Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

16.44 30 Jul 2020


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Have you ever been interested in owning a 22-bedroom haunted house? Loftus Hall could be the house for you - assuming you can afford it.

Loftus Hall is a large county house located on the Hook peninsula.

The current house is famed for being the subject of legendary ghost stories, including one claiming it saw a visit from the devil himself.

Its paranormal reputation - sometimes dubbed Ireland's most haunted house - even saw the house featured on US show Ghost Adventures back in 2014.

Now, the house is up for sale for a cool €2.5 million, with the current owners expecting interest from those fascinated in the paranormal.

Aidan Quigley, co-owner of Loftus Hall, spoke to Henry McKean for The Pat Kenny Show about the house, recent renovation work, and of course its spooky reputation.

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Aidan said: "Loftus Hall was for sale in 2011. I would have grown up close by here, so we would have known the history of Loftus Hall. We got drawn in by the legend... at the time it was at the very bottom of the property market, and there weren't many people interested in buying [it].

"We took a chance. There was some nice farmland with it. The primary goal was to save the house.

"It was very close to dereliction, so we wanted to make sure that wasn't going to happen.

"We didn't really have any business plan for it."

They bought the house for around €600,000 in 2011, and in the years since have pumped in around €1.5 million to renovate it.

Aidan explained that they spent the firs three months fixing the roof, and after that the property 'kept present problems on a daily basis'.

However, they were happy to get it to a place where the structure was safe - and soon began recognising people's connection with the property.

Historical country house with a spooky reputation

Aidan said the house's history dates right back to the when the Normans landed in 1170, when a castle was built in the area.

In 1350, the first hall was built - then known as Redmond Hall. In 1666, it was passed from the Redmond family to the Loftus family, and they remained the owners until the early 20th century.

Loftus Hall has, of course, become widely known for the ghost stories that have emerged about it over the centuries.

Aidan said: "When we arrived, Loftus Hall already had its haunted history - and it had it for hundreds of years before we arrived here."

The most famous story is dated to 1765, when a dark stranger is said to have visited the house to play cards.

Aidan explained: "Lady Anne [bended] down to pick her card up from the floor... and suddenly realised this man that sat across from her didn't have normal feet. He had the feet of the goat.

"She screamed loudly, and it's said she lapsed into a catatonic state.

"On his discovery, [the man] burst into a ball of flames and exited through the roof - going through all three floors. That hole is still in that ceiling."

In room 13, meanwhile, paranormal enthusiasts visit carry out the 'glass exercise' - where they ask a question, and wait for the glass to respond.

Aidan, for his part, insists they've seen the glass move on its own.

Next owner of Loftus Hall

Aidan says he doesn't think there's any doubt that the next owner of the house will have a strong interest in the paranormal and in the house's history.

He said: "It's not something you're going to buy and accidentally discover, because it is world-renowned."

According to Aidan, Loftus Hall has a "funny way of picking its own owners".

He observed: "I think the next chapter of Loftus Hall will be an exciting one.

"I would love that the public will always have access to Loftus Hall - I wouldn't like to see it being returned to a private residence."

Aidan, for his part, says he has no regrets about the purchase of the house - saying it has been a very rewarding nine years.

Main image: File photo of Loftus Hall in Co Wexford. Picture via Loftus Hall

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