Considering its long history, it's no wonder that this guest house has its fair share of haunted goings-on. Since its opening in 1851, it has been used as a hospital three times, once during the Civil War and twice for yellow fever epidemics. To this day, those who stay overnight continue to report ghostly sightings, hearing children run through corridors and have doors open by themselves.
Most bizarrely however, guests have claimed to have had their pulses checked by invisible nurses in the night! Creepy!