First 2023 auction catalogue is unveiled at The London Office

Published: 08/01/2023 By Mark Lewis

Merley House near Wimborne is the venue for Symonds & Sampson’s first property auction of 2023, with a diverse and impressive catalogue of property and land spanning an area from Bournemouth to Cornwall.

Auctioneer Mark Lewis, pictured here with Partner Giles Wreford-Brown launching the March auction catalogue at The London Office this week

The benchmark is high following a 100% success rate at our December sale, but auctioneer Mark Lewis is confident. “Based on feedback from the launch of the catalogue at The London Office it could be an interesting auction. Mortgage companies are offering more competitive deals, inflation is forecast to fall to 5% later in the year and oil prices have dropped so there is renewed confidence in the market. Decent property is in short supply and demand remains high. The lure of building or renovating your own home is as strong as ever, which bodes well for the many properties for modernisation in the catalogue.

Woodland and agricultural land attract interest from local buyers, those looking for their piece of English Countryside, and investors.

Auction manager Meredith Holmes says “Of particular note is Wesper Farmhouse (below) in Sturminster Newton. Built in 1947 and believed to be the first house built in the town after WWII, it’s now on the market for the first time in 96 years! The 3-bedroom house in 2.17 acres has wonderful views to Hambledon Hill to the rear and is a very exciting prospect for a buyer with imagination.


“Similarly, a substantial detached Edwardian house in private grounds of 0.54 acres in Broadstone (below) is a rare opportunity to modernise a wonderful character property.


“Properties for modernisation in Dorset, Devon, Somerset and Cornwall are entered in the auction, which also contains a first for Symonds & Sampson - a barge. ‘La Perniche’ is a 40m steel vessel built in France in the 1930’s, which has seen service as a commercial barge, a river cruiser in Burgundy, and most recently as a restaurant berthed in Falmouth”.


Find details of all the lots entered here, or call into your nearest Symonds & Sampson office to collect a copy of the catalogue, graced with a beautiful painting by Angie Rooke.