Guests at haunted B&B get to know their ghostly host

April 1, 2010 at 9:09 am 1 comment

What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at your hotel or B&B? Take a refreshing shower? Test out the bed? Turn the TV on to see what channels you can get? For guests at a certain B&B in Bigfoot, Texas, these little rituals have to wait.

Even before taking their luggage to their room, weary travellers are first introduced to the little old lady who runs the B&B. Not so strange, you might think, until you realise that this little old lady died over a century ago.

Devine House in Bigfoot, Texas

Devine House in Bigfoot, Texas

This is the Devine House B&B, and the lady in question is Alberta, according to current owner, Peggy Delaney, who looked into the history of the house when she bought it in 2001.

How did it start? “Well, since we bought the house we started noticing strange things going on. If I got up late in the mornings the curtains would already be open when I came downstairs, cupboard doors would close by themselves if left open – she’s very house proud.” But, says Peggy, nothing sinister occurred until they opened the house as a B&B.

“Most guests who met her would only describe positive experiences, but occasionally she would take a disliking to a guest, and the next day we’d hear about doors locking on their own with the guest on the outside, lights turning on and off and the guest waking up in bed with their covers on the other side of the room. One of her favourite tricks for people she didn’t like was to make their breakfast stone cold as soon as I brought it out of the kitchen.”

Now guests are taken immediately on arrival to the kitchen, where Peggy says Alberta is most often found. So, how does Peggy know if Alberta disapproves of a guest? “The atmosphere changes if she doesn’t like them. It’s just a small difference but it’s noticeable. Often a guest will pretend not to notice it, because they’re fascinated in the story, but I know when it happens, and they have to go. It’s her house, it’s only right she gets to decide who stays in it.”

Guests who don’t make the grade go to stay with Peggy’s sister, who owns a B&B on the other side of town. So, does it put people off? “It’s on our website, and we tell everyone who calls here, so everyone knows in advance. Most people are disappointed if they don’t get to meet Alberta.”

Written by April F.

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  • 1. bedandbreakfastworldblog  |  April 6, 2010 at 10:36 am

    April Fool’s! Apologies to anyone who fell for our little joke, although we know some of you picked up on the clues!

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