Stratford-upon-Avon – The Falcon’s Haunted Bedroom

Stratford-upon-Avon ghost

The Falcon Hotel (Stratford-upon-Avon) – now the Hotel Indigo – was haunted when friends and I stayed there in 2007. It’s one of Warwickshire’s most charming hotels, with 20 rooms in its haunted 16th-century wing, and 64 rooms in the more modern wing.

In June 2007, several Hollow Hill investigators spent the night in the haunted wing of the Falcon. It was comfortable and quiet, even though our rooms overlooked the street.

Though we had a good night’s sleep, we encountered a variety of low-level paranormal phenomena. Odd noises, unexplained chills, creaking floorboards with no one there… it was routine for a cozy, haunted hotel. And, it was fun!

However, we’d heard that one room at the hotel is especially haunted. It’s a corner room in the 16th century wing.

It was one of the silliest hauntings I’ve seen in awhile… but, the UK is like that. It has the widest possible range of ghostly phenomena. (I absolutely love investigating in the UK, and especially in England.)

We were lucky to have brief access to the hotel’s most haunted room.

The room with the “broken air conditioning”… that wasn’t

Our adventure began when I was in the lobby and overheard a guest talking about how chilly his room had been.

He complained that he couldn’t find the air conditioning controls.

The hotel moved him to another room, and his previous (chilly) room had been prepared for new guests.


One of the hotel clerks quietly explained to us why the guest couldn’t find the a/c controls: There was no air conditioning in that room.

We rushed to see if the door to that room was still vacant, and if the door had been left open.

It was.

A five-minute investigation

Our team had just a few minutes to explore the room. It seemed elegant and very comfortable.

Haunted bed, Falcon hotel, SuAOur EMF readings and pendulum work – as well as our ‘gut feelings’ – indicated that the bed was the focal point of the hauntings.

The bed seemed to have a ‘hot spot’ over the center of it.

It’s unlikely that the bed itself is haunted. But, if that’s an antique bed frame, the bed (not the mattress) might have its own ghost.

(If anything tragic happens in a bed, such as a death, hotels generally replace the bed immediately. Some even close the room for a week or so, as a precaution. The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas went to extremes with one room they sealed up for years.)

Also, in Stratford-upon-Avon’s Falcon Hotel, an earlier bed in the room might be where something – or several events over the past 400+ years – left an imprint.

Just as ghosts don’t always realize that time has passed, they may not realize that the current bed is different from the one that they slept in, centuries ago.

And so we took photos

We each took photos of the bed. I took several with my film camera and at least a dozen with my digital camera.

That’s when this story turned silly.

Only one of my digital photos of the bed shows the bed. That’s it, above.

All the rest show random corners of the room… the kinds of photos I take, but not in the volume that showed up when I had time to go through my camera’s files.

(I routinely take “extra” photos, in case an orb is hovering in a corner. But, in a case like this, every moment was important. I wasn’t going to waste time. Almost all of my attention was on the object most likely to be haunted… and that was the bed.)

The following represent nearly every digital photo from that room.  (The film photos were dark or weird, and pretty much useless to me.)

Falcon Hotel, another corner of the haunted room

Falcon hotel - one corner of the room

I know took five or six photos of a team member using a pendulum. At the time, I was sure I was being annoying, insisting, “Wait… wait… just one more picture…”

Also, in at least one photo, I focused on my own hand (holding an EMF meter). In that one, I’d made sure both the meter and the bed were in the frame.

But… my pictures showed almost everything but the bed.

It’s not a dangerous haunting.

It’s not a malicious haunting. What happened – the camera anomalies – are typical of a prankster ghost, possibly a child.

It was certainly an unusual experience. Annoying at the time, because – when I had a few minutes to review the photos and saw what had happened – we couldn’t return to the room. The housekeepers had locked it as we left.

I wouldn’t hesitate to spend the night in that room, and I’m fairly sure that I’d get a good night’s sleep.

However, I’d be sure to have enough blankets on the bed, in case the room seemed as chilly as described by the previous guest.

That guest’s innocent comments about the air conditioning convinced me that the room is haunted.

