Does living in a haunted area increase or decrease the value of your house?

With Halloween just around the corner, we wanted to find out if living near one of the most haunted locations in the UK affects the price of properties in the surrounding neighbourhood.

Looking at the nine most haunted places in the UK, we compared the average house price in that direct area using HM Land Registry sold prices since 2000, and the current average of the surrounding areas. Scarily, it turns out that living near a haunted location actually lowers the value by 5%.

However, there are some haunted areas in which average value of a house has actually increased. Read the below to find out which areas came out on top, and those that were just too scary to move in to…

Where: Borley Rectory, Essex

How spooky

Borley Rectory was a Victorian mansion in the village of Borley, Essex. It was destroyed by a fire in 1939, but gained a reputation as being heavily haunted after a number of locals reported some unexplained paranormal activity. According to reports, the ghost of a nun, two headless horsemen, a phantom carriage, the phantom ringing of the servant’s bells and bottle-throwing are just some of the paranormal incidents reported at Borley.

Average house price in the area

£410,356

Average house price in the surrounding area

£312,284

Value increase or decrease?

31% increase

Where: Athelhampton House, Dorset

How spooky

The Great Chamber in the house is set to be haunted by a pair of duellists. From the wine cellar, tapping sounds have been heard, whilst the ghost of the Grey Lady has been seen around the house several times. The sound of a phantom cat’s feet has also been heard on the floorboards around the house.

Average house price in the area

£408,090

Average house price in the surrounding area

£342,784

Value increase or decrease?

19% increase



Where: Village of Pluckley, Kent

How spooky

The Village of Pluckley was named in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most haunted village in Britain in 1989. Numerous ghosts have been reported in the village, including a screaming man, a highwayman who appears at Fright Corner, a schoolmaster found hanged by a group of children and an old woman who used to sit on a bridge smoking.

Average house price in the area

£355,357

Average house price in the surrounding area

£334,423

Value increase or decrease

6% increase

Where: Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon

How spooky

Berry Pomeroy Castle is a picturesque castle in Devon that is haunted by two female ghosts – the White Lady and the Blue Lady. The Blue Lady is said to haunt the tower, luring passers-by to her aid – and if they help her, it is said that they fall to their death. The White Lady is said to haunt the dungeons.

Average house price in the area

£319,666

Average house price in the surrounding area

£395,693

Value increase or decrease?

19% decrease



Where: Pendle Hill, Lancashire

How spooky

Located in Pendleside, this haunted location was home to the Pendle witches and is also famous for its links to George Fox, which led to the foundation of the Quaker movement. A burial site was also found at the foot of the hill, prompting many people to visit the site in search of some ghostly goings-on. Most Haunted visited the site in 2004 for a live episode and the presenter, Yvette Fielding, maintains that that episode was the scariest episode of Most Haunted that they have ever filmed.

Average house price in the area

£256,666

Average house price in the surrounding area

£269,411

Value increase or decrease?

5% decrease



Where: Ancient Ram Inn, Stroud

How spooky

The Ancient Ram Inn is said to have been the location of many sinister happenings, including child sacrifice, suicide, black magic rituals and was also used as a hideout by criminals. The current owner believes that he shares his home with two demons, a witch, orbs and other ghostly presences.

Average house price in the area

£247,787

Average house price in the surrounding area

£367,317

Value increase or decrease?

33% decrease



Where: Salmesbury Hall, Lancashire

How spooky

Moving up north to Lancashire, Salmesbury Hall is a medieval house that dates back to the fourteenth century. It’s reported to be haunted by ghost of Lady Dorothy Southworth, amongst others and has been investigated twice by Most Haunted, once in 2004 and once in 2009.

Average house price in the area

£192,404

Average house price in the surrounding area

£195,545

Value increase or decrease?

2% decrease



Where: Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

How spooky

While looking complete from the outside, this Gothic revival mansion is unfinished from the inside. Plaster encompasses the rooms, and floors are missing. It gained its haunted reputation as a haunted location following several paranormal sightings including: a phantom horseman, the Tall Man of the Chapel and a ghost in the cellar. Visitors have also been attached by ghosts and others have collapsed, whilst women who have been to the bathroom have reported seeing a floating head. The ghost of a little girl and the ghost of an old woman have also been spotted at the site.

Average house price in the area

£189,904

Average house price in the surrounding area

£313,573

Value increase or decrease?

39% decrease

Where: Chillingham Castle, Northumberland

How spooky

Chillingham Castle is a 12th century castle and has its fair share of ghostly tales and encounters. A tortured child, a blue boy, the ghost of Lady Mary and a spooky royal procession haunt the castle today. The castle has a record eight executions, and the ghosts of the executed are thought to also haunt the place.

Average house price in the area

£185,630

Average house price in the surrounding area

£196,172

Value increase or decrease?

5% decrease

Chart updated

Sources: http://landregistry.data.gov.uk https://www.zoopla.co.uk/search https://www.hauntedrooms.co.uk/haunted-places/england

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