It appears Queen Mary has kept up her lavish lifestyle, even from beyond the grave, and has taken it upon her ghostly self to start haunting a luxurious health retreat.
Indeed, reports of paranormal activity, specifically sightings of Queen Mary’s phantom at Ballingdon Hall, a £600-a-day retreat, have emerged, and they are both scary and hilarious.
Lesley Reynolds, the co-founder of Harley Street Skin Clinic in London and the Hall’s owner, told The Sun that her granddaughter had slept at the retreat, and had revealed that she had felt someone tickling her feet before adding that “Mary was very gentle”.
Lee Whyberd, a psychic medium, wanted to experience the supernatural accounts for himself, and after an eerie sleepover at the retreat, he had felt that he had been “pinned down to the mattress” and that he “could not get up”.
"But it is not a harmful presence and we are all hoping it settles down,” Lee added.
Nevertheless, some encounters with Queen Mary’s ghost appeared to be scarier, as TV fashion journalist, Naomi Isted, said: “I kept waking because I sensed a massive lump beside me.
"Even now I have a cold chill all over my body when I think about it.”
Ballingdon Hall, a three-storey manor house, which was built in 1590, used to be the Monarch’s home.
Queen Mary, or Mary I of England, reigned the UK from 1553 until 1558. She was known as “Bloody Mary” following her order to burn 280 Protestants at the stake for their refusal to convert into Catholicism.
As the hand-carved bed of the royal – best known for her attempt to reverse her father’s English Reformation – is still in use in the 16 bedrooms, it is no surprise that her presence is still strongly felt by guests and visitors.
As a matter of fact, Clinicians Lesley and her husband, Dr Aamer, who reopened the manor as a wellness retreat, have also been told that the former Queen’s reflection has been spotted within the Hall’s mirrors, in addition to her shadow moving across the corridors.
Medium Lee told Suffolk News that he had felt the presence of Queen Mary playing the piano in the corner of one of the rooms.
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“I learned later that the husband of the previous owner of the hall would often play the piano in the corner,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lesley admitted that she did not feel threatened by the spirit of the Queen, and would therefore “allow her to stay” for the time being.
She did, however, also reveal: "But if anything changes or she starts to frighten guests then I will ask Lee to do something.”
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