Spend Halloween at one of these KZN haunted hotels … if you dare

2014-10-31 00:00

TONIGHT is the night, if folklore is to be believed, when the restless spirits roam the land of the living.

The Witness tracked down the top three haunted hotels in KZN and some of the stories they shared were chilling.

Nottingham Road Hotel, probably the most famous of the haunted hotels in KZN, was built as an inn in 1854.

The 160-year-old landmark saw many meetings and deaths, and tales of ghosts haunting the rooms of the old building have circulated the area for years.

The most popular tale is the one of Charlotte, a “lady of the night” who jumped to her death from the two-storey building after the love of her life was killed in battle.

Guests have stories of leaving a messy room locked only to come back later to find the bed made and clothes packed away in the cupboards.

Nottingham Road Hotel front desk manager Nick Stokes said he had only been working at the hotel for a few months, but was a little afraid to walk around alone.

“I get chills walking around upstairs,” said Stokes.

Haunted hotel number two is Hebron Haven Hotel in Dargle Valley.

A wealthy man named Carl Preller was awarded the land in 1849.

Preller, as legend has it, had masses of gold and “three lazy sons who wanted to squander all his riches”, said owner Robert Pollabauer.

Pollabauer said before Preller died, he buried his riches all around the property and didn’t tell a single soul where the treasure was hidden.

Guests have told Pollabauer they had seen an old man standing at the windows of chalets 30 and 31, staring into the wilderness.

Pollabauer said he thought Preller was still watching over his land and his gold.

Pollabauer said he had experienced ghostly activity when he was closing the windows in the ladies’ bathroom.

“I felt something brush past me. I got one hell of a fright,” said Pollabauer.

Last, but not least, the Mountain Park Hotel in Bulwer was built in the early 1940s and is home to the only known ghost dog in South Africa.

Given the name “Flick” by management, guests have left messages in the visitor’s book saying they had been woken up by the sound of a dog whining in the bathroom.

The guests said they would check the bathroom and see nothing, but the smell of a dog would fill the room.

Front desk manager Julianne Bebillot said that although she hadn’t been working at the hotel very long, she had heard stories about Flick and a little ghost girl named Matilda.

All the ghosts are said to be friendly spirits and would welcome visitors with open arms and a ghostly grin on this Halloween.

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