A mansion branded ‘the most haunted house in Ireland’ and used as an after-dark tourist attraction has gone on the market.
There have been claims of ghost sightings and spooky goings-on at Loftus Hall in Fethard on Sea, County Wexford, after the property became the setting for a terrifying mythical incident told to have taken place about 250 years ago.
The imposing home, priced at £2.27m, features impressive Georgian architecture, stunning landscaped grounds and 22 bedrooms, as reported by the Irish Mirror.
The manor became a tourist attraction in 2012, being used for ghost hunts and tours, and it has also has also provided the backdrop for horror films and paranormal invesigations.
It’s being sold by owners Aidan and Shane Quigley, but potential buyers have been warned of a spooky history that dates back to 1766 when it was known as Redmond Hall.
The legend goes one night a mysterious guest called at the home, then occupied by Lord and Lady Tottenham, and their daughter Lady Anne.
As a storm raged outside, the family invited the man inside to shelter and the story claims as they played a game to pass the time, Lady Anne bent down to retrieve a fallen playing card from under the table to discover their guest had the ‘cloven hooves of the devil’.
The daughter let out a blood-curdling scream and the satanic visitor is said to have disappeared through the ceiling in a puff of flames and smoke.
Lady Anne apparently ‘went into a state of shock and madness’ before she was forcefully locked away in a tapestry room, dying not long afterwards.
Following her death, the family and the servants in the manor claimed to have seen her spirit roaming the halls.
“There is always a feeling that you are not alone in Loftus Hall,” said Aidan.
The once grand interior has now faded but among the peeling wallpaper and decaying paneling, there are glimpses of its past splendour with parquet floors, ornate fireplaces and rolling views from its 97 windows.
The site date backs to 1170 when a Norman knight, Raymond le Gros, built a castle on the grounds, before it was replaced by a hall after the black death.
It was taken over by the Loftus family in the 1650s and the mansion later went on to become a school for girls and a hotel before it was bought by brothers Aidan and Shane in 2011.
The former farmers have spent thousands restoring it for their £68-a-night ghost tours and they said: “Many have said there are certain areas of the Hall, its atmosphere, the temperature and the general feeling of unease – many people have seen things that have left them wondering.”