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Ghostly encounter at haunted Ettington Park Hotel

Stratford Editorial 31st Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

GHOSTLY goings-on at one of the most haunted hotels in the country could  have been captured on camera.

Writer Martyn Sutton – who goes by the pen name of Rogan Whitenails – spent the night at the Ettington Park Hotel with his wife and two young children, and believes he had a paranormal encounter during his stay.

A picture of Martyn taken in the drawing room of the luxury South Warwickshire country house hotel appears to have caught a ghostly hand in the shot.

The image of Rogan sitting on a chair shows something resembling a child’s hand resting on his face, near his temple.

But he says he saw nothing out of the ordinary while he was sat in the room.

The 44 year-old  from Hampshire told the Observer: “I know the hotel’s reputation for being haunted but it did not put me off staying there.

“The picture is a genuine, undoctored image. Some people have said they can see something, while others cannot.”

The grade 1 listed hotel is known as one of the most haunted in the country.

Staff and guests have reported hearing strange sounds and bumps in the night. Some say they have seen apparitions and ghostly activity, with objects moving unaided across the room.

In the drawing room where the picture was taken, the most common reports are of female voices singing while in keeping with the image, there have also been sightings of a ghostly young boy.

There are also many reports of a Walter Scott’s novel St Ronman’s Well constantly falling to the floor and always open on a page with a curse which reads – “A merry place tis said, in days of yoro; but something ails it now, the place is cursed.”

But the most commonly-spotted ghost in the 19th century hotel is a woman dressed in a white gown who glides along the corridors at night and disappears into walls. Staff believe she is a former governess and is known by the name of ‘Lady Emma’.

The Gothic building was used in the 1963 horror film The Haunting, and was deemed ‘creepy’ by some of the cast.

The hotel, owned by Handpicked Hotels, features on a number of websites devoted to the paranormal.