In the run-up to Halloween, an East Lancashire hotel has secured a top spot in a list of the UK's most haunted hotels and spooky spas.

Nestled in a tranquil location, the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa in Clayton-le-Moors may seem like the perfect location for some much-needed pampering, but according to the history books, it happens to be one of the most haunted hotels in the UK.

Legend has it that the 700-year-old mansion was once the setting for a tragic love story which involved Lucette, a French governess, who was wooed and then jilted one Christmas by a dashing army officer.

Heartbroken and unable to get over him, she threw herself off of a bridge into the river and drowned.

Since then, her ghost has been spotted around the hotel and has even appeared in photographs.

Lancashire Telegraph:

Compiled by Spa booking specialists Spaseekers other hotels and spas to feature on the most-haunted list include Gisborough Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire, Eastwell Manor in Kent, Ruthin Castle Hotel and Spa, North Wales, and The Shrigley Hall Hotel, Cheshire.

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