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Charleston, SC â€“ In the night a woman wakes. Thereâ€™s someone in her room. She can hear him walk across the floor, feel his presence as he watches her still form, and can feel his weight when he lies down next to her, draping his arm across her body. She turns to see a pale figure, almost transparent in the moonlight, and screams. The figure gets up and makes a hasty retreat through the nearest wall. Outside her room something else awaits, its hideous growls resounding from its headless body. She looks from wall to door. Which should she choose?
There are at least three reported phenomena in the historic inn, two of which are more common sightings than the third. The first concerns a phantom glow that witnesses say appeared in a particular roomâ€™s bathroom and sitting room. In one case, the strange glows were accompanied by multiple shadows that the guests described as a group of shadowy people gathering in their room.
The second, and most frightening, apparition seems to be ripped right off the screen of a horror movie. Appearing as a floating torso, he is believed to be an unfortunate soldier who fell victim to a munitions mishap. The explosion, it seems, separated him from his head and arms. Described as belonging to a large, powerful man, the torso seems to be of the unfriendly variety of specter. While heâ€™s never spoke (and how would he without a head?), he has been reported to make strange and menacing growling noises when approached. Most who have encountered him get the sense that he doesnâ€™t like people hanging around.
The third, and most famous, of the spectral residents has been given the nickname of â€śThe Gentleman Ghost,â€ť as he appears to be a Victorian man of refinement. The apparition startles many guests, particularly the female ones, when he lays down in bed beside them and puts an arm around their shoulder. On many occasions, a startled young lady has been frightened by the gentleman and screamed, only to watch him get up and walk through the nearest wall. He is believed to be one of the former owners of the house, a college student who, for unknown reasons, jumped from the roof to his death.
Hurricane Hugo devastated the house in 1992, but that didnâ€™t stop Hastie from continuing with building the best bed and breakfast in the city. It took him many years to restore the home, but when he did, it became a breathtaking visit to another time period. Now the home is a popular stay for honeymooners, but theyâ€™re not the only ones.
Paranormal activity at the house occurs so often and has been witnessed by so many people, that the hotel now offers, in addition to their â€śstep back into timeâ€ť package, a â€śGhost Adventureâ€ť package in which guests are treated to a walking ghost tour of the city and can stay in one of the most haunted rooms.
While the best times may be open for debate, no one can doubt which rooms in the hotel are the hot-spots. Room three has been the site of many a ghost sighting. It is in room three that the strange glowing and shadowy group appears. If one is looking for a more graphic encounter, room eight is the normal stomping (or floating) grounds of the torso ghost. Heâ€™s appeared to several guests of this room, and has been held responsible for moving objects inside. However, if itâ€™s a spirit of the more amorous variety a person is looking for, room ten is the normal haunt of the famed Gentleman Ghost. And, yes, you can request specific rooms.