A pub in Somerset, England, that is allegedly haunted by the spirit of a young child has been put on the market for £695,000 (just over $963,000 in American funds). The Smugglers Inn at Blue Anchor which is close to the town of Minehead has three storeys which includes an owners’ flat on the top floor. Underneath the flat are three luxurious en-suite rooms called The Captain’s Suite, The Smuggler’s Suite, and The Commander’s Cabin.
The building was believed to have been built in the 17th century and could have possibly been originally used as a Yeoman’s house or farm. At the start of the 19th century, the building was being used as a guest house called Cleeve Villa that was connected to the Blue Anchor Inn. In 1871, it was renamed The Lodging House, followed by the new name of Cleeve Bay Villa just two years later that was used as a guest house and inn. In the 1920s, the name changed again to The Old House, and during WWII, evacuees stayed there (renamed again to Cleeve Bay Villa). It was considered a hotel in the 1950s and 1960s that was known as The Old House. The name changed once again in 1965 to The Old House Restaurant, and finally The Smugglers Inn in 1972. Wow, I never knew one building could have so many names.
The Smugglers Inn does have a reputation for being haunted, specifically by the spirit of a young child who often makes its presence known to guests and staff. Witnesses have reported seeing the child-like ghost sitting at a table that’s located in the corner of the pub.
The building even appeared on an episode of the Real Ghost Hunters. When the team investigated the building, they experienced some pretty unusual and creepy activity. At one point during their investigation, landlord Mark Forman claimed to have seen the head of a child behind the bar prior to the spirit running off which visibly startled the man.
Interestingly, cutlery and napkins were put neatly on the tables but they inexplicably ended up all being moved around in a messy fashion – the cutlery was all touching each other and the napkins were all messed up. The investigators then captured a voice on their spirit detector that seemed to have said the names Craig, Milly, Scott and Anita. Furthermore, an electrical response was detected when the team placed a children’s toy on top of the bar close to where the ghost had previously been seen.
While there seems to be a decent amount of paranormal activity associated with the Smugglers Inn, it doesn’t appear to be malicious, so whoever decides to buy the building may only have a mild ghost child to share the space with on a continuous basis. A couple of pictures of the pub can be seen here.