A Ghost Story for Halloween

Posada San Telmo

We picked up a hire car at the Sol-Mar desk and after completing the formalities found the vehicle and headed west on the Autovia to the tourist town of Santillana de Mar and the nearby village of Ubiarco where our accommodation was booked.

It was an odd thing about the accommodation but when I checked the web site a few days before I couldn’t find the hotel again and I had worried that perhaps my booking had been cancelled or the place might be closed for the winter.

Eventually I found it through my booking reference number and everything seemed to be in order so I stopped worrying. I was perplexed however that when I entered alternative dates just to check, there was never any availability and there were no more rooms available for this weekend either. I convinced myself that the place must surely be full of people all enjoying £10 flights just like us, but there was another odd thing because there were no customer reviews posted to the site, which has to be a little bit strange.

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It took only about thirty minutes to get to the village and most unusually for me, we found the place almost immediately and drew into the car park. There was only one other car there and the place was in almost complete darkness except for a creepy light seeping through the cracks in the curtains at a downstairs window. It was locked but when we knocked on the door a kindly elderly couple opened a heavy creaking door and invited us in.

They explained that they had been waiting all day for us to arrive and I was surprised by this because I was certain that I had advised my late arrival time when I had booked.

Now, here was a peculiar thing because it was immediately obvious that there were no other guests and the man took us to our room on the first floor. We asked about restaurants and bars but he told us there were none close by and as it was about half past nine we weren’t in the mood for driving any more so we decided to settle in, have a bottle of wine and play cards in the lounge.

The lady melted into the shadows in the room and we didn’t see her again but the man was downstairs and most attentive, he seemed to know instinctively when we needed something from his small bar. First we ordered beer and later a bottle of wine and he was always available when we needed him but at this stage I didn’t find that especially strange even though he seemed to appear from the same dark shadows.

The wine said 1974 and I hoped it wouldn’t be expensive, on the coffee table were a pile of very old magazines and the television programme was an episode of something like Dallas dubbed in Spanish and the place began to feel more and more unusual and curious the later it became.

We finished the wine and went to bed and I went to say goodnight but the place was deserted except for us so we went straight to our room via the creaky staircase and settled down.

After a minute or two we heard soft footsteps in the corridor and whoever it was stopped outside our door for a second or two and then moved on.  I felt a shiver dart down by spine but I told myself that it was just the owner making sure we were all right and I thought that was a nice touch and that I should be sure to mention it in my hotel review.

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I had a restless night full of wild dreams, nightmares almost and at some point I heard the footsteps for a second time but I had no idea what time it was. The room was pitch black and although we were on the village main road there wasn’t a single sound to punctuate the total silence that lay on us like a thick blanket. Wild thoughts raced through my brain, I thought about the web site, why were there no guest reviews? Why was no one else staying here? Why did the room go cold and the lights dim when the man bought us the wine?

And then I heard the footsteps again and Kim stirred and heard them too, we were too scared to investigate so we pulled the sheets over our heads and prepared to meet an apparition..

I struggled top get back to sleep for straining to listen for strange noises but eventually it was morning and when we looked outside there was a promising clear sky and an unexpected view of the sea. We made a cup of tea and then went downstairs for breakfast but were surprised to find the place deserted and all of the furniture draped in dust covers.

It was cold and eerie and no one responded to our holas! I didn’t like it at all so we went outside and down the street there was a lively little café that was full of customers so we went inside. I asked for the breakfast menu and told the owner that we were staying at the Posada San Telmo next door.

He turned pale and gave me an odd stare and when I looked surprised he said ‘Senor, you must be mistaken, no one has stayed at the San Telmo for thirty years, the house has been abandoned since 1976’.

My blood turned to ice and froze and the hairs on the back of my neck stood to attention and I suddenly understood about the empty web site and the ghostly footsteps and we were anxious to get away so we drank our tea and left rather quickly…

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41 responses to “A Ghost Story for Halloween

  1. There’s nothing like a spooky ghost story with my morning coffee! I really enjoyed this.

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  2. Love it! Well penned, Andrew!

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  3. I like the fact you have a photograph to go with it….I wonder what that Posada would have to say about your story…!

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  4. I won’t be putting this place on my list!

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  5. You having us on, Andrew?
    Lovely story though.

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    • As I have said to others, the story is about 70% true, the place wasn’t abandoned of course but we were the only two staying there and the owners went off elsewhere for the night and we definitely heard the ghost – both nights!

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  6. I would love to stay there. I’ve never had trouble with ghosts. Humans, on the other hand . . .

    Nice story. I still have to write mine.

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  7. Nice tale, Andrew. A great ghost story. And if you had to play with the facts just a wee bit, it only added. I laughed at the two of you hiding under the covers. I used to do that when I slept outside as a child so i wouldn’t see the tombstones in the graveyard. As an adult, I would have been tempted to peek outside, however! –Curt

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  8. How very appropriate! Happy Halloween!

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  9. Are you going to let on who your ghost writer is?

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  10. Reblogged this on clawingmywayin and commented:
    creepy

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  11. It would be a funnier story if the hotel vanished during the night and you both woke up in your pijamas in a field. (It’s still a fun story though.)

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  12. I loved your Tale Andrew!!!

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  13. I do wonder why we put bed sheets over our heads in the hope that whatever we’re hiding from isn’t going to spot us. A great true story, Andrew. I note you said it’s 70% true. You got me wondering which 30% of the story was not true.

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  14. I love Halloween. I know this is unusual for an Englishman as we tend to dismiss it as American bollocks, like Father’s Day or prom.

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  15. I always love a classic ghost story! What I liked best was the adequate mix of horror and comedy in your story!

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  16. I’m a bit late reading your Halloween story but I love it. It is all the better being based on some truth.There is a ghost in a hotel in my latest Amanda in New Mexico book, based on a real ghost hotel in Cimmaron, New Mexico (which I visited but wasn’t brave enough to stay overnight at).

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  18. This is ghost detectors we would lov to investigate

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  19. Picturesquely described! So well written👌
    Read my story too https://charusneha.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/aria/

    charusneha.wordpress.com follow me for some intriguing tales!

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