Merley House

 

Overview

Over 250 years of history, several documented deaths and many reports of ghostly activity make Merley House a top location for ghost hunts

Merley House Ghost Hunts, Dorset

Prepare for a spooky night of ghost hunting at Merley House, an 18th century, grade 1 listed, Georgian manor house that has been home to many notable people over the years as well as being used by the war office during the second World War. Over 250 years of history, several documented deaths and many reports of ghostly activity make Merley House a top location for ghost hunts. You will have access to many areas within the house so you can carry out your ghost hunt investigation and uncover the stories and secrets contained within the walls of Merley House. Don’t miss out on your chance to attend a ghost hunt at this grand, impressive building of historical significance. Book now!

Find out more history and ghostly information using the tabs above.

Your Event

On a ghost hunt with Haunted Houses you will have exclusive access to the building/location during the evening. You will learn all about ghost hunting and the techniques used to encourage paranormal activity. We have a whole host of scientific ghost hunt equipment for you to use to aid communication with the spirits. You can take part in Ouija boards, glass divination and table tipping; the more traditional ghost hunt techniques. Or simply sitting in the dark and asking for the spirits to interact with you. Lone vigils (ghost hunting alone) will also be offered where available. During your evening you will be split into smaller groups so you can get the most out of your experience. If you are new to ghost hunting we warn you now – by the end of the night you may just become addicted to the fascinating and intriguing world of ghost hunting.

This is a real ghost hunt experience, there is no fakery, tricks or actors jumping out at you. What are you waiting for? Book your places today from just £20 deposit!

Haunted Houses look forward to welcoming you at this amazing building and sharing a night that you will not forget.

 

Reported Ghosts

There have been many reports of ghostly activity at Merley House and with over 250 years of history, the many owners/tenants that have been associated with the house over the years as well as its association with the war office, this comes as no surprise. Staff and visitors alike have lain witness to many ghostly sightings and paranormal activity, including seeing figures moving through walls. Strange noises, taps, bangs, deathly voices have also been heard.

Over the years there are at least three reported deaths at Merley House. The most notable tenant was that of William Charles Wentworth, the famous Australian explorer, author, barrister and landowner; he died at the property in 1872. Another notable tenant was William John Bethell, a captain in the 103rd Foot who passed away at Merley House in 1831.

In 1914, Lady Cornelia Wimborne inherited Merley House (as well as several other estates) and moved into the property. She was born Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria Spencer-Churchill and her nephew was Winston Churchill. Lady Cornelia died at Merley House in 1927

Could it be these spirits that cause so much paranormal activity at Merley House? Maybe you will contact them on the night and find out the stories of times gone by.

Venue History

Merley (originally spelt Myrle) was an ancient manor belonging to the Lords of Canford. In 1751, Ralph Willett purchased the estate and is responsible for the building of the larger and much grander house we see today.

In 1772 two wings were added one of which contained the new library as Willetts vast collection had outgrown the existing library in the house. Unfortunately, these two wings were demolished in the early 1800s following an auction of the books and paintings they housed by the then owner, John Willett.

In 1875 the whole estate was sold by auction but there is little information as to whom it was sold until it was bought by Ivor Guest, 1st Lord of Wimborne. In 1927, the MP for South Dorset, Angus Valdemar Hambro purchased the estate in a dilapidated condition, spending two years renovating it.

In 1939 the outbreak of war meant that the house was requisitioned by the War office. When they left in 1946 the house was again sold at auction. Now down to just 270 acres it was sold in 14 lots and the house was converted into flats.

During the 1960s a holiday park was started, by the present owners, to help finance the restoration of the house. The ground floor was opened to the public and contained a collection of model cars, lorries, airplanes, ships and train sets. Most recently the downstairs was restored again to create spacious and elegant areas for different events.

Merley House Ghost Hunts, Dorset

Prepare for a spooky night of ghost hunting at Merley House, an 18th century, grade 1 listed, Georgian manor house that has been home to many notable people over the years as well as being used by the war office during the second World War. Over 250 years of history, several documented deaths and many reports of ghostly activity make Merley House a top location for ghost hunts. You will have access to many areas within the house so you can carry out your ghost hunt investigation and uncover the stories and secrets contained within the walls of Merley House. Don’t miss out on your chance to attend a ghost hunt at this grand, impressive building of historical significance. Book now!

Find out more history and ghostly information using the tabs above.

Your Event

On a ghost hunt with Haunted Houses you will have exclusive access to the building/location during the evening. You will learn all about ghost hunting and the techniques used to encourage paranormal activity. We have a whole host of scientific ghost hunt equipment for you to use to aid communication with the spirits. You can take part in Ouija boards, glass divination and table tipping; the more traditional ghost hunt techniques. Or simply sitting in the dark and asking for the spirits to interact with you. Lone vigils (ghost hunting alone) will also be offered where available. During your evening you will be split into smaller groups so you can get the most out of your experience. If you are new to ghost hunting we warn you now – by the end of the night you may just become addicted to the fascinating and intriguing world of ghost hunting.

