Book Haunted Inns and Hotels in West Dorset

The Fox and Hounds Inn

Duck Street Cattistock, Dorchester, Dorset

It is built of a lovely mellowed stone with thick walls. This establishment has stood for the past four centuries. Originally, it was a 14th century longhouse. It was built in Anglo-Saxon style, with wood framing, wattle, and daub. Almost nothing has been done to the exterior for many years. It is one of the most attractive inns in the county. The area immediately outside this pub exhibits ghostly manifestations. These include the ghost of a man calling out “Search for Wat Perkins’’. In the early 1800s, a Scottish peddler called Perkins was staying at this inn. Here, an assailant took his life for his money. Perkins was buried in a ditch. A local woman, who lived at nearby Kit Whistle Cottage, had slit his throat and buried him. When his body was discovered, she confessed. She was tried, with hanged. Her ghost haunts the lanes of Cattistock and the pub two centuries later.