The friars of Coombe Abbey - now a spectacular hotel and country park - are the stuff of legend and there can't be many children who have walked through the grounds without having their spines chilled by tales of mysterious monks.
One of the most famous tales from the 12th century abbey is of Abbott Geoffrey, a monk who was brutally murdered at Coombe early in 1345. The murderer was never caught and it proved to be the downfall of the monestery.
Visitors to the abbey have reported seeing a cowled figure floating around the grounds and his restless spirit is also believed to be responsible for items being flung about in the kitchens.
Poor Abbot Geoffrey is not alone in the spectral realm at Coombe. One of the saddest tales is of a young gypsy girl who's footsteps can be heard pattering across the cobbles near the stables
It's believed she is Matilda, who fell pregnant to the master of the house and was then spurned. The baby was still-born and in revenge, the girl put a curse on the first born of the family owning the house, which said they would die before middle age.
Strangely, the Craven family, who owned Coombe for 300 years until 1922, had no luck with their children and many died relatively young.
Other legends surrounding the building include a horseman, said to ride near to the lodge house, and a mysterious woman in Victorian costume riding a bike on the road outside the abbey.
Has anyone seen the House Cat that always slept on a special chair in the Coombe Abbey Hotel Lobby......?
I have, and was told by the Hotel Concierge that it was believed to be a ghost....!!!!!!!