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Cottages of Gentle Breeze: What happened to the nursing home from Haunted season 2?

Scene with two nurses on Ward of Evil from Haunted
A scene with two nurses on Ward of Evil from Haunted. Pic credit: Netflix

Netflix unleashed the true-horror story series Haunted this weekend, and fans once again want to know whether aspects of the show are real or fake.

Yesterday, we touched on one of the episodes titled “Cult of Torture,” which focused on a man named James, who was abused by The Worldwide Church of God ran by Herbert W. Armstrong.

Another episode called “Ward of Evil” involves an older woman misdiagnosed with dementia but who was actually possessed by a demonic force. And since the season premiered, fans want to know what happened to the nursing home she stayed in and if it still remains open.

Here is everything to know about the Cottages of Gentle Breeze and its existence today.

What happened in the Haunted episode “Ward of Evil?”

In the episode “Ward of Evil,” the story recounts Daune Matthews’ experience working as a care provider for dementia patients at the Cottages of Gentle Breeze, located in Van Etten, New York.

Matthews tells an upsetting story of a woman named Jackie, whose family brought to the home because they had no idea what’s wrong with her. They assumed she had dementia.

What the nurses realize is that Jackie does not have Dementia at all and exhibits bizarre behavior. Her room becomes so cold that caretakers can see their breath. A picture of Jesus will not stay on the wall no matter how hard they try.

So they begin to realize she something dark possessed her. It becomes so bad that they attempt an exorcism, which ultimately does not work.

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Shortly after Jackie died fighting whatever was gripping her, so did every person who stayed in the room after her. The room was boarded up, and no one stayed there again during Cottages of Gentle Breeze’s operation.

The story also states that the location shut down but has since reopened, and Matthews fears the entity still resides in Jackie’s old room.

Does Cottages of Gentle Breeze have a new name, and where is it?

From research, there is no recorded history online of a Cottages of Gentle Breeze shutting down in Van Etten, New York, and reopening. Furthermore, there is no information on what the new name might be if it has one.

The closest one found resides in Citrus Springs, Florida, and if that is the wrong location, they must be really upset at Netflix right now.

Two things are possible: 1) The new owners did a full rebrand and cleanup to avoid any discovery for PR’s sake or 2) Daune Matthews purposely changed the name of the location to avoid a lawsuit by new management.

Either way, whoever runs the new caretaking facility does not want people to know it’s them and understandably so. Maybe avoid all nursing homes in Van Etten to be safe.

Haunted Season 2 is streaming on Netflix now.

John Dotson is a film and television reviewer and commentator more

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  1. i hope someone can find the place and look into everything about the place.
    stay the night there and document everything . that would be awsome to see.

    • In the episode, that woman says she’s FROM New York. She never states that that is where the nursing home is. All of those women sound more southern than anything. The only record of Cottages of Gentle Breeze are in Citrus Springs Florida. It was bought by Always There Assisted Living and Memory Care. From the looks of the property on Google Maps, there were more cottages at one point and a few have been torn down. Hopefully one of the demolished ones were the haunted one.

  2. My wife & I watch the Haunted series, & I’ve honestly questioned 1 or 2 of the stories authenticity, but this is the 1st that I’ve attempted to research. That said, have any of the episodes been researched & verified or vice versa? & If it is authentic I wonder if the 2nd possibility you listed is maybe the reasoning, since if you notice, those exorcists that she gets she stated were from Ohio? Maybe we should be looking for Ohio nursing home deaths/hauntings/possessions? Just a thought.

  3. This episode makes me physically ill. I care for my mom who suffers from alzheimer’s and exhibits many of the symptoms these ignorant morons decided were signs of demonic possession. The nursing aides are the real demons here. The tortured a sick and suffering helpless woman and Netflix is making money off this travesty. Absolutely disgusting.

    • your mom just randomly tries to bite someones arm off and shove something sharp in another ones chest through a closed door? Levitate much? If so, im sorry to say, you might want to consider an exorcism yourself, if not, im so sorry your poor mom has alcheimers but this is not about her or you. These nurses take care of people with alzheimers all the time, this wasnt that.

    • You deal with one person your mother now your a expert on everything please stop and as I think someone els said
      Your mom sticks crosses in her ass ? Floats above the bed? makes the temperature in the room change to the point you can see your breath ? physically attacks people without moving a muscle?

  4. So, I’m pretty sure Daune changed the name of the city and state. She says a lot of things like a Floridian. She looks like a Floridian and not a New Yorker. And the fact that there really is a “Cottages of Gentle Breeze” in one of the cities in Florida with severe active hauntings just nails it for me (being a Floridian and a nurse myself).

    • There is no record of the gentle breeze in Florida being haunted at all
      And for someone to say that there people or person looks like they are from Florida is down right retarded anyone can look like the are from anywhere

    • Ii personally think you’re right on the money. The John guy that replied must be aware of some haunting database on the web that the rest of the world is unaware of. No one knows what homes are haunted in a town unless you are familiar enough with the area to hear about it from someone, you experience it yourself, or a book or movie is made about it. I believe you. I looked at the property records for the address. Even the street loop that the new assisted living place is on, still retains the Gentle Breeze name from the previous ownership.


    This place is in the same location as gentle breeze llc in florida. and opened in 2005, concurrent with the tampa bay article about cottages of gentle breeze opening. there’s some pics on there. looks kind of homey, a little creepy.


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