Ghosts in the Attic ?

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Hi all... This is Eric Arthur Blair other half  (not better.... just other!!!)...  I was told I wasn't allowed to use his account to post messages Smiling

We had a guest last week that said she was psychic, and that we had ghosts (yes.... with a S) in the house,  but that they were all nice.  She told Eric that she particularly like the one that was hanging out in the upstairs bathroom (creepy voyeur!!!!),  and in the morning, she said there is a small child that came into her room.

Does anyone believe in this ? Is it a good thing to discuss or would it freak out guests ?  We personally never witness anything moving by itself, or lights going on and off by themselves, so to me there is no proof at all.... I would love to believe it, as I think it is interesting (specially that she said there were no malevolent spirit), but I am a big skeptic

The house is a very old house (125 years), and it has quite a bit of history...  Never heard anything about somebody who died in the house, but I assume that over 125 years, it probably happened a couple of times. 

So what do you think.... anyone else has ghosts in the attic ? 

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Welcome Yves!

We've never noticed anything in our 155 year old house, but if a guest asks I always reply "Do you want there to be or not?"  They usually laugh and we move on to a new subject.

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Probably two months after taking over this Inn, we had some ghost hunters stay.  Came mid-week toting a TON of suitcases full of equipment.  We had no other guests, so we let them have their way with it.  Cameras in several rooms, kids ball on the stairs, recorders in the kitchen...  My GF/other Innkeeper was so anti-ghost, don't exist, that's devil talk (raise strict Catholic).  The next morning, the guy was standing in the kitchen with a recorder when our fridge kicked on.  He said, "That fridge is loud".  Device registered activity and he played it back - a voice (neither of theirs) said "It is loud". I didn't hear it, but I'm glad she did.  We've named him Silvester after the man that built the house.  There's also a female presence in an upstairs room.  Happy spirits.  She thumps around during the day, but no trouble from either.  We call her Helen.

Whenever anyone asks if we have ghosts, GF's favorite response is, "I don't know.  You tell me in the morning."  That usually shuts them up devil

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Device registered activity and he played it back...

A device that automatically plays back in a different frequency to make a different voice pitch. Very simple electronics.I've had ghost investigators in my building before, a couple of times. All their equipment has electronics to make lights flash at random, and random sounds, that they call "detecting activity". Bogus bogus bogus.

This is a business for them. The make money from people who buy their show, and they laugh about it later. Hucksters. In my humble opinion.

But I would play along with guests who want to believe it. Not for me to burst their bubble.

So I'm a huckster too.

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We recently had an exorcist stay with us.  It was funny when he told DW that we had such a "clean place".   She thought that meant clean as in no dirt.  I had to pull her aside and explain that he meant no demonic activity.

If he only knew what went on in our cottages, he might not be so quick to make that pronouncement. wink

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We recently had an exorcist stay with us.  It was funny when he told DW that we had such a "clean place".   She thought that meant clean as in no dirt.  I had to pull her aside and explain that he meant no demonic activity.

If he only knew what went on in our cottages, he might not be so quick to make that pronouncement. wink

That is funny PT!

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We've heard stories about a ghost in our Old House (circa 1780, so now going on 233 years, as opposed to our New House which was built in 1870...).  "She" is reportedly a benevolent spirit. As far as we know, no one is buried here, although ashes have been spread and we do a have a rock that has been inscribed in memory of one of the ancestors.

We don't advertise any of this, but will discuss if the guest brings it up.

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Here are a couple other conversations on this topic:

http://www.innspiring.com/node/12894

http://www.innspiring.com/resources/blogging/ghosts-bb

http://www.innspiring.com/node/1697

 

 

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We went to an inn at the beginning of April to work as interim innkeepers. I asked the innkeeper if she was aware of any ghosts and was told about the three rooms where different 'presences' had been felt. I didn't share this with the kids at.all. But there were three rooms that they felt uncomfortable going into and didn't even like walking past. Yep- the three rooms that I was told had ghosts were the three rooms they felt weird about. I'll never tell them what the innkeeper told me, I just played it off as being in a new place and the excitement that goes along with a new job Smiling

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My son's GF almost knocked me down backing out of grumpy old guy's room. It hit her like a freight train. And, yet, we have guests who take that room whenever they're here. Doesn't bother them at all.

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We had a spirit medium come and read our house. She found one grumpy old guy 'ghost', his very pleasant wife and another relative who gave off very calming vibes. There were assorted other emanations as well but those are the ones we hear about.

