Inside abandoned house so haunted owner says ‘hello everyone’ to spirits within

An abandoned ‘haunted house ‘ that no one has lived in for more than 50 years has been put up for sale.

Upcott Barton farmhouse in Devon benefits from stunning rural views, six acres of land with paddocks and also has a detached former chapel – but there’s a hitch.

Now current owners David Hunt and his mother Diana claim that the house is occupied by its previous occupants and that sometimes they can feel many eyes watching them in the property.

David is so certain that the ghosts exist that each morning he enters the house and says: "Good morning everyone."

Now the pair have now put the property up for sale, hoping that someone can return it to its former glory.

He said: "Sometimes you stand here and just feel that there are people around you, watching you – in a nice way.

"It’s not nasty, you know. We speak to them."

When David and his mother, Diana, bought the farmhouse back in 2011 it was in a dilapidated state and had been vacant since the late sixties.

Their plan had always been to renovate the large manor house and move into it, but now they have decided to sell the property.

David added: "For some reason I’ve ended up buying a lot of haunted houses. I’ve renovated 15 properties.

"You come to realise when you start doing the work, you disturb the energies of the house, and whatever is there appears.

"Now, whether that’s just me – and I don’t think it is because I’ve had a lot of other people say that – you just change the energies of the house.

"And if there are legends of ghosts, they tend to show themselves."

Renovations that have been completed were done by David, and he said that during the work he made a series of fascinating discoveries.

Whilst digging up earth at the side of the house one day, he discovered remains of a whole room that had been buried for at least a century.

Within the rubble of part of the house that collapsed decades ago, David found the remains of an exquisite parquetry ceiling.

He later found out that this ceiling was part of the house’s library, when a woman who once lived in the house came to visit, and explained the layout of the ‘Great Hall’.

Several years ago, David says he met a travelling psychic who told him about the houses’ other-worldly residents.

David says the man spoke a lot about the Civil War and how at the time soldiers would have shouted ‘Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.’

This expression shocked David, as another medium visited the house and said she spoke to a spirit who had once lived there who said: "Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide."

One historical account of a death in the house is found in a manuscript by former resident Alfred Chapman.

He wrote down some of his family history after he emigrated to America in 1870.

In it, Alfred writes about his sister, who was managing Upcott Barton when she died in 1852, aged 26.

He wrote: "Mary Anne was a beautiful, healthy looking young lady and was as good as she looked.

"The day before she died she appeared to be in perfect health except for a swelling in front of her throat which never appeared to trouble or inconvenience her except in its appearance.

"She died suddenly in the early morning.

"My brother George and I slept in a room adjoining sister’s bedroom.

"Sometime in the morning before daylight I heard a scream and a noise like someone falling on the floor of my sister’s room.

"It awoke me and I immediately jumped out of bed and ran into my sister’s bedroom where I found Mary Anne on the floor and Elizabeth in bed holding on to Mary Anne’s hand trying to pull her in bed.

"Elizabeth had been sound asleep also before the scream and fall, which awoke her. We lifted Mary Anne in bed and she died in our arms without saying a word."

The historically significant Grade II Listed farmhouse is now on the market with planning permission – and a guide price of £530,000.

It is being sold by Stags estate agents.

A spokesperson said: "This Former Farmhouse is believed to date from the late medieval period with 17th century alterations.

"Now in a derelict state, plans have been drawn to create an exceptionally spacious distinctive four/five bedroom residence retaining many character features.

"There are the remains of a medieval great hall and stair turret, together with a traditional cross passage."

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