A "haunted" house on the North Devon coast has been broken into.

Seafield House in Westward Ho!, owned by local business man Robert Braddick, was broken into on Saturday night.

Seafield House in Westward Ho!
Seafield House in Westward Ho!

Mr Braddick took to the Facebook group Westward Ho! Community to warn locals.

"Someone broke into Seafield House last night," said Mr Braddick.

"Not kids, big boot marks... climbed the old scaffolding and kicked in a boarded up window, then later let themselves out the front door!"

"Just be vigilant."

Seafield House in Westward Ho!
Seafield House in Westward Ho!

Local businessman Rob Braddick bought Seafield House in May last year for £414,000 at an auction held at The Pier House in Westward Ho! - a bar and restaurant neighbouring the house also owned by Mr Braddick.

Since the auction last year Mr Braddick has been conducting extensive surveys on the property and has kept plans for the building close to his chest .

Seafield House in Westward Ho!
Seafield House in Westward Ho!

Mr Braddick also bought a car park next to Seafield House and made parking free for all .

Seafield House was built around 1885 as a summer residence for Brinsley De Courcey Nixon, a London banker.

Seafield House in Westward Ho!
Seafield House in Westward Ho!

During World War II the home was used by the Ministry Of Defence as officer's quarters with Italian prisoners of war accommodated in nearby fields.

The property was then purchased in the 1950s and has been in the same family since then. It became a bed and breakfast establishment for a number of years and then was used as a residential property.