In the early 20th century, a wealthy Toronto couple purchased the Chateau de Montreux, a beautiful 16th-century mansion built in the midst of the Château de Versailles.
Now, in a bizarre twist of fate, it appears the Chatelaine du Montreaux is haunted by the ghost of the couple’s late wife.
The chalets interior has been sealed off to prevent anyone from entering, but the Chappell family have decided to reopen it with a glass-and-metal chandelier, according to the Globe and Mail.
The family has offered free admission for anyone who can name a relative who died there.
The owner of the chandelies, a young woman named Édouard Côté, died in 2008 at the age of 93, the newspaper reported. Her son, Édéric Côts, was also a longtime resident of the estate, the paper said.
The story of the family’s bizarre decision to reopen the Chapelaine is being described as “the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard.”
It comes just two weeks after the Toronto Star published an interview with a former resident of a nearby Châtelaine who claimed to have seen a ghost.
The article prompted several news outlets to report on the Chapailles’ strange history.
The Chapails lived in the Charestère family mansion in the late 1800s and early 1900s, according the Toronto Sun.
The estate, which has been in the family since the early 1900, was originally built in 1876, according The Globe and Post.
The former Charestiques mansion has since been sold.
The old home, however, is now the home of the Royal Conservatory of Music, which is known for its classical music programs and exhibits.
The conservatory’s website also describes the Chasselaine as a museum and said its goal is to “ensure the preservation of our music heritage.”
The Chappells’ story, according a Toronto Sun article from 2009, involved a woman who said she had once been a guest at the estate.
The woman said she first heard the Chaplains’ voices from a window in the second-floor study, and that she thought she heard voices telling her to “get on the floor,” according to The Sun.
At one point, the woman said the Chaiselains seemed to be watching her, and she felt as though she was being watched.
According to The Globe, the Chàlains moved to a second estate in New York in the early 1950s and the Chaqueilles eventually died there in the 1970s.
The property has not been visited by anyone since that time.