16th-Century Haunted Castle for SaleImagine living in a Scottish castle with ten bedrooms on 53 acres. This is Earlshall Castle, built beginning in 1546 by Sir William Bruce. The Bruce family occupied Earlshall castle for generations, including the infamous Sir Andrew Bruce, who earned the nickname "Bloody Bruce." This may have been because of the time he cut off the head of Richard Cameron, leader of the Covenanters in 1680. Or it could have been just because he was a bloodthirsty warrior in general. But the upshot is that the ghost of Bloody Bruce is said to have never left Earlshall, even though the Bruces died out in 1708. Some have heard his footsteps on the castle's spiral staircase. Would that cause you to think twice about buying this property?Besides the ten bedrooms, there are six bathrooms, eight reception rooms, a five-car garage, three cottages, a forest, a variety of gardens, and 19 acres of pasture. Earlshall castle is in Fife, with easy access to Dundee and Edinburgh. There are many golf courses and a beach nearby. The listing from Savills has details on Earlshall Castle, but you have to submit an application to find out the price. Still, anyone can see pictures of what's inside and out. Read more about the history of this castle at Mental Floss.(Image credit: Flickr user Tom Parnell and Savills) #realestate #castle #haunted #ghost #Scotland
Potential Buyers Want Proof Apartment Isn't HauntedNo one wanted to buy an apartment for sale in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, because it was thought to be haunted. A court ordered that a man be hired to stay there for 24 hours and livestream his experience, in order to prove to potential buyers that nothing bad will happen to them. And nothing happened, while 40,000 people watched the man go about his business, eating, sleeping, and exercising in the apartment. Afterward, the apartment went up for auction, with an asking price of 1.2 million yuan (US$187,319), which is only two-thirds the cost of similar properties in the area. Still, no one placed a bid! ​The last owner of the apartment fell into deep debt from gambling. He committed suicide, which convinced others that he was probably still hanging around. Authorities said they will try again to auction off the apartment to pay those debts. -via Boing Boing#realestate #haunted #China
Haunted Places With Chilling Histories Around the WorldIf your idea of a great travel destination includes thrills and adventures, as well as exploring the less traveled corner of the world, you might consider visiting someplace haunted. Some are haunted due to the experiences of previous guests and the legends that grow with every telling. Some start out creepy-looking, and therefore breed terror which then breeds stories of ghosts and mysterious happenings. And there are some are places where documented horrific events occurred, which leads to consideration of the restless spirits of the victims who met their end at that spot. The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, South Africa, is exactly such a place. Originally a ship replenishment station built by the Dutch East India Company, this castle also served as a military fortress and prison during the Second Boer War from 1899 to 1902. The castle's official website lays out its gruesome past, which involved men being hanged. One of them put a curse on governor Pieter van Noodt who condemned them to death, and the governor died of a heart attack the next day. If you're up for it, you can tour the many rooms of the castle—including the torture chamber.​This is just one of 14 haunted places with dark pasts that you can visit. See the entire list at House Beautiful. ​(Image credit: Martinvl) #haunted #CastleofGoodHope