The history of Loftus Hall, a large mansion house located along the Hook Peninsula, goes back through the centuries. The Gothic thriller The Lodgers was shot on location at Loftus Hall in 2016 and premiered to International acclaim at TIFF 2017. As the fight dragged on a heavy sea-mist descended on the Hook Peninsula. The Hall's owner, Alexander Redmond, was known to be sympathetic to the rebels. Several of the English prisoners were hanged the following day on Thomas Roche's orders, probably at Ballyhack. On 20 August eleven others were hanged at New Ross including one of the Esmonde brothers (see also, Siege of Duncannon). It is for many years said to have been visited by the Devil, so many people from the surrounding area are nervous to enter the place after dark. The documentary was well received, with Whelan now seen locally and nationally as a figure of authority on the history of Loftus Hall. Since then, the house has gone through several incarnations. In 2017, the film The Lodgers, starring Deirdre O’Kane, Moe Dunford and David Bradley (of Game of Thrones fame), was recorded at Loftus Hall. Quigley is giving up the ghost on the house and has put Loftus Hall and its surrounding 63 acres on the market for €2.5m. For those interested in what happens in Loftus Hall after Darkness Falls. In August 2014, Loftus Hall was investigated by the US paranormal TV show, Ghost Adventures. Apparently, while playing cards, she dropped one, bent down to retrieve it and discovered that her guest had cloven hooves instead of feet. Meanwhile, the Irish Confederates under Captain Rossiter and Captain Thomas Roche were still encamped at Shielbaggan. Pictured is the Long Walk corridor In 1800 the then owner of the Hall, the first Earl of Ely, previously Baron Loftus of Loftus Hall, was created Marquess of Ely. [9] In a recent interview at the launch party of Frilogy.com, Samantha Mumba stated that details on Loftus Hall were being kept top secret. It also features a full supporting cast of all the characters from the legend, with Liam Murphy as Loftus and Frank Coughlan as Charles Tottenham. Ghost Adventures Loftus Hall part 2. Built on the site of the original Redmond Hall, it is said by locals to have been haunted by the devil and the ghost of a young woman. In 1684 Henry Loftus carried out extensive repairs to the Hall, which presumably needed repairing after the turbulent events of the previous decades. About thirty of the English escaped to their boats and back to the fort. A three-storey non-basement mansion, nine bays to the front with a balustraded parapet. In 1642, the future Loftus Hall – then still known as Redmond's Hall – was attacked by English soldiers loyal to Charles I of England. It has been a hotel, a convent and a private home. Stay up to date with Mansion Global newsletters. More:Stamp Duty Pause for England and Northern Ireland Sparks Surge in Buyer Interest. In 2011, the house was purchased by the Quigley family. A lengthy gun battle ensued. The defenders numbered ten in all and were armed with long barrelled fowling pieces. Last year he got married in the stunning formal gardens to the side of the property. But it's the film's setting that likely to be of particular interest to fans of all things spiritual - Loftus Hall. Quigley’s first memory of Loftus Hall was when, as an eight-year-old, he visited while it was a hotel. It has been confirmed that Loftus Hall will be the first Irish film to be released in 3D. It also comes with loads of history as … This building will stand well after I’ve gone. Loftus Hall, Ireland’s ‘most haunted house’, has gone on the market for £2.2million (2.5million euros) The mansion’s reputation as a spine-chilling abode dates back to the mid-1700s, when the Devil is said to have visited It was then that Anne stood up and said to the man you have a cloven foot and the man went up through the roof, leaving behind a large hole in the ceiling. He had grown up in nearby Carrig-on-Bannow and, on a visit to his mother’s home in August 2011, he saw an advertisement for the house in a local newspaper. A drawing room was in bad repair, with water leaking through the roof and the doors buckling under the weight of it, so Quigley restored the room, repairing the intricate ceiling coving, the original doors, window shutters and timber floors. Aston discovered that his cannon were too small to make much impression on the main door. Charles Tottenham became Lord of the manor (having to adopt the Loftus name to inherit lands and title as per instructions of Nicolas Loftus 1752) by marrying the Honorable Anne Loftus daughter of the first Viscount Loftus, and they had six children, four boys and two girls – Elizabeth and Anne. It was his descendant, the 4th Marquess, who between 1872 and 1884, refurbished the old Hall, and used the existing structure, resulting in the present house. A partially independent documentary film was made by Waterford man Rick Whelan, which was released in 1993 as The Legend of Loftus Hall. A new feature film, simply titled Loftus Hall, was announced in early 2006 and development began on the project in 2007. Ever since Loftus Hall allegedly hosted the devil himself in the late 18th century, this sprawling country house in Ireland's County Wexford has left locals terrified of its chilling ghost stories. There is a tradition that the defenders used sacks of wool to block up breaches in the walls created by enemy cannon. The name 'Loftus Hall' or 'Loftushall' is also applied to the townland surrounding the mansion. It is know as the most haunted house in Ireland. The English were routed and driven back to the fort. "The house had been locked up for years. DISCLAIMER: The currency conversion