Book Haunted Inns and Hotels in New Forest

The Filly Inn

Lymington Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire

A 16th century roadside pub with window shutters, the Filly Inn exhibits ghostly manifestations. these include the ghost of a highwayman who preyed on travellers in the 17th century. Nearby is the Marlpit Oak, where highwaymen gathered to fall upon coaches and single equestrians. Reports maintain one of these outlaws, who , authorities hanged, outside the pub still haunts it. In the early 1800s, a wealthy merchant was travelling from Brockenhurst to Lymington to meet a ship coming from the continent. On that journey, he was set upon by three sailors who murdered him and threw his body into the river. They went to this pub to spend their ill-gotten gains. The proprietor heard them boasting about what they had done to the merchant, with sent for the militia. The three were later tried, found guilty of murder, hanged then gibbeted outside the inn. Their ghosts , reporters have heard, with seen roaming the inn since, with much cursing and loud threats.