A preview of Westward Ho! Haunted house renovation plan


A taste of restoration projects at Westward’s iconic haunted house Ho! was revealed to the public.

A collection of images has been shared online showing plans to transform Seafield House (aka The Haunted House) into a lavish holiday accommodation – taking the property from spooky to spectacular.

The plans are an artist’s impression of what the legendary house will look like in a few years.

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In keeping with the property and the location, the renovations will be carried out in a “coastal gothic” style.

When completed, Seafield House will be available for holiday bookings and will accommodate up to 18 people.

The plans were leaked by local businessman Rob Braddick, who bought the crumbling mansion at auction in 2016 for £414,000.

Display on the Westward Ho! Facebook page, he said:

“Here is a small overview of the scheme proposed by Seafield House.

The wheels are definitely spinning in the background – a little slow but definitely spinning!”

The plans show an elegant and sumptuous interior in keeping with the Gothic character of the property

Artist's impression of plans for Seafield House
Artist’s impression of plans for Seafield House

The Facebook post received over 700 likes, reflecting the huge feeling for home that exists within the local community.

Speaking of the plans, Rob said it would be “a stunning home” and the restoration would be in keeping with the property’s past.

He said that while most vacation accommodations at Westward Ho! was modern in style, Seafield House would offer something completely unique, whilst retaining as much of the original character as possible.

Haunted House, West Ho!
The Grand Staircase inside the Seafield House of Westward Ho

Rob also promised that there would be a large hot tub on a newly built terrace, from where holidaymakers could enjoy the incredible views.

And he intends to install steps from the garden to the beach.

Inside, there are plans for a games room, including a pool table and classic video games.

However, before the interior renovations can begin, work must be done to secure the cliff, to prevent the house from being swallowed up by the sea in the future.

Artist's impression of plans for Seafield House
The wheels are in motion to give back to the haunted house of Westward Ho! its former glory

Work needs to be done to secure the cliffs to the rear of Seafield House
Work needs to be done to secure the cliffs to the rear of Seafield House

This is expected to take place after the summer, at a cost of around £200,000.

Work inside the house is expected to be carried out in 2023 and 2024 and it is hoped that the newly restored property will finally be ready for guests in 2025.

With the grand opening still a few years away, Rob admits he hasn’t “quite worked out the weekly rate yet.”

However, judging by the current level of interest, once the doors open, Seafield House will likely be sold out for years to come.

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