Would you live in this 'haunted house'?

Seafield House from the rear.
Seafield House from the rear.



A twelve-bedroom property, untouched for decades, is up for sale for just £400,000 - but the catch is that it's known locally as the 'haunted house'.

Locals say that they've heard strange noises from the Victorian property in Westward Ho!, Devon, and seen an old lady sitting at the window and waving.

But for the brave buyer, it could be quite a bargain, at less than the price of the average London flat.

A reception room at Seafield House.
A reception room at Seafield House.



Seafield House was last sold in the 1950s, and was run as a bed and breakfast for some years, but was later inhabited by an elderly lady. It took three months to clear the property for sale, with three truckloads of Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian furniture sold at auction earlier this year.

"Nobody has been in here except the owner and a few people who cared for her for many years. It was completely choc-a-bloc with stuff," Andrew Trump, manager of estate agency Seldons, tells the Western Daily Press.

"Some of the rooms still had the original bedsheets from when it was a bed and breakfast. We found ledgers from guests dating back to 1968."

Seafield House
Seafield House



Seafield House sits in a prime clifftop position, with stunning sea views. But it is, the agents warn, in need of some serious work, with some rooms too dangerous to enter. Many windows are boarded up, and there are large cracks in the walls.

But there's enormous potential, with a lounge, dining room, living room, kitchen, and one bedroom on the ground floor, and eleven further bedrooms spread over the two upper floors.

Unless previously sold, it goes under the hammer on May 25 with a guide price of £400,000.

The kitchen at Seafield House.
The kitchen at Seafield House.



The possibility of ghosts may not put buyers off - in 2014, a survey revealed that only a quarter of Brits would reject a house if they believed it was haunted.

In 2014, the Italian government put a whole haunted island, Poveglia, up for sale, and netted £400,000 for a 99-year-lease on the former plague house and mental hospital.

Sometimes, though, ghosts are just too much for buyers to take on: in 2013, Portsmouth City Council was forced to give away a £375,000 manor house after failing to attract a buyer: rumours of ghosts and other monstrous sightings were blamed.

Erebus Haunted House
Erebus Haunted House