In fact, in early June 2007, the Falcon Hotel didn’t have air conditioning. The guest was describing a large ‘cold spot’ around the bed.

(Of course, if it’s a sultry night, that’s probably the room you’ll want to be in.  So, ask the concierge for information about the hotel’s most haunted room.)

This is a good example of how ghost hunters sometimes find haunted locations: We listen (overhear) others’ conversations about odd and unusual things. If it’s something that could be ghostly – like a “cold spot” – we follow-up, if we can.

Next time I’m in Stratford-upon-Avon, I’ll be sure to follow-up and – I  hope – spend at least one night in that same room.

8 thoughts on “Stratford-upon-Avon – The Falcon’s Haunted Bedroom”

  1. I stayed in this room in on Wednesday 14th October 2009. It was a lovely room, I had a fantastic nights sleep and I found the room lovely and warm (and I am normally cold). I live in an old house and we have a ghost and I am used to the creackings and bumps in the night but there was nothing like that in this room on the night that I stayedthere.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Anna. It is a lovely hotel and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay in any of its rooms. Beauty (as well as ghosts) may be in the eye of the beholder, but I found nothing frightening at the Falcon… just some quirky evidence to support the ghost stories.

      Like many hotels, I think this one may be very happily haunted.

  2. I stayed here on Saturday the 29th of March, i had problems during the night, the bathroom door kept opening and i felt like someone had pressed on my legs.

  3. We just stayed there. May 11, my daughter,10 months old, awoke from her sleep screaming bloody murder. I thought she was in serious pain. At first I thought nightmare, but she wouldn’t stop. The room was so hot. I mean just uncomfortable, so I took her Jammie’s off thinking she was really hot, and she had a mark on her arm, bright red, like she was burned. We put ice on it and it slowly faded. Her cot was no where near a heat source. She was happily asleep and there is no bug bite mark on her. It was interesting, to say the least. We stayed in room 205

    1. Denise, what an extraordinary experience. I hope it left no lasting emotional trauma.

      I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again, but with the understanding that I might experience something paranormal during my visit.

  4. We stayed in Room 321 about 12 months ago, I woke in the night as I needed the toilet. The LED light on the tv was flashing from standby to on at very high speed, but strangely I felt no fear at all and I got out of bed and went to the bathroom, when I returned to the bedroom, the tv was still doing the same. I went back to bed and went to sleep. When I woke in the morning the LED was stable indicating that the tv was in standby mode. I also worked in this Hotel during the 80’s and remember one evening walking along the corridor by room 305 and hearing noises like someone hammering nails, even though we had no residents along that corridor, that night.

    1. I stayed there on 27th April 2015. I don’t remember the room number but it was in the old part looking down over the street, to the left of the bedroom window was the falcon sign. I was woken in the dead of night to what sounded like nails being hammered.

  5. I would like to say, my husband, who is sceptical and I stayed at this hotel last September. The room was on its own on top floor with nice balcony . it wasn’t in the old building, but had to go outside within the walled garden, so don’t know how old this part of hotel is. Anyway, as I say we had our own stairs and landing leading to room and our own front door key, so no one but us had access. In the middle of the night I woke up and at first I thought there was an emergency vehicle with blue lights outside, because there was a bright blue light streaming from the door into middle of room. I got out of bed and looked outside. There was nothing, it was dark. I puts pillow over electrical lights on TV but the light was still there. I went over to it and looked outside door and there was no blue light in hallway. I touched the light and it did not move. My husband woke up, and the light vanished. I told him, but he hadn’t seen it. I got back into bed and we were talking when the wardrobe door clicked open and slowly moved wide open and then back again. My husband checked the door, there s no draft and you has to pull hard to open wardrobe door. In the morning we noticed the chairs had been moved also.
    It is now a year ago but yesterday my husband and i was talking about what happened and he said that he had experienced an odd felling on the landing and in the room and couldn’t explain why. I did ask at reception if anyone had experienced anything strange in that room, but the girl at reception didn’t seem to know what I was on about. It would be interesting to know if there is logical explanation ….or not!

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