With almost 666 years of history that has intrigued, spooked and unsettled even the most hardened cynics, Ireland’s most haunted house, Loftus Hall, is re-opens to the public on 28th March, following its winter hiatus.
Nestled on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford in barren and austere surroundings, Loftus Hall which has stood on the site since 1350, is not just a mecca for paranormal enthusiasts, but for families, tourists and locals. In fact, many visitors to the area are intrigued to find out more about Hook Head’s incredible heritage and colourful history.
Aidan Quigley, owner of Loftus Hall, said about the re-opening, “From previous years, we know that there is great interest in the Hall, its history, its stories, and its associated mysterious events.”
“There has been a lot of inexplicable activity on the site. Obviously the most heralded story is that of the “stranger” who was invited in to play cards by the then owner, Charles Tottenham Loftus, in the 18th century. When his daughter Anne bent to retrieve a fallen playing card, she discovered that the invited guest had cloven hooves. On discovery, the stranger flew into a fiery rage, crashing through the roof leaving in his wake a smell of sulphurous brimstone, and the very same roof has been irreparable ever since.”
Last year Loftus Hall hit the international headlines once again, when tourist Thomas Beavis snapped what appeared to be a ghostly apparition in a window of the Hall. The figure, believed to be that of Anne Tottenham who discovered the cloven hoof of the card playing stranger, went viral igniting world-wide curiosity about Loftus Hall and its eerie past.
Aidan added, “Whilst the Hall was closed over the winter we undertook some repairs and general maintenance. Even though most of the work was carried out smoothly and seamlessly, there have been a few strange goings-on, such as light bulbs not working and frosty temperature drops in certain areas of the house.”
Recently, a group of paranormal investigators carried out a paranormal survey of Loftus Hall. The Irish Ghost Hunters are a team of spectre seekers, which investigate haunted locations throughout Ireland and further afield.
As part of a TV documentary, IGH visited Loftus Hall and their findings were somewhat disquieting. Location Manager and Lead Investigator with IGH, Tina Barcoe recounted some of the team’s findings. “The team used practical hand-held devices which register temperature and energy readings. There were major temperature drops, particularly in the Chapel and the Tapestry Room. We also registered significant spikes in the electro-magnetic fields in some areas of the house, which indicates that something, an energy source, was close by. We also heard tapping noises within rooms that we were investigating, and responses on our K2 meter (EMF) which seemed to be in connection to our questions.”
Tina added “The team in general got an unsettling feeling, and our investigation left us with more questions than answers. We’re certainly looking forward to coming back again to see if these phenomena can be explained.”
Guided tours are available from 12pm to 5pm and are suitable for all ages, and in particular for children and their parents enjoying the Easter break. The tour takes 45 minutes, combining the history and legend of Loftus Hall in an entertaining, informative and interactive package.
To find out more about the House Tour, Nightfall Adult Only Tour, or the Loftus Hall Lockdowns visit our website booking page.