A Scare at Bedtime: Airbnb's seven most haunted homes
The Scaring Economy
Fancy a scare at bedtime? These atmospheric Airbnb rentals are crammed with ghosts, ghouls and hidden histories.
Highlands Mansion, Denver, Colorado
They say: "I bought this ramshackle condemned mansion (photo above) on April 1, 1991, and began a decades-long transformation into an award-winning landmark Inn ready for your visit... Named after “Valentine”, daughter of the Lumber Baron who built the mansion, [it features] a spectacular artistry ceiling, private bath and a big jacuzzi! Renowned 'most haunted rooms' by paranormal fans."
We say: They do Murder Mystery dinners, too.
Guests say: "Great place! Just as described - awesome experience to step back in time and spend a night in a romantic old mansion..." - Holly, Wisconsin
Details: airbnb.ie/rooms/7660571; €226 per night.
The Haunted Chamber Apartment, York
They say: "The madness chamber is haunted and is well over 600 years old. It's a time capsule for York containing wood panelling and overlooking the minster. Silent with an small outside yard, the perfect retreat."
We say: While in York, check out the city's original ghost walk (theoriginalghostwalkofyork.co.uk) - it leaves nightly from the King's Arms pub.
Guests say: "Actually it was lovely just to hang out there, the flat is very, very old and oozes ye olde character, the ghosts are friendly too and the spooky paraphernalia great fun..." - Jason, Brighton
Details: airbnb.ie/rooms/3189082; €151 per night.
Haunted Castle house, Brumley, Missouri
They say: "The Haunted Castle House was built in 1850, over 10 years before the beginning of the American Civil War, by a well-known doctor. It has been used for many businesses in the past 160 years, including a hospital, funeral home and barbershop...
"We cannot guarantee any of our guests that they WILL experience a paranormal encounter. We also cannot promise you WON'T have a ghostly encounter. We do not refund room rates to guests who leave early because they are frightened of any paranormal activity that may occur during their stay."
We say: It's also got some cemeteries out back...
Guests say: "We enjoyed not only the stories and history of the house but actually being able to film a horror short and hopefully make ourselves a part of the wonderful Castle House..." - Adrian, Missouri
Details: airbnb.ie/rooms/6243943; €412 per night.
Castle Chateau Pitau 'with ghost', Russia
They say: "I would like to suggest you something really interesting - the castle Chateau Pitau located close to Moscow! It can be interesting for a long stay or small weekend parties... the Ghost of the castle appears weekly at midnight :-)"
We say: The house is 15 minutes from Domodedovo International Airport, with a forest to the rear. It's got a wooden sauna with shower cabin, too...
Guests say: "We stayed with our large family (9 persons) for 103 days. The house and grounds met our needs perfectly... Tatiana and Peter went above and beyond in meeting every need and request that we had during or stay..." - William, Alabama
Details: airbnb.ie/rooms/383336; €47 per night.
Laura's Cottage, Savannah, Georgia
They say: "Live in history. Over 1,000 square feet of unique charm, the cottage was used in the filming of Robert Redford's film 'The Conspirator', as well as being a favorite with local ghost tours... you will not find another space like it in Savannah."
We say: The cottage, said to date from 1799, may be haunted by a ghost called 'Laura'. "We never saw her, or heard her, but she was there," says one reported review.
Guests say: "Sets a great tone for your time in Savannah, right out of 1799 (but with AC, wifi, indoor plumbing and a really comfy bed). The location is great for downtown but still quiet. It was a TOTAL treat for our trip..." - Tracie, LA
Details: airbnb.ie/rooms/155982; €213 per night.
P-B Mansion, New Orleans
They say: "Don’t worry, our ghost (a young girl in a yellow dress from the 1890s) is very shy; you probably won’t see her, although some people swear she exists! If you prefer, please check out our other listings: the Red Room, and the Library."
We say: New Orleans is said to be America's most haunted city. St. Louis Cemetery No.1, Anne Rice's 'Interview with a Vampire' and Louisiana's voodoo lore all contribute to the Deep South atmospherics...
Guests say: "Didn't see any ghosts while we were there but did have a great overnight stay. The whole house is like a museum with artifacts hid in every corner..." - Chad, Colorado
Details: airbnb.ie/rooms/914581; €109 per night.
Historic Adobe Home, New Mexico
They say: "Cuchillo is a small ghost town hidden in a small valley in the Southern New Mexico Desert. This historic property once served as a stagecoach stop for the mines in Chloride, New Mexico, and the railroad at Engle, NM and the old hotel has given shelter to travelers in the area for over a century."
We say: The nearest town is called Truth or Consequences...
Guests say: "We were greeted by the dog first, as we pulled into the almost hidden driveway in front of the sign for the old bar and hotel. Lights off an old cop car shone in our headlights and a license plate that read Elvis popped out as we walked through a veil in time." - Coby, Colorado
Details: airbnb.ie/rooms/748199; from €60 per night.
P.S. Conroy's Old Bar, Aglish, Co. Tipperary
It's not haunted (that we know of anyway), but it is a self-catering pub. A self-catering pub! Conroy's sleeps up to four in a converted village bar close to Terryglass - about 45 minutes from one of Ireland's most haunted locations, Leap Castle.
We say: Although the beer pumps no longer dispense, guests can BYO and enjoy the old beer garden and BBQ areas with views over the Tipperary countryside.
Guests say: “What an experience! Sleeping in a pub! It was wonderful, kids were just so excited about it! The place is lovely very well organized and at the same time Erron and her husband managed the true spirit of an Irish pub inside...” - Emilie, Paris
Check in: airbnb.ie/rooms/1223481; from €140 per night.
NB: This article has been updated to reflect changing prices.