Book Haunted Inns and Hotels in South Oxfordshire

The Red Lion Hotel

Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames

An impressive building near the river, the creeper-clad Red Lion has been one of the main Henley inns for centuries. Built in the 15th century, several reigning monarchs have stayed here during Royal Regattas. One guest room of the Red Lion exhibits ghostly manifestations. These include Lady Periam, a woman of learning and piety and a generous benefactor to Balliol College, Oxford in the early 1600s. However, the date of her death is uncertain. Whilst staying here, the poet, William Shenstone, scratched a few lines of an ode onto a windowpane which can still be read.