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Talbot Hotel

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Few could disagree with the statement that Mary, Queen of Scots had a turbulent life, and her death by decapitation (which is said to have taken two strokes of the axe and a little sawing) as a punishment for treason isn’t the type of demise generally associated with restful spirits, so her regular appearance on the stairs down which she walked just prior to her execution is just about as unsurprising as such a ghostly manifestation can be. However, the stairs in question are no longer located in Fotheringay Castle but at the beautiful Talbot Hotel in Oundle, itself an Elizabethan building full of exposed oak beams, huge fireplaces, four-poster beds and dark, plush fabrics, but without the draughty austerity. (Fotheringay is now, indeed, as draughty as it’s possible to get, since it gradually fell into ruins after Mary’s death and various chunks of it, including the Talbot’s haunted staircase, were taken apart and reconstructed as features within new edifices.) The building is made of glorious, soft golden stone and there are some wonderful antiques inside. Accommodation is characterful but dated in places. Their ‘feature rooms’ are the best.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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