Exciting Catalogue of Land and Property Entered in Our June Property Auction

Published: 15/05/2023 By Ross Willmington

Symonds & Sampson’s mid-summer Auction on 8th June at Axminster has something for almost everyone – whatever your interest.  With 15 lots spread from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset we can offer agricultural land, renovation projects, development opportunities and more unusual properties.

Originally part of the historic estate of Ash, the seat of the ancient Drake family, the Land at Trill, Musbury (main image) presents a rare opportunity to acquire a block of 43.92 acres of productive arable/pastureland in the Axe Valley with two small areas of coppice for sale in two lots. The family gained notoriety when Sir Bernard Drake of Ash rejected Sir Francis Drake’s claim to be related, leading to a scandalous bout of fisticuffs in the court of Queen Elizabeth I. More recently the land has been owned by the Rutter family, late of Trill and Ash Farms since 1921 and enjoys one of the best views over the pretty Axe Valley.  Lot A is a 14.78-acre arable field, with a guide price of £150,000. Lot B comprises of 29.14 acres of arable/pastureland with an attractive, traditional stone linhay that may have the potential for alternative uses (STPP). Ancient features on the land include a stone bridge and former sheep dip, this lot is guided at £300,000.

With a newfound appreciation for nature, there is increasing popularity for pastimes such as gardening or fishing. With over a third of the UK population growing their own produce, the Garden at Hillhead, Colyton should be of interest.  This enclosed garden retreat has fruit trees, soft fruit and a timber studio/garden store for those who enjoy artistic endeavours. In all 0.08 of an acre, the Guide Price is £15,000 (below).

If however, your passion is for all things equine, Bradley Green Stables, Cannington (below) could prove tempting. The former dressage yard comprises a stable yard with 7 loose boxes, an outdoor arena, a well-fenced level paddock and a mobile home (with potential), all set in 2.28 acres, for sale with a Guide Price of £225,000.  Alternatively, the Land at Hillhead, Colyton would make an ideal pony paddock. This 3.29-acre field in a strategic location may also have the potential for future development (STPP), Guide Price £50,000.

As coarse fishing becomes increasingly popular, the Land at Trinity Hill which comprises 7.41 acres of grassland with a carp lake, woodland, and a barn, could offer a perfect lifestyle property, perhaps even with glamping potential (STPP), Guide Price £150,000.

House-hunters can choose between a ‘chocolate box’ thatched Devon cottage, or no less than three country properties with land, all in need of updating. Sunnyside at Birchill (below) is a detached 3-bedroom bungalow with a range of useful outbuildings for improvement.  Ideal for those keen to create a small holding, equine property or just enjoy rural life, the property has pretty gardens and pastureland all set in 4.23 acres. The Guide Price is £495,000. If seclusion is your priority, 1 Lower Sturthill Cottage, Burton Bradstock set close to the popular Jurassic Coast yet far from the madding crowd is an off-grid 2-bedroom Grade II listed cottage set in 8.73 acres at the end of a track, Guide Price £395,000.


Additional lots include a pretty mixed woodland with two streams, a Cornish development opportunity with views of St Ives and a field at Chardstock bounded by the River Kitt.

The Auction takes place on Thursday 8th June 2023 at 2pm at The Guildhall in Axminster, find details of the lots here, or contact Ross Willlmington at Symonds & Sampson in Axminster on 01297 33122.