The Ivy House
London Road, Chalfont St Giles
An attractive old coaching inn, the Ivy House is more than two centuries old. Numerous old pubs have “ivy” in the name since the ivy leaf was a devotion to Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine. Folklore had it that ivy mixed in heated water was a cure for intoxication. There are great reports of no less than two apparitions frequenting the Ivy House. The ghosts are a man accompanied by a woman. They stroll deliberately through the hotel. They are dressed in dark clothes of the Victorian period. There have additionally been recorded subtle elements of a ghostly stagecoach passing the Ivy House to the sound of the rattling of iron-shod wheels.