The Halloween 'Legend of Loftus Hall Experience Tour for Adults Only' has been sold out for months! Having a wine and tapas bar and reserved table for after the tour had added to the value of this creative endeavour of the Hall's new owners.
Near the end of my recent trip to Ireland, Wexford maritime historian and writer Jack O'Leary took me down to see the Hook Head Peninsula but I had totally forgotten that the infamous 'Loftus Hall' was on the way so we agreed to stop in on the way back.
Although there were no indications that anything was going on there the road leading up to the hall was opened so we drove in! When we arrived at the back of the hall we saw an entrance to a newly built cafe and, although it was obviously still being converted to create a tourist venue, there were others waiting for the next 'ghost tour' to begin. We had a coffee and some amazing chocolate cake while discovering that we were about to embark on a 'day family' tour but had no idea of what we were in for!
While only a few rooms on the main floor are opened, they are still in the same state of disrepair due to many years of vandalism and neglect since being abandoned. As it turns out we were about to become characters in the 'Mysterious Stranger' ghost story that as been around since the 1700's. Jack became the 'master of the hall' and I a servant.
Amazingly the staircase is still intact and beautiful but off limits now as they are trying to preserve and renovate from the proceeds of the ghost tours.
We were not allowed to take photos but there are old images and videos online from before this conversion to a 'ghost tour' venue and in July of this year five of Wexford's most promising bands helped to celebrate 'National Music Day' in the Hall.
If you are in Ireland next year around Halloween I highly recommend this tour. Here is a short 'phone' video of our Loftus Hall discovery