Buyers scout for a bargain at Symonds & Sampson auction

Published: 24/09/2023 By Mark Lewis

Symonds & Sampson’s latest property auction raised almost £4 million for their clients across Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset returning an 87% success rate.

Auctioneer and Senior partner, Mark Lewis anticipated a strong trade and he was not disappointed. “We could tell by the number of legal packs downloaded and the large number of registered bidders that we were in for a busy day. People were contacting us during the auction desperate to bid online, by telephone and proxy so it was a bit hectic.”

Head of Auctions Meredith Holmes felt the market is stronger than in the summer; “Some prices surprised us, especially the smaller parcels of land, and it was interesting to see some bidders were prepared to travel some distance to buy their piece of England – the furthest was from Canada but we also had enquiries from mainland Europe. “It bodes well for the auctions booked in October, November and December and we look forward to further entries.”

Notable land prices:

  • Land in West Parley Christchurch, £17,000 acre.
  • Land in Weymouth, £19,000 acre.
  • Land at Shepton Mallet, £10,000 acre.
  • Land at Wool Wareham, 140% above guide.
Notable property prices:

  • A semi-detached house at Cranborne, 27% above guide.
  • A semi-detached house on Lyme Regis sea front, £560,000.
  • A bungalow at Morcombelake near Bridport, 24% above guide.
  • A former school house at Ilminster, 32% above guide.
  • An off grid cottage near Holworth, Weymouth, £235,000.
The most excitement was reserved for a former scout hut near Wimborne (pictured) which we were selling on behalf of The National Trust. 61 people registered to bid, and competitive bidding saw the hammer fall at 240% above guide.

Find the full results here. We are inviting entries for the remaining four auctions this year, for a free market appraisal please contact our auction team (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