Longleat. Warminster Wiltshire

A guide experienced first hand one of the ghostly occupants of Longleat.

A guide experienced first hand one of the ghostly occupants of Longleat.

She was conducting a tour party around the house when she encountered a mysterious man in the Red Library“At about three in the afternoon I was taking a small party of visitors around the house. When I opened the door to the Red Library I was surprised to see the room already occupied. A man was standing behind a desk: he was reading a book and didn’t look up when I went in. Normally, as is a guides practice, I would have asked him what he was doing, but in that same split second something about his bearing told me he had every right to be there.

I turned back to my visitors, and led them towards the next room. When I looked back into the library he had gone; I assumed he had made a discreet exit whilst I was otherwise occupied.”

The guide contained the tour and when looking at portraits in the Breakfast Room, she realised that the mysterious man in the Library was in fact Lord Bath’s elder brother, John, killed in action in 1916.

‘He was not ghostly in any sense, but very real. I was not frightened because at the time he looked just as real as any of the people in the party.

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