is provided for illustration purposes only. He was assisted by his sons, Robert and Michael, some of their tenants, two men at arms and an itinerant tailor who happened to be at work in the Hall when the attack took place. In 1917, Loftus Hall was bought by the Sisters of Providence and turned into a convent and a school for young girls interested in joining the order. Loftus Hall Originally built as a castle in 1170, Loftus Hall is now a renovated mansion. Some of the set remains, including a velvet-draped four-poster bed, a bathroom, and a trap door in the hall. All property prices are as stated by the listing agent. During a storm, a ship unexpectedly arrived at the Hook Peninsula, where the mansion was located. The hall was built on the site of a 12th century castle which was constructed by a Norman Knight, Raymond Les Gros, who changed his name to Redmond to adopt a more Irish identity. A GHOSTLY image of a girl and an old woman at Loftus Hall has gone viral on the Internet. As for the ghost story, it tells that in the 1760s, the daughter of the house Lady Anne Tottenham welcomed in a stranger to shelter from a storm. ", From Penta:‘King James’ Jersey Could Fetch $200,000 at Sotheby’s Auction. A young man was welcomed into the mansion. A stricken Anne never recovered from the shock, was confined to the house until her death and supposedly haunts it to this day. In 1684 they were compensated with lands in the Barony of Ballaghkeene in the north of County Wexford. We wanted to preserve that — we hadn’t any money to do anything else, but also because it’s what people connect to," says Quigley. The real story could have been that Anne was pregnant out of wedlock and shut away until her death. The most famous of these was John Redmond who led the party till his death in 1918. Now, the mansion dubbed the most haunted house in … It was a fine day, so he convinced his brother Shane to come with him to view Loftus Hall, which came with 63 acres that stretched down to near the bottom of the peninsula and included access to cliffs and a beach. He hung William Morris wallpaper, with the intention of hosting afternoon teas, but ditched that idea because he didn’t feel the house was right for it. It is believed that the family were ashamed of Anne and locked her away in her favourite room; where she would be happy, yet out of everyone's view; which was known as the Tapestry Room. In 1170, Raymond Le Gros landed at what is now known as Baginbun called so after his two ships La Bague et La Bonne,[2] where he was to fight an important battle to safeguard the arrival of Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, to Ireland. Nonetheless, the old name remained in use till the end of the century. Loftus hall has a very turbulent history which has records of paranormal activity spreading across the centuries since its construction in 1350 by the Redmund family. The Legend of Loftus Hall According to Wikipedia, the legend dates back to 1766 when Charles Tottenham and his family, including his daughter Anne, came to the mansion. Last week, the gardens were in full bloom. 1:12. She refused food and drink, and sat with her knees under her chin, looking out the Tapestry Room window across the sea to where Dunmore East is today, waiting for her mysterious stranger to return until she died in the Tapestry Room in 1775. In more recent times the hall had been run as a tourist attraction with guided tours of the property and seasonal events, with people travelling from all over the world to take part in paranormal investigations following Ghost Adventures with Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin and Nick Groff. The Horror Zone. New owners will have plenty of stories to tell. This area is a famous site in Irish history, known as the place “where Ireland was lost and won”. An individual or business with limitless funds could invest up to €20m in turning the tall, dilapidated coach house to the rear into hotel accommodation. It is meant only as an approximation based on the latest information available and should not be relied upon for any other purposes. Summary: The guys investigate Loftus Hall, a large, purportedly haunted mansion in County Wexford, Ireland, which is rumored to have been visited by Satan himself. Soon Anne became mentally ill. The Loftus family rose in the peerage over the following centuries. From Penta:House That Had Cameo in ‘Love Actually’ Asks £2.75 Million. Pic: Loftus Hall. Yet, standing on the top floor of Loftus Hall — which is purported to be Ireland’s most haunted house — even this cynic felt a shiver down her spine when the lights went out. Today the hall is known worldwide for its ghostly tales and ominous past relating to the Tottenham family who came to live at the mansion in the middle of the 18th century. [6] Actors Keith Duffy, Samantha Mumba and Adelaide Clemens have reportedly been in talks at various stages to appear in the film. The most immediate job, however, was to save the house — Quigley estimates it was about six months from dereliction and, over the course of the next six months, he and Shane spent about €1.5m on its restoration. These woolsacks and a representation of the Hall can be seen in the coat of arms issued to one of their members in 1763. Captain Aston believed it could be easily taken and on 20 July 1642 took ship from Duncannon with around ninety men and two small cannon, landing near the Hall. A more likely story is that Lady Anne welcomed in the stranger, fell in love with him but was left heartbroken when her father refused them permission to marry. From apparitions of former residents, including that of Anne Loftus herself (who was said to play cards with the Devil and descend into madness thereafter) to strange images snapped while on tour, footsteps, whispers and more, there's no shortage of things … On 23 February, this garrison was reinforced by a further 200 soldiers under the command of Captain Anthony Weldon and Captain Thomas Aston along with six cannons. 