So, believe it or not? We've had 3 guests tell us the grumpy old guy's room was cold and uninviting. One guest told us she told the old guy to buzz off. As she was telling me this, the door next to her opened and slammed shut.

Guests absolutely love the room with the calming vibes.

Comments were unsolicited. Guests just tell us this stuff. We don't experience any of it.

I have a BIL named Yves! Welcome

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Hi Yves!

I would bring it up if anyone ever asks, that is what I do. Example: We have a cemetery behind us, so when people ask us if we have every seen or heard any ghosts, I usually say "No I haven't seen any but we have dead bodies buries in our back yard..." then they stop stare and then laugh when they get it.

We have one room that was the nursery here and also people finished up there, I won't tell anyone that. 

So either have fun or do whatever you want. We have had psychic paranormalists here as well. And we had a guy who wanted in the worst way to come here for that purpose.  Book a room buddy and you can be a ghost hunter all you want! cool

 

Edited to add: I don't mention the cemetery on our website, and have had guests leave because they did not want to be near one, even an historic cemetery where many of our guests like to wander and see old stones pre civil war etc.

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Edited to add: I don't mention the cemetery on our website, and have had guests leave because they did not want to be near one, even an historic cemetery where many of our guests like to wander and see old stones pre civil war etc.

One of my favorite B&B stays ever was in Holmfirth, England, where the series "Last of the Summer Wine" was filmed. Our B&B was immediately adjacent to the cemetery were Bill Owen, who played Compo on the show, is buried. I mean 10 steps from my room was the cemetery wall. I loved being so close to where he lies. One of my favorite characters of all time!

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Welcome

This topic has come up a few times here, and as others have mentioned above, the general feeling is to NOT mention ghosts unless a guest brings up the topic, then you can just tell what you have been told, staying neutral on whether you believe it or not, and let the guest take the conversation from there.

At least in my town, it was common practice for people to die at home here up until we got a hospital about 1950. And it was only after 1935 that we had a funeral home here, so before that it was common for the bodies to be on display in their home before burial.

All this to say that, with the age of your building there's a good chance it has seen death.

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Hi and welcome. Glad you got your own account. Check in often. I think it is kind of cool. But I wouldn't mention it to guests..some of them could freak out over it. 

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Welcome Yves!

We have had guests who say they are "sensitive" to these things and have told me that in a certain room (they all mentioned the same room) that they get a "warm female presence". No one has ever seen any type of apparition/ghost.

I don't bring it up to guests, but if someone asks, I tell them what I just told you. No one has ever gotten creeped out by it, but I also don't mention it without someone asking.

Has anyone else ever said anything to you?

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Nope, noone ever said anything, so that is what makes me a skeptic... From what I read here, there seems to be quite a few people who would be 'sensitive' to this type of things, so I would think someone else would have said something over the years... but then again, maybe they would be worry that I would think they are nuts!

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Yves wrote:

... From what I read here, there seems to be quite a few people who would be 'sensitive' to this type of things...

That's a nice way of saying they're one French fry short  of a Happy Meal.

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wink   Always stay polite !

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Sometimes I have them asking during check-in. My area of the U.S. is relatively young, so having a 120 year old house is uncommon. They just figure an old house has to have ghosts.

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Jacob Marley, mortgage lender is my only ghost

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gillumhouse wrote:

Jacob Marley, mortgage lender is my only ghost

Are we talking ghosts or skeletons in the closet? yes

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

gillumhouse wrote:

Jacob Marley, mortgage lender is my only ghost

Are we talking ghosts or skeletons in the closet? yes

All I know is that he rattles loudly every month

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gillumhouse wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

gillumhouse wrote:

Jacob Marley, mortgage lender is my only ghost

Are we talking ghosts or skeletons in the closet? yes

All I know is that he rattles loudly every month

Are you sure it isn't your knees?  wink

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Ice wrote:

gillumhouse wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

gillumhouse wrote:

Jacob Marley, mortgage lender is my only ghost

Are we talking ghosts or skeletons in the closet? yes

All I know is that he rattles loudly every month

Are you sure it isn't your knees?  wink

My knees do not rattle - they crunch and snap and pop. Rattle requires flexibility.

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Not that I know of. I think it would be interesting - especially if they were of the nice variety.

This house is now 101. I do not know about before us, but we have had 2 die here but so far neither Daddy nor DH's brother have "done" anything.

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