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    http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1807712,00.html Hotelier utilizes ghosts 28/09/2005 09:26 - (SA) Iaine Harper George - An
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      Hotelier utilizes ghosts
      28/09/2005 09:26 - (SA)

      Iaine Harper

      George - An enterprising Karoo hotelier has decided
      that his establishment's ghosts must pay for their
      other-worldly board and lodging.

      There are rumoured to be poltergeists, the ghost of a
      woman who hanged herself in her lonely hotel room, as
      well as paintings that change character at various
      times of the month.

      Donald Lamont, manager of the Swartberg Hotel in
      Prince Albert, a town at the foot of the majestic
      Swartberg Pass, said he, himself, had not seen any
      manifestations, but that several staff and guests had
      sworn they had had ghostly experiences.

      However, a receptionist at the hotel, which was built
      in 1886, has told of seeing a vase flying across a
      room, leaving behind the flowers it had contained!

      There are two huge oil paintings in the hotel
      restaurant and staff and guests alike have sworn these
      have changed character - objects depicted in the art
      works have moved position - at certain times of the
      lunar month.

      Sober claims

      These claims have not been after a session at the
      hotel's well-stocked bar, either. There also is the
      apparent sighting of a ghostly woman who is claimed to
      have hanged herself in one of the hotel bedrooms in
      the early 1900s.

      Lamont would not say which bedroom it was for fear of
      being swamped by ghost-busters or superstitious guests
      refusing to be given that room.

      Either way, he has engaged the services of Ailse
      Tudhope, who is steeped in local folklore to entertain
      guests with ghost stories in front of a warm fire in
      the lounge on cold winter evenings, after a good meal
      with warming spirits of a more-worldly nature.

      The hotel also has organised a "Ghost walk" which
      takes in spectral aspects of the town, as well as
      aspects of its Victorian/Edwardian architecture.

      Ailse has a font of knowledge of local legends and is
      called "The Story Spinner" with good cause.

      Whether the hotel's ghosts are real or not is
      immaterial; she comes up with a good yarn or two to
      make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck while
      the hotel's good spirits warm the cockles of your heart.

      Nephilim's Paranormal Investigations - http://paranorm.cjb.net



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