Here’s one property for sale that’s sure to scare the market off – Loftus Hall, Ireland’s ‘most haunted house’.
The asking price is 2.5million euros (£ 2.2million) – and you can even see the rooms virtually, if you’re brave enough.
The 14th-century mansion’s reputation as a spooky mansion dates back to the mid-1700s, when the devil is said to have visited.
Loftus Hall, Ireland’s ‘most haunted house’, sold for £ 2.2million (€ 2.5million)
The mansion’s reputation as a spooky mansion dates back to the mid-1700s, when the devil is said to have visited
According to legend, a dark alien approached the hall on the Hook Peninsula in Wexford during a storm seeking shelter. He was taken in by the Tottenham family, who lived in the lobby at the time, and a young Lady Anne Tottenham fell head over heels for him.
However, one night during a card game Lady Anne reportedly dropped a card on the floor and when she went to retrieve it she noticed that the stranger had split hooves – a sign of the Devil – instead. of feet.
Rooms website says as soon as he realized what she saw, he walked through the flaming ball roof – leaving Lady Anne in a state of shock from which she never recovered. She spent the rest of her life until her death locked in the lobby tapestry room after allegedly going mad and her ghost is said to haunt the mansion.
The story goes that a local priest was brought in to exorcise the tapestry room, but he was unsuccessful.
The ghost of Lady Anne Tottenham, who is said to have gone mad after seeing the Devil at Loftus Hall, is said to haunt the property. In the photo, the Long Walk corridor
And the scary events at Loftus Room, which was built in 1350 and renovated in the 1870s, apparently continues to this day, with current owner Aidan Quigley saying he feels a presence with him, even when he’s alone.
He told MailOnline Travel: “As the custodian of the property, I seem to be the one that spirits seem least likely to interact with, but there isn’t a day in Loftus Hall that I don’t think I am. ‘there is something or someone out there with me although most of the time I am at least half a mile from a living soul.
“I have met a lot of people who have had visual and audio experiences here that cannot be explained.”
The house had been opened up for visitors to physically explore, but now this experience is a virtual tour via www.loftushall.ie. In the photo, the hall of servants
A portrait of Henry Loftus in one of the hallways. It was the first Loftus to live in the Hall, in 1666. During the virtual tour, visitors can click on green dots to hear commentary on the story behind various spooky features
This part of the tour shows what is called the Devil’s Gate. It was through this door that the Devil would have entered Loftus Hall
One of the abandoned halls rooms that visitors can explore on the virtual tour
Mr. Quigley owned Loftus Room, which has also housed since 2011 a house for nuns, a girls’ school and a hotel.
After putting the mansion up for sale, he is now researching and interviewing potential buyers as he wants to make sure they will still allow visitors to enjoy the property.
For £ 2.2million the new owner will get 63 acres of land, 22 bedrooms and 97 windows.
He said: “We had a flurry of initial interest, but due to Covid restrictions many interested parties were unable to travel from the United States to view the property.”
Magnificent Location: Loftus Hall sits on Wexford’s Hook Peninsula on 63 acres of land
The current owner of Loftus Hall, Aidan Quigley, is now researching and interviewing potential buyers for the lobby as he wants to ensure that they will always allow visitors to enjoy the property.
The house had been opened up for visitors to physically explore, but now this experience is a virtual tour via www.loftushall.ie.
For € 9.99 (£ 8.97) you can take a look at the strange rooms of the property and walk the halls – and click the green dots to hear commentary on the story behind various spooky features.
Visitors can virtually slide down the 120-foot-long servant hall, which “serves as the backbone of the house,” peek inside the chamber the devil is said to have stayed in, and see the door where he would have entered Loftus Hall. They can then explore the Tapestry Room, where Lady Anne was said to have been locked up after her descent into madness.
The spooky events at Loftus Hall, which was built in 1350 and remodeled in the 1870s, apparently continue to this day, according to Mr Quigley
Mr Quigley said: “We had a flurry of initial interest, but due to Covid restrictions many interested parties were unable to travel from the United States to view the property.” In the photo, the garden
LOFTUS HALL’S FRIDAY 13TH PARANORMAL SURVEY
Loftus Hall is located on 63 acres of land. It has 22 rooms and 97 windows
Tonight, to mark Friday the 13th, the Paranormal Researchers Ireland Paranormal Investigation Team will conduct a three-and-a-half-hour investigation at Loftus Hall.
The team will focus on the tiled floor, the stairs – the area with the greatest amount of paranormal activity on record – and Room 13.
According to Mr Quigley, room 13 is “the deepest part of the house because you are as far out of the hall as you can go when you are in room 13”.
In this room, Principal Investigator Tina Barcoe will hold a solitary vigil until midnight and try to “communicate with the spirits”.
Viewers can watch the survey via 12 live webcams in the lobby from £ 4.50 (€ 4.99). The cameras are live until midnight Saturday. See www.loftushallafterdark.com for more information.
Meanwhile, tonight, to mark Friday the 13th, a paranormal investigation team called Paranormal Researchers Ireland will conduct a three-and-a-half-hour investigation in three areas of the room.
Viewers can watch the survey via 12 live webcams in the lobby from £ 4.50 (€ 4.99).
The cameras are live until midnight Saturday. See www.loftushallafterdark.com for more information.