A friend has relayed a very interesting story to me today which I thought I would share with you.
He has recently stayed in the Dragon Hotel in Minehead for a couple of nights. He is amongst other things a part time actor and was filming around the Minehead area and stayed at the Hotel with three other people who were also involved in filming. His accommodation was the Wisteria cottage which is a small cottage which forms part of the hotel, this cottage has its own courtyard and is reputed to be around 300 years old.
As my friend relayed his story back to me, he was allocated the main part of the cottage to himself, which he was quite pleased with! One of his friends ( female) had a split dual room bedroom and a bathroom which was adjoining the cottage,
whilst his other two female companions had rooms in the main part of the hotel.
On the first night he was in bed at around 1am, he was awake and reading a book when he heard the sound of children playing outside. Apparently he could hear children laughing and a sound similar to wooden sticks knocking against each other whilst the children were laughing and playing and also sounds of running around. The laughing was coming directly from the courtyard in front of the cottage. He said his first thought was... "great! I've got a family with kids running around at all hours- as neighbours!"
He went down to investigate but on opening the front door of the cottage the noise had stopped, he said that he had assumed the children had been called in or told to be quiet at that point. He went back inside and got back into bed. He had finished with the book for the night so decided to get some sleep. As his head hit the pillow the sound of the children started again!.. Getting a bit annoyed now he again went down to investigate .. Again... No children outside and the noise had stopped. Feeling decidedly uneasy now he again returned to bed only for the noise to start again.
He said he did not go out to investigate again as by now he was more than a bit uneasy about the whole thing. He finally dropped off to sleep at around 5am after hearing the sounds of children playing on and off for most of the night!... He had tried to ring one female friend staying nearest to him during the night but had no mobile phone reception at all. ( I am assuming there was no main phone in his room- I forgot to ask)
My friend awoke early at about 7am the following morning , he showered and went to the dining room in the main part of the hotel to meet his companions for breakfast for 7.30am. He relayed his story back to two of them who incidentally had heard nothing throughout the night, they had rooms the main part of the hotel and were quite taken aback by his story.
A short while later his other female friend arrived looking rather ashen faced and visibly disturbed. without having heard my friends story, she proceeded to relay a very similar account back, having heard children laughing and playing for most of the night... She also relayed that her accommodation (near to my friends) had and adjoining room, and that the door had opened between this room and her bedroom three times during the night!.. on every occasion she got up to close the door and after a while it would open again - seemingly all of its own accord!!. She was so taken aback and frightened by all this that she took bedding and a pillow off the bed and locked herself in the bathroom and slept there for half the night!
They relayed their stories back to the hotel staff who admitted that they had heard of the odd occasion when guests had also said they had heard very similar things. The staff also relayed a story back to them whereby many many years ago, a wall had apparently collapsed in the courtyard, killing several children who were playing there at the time. Both my friend and his companion asked to be moved to the main hotel where thankfully they heard nothing further!
My friend was really quite shaken by this experience and admitted that prior to this he did not believe in ghosts or anything relating to something like this.
I would be very interested to hear of any similar experiences if you would care to share them.