The Madeley Court Hotel is a stunning example of Renaissance architecture. It was constructed in 1553 by Robert Brooke, Speaker of the House of Commons during Mary I's reign. There has been a building on the site since medieval times, with the area being owned by Wenlock Priory until the mid 1500's.
A grade II listed building, the main hall displays features of the 13th Century, and is flanked by rooms of the 14th and 15th Centuries. The original timber staircase is thought to date back to the 1500's, and it is on these very stairs that staff have reported seeing dark shapes moving up and down, presumably still attending to business in their own time...
The most infamous ghost of Madeley Court is that of a forlorn looking monk who slowly glides across the grounds, ignoring any attempt at communication before vanishing into thin air. One family suffered an influx of monastic figures sitting upon the cross beams in the great hall - very off putting during lunch! Other activity includes frequent reports by staff and residents of Victorian maids bustling about on the top floor, who are mistaken for people in fancy dress due to their lifelike appearance. However, like the monk they resist all attempts at communication and simply fade away or mysteriously disappear.
In the old mill, an area now used for private functions, disembodied laughter has sent guests and staff alike running for the door, while furniture in the same area is apparently violently moved about by unseen hands during the middle of the night.
At one time there was a small terrace of coalminers' cottages in the hollow. Since their destruction the cottages and occupants sometimes make a ghostly return. An old lady is also sometimes seen before the entrance of the house, smiling before disappearing...