The new owner of Seafield House says he has been completely overwhelmed at the reaction - but has no idea what he is going to do with the property. Westward Ho! businessman Rob Braddick, who owns The Pier House in Merley Road, just up from the haunted house, bought the house at auction yesterday (Wednesday) for £414,000. He purchased the property with Michael Cannon, who formerly ran the Portledge Estate at Fairy Cross. Mr Braddick said Mr Cannon had been like a mentor to him. He said: He used to eat at The Pier House and he said, if that house ever comes up on the market, well talk. Its going to be a long term project though so dont expect to see anything soon. We need to get a survey done on the house and on the cliff to see what the structure it like. But all options are on the table - its a very fluid plan and we dont know what its going to be yet, At the fall of the hammer yesterday the auction room erupted with applause from the 300-odd people who had come to see the houses fate. Since then Mr Braddick says he has had people giving him bottles of Champagne and shaking his hand in the street. He said: I had Channel Four ring me up this morning and Sara Cox was discussing it on Radio Two. Its been in loads of national papers too - I cant believe it; its quite overwhelming actually. And the day before the auction, Mr Braddick announced he had acquired Seafield car park opposite the house on a 50-year lease and would be providing free parking for all. He added: We are going to apply to the council to extend the car park as at the moment it is quite narrow. Hopefully well be able to get enough room for people to park on both sides. The 12-bedroom house was sold by guest auctioneer Lester Bird for Bideford-based estate agents Seldons. 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.