The owner of Ireland’s most haunted house has opened his doors to the public – just in time for Halloween.
Loftus Hall is a 22-bedroom period mansion on Hook Peninsula in County Wexford.
The isolated house is set on 60 acres, overlooking a lonely stretch of the South East coast, according to a report in the Irish Examiner newspaper.
The paper says that the property, with a history of ghostly occurrences and misery, will be open to the public for the first time in over 30 years.
Owner Aidan Quigley has told the paper how, since being abandoned decades ago, it has only had structural repairs.
He will now host guided interactive tours which he says are not for the fainthearted.
Quigley told the Examiner: “We are really looking forward to telling the tales of the house and sharing its mysteries with adults and children alike.”
The tour allows younger children to trick or treat with Grimmelhook the Witch in her cottage made from sweets.
For children aged eight and older, there is a climbing wall and archery instruction as well as a pets corner.
Grown-ups are offered the chance to learn more about Loftus Hall’s history.
Built over the remains of Redmond Hall and home of the Redmond family since around 1350, in 1666 it became the home of the Loftus family and was renamed Loftus Hall.
The Examiner says the ghostly tours are based on the story of Anne Tottenham and a visitor to the house in the 18th century whose body, during a game of cards, went ‘through the roof’, leaving a hole in the ceiling which is visible to this day, and left young Anne in a state of terror.
The report says: “She was put into a room known as the Tapestry Room to rest, and it is here that she stayed completely silent until her death in 1775.
“Over the years since, servants claimed to have seen a dark, mysterious figure roaming the halls, causing disturbances.”
The Loftus family abandoned the house in the early years of the 20th century.
Quigley also plans to let the house out for weddings and private functions. More details are available at www.loftushall.com
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