Intriguing hotel where guests claim they’ve seen ‘ghost of Mary Queen of Scots’

The east of England is steeped in history, with castles, cathedrals and even hotels with curious tales to tell.

One particular spot in Wansford, near Peterborough has become a place of interest to those learning about the past and those fascinated by the paranormal, reports Cambridgeshire Live.

The stunning Haycock Manor Hotel dates back to the 16th century and is a former coaching inn by the banks of the River Nene that is thought to have been visited by some famous faces over the years.

Among the notable guests, it’s said Mary, Queen of Scots once spent the night at the hotel.

Their website reads: “It is claimed Mary Queen of Scots was lodged at The Haycock on her way to her imprisonment and later execution at nearby Fotheringhay Castle.”

Fotheringhay Castle is located just 13 miles from the centre of Peterborough and Mary arrived there on September 25, 1586.

In October, she was put on trial for treason under the Act for the Queen’s Safety, where she was found guilty and sentenced to death.

She was executed in the Great Hall of Fotheringhay Castle on February 8, 1587.

Mary was buried in Peterborough Cathedral, but 25 years later her son James I had her moved into an ornate marble tomb in Westminster Abbey, to rest alongside her cousins Elizabeth I and Mary Tudor.

While the royal didn’t spend long at the hotel, guests have claimed to see the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots during their stay at Haycock.

According to the website hauntedrooms.co.uk those who have stayed in older parts of the hotel have experienced some unusual goings-on.

Their website reads: “Guests at the hotel have reported various ghostly goings-on, including sightings of figures in public areas, especially in the oldest part of the hotel.

“Guests at the hotel have also reported feeling someone in the room with them.”

According to The Haycock Hotel, Mary Queen of Scots wasn’t the only royal to have taken lodgings.

Princess Alexandrina Victoria, later to be crowned Queen Victoria, stayed at the Haycock on 2nd September 1832 on her way to visit the Archbishop of York.

Similarly, during the 19th century, the Haycock hosted many European royals, including Empress Elizabeth of Austria and the Prince of Liechtenstein.

In more recent history, Princess Diana also visited the hotel, as have a number of celebrities such as Freddie Mercury, Tom Cruise and Pierce Brosnan.