Loftus Hall, Ireland’s Most Notorious Haunted House, Has Hit the Market

Loftus House
Loftus House

Loftus Hall in Ireland comes with 22 bedrooms, a private beach, and centuries' worth of ghost stories. Now, the mansion dubbed the most haunted house in Ireland can be yours for just under $3 million.

As Irish Central reports, Loftus Hall's haunted history dates back to the 18th century. The original Wexford building was home to a man named Charles Tottenham, who, according to legend, opened his house to a stranger one night during a storm. The Tottenham family sat down to play a game with their guest, and when one of the players bent down to pick up a card off the floor, she noticed the stranger had a cloven foot. The story ends with the demonic visitor disappearing through the ceiling in a cloud of smoke.

The original structure was demolished in 1870 to make way for the current mansion, but its spooky reputation lives on. The current owners, Shane and Aidan Quigley, even started offering ghost tours after purchasing the home in 2011 and renovating it.

Loftus House

After owning Loftus Hall for nearly a decade, the Quigleys have listed it for an asking price of $2.87 million. Ghost-spotting opportunities aren't the only perks included with the property. The 22-bedroom mansion covers 27,124 square feet, and it sits on 63 acres of land with its own stretch of shoreline and a walled garden.

Loftus House

If you're interested in becoming Loftus Hall's new owner, email info@loftushall.ie for more information. And if you're looking for a cheaper way to experience the building, it's now open to visitors, with reservations and indoor mask-wearing required.

[h/t Irish Central]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Meet Ian Brackenbury Channell—the Official City Wizard of Christchurch, New Zealand

In Christchurch, New Zealand, wizards ride buses, not brooms.
In Christchurch, New Zealand, wizards ride buses, not brooms.

Gandalf and Saruman aren't the only wizards New Zealand can claim. The city of Christchurch has employed its own official wizard for more than 20 years, and as CNN Travel reports, he's preparing to pass off his staff to a wizarding apprentice.

Ian Brackenbury Channell has been dressing up as a wizard for decades. Though originally from the UK, his career in academia brought him to the Universities of New South Wales and Melbourne in Australia. He assumed his magical role, simply titled "The Wizard," at both institutions. Responses to the character varied, but he finally found a permanent home for the act in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Brackenbury Channell had been living in Christchurch for 24 years when the city offered him an official wizarding contract in 1998. His new role would require him to "provide acts of wizardry and other wizard-like-services as part of promotional work for the city of Christchurch." Every year since, The Wizard has collected an annual salary of 16,000 New Zealand dollars, or $10,400 USD, from the government.

At age 87, Brackenbury Channell is spending less time in the spotlight and looking for an aspiring wizard to take over the job. Musician Ari Freeman, 39, threw his pointed hat in the ring several years ago when he introduced himself as a young wizard. He's been training as his apprentice ever since.

Freeman already sports a long beard that would make Merlin proud, but the role of official wizard goes beyond looking the part. Other duties include promoting local events, welcoming foreign dignitaries, and rambling in Cathedral Square. The Christchurch City Council for "wizardry," which manages the position, hasn't stated whether it plans to extend the contract to Freeman.

[h/t CNN Travel]