“The Cage” in England up for sale, Owner flees


The building in St Osyth, Essex, is known as ‘The Cage’ because of its use as a medieval prison where around 13 “witches” were kept while awaiting trial in 1582.

Three were afterwards found guilty and hanged – but its owner is convinced their spirits still linger.

Vanessa Mitchell, who has owned the building since 2004, fled the house four years later and has been trying to sell it ever since.

She says her time there was plagued by hauntings and claims to have been pushed over by a ghost while pregnant.

Vanessa also reportedly saw mysterious blood splatters and a satanic goat roaming the premises.

Previous owners only kept The Cage – now on the market for £240,000 – for around three years before selling, with one committing suicide.

Estate agents Home Domus 360, who have taken charge of the sale, say they are pinning their hopes on a buyer who appreciates the paranormal.

Spokesman Florent Lambert said: “Vanessa can’t live in the house because of the ghosts and she has tried to sell it a few times over the years without much success.

“I think it’s going to be pretty impossible to sell the house to someone that wants to live normally inside. But there is such a big following and such a big market [for the paranormal] in the US and Japan, and England is obviously a place with a lot of history and a reputation for ghosts. And there’s a market to turn the property into a holiday cottage with a twist – that twist being its paranormal edge.

“So we are really trying to target someone that can turn it into a holiday cottage.”

Florent also thinks future homeowners could make a fortune through renting.

He added: “If you want it as a normal cottage you could probably earn let’s say £12,000 to £15,000 a year on rental, which would be a bit more than normal long-term rental.

“As a paranormal cottage, however, you’re probably looking at getting at least twice that, because the market is probably not as seasonal.”

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