PICTURES: Seafield House in Westward Ho! to go under the hammer

The Gazette took a tour through the keyhole at Seafield House in Westward Ho! Pictures: Sarah Howell

The Gazette took a tour through the keyhole at Seafield House in Westward Ho! Pictures: Sarah Howells - Credit: Archant

The Gazette has been given an exclusive first tour of the ‘haunted house’ in Merley Road - see all the photos here...

Seafield House in Westward Ho!

Seafield House in Westward Ho! - Credit: Archant

Seafield House in Westward Ho! is going under the hammer next month.

The house, known as the ‘haunted house’ in Merley Road, will be auctioned on May 25 at The Pier House.

And the Gazette has been given an exclusive first look at house this afternoon (Wednesday).

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The 12-bedroom property, which is need of ‘extensive’ refurbishment and renovation, is being auctioned at a guide price of £400,000.

It is listed by Seldons’ estate agents in Bideford, who originally sold the house to the family who own it back in 1953.

The Gazette took a tour through the keyhole at Seafield House in Westward Ho! Pictures: Sarah Howell

The Gazette took a tour through the keyhole at Seafield House in Westward Ho! Pictures: Sarah Howells - Credit: Archant

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Andrew Trump, manager at Seldons, said it was not known what the house originally sold for.

“That’s going back about 70 years now, so i doubt there will be records of the sale,” he said.

Mr Trump said when Seldons first got inside the house, they had no idea what to expect.

“Nobody has been in here except the owner and a few people who cared for her for many years,” he said.

“It was completely choc-a-bloc with stuff; 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.

“It took us three months to clear the house get it ready to go on sale.

The Gazette took a tour through the keyhole at Seafield House in Westward Ho! Pictures: Sarah Howell

The Gazette took a tour through the keyhole at Seafield House in Westward Ho! Pictures: Sarah Howells - Credit: Archant

Huge interest

Mr Trump said Seldons listed the property for sale late last night (Tuesday) and has already had a huge influx of interest.

“We’ve had so many emails already so now it is a case of sorting through them,” he said.

“We will be doing viewing days by arrangement, and we are expecting a great deal of interest.”

In January contents from the house were sold at auction in Barnstaple.

The house is described by estate agents Seldons in Bideford as having commercial potential, subject to planning.

It is not known whether the house is structurally sound.

The Gazette took a tour through the keyhole at Seafield House in Westward Ho! Pictures: Sarah Howell

The Gazette took a tour through the keyhole at Seafield House in Westward Ho! Pictures: Sarah Howells - Credit: Archant

Many of the rooms have cracks in the walls, and some have been cordoned off for safety.

Long history

The house has a long and colourful history, and a Facebook page in honour of the ‘haunted’ house has nearly 3,000 likes.

It is believed to have been built circa 1885 as a summer residence for Brinsley De Courcey Nixon, a London banker from County Limerick in Ireland.

During the Second World War the house was used by the MOD as the officer’s quarters with Italian prisoners of war accommodated in nearby fields.

It was purchased in the 1950s and owned by the same family since then, at one point trading as a bed and breakfast.

The listing says the property comprises an entrance hall, lounge, dining room, living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms/study on the ground floor.

The first floor houses six bedrooms and the second floor a further five bedrooms.

Outside there is a concrete driveway, ‘dilapidated’ garage and extensive views across the coastline.

The house will go under the hammer at 3pm on Wednesday, May 25 at The Pier House, unless sold prior.

What would you like to see the house used as? Comment below or tweet us using #WeAreNorthDevon.

Scroll through the gallery above for more photos from the Gazette’s tour of the house.

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