Haunted House Of The Week: The Monte Cristo Homestead, Australia

450px-Monte_Cristo_HomesteadI’ll be honest: I chose today’s house because 1) it’s pretty and 2) it reminded me of Monte Cristo sandwiches, which are delicious. Have you ever had one at the restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland? Because they are absolute heaven.

Aaaanyway, the homestead is allegedly Australia’s most haunted house, and you know that something’s gotta be pretty bad if Australians are afraid of it. To whit:

…[there have been] reports of ghostly figures, strange lights, invisible forcefields, phantom sounds and animal mutilations. These are attributed to several tragic incidents in the property’s past including the murder of a caretaker in 1961 and the imprisonment of a mentally impaired man for many years in the dairy. During the Crawleys’ occupation a young child is said to have been fatally dropped down the stairs, a maid to have fallen from the balcony, and a stable boy to have been burnt to death.

Mr. Crawley also died of “blood poisoning from his starched collar,” according to this site, which has more pictures. So even if it’s not the most haunted house in Australia, it might be the most accident-prone house.

It’s now a museum, and every year they hold a Victorian-themed charity ball, and obviously we need to go. It starts off with sherries and savouries!

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11 Responses to Haunted House Of The Week: The Monte Cristo Homestead, Australia

  1. old man fatima says:

    “… at 8.00pm the guests sit down to a 2 course dinner.” A TWO COURSE dinner??? That’s hardly anything to brag about, Reg.

  2. flanny says:

    Is this what’s going to happen to the Downton Abbey people? In the finale they’re going to get shipped to Australia and become ghosts?

  3. artdorkgirl says:

    Please tell me more about this Monte Cristo at Disney. I am intrigued and would subscribe to your pamphlet or newsletter.

    Best sandwich I ever had: A simple ham with this super buttery cheese on a crunchy, but not too crunchy roll in Frankfurt.

    • IT IS SO GOOD. Basically, it’s a battered, deep-fried turkey, ham, and cheese sandwich that’s sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with fruit sauce for dipping. I know that sounds weird, but the sweetness with the gooey, cheesiness and the salty ham is insanely good. Here are pictures (and a recipe, although it would be a pain to make yourself): http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2013/01/03/disney-recipe-monte-cristo-sandwich-from-disneyland/

      • hotspur says:

        Hm, I would try this. The Monte Cristo at Bennigan’s (RIP) was my jam when I was 16-18 but I tried to eat one when I was 22 after a long break and couldn’t do it. Somewhere between 18 and 22, deep-fried, battered food started to just sit in my stomach like a cinderblock. But judging by the photo, this doesn’t look TOO battery. I’d take it for a spin.

        (I still eat funnel cake or zepoles as a special treat but they are hard to find in California.)

        • summerestherson says:

          I WAS JUST ABOUT TO MENTION THE BENNIGAN’S MONTE CRISTO. I loved it so much. Freshman year dorm life I was all about ordering that Monte Cristo. Then they all shut down like a year or two later! Sadtown.

          I don’t think there’s a restaurant in PotC ride down HERE at DisneyWORLD which is garbage! I’m being deprived a good Pirate themed Monte Cristo sandwich!

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