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Mellingray

Listed under Unusual Places to Stay in West Country, United Kingdom.

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“Death does not always warning give, therefore be careful how you live”, reads a grave inscription not far from Mellingray, a converted barn in North Cornwall. Since it’s opening, unwelcome occurrences and surprise happenings have been reported after stays in the renovated, 140 year old barn. Surrounded by craning trees, the barn and its two bedroom annex can sleep up to twelve people. It has been said however, that even if you do not fill the six bedroom property, the holiday home is always full…

It seems that the barn’s picturesque landscapes and under heated floors welcome every type of visitor, alive or dead. Every visitor book tells a story and Mellingray’s is no exception. The figure of a man has been seen suspended from the barn’s beams, guests have arrived home to find lights blazing from the ground floor of the premises and the impossibly heavy iron latches on its old doors are found open. The barn’s renovator has considered asking a priest to visit the property, especially when it was reported that the television seemed to take on a life of it’s own by mysteriously turning on, increasing it’s volume to the maximum and promptly switching off again.

Framed by Cornwall’s dramatic coast, the uncomfortable presence which seems to lurk in Mellingray’s rafters is not alone. Nearby Camelot is known for it’s autonomous pianos and grey figures which fall from buildings. Boscastle’s ‘Museum of Witchcraft’ exhibits ducking stools of old and human skulls, as well as offering advice for those who dare to experiment with the Ouija board. It may seem like a cunning ploy emanating from the welcoming hands of the U.K tourist board but the voices of Cornwall moors challenge you to spend a night alone in Mellingray’s attic, armed with a crucifix of course.

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Written by  Sybilla Harvey.

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