This is a real ghost hunt experience, there is no fakery, tricks or actors jumping out at you. What are you waiting for? Book your places today from just £20 deposit!

Haunted Houses look forward to welcoming you at this amazing building and sharing a night that you will not forget.

 

Merley (originally spelt Myrle) was an ancient manor belonging to the Lords of Canford. In 1751, Ralph Willett purchased the estate and is responsible for the building of the larger and much grander house we see today.

In 1772 two wings were added one of which contained the new library as Willetts vast collection had outgrown the existing library in the house. Unfortunately, these two wings were demolished in the early 1800s following an auction of the books and paintings they housed by the then owner, John Willett.

In 1875 the whole estate was sold by auction but there is little information as to whom it was sold until it was bought by Ivor Guest, 1st Lord of Wimborne. In 1927, the MP for South Dorset, Angus Valdemar Hambro purchased the estate in a dilapidated condition, spending two years renovating it.

In 1939 the outbreak of war meant that the house was requisitioned by the War office. When they left in 1946 the house was again sold at auction. Now down to just 270 acres it was sold in 14 lots and the house was converted into flats.

During the 1960s a holiday park was started, by the present owners, to help finance the restoration of the house. The ground floor was opened to the public and contained a collection of model cars, lorries, airplanes, ships and train sets. Most recently the downstairs was restored again to create spacious and elegant areas for different events.

There have been many reports of ghostly activity at Merley House and with over 250 years of history, the many owners/tenants that have been associated with the house over the years as well as its association with the war office, this comes as no surprise. Staff and visitors alike have lain witness to many ghostly sightings and paranormal activity, including seeing figures moving through walls. Strange noises, taps, bangs, deathly voices have also been heard.

Over the years there are at least three reported deaths at Merley House. The most notable tenant was that of William Charles Wentworth, the famous Australian explorer, author, barrister and landowner; he died at the property in 1872. Another notable tenant was William John Bethell, a captain in the 103rd Foot who passed away at Merley House in 1831.

In 1914, Lady Cornelia Wimborne inherited Merley House (as well as several other estates) and moved into the property. She was born Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria Spencer-Churchill and her nephew was Winston Churchill. Lady Cornelia died at Merley House in 1927

Could it be these spirits that cause so much paranormal activity at Merley House? Maybe you will contact them on the night and find out the stories of times gone by.

  • Feel safe! Hosted by a friendly, genuine, safety conscience, and knowledgeable team of experienced people
  • Experience the atmosphere! Enter one of the UK’s most haunted buildings, communicating with its resident spirits and ghosts in the dark
  • Honesty is our only policy! This is a real ghost hunt experience. There is no faking or trickery of paranormal activity. If it happens, then it is for real!
  • Keep refreshed! Unlimited hot and cold drinks, crisps and biscuits available all night and included in the ticket price unless specified. Dietary requirements also catered for
  • Teamwork! Your ghost hunt will be run in a small and personal group giving you maximum involvement
  • Be hands on! You will have access to everything you need to conduct your experiments throughout the night – no sharing equipment with other groups or waiting around
  • Don’t be disturbed! Exclusive night-time access to the location for your overnight ghost hunt
  • Learn about various ghost hunting techniques and try them out for yourself on your investigation or share any knowledge you already possess to aid the investigation
  • Discover more about the high-tech ghost hunting gadgets. Many as seen on T.V, hold them in your hands and freely use them
  • Take part! Help to lead a scientific vigil, or perhaps a more traditional ghost hunting experiment- or simply just be an observer. The choice is yours
  • Working respectfully. Start your evening by learning how to apply spiritual protection, and work using the upmost respect for the sprits we encounter and fellow guests
  • Lone vigils (ghost hunting in an area all alone) can be made available for the brave
  • You may hold your place with a £20 deposit, and pay you balance four weeks before your event
  • All attendees must be 18 years or older
  • Not suitable for those in pregnancy
  • This is a very dark location, all attendees must bring a torch with them
  • All attendees are expected to wear sensible shoes and warm layered clothing
  • This location has free parking. A private car park is to the front of the building
  • Refreshments are provided by Haunted Houses Events and are included in the price
  • Guests may also bring own personal breaktime snacks
  • This is not a sleepover event
  • This location is not suitable for wheelchair users

Merley House

£45.00 Per Person

Over 250 years of history, several documented deaths and many reports of ghostly activity make Merley House a top location for ghost hunts

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