Behind the Silent Pool distillery is a haunted lake. According to local legend, a woodcutter’s daughter was swimming in the water when she noticed King John, who ruled England from 1199 to 1216, watching her from the bank. As he advanced towards her, she moved away, but stepped into deeper water and drowned. Every night at around midnight, her ghost reportedly rises from the depths.
A few staff at Silent Pool, in Albury, Surrey, have reported seeing “strange things” in the area but Sophie Best, Head of Finance and Commercial, isn’t one of them.
“I’ve never seen any ghosts but it does get eerily quiet by the lake sometimes,” she says.
Best doesn’t have much time for the supernatural; she’s focused on a different type of spirit – gin.