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It is said that when she died, they could not straighten her body, as her muscles had seized, and she was buried in the same sitting position in which she had died. While there, Aaron believes a demonic spirit is climbing on top of him. Nicholas Loftus acquired the Manor of Fethard-on-Sea in 1634 and Fethard Castle became the family residence, that was afterwards occupied by the Redmond family after they were evicted from The Hall which is now Loftus Hall. It is alleged that Alexander Redmond received favourable terms from Cromwell and died in the Hall in 1650 or 1651 after which his surviving family were evicted, allowed only to retain a third of their original estates in County Wexford.[4]. A butler serving the Tottenham family at the table was just about to question the man when Anne bent down to pick another card from the floor which she must have dropped. The ghost stories associated with Loftus Hall were a big draw for guests. I’m not even a chapter, I’m a footnote, in its history," he says. The Hall was known as a place that gave assistance to the rebels. He admits that future owners may be scared off by the €2.5m price tag, but if a wealthy buyer wants to chance living in a haunted house, he is willing to work on the restoration. "I’ve enjoyed my time here but we bought it, we didn’t inherit it. New owners should also work with Wexford county council to complete protection works to the cliffs. It was also stated that the resulting film will be much more accurate and faithful to the source material. Loftus Hall is a large mansion house on the Hook peninsula, County Wexford, Ireland. Loftus Hall in Wexford, Ireland (Picture: Thomas Beavis) A tourist who visited a notorious haunted mansion in Ireland believes he may have photographed the ghost of a little girl. It is said to have been haunted by the devil and by the ghost of a young woman. Loftus Hall: Ireland’s most haunted house? However, his wife became ill and died while the girls were still young. Charles Tottenham became Lord of the manor (having to adopt the Loftus name to inherit lands and title as per instructions of Nicolas Loftus 1752) by marrying the Honorable Anne Loftus daughter of the first Viscount Loftus, and they had six children, four boys and two girls – Elizabeth and Anne. Even in some darkened rooms, however, you can make out intricate plasterwork and decorative woodwork. Scary Ghost Videos _ Real Ghost Caught on tape _ Scariest Ghost Sightings Ever Caught on tape. [3] He acquired land in the area in County Wexford, upon which he built a castle known as Houseland Castle. The release date was originally set as 1 October 2012, which was later pushed back to 2013. Loftus Hall After Dark Cameras Loftus Hall is one of Ireland's grandest old estates and reportedly said to be one of the most haunted. Between 1872 and 1884, The Most Honorable John Henry Wellington Graham Loftus, 4th Marquess of Ely (1849-1889), under the guidance of his mother Lady Jane Hope Vere Loftus (Lady in Waiting to Queen Victoria), undertook an extensive rebuilding of the entire mansion, adding many of the famous elements such as the grand staircase, mosaic tiled floor, elaborate parquet flooring and technical elements which had not been seen in houses in Ireland at the time, such as flushing toilets and blown air heating. A lot of Lord Ely's inspiration was taken from Osborne House, the Queen's summer residence on the Isle of Wight. In the game, each player received 3 cards apart from Anne who was only dealt 2 by the mystery man. To establish the new name of his property he had the following inscription inscribed in stone on the entrance piers at Portersgate: 'Henry Loftus of Loftus Hall Esq. Others were involved in banking and politics, and became a prominent local political dynasty in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in support of the Irish Party of Isaac Butt and Charles Stuart Parnell. The extensive works were believed to have been undertaken to facilitate a visit from the Queen, but this didn't happen and the family never got to fully enjoy the house, with the 4th Marquess dying very young without issue and leaving the estate, in a poor financial state, to his cousin who eventually elected to place it on the market. The house also features a couple of bow windows that will eventually provide panoramic views of the water and Hook Lighthouse. The hall was put up on the market for sale in 2020. At the time, Quigley was coming out of a marriage break-up, was contemplating a move to France, where he ran a bike-tour business, and was a little bruised from the downturn in the property market. ScaryKing. Ghost Adventures - Le Loftus Hall | S10E13 (VF)... You disliked this video. Much of the rest of the house is in its degraded state — there is peeling wallpaper, wooden beams are visible through damp ceilings, windows are boarded up and you can’t get into some rooms because the floors have gone. I rang the agent, made an offer and gave him 72 hours to get back to me. Loftus Hall is a large county house located on the Hook peninsula. The official Redmond family pedigree (registered in the Ulster Office, Dublin Castle 1763) alleges that Alexander Redmond had to defend the Hall one or even two more times against soldiers of Oliver Cromwell in the autumn of 1649 during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.