The Manor

The Grounds
Just hanging' around.

Welcome to Hawke's Hill Manor
Where it's always Halloween!

Cheers! Welcome! I am Ghostly Gus but you can call me Gus. I guess you could say that I'm kind of like a butler here. I've just brewed up a cauldron of my favourite fire punch - here, have a glass. Oops! Careful ... it's just as hot as it looks.

The owners and custodians of this place are Lord and Lady Hawke. Now, in some ways they are as alike as two peas in a pod, while in other ways they are as different as night and day. I've only been here a couple hundred years but I've served as butler in other mansions. I can tell you, as bosses go, the Hawkes are among the best. If you're doing your job, that's all they ask.

Many rooms in the manor have some sort of story or legend connected to them. We hope to cover - or uncover - them all eventually. We won't say the place is haunted - not in the usual sense - it's just kind of, er ... unusual, that's the word I was looking for. Then again, it depends on what you mean by haunted, doesn't it? And wherever you go, always keep in mind that any object or character could lead to another place. So make sure that your mouse runs over everything you see.

If you decide to explore the Wine Cellar or the Dungeons, please exercise caution. Neither has been properly mapped yet and there are so many cells and tunnels that you could easily get lost down there. We don't want to lose anyone. No one is sure who or what lives in these areas yet, except for the employees in the winery, so we can't give you any advance information.

The grounds are very extensive and there are probably areas that have not been explored yet. Goodness knows what will be found out there, especially at the outer limits where the forests are tall and thick.

The Caretaker's Cottage is in a class all its own, with lots of interesting features to check out and the Root Cellar has a few surprises. The Dungeons are a total maze of tunnels and chambers that are still unmapped. If you go down there, be careful you don't get lost. The children of Lord and Lady Hawke have their own special domains which they are in charge of. You will find them as you explore. They have more things for children since they are still young themselves. Catrina has been working on a 'Spooky Library' which I think sounds delightful.

Oh! By the way, don't forget to check out the mystery in the *Egyptian Room*. It's just recently opened. And keep your eyes peeled for the *Dragon's Jewels*. To the best of my knowledge, there are four (4) hidden somewhere in the manor and they could be lying around anywhere. If you click on them you'll get a little prize to take home with you.

A word of assurance - no matter who (or what) you hear, see and feel (or imagine) beyond this point, absolutely nothing will harm you. House rules forbid it and punishment for breaking the house rules is usually severe & irreversible.

You must - before entering - leave at the entrance all crosses, holy water & wafers, wooden or silver stakes, guns with silver bullets and any other potentially dangerous weapons. Just as we have house rules to protect our guests, we must also consider the well-being of our residents.

Well, that about does it for now. Someone will be on hand to explain about each room you visit. If a door doesn't open, the room it leads to isn't ready yet. Otherwise, feel free to wander around. We hope you enjoy your visit and hope you will return.

Oh! Just one other little thing! Please don't bring any wolfsbane or garlic inside - Lord and Lady Hawke really hate the stuff! Quite allergic to it, actually. And I should warn you - don't harm the bats! They are the Lady's pets!

While you're here, you might like to read a poem about Hawke's Hill Manor.

Hawke's Hill
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