Monday, January 14, 2013

'Ghost Hunters' selling their Spalding Inn

Inside the 2 Kings Pub. Property
Paranormal Pop Culture

Want to own a little piece of Ghost Hunters franchise? Well, you're in luck if you've got $795,000 lying around.

Grant Wilson, formerly the co-lead on Syfy's Ghost Hunters, announced recently that he and Jason Hawes are selling The Spalding Inn, the supposedly haunted venue in New Hampshire they owned together.

The property is listed now on Built in 1860, the 7.78 acre historic property in the White Mountains (and a stone's throw from the Mount Washington Hotel, another famous paranormal tourism spot) debuted as part of the TAPS family in April 2009 on an episode of Ghost Hunters; the team enlisted the Ghost Hunters International crew to investigate it, and they deemed it - not surprisingly - haunted. Since then, the Inn hosted Halloween and Christmas parties, along with paranormal events which featured the Ghost Hunters.

The location has a main house and carriage house, with 36 "country style" rooms, and both a main dining room and the downstairs 2 Kings pub. Rates for the rooms went up to $170 per night, but the location closed down from November to April or operated on a limited work week (though the pub remained open).

In a post on his website, Wilson said:

"When we first saw the Spalding Inn, we fell in love with it, but it was dying. It needed help fast or it was going to be gone forever. We put in a lot of time, money and energy bringing it back to life. Now that it is resurrected, we have come to the conclusion that we simply do not have the time to run it."

Certainly it makes sense that the pair wouldn't have time to run the joint (even with a staff and their wives overseeing most day-to-day operations). Wilson is focusing on his Rather Dashing games company while Hawes continues to appear on the Syfy show.

However, nearly 800 grand still seems a bit low for the property, especially since it appears they are selling the entire business and inventory after a lot of work was put into it. The Inn is priced to sell, and fast.

Surely they can't be getting much return on their investment. So were rooms not booking up enough? And does this signal the end of the Wilson/Hawes business partnership?

-Aaron Sagers