Is It Real?  The Creepy Mansion in  ‘The Haunting of  Hill House’

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The chilling Netflix series is a unique haunted-house fable that uses the hollow halls of a disordered mansion to tell the story of the disordered family who lives there.

Hill House, both in the novel and in the Netflix adaptation, is sinister-looking, unwelcoming, ominous even, like a warning to those who dare enter.

In Mike Flanagan’s version, Hill House is a living and breathing organism that manages to haunt the Crain family for decades, luring them back one by one.

The house has a strange grip on each of  the members of the Crain family, and many years later it manages to lure them back, one by one, for reasons that are only revealed in the final episode.

Fortunately, Hill House is an entirely fictional place, so no worries about being inexplicably lured to it like the Crains. 

However, there is a real place that inspired the look and feel of Hill House, and you'll find it in LaGrange, Georgia.

Dubbed Bisham Manor, the imposing Georgia estate  might look like the house in the series, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

The interior shots were filmed on a set,  and they look nothing like the real Bisham Manor, which is far from creepy. In fact, the Manor is a popular wedding venue, so it’s safe to say it’s attracting visitors for non-evil purposes.

But Bisham’s former owners might disagree. Neil and Trish Leichty purchased Bisham Manor in 2013, and they said the house is definitely haunted by a couple of ghosts of its own.

The couple described music playing in the basement despite there being no sound system installed, strange smells  permeating throughout the house, and things disappearing in the night.

The Leichtys soon moved to a different home, but continued to experience strange events, much like the Crains were haunted by Hill House decades after they left it. Coincidence? We’ll let you be the judge of that.

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Story: Credit for images: Steve Dietl/ Netflix