Storming Sale for Symonds & Sampson

Published: 03/11/2023 By Mark Lewis

Symonds & Sampson’s 2 November property auction coincided with Storm Ciarán and heavy rain made many routes to the auction venue in Sherborne impassable. A swift decision was made to hold the auction via livestream only, meaning that the auction team had to telephone about 150 people to either tell them to switch from in-room bidding to internet or telephone.

Head of Auctions Meredith Holmes takes up the story “We had bidders from London and throughout the south of England ready to travel but with the storm increasing in severity we had to change tactics. Having the option to hold the auction via the live video link was a godsend and all bidders were understanding and supported us”.

Auctioneer, Mark Lewis, said “We were holding sales by livestream during the COVID lockdown, so we were all set up to hold it this way. My thanks go to the auction team who had to make so many telephone calls and alter bidding intentions online. The sale was a great success and, whilst some auctioneers were returning a 40% success rate this week, we managed 80% and hope a few post-auction sales will return £3 million raised for our clients.

“The most interest was for a building plot near Sherborne with outline planning permission for one dwelling attracted 5 telephone bidders and a further 7 people bidding online. The guide of £135,000 was soon passed and the gavel fell at £207,000”.

Notable prices achieved:
  • Land at East Orchard Shaftesbury £9,000 acre.
  • Land at Wimborne 37% above guide.
  • Land near Somerton 60% above guide.
  • House for renovation in Sherborne 44% above guide.
  • Cottage in Axminster 19% above guide. (pictured)
  • Commercial property in Dorchester 11% above guide.
  • Leasehold flat in Dorchester 12% above guide.
  • A barn for development near Ilminster and land near Wimborne sold before auction. 

Find the full results here, meanwhile, our next property auction takes place on 13 December in Sherborne, find details and early entries here, and contact our auction experts (below) for further information.

Meet the Property Auctions Team

Mark Lewis

Senior Partner
Sturminster Newton


Department: Residential Sales, Property Auctions, Sturminster Newton Sales, Professional
Service: RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Selling, Buying, Agency

01258 473766
07970 684786

Meredith Holmes

Head of Auctions
Blandford, Sturminster Newton, Wimborne


Department: Residential Sales, Property Auctions, Blandford Sales, Sturminster Newton Sales, Wimborne Sales
Speciality: Agency, Selling, Buying
01202 843190
07470 050577

Graham Barton

Consultant Auctioneer and Surveyor


Department: Residential Sales, Property Auctions, Professional, Axminster Sales
Service: Agency, Buying, Selling, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer 

01297 33122
07395 046382