The two hotels featured in today’s post have feature spirits that have come back to either find their loved ones or to bring peace to their family members. Love keeps them wandering the hallways and surprising guests with their frequent visits. Resting in peace doesn’t have to mean you have to leave your home.
Castle Leslie Estate
This gorgeous castle located in Glaslough, Ireland is the perfect getaway for a romantic vacation or the perfect back drop for a lavish wedding. Built in 1871 For Sir John Leslie, it is one of the last castles in Ireland that is still owned by the original family. This beautiful home has been the visited by William Butler Yeats, Mick Jagger, and Paul McCartney.
Almost as famous as the castle itself are the spirits that wander the rooms. In 1914, Lady Marjorie Leslie was awoken one night to see her husband, Norman standing at the foot of the bed by a chest of drawers. He appeared to reading through some letters. When Lady Marjorie questioned what he was doing there, Norman smiled at her and faded away. The reason she questioned what he was doing there was because Norman had died on the battlefield in France just a few days earlier. Since then, Norman has been seen often the Red Room. He is usually seen shuffling through papers. If guests are too loud in the room, he has been known to hush them before fading away.
Down the hall in the Mauve Room, another Leslie family member received a visit from a relative. In 1943, as Lady Leonie was on her death bed, a nurse in charge of taking care of her saw an elegant woman walking into Leonie’s room. Assuming it was someone coming to say goodbye, the nurse left the room to give them privacy. It wasn’t until after Lady Leonie passed away that the nurse saw a painting in another woman of the elegant woman. The woman in the painting was Lady Leonie’s mother-in-law, Lady Constance. Lady Constance had passed away in 1925.
If you are interested in staying at the castle, please check out their website for more information on how to book a room there.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
This amazing hotel located in Quebec City, Quebec has the distinction of being the most photographed hotel in the world according to Guinness World Records. It was originally built in the 1893 as a railroad hotel.
The name of the hotel comes from New France’s (later known as Canada) governor general in the 17th century, Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac. When de Buade passed away in 1698, he left instructions to have his heart sent to his fiancé who still lived in Europe. Too upset over his death to accept his gift, she sent it back to New France. De Buade now roams the halls of the hotel looking for his fiancé. The hotel is located near a fort (Fort Cataraqui) that he was a general at while alive. Guests have seen him sitting on a windowsill before he vanishes from sit. Others have seen him walking around the second floor landing, as well as in the ballroom.
While a lot is known about Louis de Buade, not much is known of the second spirit of Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Guest have reported to being woken up by a woman in a white nightgown. She either is seen either standing by the bed or stroking their check while they sleep. A few guests, however, have reported to waking up briefly to her laying in bed with them. I doubt they were able to get much sleep after that…
If you want to stop by and visit Louis de Buade or take a chance of waking up beside a spirit, go to the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac’s website to reserve your room.