Buyer in the Mediterranean buys at East Dorset auction

Neal Wilson
By Neal Wilson

October 2018

Wimborne was the place to be on Friday 5 October when the award winning firm of property auctioneers, Symonds & Sampson, held a very successful auction of lots in Christchurch, West Morden and Winterborne Stickland.

Buyer in the Mediterranean buys at East Dorset auction

Auctioneer Mark Lewis said “I am not sure that I have ever sold so many lots with such terrific heritage. Many were being auctioned for the very first time and had been in the same family for over 400 years so it was a unique chance to buy something exceptional.

“The sale room was full to overflowing, after nearly 4,000 legal documents were downloaded from our website, and the crowd were very good humoured, bidding very strongly for every lot, with all prices paid exceeding expectations."

Highlights included;

122 Matchams Lane Christchurch: This had enjoyed terrific exposure because it has been temporary nurse’s accommodation during the Second World War. Planning permission has been granted to replace the building with a 3 bedroom dwelling. The property sold for £255,000, 31% above guide.

The Post Office Winterborne Stickland: Dating back to the 1600’s it had been in the same family since 1878. With a large garden there was good interest from some people who wanted to convert it back into a shop. The modest guide was easily exceeded and the gavel fell at £324,000, 66% above guide.

The Drax Estate were selling three lots all being grade 2 listed barns for conversion to residential dwellings. These had been in the family since Charles 1 was on the throne and gave buyers a wonderful chance to create something very special.

Morden Mill and farmhouse included a former water mill, farmhouse and stable building. It also had 6.52 acres of pasture land. The sale price was £360,000, 20% above guide.

West Morden Dairy: is a detached barn with planning permission to convert. The sale price was £284,000, 90% above guide.

Kings Corner Barn: had received terrific interest and the bidding was fast and furious but we ended up with two people battling it out, one was on a boat in the Mediterranean who was bidding whilst doing the washing up! The final price of £449,000 was 124% above guide”

Neal Wilson of Symonds & Sampson’s Wimborne office was thrilled “This took an enormous amount of our time because none of the lots were straight forward and the number of questions we often received were overwhelming.

“We were very lucky to have excellent solicitors, Preston Redman and Blanchards Bailey, who devoted a lot of time to the sale to ensure the legal packs were constantly updated”

Symonds & Sampson’s next auction will be on 14 December and entries are invited. They also request lots for their sales starting in February 2019.

Please contact Neal Wilson or Meredith Holmes 01202 843190


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