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A few weeks ago, on my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary, the whole family on that side of the family went to Martindale Hall in the Clare Valley. It is an 18th century (I think) mansion surrounded by acres of land. As it was an overnight arrangement, my younger sister and I stayed in a room together. All the rooms were made up as they would have originally been (as the house now is a museum during the day and a overnight experience as well) and allocated to the guests of the party. The man who looks after the house plays the butler during a fancy dinner we were entitled to, as part of the stay, and also gives guests a full recount of the history of the place.

While dressing for dinner in the 'Nurse's Room' my sister and I were given, adjacent to the nursery, I couldn't help but feel cold. As it was the middle of autumn (fall) I didn't think much of it. It was then I heard adult laughter through the adjoining door. I had wanted to see a ghost on this trip (being interested and all) however, no recount of the history revealed any of the young masters of the house ever having children, therefore the nursery had never been used. Completely freaked out, I dressed faster and rushed out into the hall, down the stairs to the entrance and turned left into the library, from which I could hear men's voices. I had thought that it was my uncle, dad and older step-cousin in the library, as it had a billiard table and they had been itching to get their hands on it all day. Unfortunately, as the door swung open, all I found was walls of books and an empty room. A cloud of cigar smoke hung over the billiard table though and there was definitely the smell of scotch (the favorite past time of the last owner: cigars and scotch, he died at the age of 36... wonder why) so once again, I was freaked. This time I couldn't move or run away, and I heard the door swing closed behind me.

All of a sudden, a feeling of warmth swept over me, and I felt inside of me that everything was going to be alright, and I wouldn't be hurt. I spent the rest of the night in that library, sitting in the corner with all number of books in my lap. I couldn't help but feel a person sitting beside me, reading along and smoking a cigar. The library was the young owner's favorite room before he died, and books were his joy. I'm sure he was glad to see them inspiring someone once again.

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ChristineNicole (16 posts)
12 years ago (2011-12-07)
It's the mansion where they filmed picnic at hanging rock. If you haven't seen the movie or read the book, you should it's pretty creepy! It's 19th century btw, built in the 1870's:)
sister (2 stories) (3 posts)
16 years ago (2008-01-09)
It must have been wonderful to have experience that. Libraries are such nice places to spend a day, private libraries even better, but to have a ghost who will spend the night reading with you? I've always wanted that. 😁 Have you ever gone back there since? I bet if you did, the cigar ghost would love to see you.
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
16 years ago (2007-10-22)
What a wonderful story. You were very considerate to under stand that you where in 'their' space and to be comforted by it. I have no doubt you shared and evening with an entity that loved their hime and continued to do so after death.

God Bless!
KachieChan (1 stories) (6 posts)
17 years ago (2007-06-23)
Sounds like he wanted company. He sounds like a sweetheart. He reminds me a lot of a really rich guy named Alexander Wolfgang(No relation to the chef) who's really charming and sweet.
jeya (4 stories) (30 posts)
17 years ago (2007-06-22)
hey atleast he was a nice spirit. I would love to go to a mansion like that... I think I will one day. Lol
take care.
BaD (4 stories) (54 posts)
17 years ago (2007-06-22)
lol, that's so cool,
I wish I could have been there too.
I bet he was happy to have some company lol.
or at least someone quiet to read with, If I were him, I would have been thrilled 😁

<3 BaD
Abby (710 posts)
17 years ago (2007-06-22)
Dear interested,

What a lovely time and story. I would have loved to have been there to have experienced it too. I also agree with Shane that the young gentleman ghost was the previous owner just returning to visit his favorite and happy haunt. Just like old times, scents and vices. Ha, Ha!

Blessings, Abby
Shane (13 stories) (1258 posts)
17 years ago (2007-06-22)
Spirits tend to remain in the places that they were their happiest. I have no doubt that what you experienced could very well in fact have been the previous owner. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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