Seafield House at Westward Ho! has been sold at auction to local businessman Rob Braddick. The 12-bedroom property which needs extensive renovation went under the hammer today (Wednesday) for £414,000, above the £400,000 guide price. The auction was held at The Pier House in Westward Ho! and the guest auctioneer was Lester Bird for Seldons. Bidding started at £350,000 with Mr Braddick making his first bid at £360,000 - staving off two other bidders until the hammer fell. Mr Braddick told the Gazette he and another unnamed person had fluid plans for the building but he could not reveal any more at this time. He said: I dont know what it is going to be yet. I didnt know I was going to buy it until this morning. Yesterday (Tuesday) Mr Braddick announced he had acquired Seafield car park opposite the house on a long lease and would be providing free parking. He added: We bought the car park to service the Pier House and Braddicks - not for Seafield House. We will be going through planning to make it larger and keep it free. Seafield House is thought to have been built around 1885 and during the Second World War was used by the MOD as the officers 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.For more North Devon stories visit our news feed here.