As the saying goes, the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else.
And that’s exactly what Sian Jameson decided to do after splitting up with her long-term boyfriend.
However rather than moving on with a living being, she decided to try something new all together – and had sex with a ghost.
Three years ago, the 26-year-old decided to leave North London and start all over again in Wales.
She said: ‘Everywhere I went reminded me of my ex. I needed a fresh start.’
Realising that, she packed her bags and headed for Aberystwyth in Wales, where she found a remote cottage to rent.
The house was built in the 16th century and it was let fully furnished.
Sian added: ‘The owner had even left books and paintings. One painting in particular caught my eye – it was above the mantelpiece in the main room and was of a handsome young man and dated 1820.’
At first, Sian enjoyed being alone.
As a writer, she said being in the countryside inspired her.
She said: ‘It was great. No distractions – just me, the trees and the sky. I was paying my rent by doing bits of copyrighting and, because I didn’t want for much in the countryside, I managed OK.
‘I enjoyed the peace: after a long relationship, being on my own was quite exhilarating. I started to wonder whether I’d ever want a man in my life again.’
But one night, Sian said she experienced something quite different…
She added: ‘A few months after I’d moved in, I woke early one morning to find a dark-haired, very good-looking young man lying next to me.
‘He was fully clothed – in a loose white shirt, a neck scarf and old-fashioned breeches.
‘He had a kind of shimmer to him as if he was behind a fluttering voile curtain. I told myself I was dreaming and rolled away from him.
‘As I faced the wall, I slowly realised I wasn’t asleep and, suddenly I was frozen with fear. I felt a hand on my waist but the touch was strange – light and cool.’
As Sian turned to look at him again, she said she knew that he was a ghost – the man in the painting.
Sian said: ‘We started to make love. He was very gentle and stroked my body tenderly. During the lovemaking, I sensed all kinds of things about him – his name (Robert) and he lived (over 100 years ago).
‘We didn’t speak – it was as if he was communicating with me telepathically. His body was soft and light.
‘Even when he moved on top of me, pressing down, he felt almost weightless. It was very strange, but the sex was amazing!’
Sian describes the encounter as lasting about an hour and, as they fell asleep in each other’s arms, the last feeling she had was one of incredulity.
A few hours later, she said she woke to find her dream lover had vanished.
Sian added: ‘I was totally perplexed about what had happened. In fact, I started to wonder whether it had happened at all.
‘In the end, I told myself it was just a very vivid dream and put it to the back of my mind.’
However a few days later, Sian said the ghost returned: ‘He appeared in the morning, we made love again but this time, afterwards, I watched him get up, get dressed and leave the room.
‘I was expecting to hear his footsteps on the wooden stairs, but there was no sound. I watched him through the open bedroom door and saw him kind of fade as he approached the top of the stairs.’
This time, she didn’t go back to sleep. She got up and followed. But Robert was gone.
She claims that the ghost appeared one more time, before disappearing for good.
For weeks, Sian said she couldn’t stop thinking about her supernatural sex-god and even tried to find out more about him by searching online.
She told a couple of close friends about what she’d experienced, but ‘they looked at me as if I was mad. So I just laughed it off, said something about eating too much cheese before bed, then kept quiet after that’.
Sian is now in a relationship with a living man.
She added: ‘When I first told him about Robert, he thought it was funny. He reckons it was just a dream.
‘But I know it wasn’t a dream. It was real. And the sex was as good – if not better – than any other sex I’ve had. Just don’t tell my boyfriend that!’