Wednesday, August 21, 2013

9 Of The World's Creepiest Mansions (Of The Day)

Don Knotts spent the night in at least three of these. Would you?

From io9.

Pidhirtsi Castle, Pidhirtsi, Ukraine
This 17th century castle was once richly furnished, but during World War I, Russian soldiers destroyed the lavish interior. After WWII, the Soviets reopened it as a Tubercolosis sanitarium, but in 1956 the old castle caught fire and burned for three weeks, destroying the last of its interior beauty.

Château Miranda, Celles, Belgium
Château Miranda was built in 1866 by an English architect for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family. The family lived there until World War II, when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium. It's empty since 1991, in part because the family refuses to turn it over to the municipality of Celles.

Halcyon Hall, Bennett College, Millbrook, New York
Halcyon Hall was originally built as a luxury hotel in 1890, but closed in 1901. However, the hall enjoyed a second life when, a few years later, the Bennett School for Girls moved in, making the building home and school to students from prominent families. However, with the rise of coeducational schooling, the Bennett failed to thrive, going bankrupt and shuttering its doors in 1978.

Kasteel van Mesen, Lede, Belgium
The almost 500-year-old (built in 1628) building has functioned as a castle, a gin distillery, a tobacco factory, and, after World War I, a boarding school for girls financed by the Belgian aristocracy. In 1971, after French education was banned in Flemish regions, the school ceased activities and the building was abandoned. It was demolished in 2010.

Lillesden Estate Mansion, UK
This mansion was built between 1853 and 1855 by a banker named Edward Lloyd. After World War I, the house was sold and became a public school for girls. It closed in 1999, and the building has been abandoned since then.

Bannerman Castle, Bannerman Island, New York
A Scottish immigrant, Francis Bannerman purchased the island in 1900 and built a castle to advertise his military surplus business. Two years after Bannerman's death in 1918, 200 tons of ammunition shells and powder exploded, destroying part of the structure. The island is vacant, uninhabited since 1950, after the only ferryboat that serviced the island sank in a storm. In 2009, one-third of the remaining structure collapsed.

Muromtzevo Mansion, Russia
Russian architect P.S. Boitzov built many French-style medieval castle in the 19th century–but Muromtzevo Mansion is by far the most spectacular of them.

More here.


  1. Ooh, I'd stay in all of them as long as I had a cell phone, a bottle of bourbon, and my Woobie. :)

  2. "And they used Bon Ami!" =D

    No thanks for me. I think I'll pass. Most of those look like they might be occupied by rats.

  3. Ain't skeered. Notice how several were at one time girl's schools. I'd be right at home with the ghosts of lezbos past!

  4. We've spent several nights at the Myrtles plantation in St. Francisville, La., billed as "the most haunted house in America." I dunno about some of these castles, though. Think I'll wait for Rachel's on-the-scene report.

    BTW, "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" is a rite of passage for all the youngsters in our family. Attaboy, Luther!



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