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The gorgeous country estate that is St Anne's Country Inn & Spa is located in Grafton Ontario. A wonderful spot, where the inn's natural setting and charm are conducive to a most relaxing vacation. The inn was originally built in 1857 as a summer home for the Masseys, a wealthy and prestigious Toronto family. It later change hands and was owned by a Texas oil baron for a time. In the 1980's it was purchased by the present owners and has been operated as a luxury spa ever since.
However, the inn's corridors hold a possible legend. Over the years the apparition of a teenage boy has been experienced in parts of the inn where guests have reported hearing his laughter. The stories also includes the spectral visions of two elderly ladies in hooded cloaks, who are seen roaming the hallways of one of the inn's wings.
Whom or what these apparitions may be is anyone's guess. No one has positively identified them.
Update: In follow up to this report, we've talked to the staff of the inn who all seem to report that the legends and stories are most likely just that... legends and stories brought about by an attractive, older, historic home.
Also, we've had a plethora of e-mails from people telling us of the wonderful experience at the spa and how they will be returning. So, far from being a "spooky" or "unwelcoming" place, the spa and inn seem to be a truly restful and beautiful spot. If there are "spirits" at the inn, one should almost be happy for them having to spend an eternity in this spectacular spot.
Just came across your site while looking for St. Anne's and I had to tell you my story.
My mother and I were guests at the spa four years ago. After a wonderful day of treatments, we were getting ready for dinner. I went into the bathroom and when I came out a few minutes later, I found my mother trapped in a giant wooden armoire that had "flown" off the wall and encased her between a couch and the floor.
My mother is a very petite woman who couldn't possibly wrench a 5 foot wide, 8 foot tall, 600+ pound piece of furniture from where it stood, simply by taking a jacket off a hanger, which is what she had been doing. Without thinking about what I was doing, I lifted the armoire up and put it back against the wall!
Although shaken, my mother was not the least bit hurt, she had in fact fit perfectly in the space inside - which is quite remarkable considering there was about an inch of space around her on either side. She said that it felt as though the armoire had lifted up and gently cradled her inside.
We called the front desk and a handy man showed up promptly. When I jokingly asked him about ghosts in the room he got quite pale and later, the owner came by to tell us that there had been visits in our room before, but all quite playful. We didn't feel threatened by the presence, and went on to enjoy our weekend and slept very well.
Still, when I think back to the experience, and how my mother was carefully pushed into the safe recess of the armoire, and how I simply picked it up afterwards, well, there's no doubt in my mind that we were not alone.
And yes, like many others, I do plan on returning!
Our thanks to the witness and her mother for sharing this report with us. - Sue Darroch - Director