News Archive

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Hewletts Farm, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

September 2017

If you are seeking a property with scope then Hewletts Farm is for you.

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A ‘Corking’ Evening at Langham Winery.

September 2017

Last week Symonds & Sampson alongside Handlesbanken and Porter Dodson held an evening seminar at Langham Winery for local farmers.

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Wine & Wisdom - Charity Quiz

September 2017

The young estate agents & professionals of Symonds & Sampson were pleased to welcome 10 teams of other local professionals to a charity quiz night in Poundbury late last month.

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Welcome To Wimborne

August 2017

Partner Nigel Sheppard is delighted to welcome two new members to the Residential Sales Team in Wimborne. The first half of the year has been most encouraging with sales being achieved across all price ranges both in the town, the country and on the coast.

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Summer Sales For Symonds & Sampson

August 2017

Symonds & Sampson farm dispersal sales team are used to being out in all weathers but they were hoping that their July sales would have required sun hats rather than waterproofs when they held on farm auctions at Shaftesbury and Hazelbury Bryan but after torrential rain two Saturdays running they were rewarded with dry and warm weather once August arrived when they auctioned Lytchett Matravers .

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The Gillingham & Shaftesbury - A Show Stopper

August 2017

Once again the sun shone on the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground for yet another spectacular year. The crowds were entertained with dogs and ducks, quad bike stunts and show jumping to name but a few of the incredible displays

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Thinking of investing in property? Think about buying new.

August 2017

Many investors opt for an older terraced house in need or some (or lots) of TLC. If you get your figures right this can be a smart choice. However, renovation costs can quickly run away with you and unforeseen maintenance issues can eat into your profit. If you are first-time investor or looking for a no fuss new investment, a new build buy-to-let could suit you.

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Higher Burton

Higher Burton Farm, Dorchester on the market.

August 2017

The 538 acre farm at Higher Burton will appeal to a range of arable and livestock farmers and land investors seeking to increase their farmed area, upsize or consolidate.

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The Round House

Bruton Building Plot Breaks Auction Record

August 2017

The latest statistics from the Essential Information Group, the auction results monitoring website, places Symonds & Sampson well ahead of other firms as the leading auctioneers in the region.

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We Are The (Almost) Champions!

July 2017

The veteran team of Peter Grout-Smith, Immy Robinson, Trudi Gumbrell, James Stagg, Nick Rymer and Jan Merriott were joined by some fresh blood in the form of Will Wallis and Adam Taylor as they once again took on the famous Battens Charity Beach Volleyball Tournament!

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Two Exceptional New Homes Are The Apple Of Our Eye

July 2017

Two stunning new homes are available in the heart of the beautiful village of Iwerne Minster, in a small development of only four luxury properties. Named after apple varieties, Blenheim House and Fillbarrow House sit on the site of a former orchard within the Cranborne Chase.

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Cattle Champion Of Champions!

July 2017

Symonds & Sampson LLP are once again delighted to sponsor the Hampshire Shows Cattle Champion of Champions which is now in its seventh year. 

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A Wet Day Fails To Dampen Dorset Sale

July 2017

We drew a large crowd to the dispersal sale at Kingston, for Goddard's Poultry at  Hazelbury Bryan on 22 July, who were surrendering their tenancy due to ill health and as well as chicken rearing and livestock equipment there was an eclectic mixture of vehicles and farm machinery.

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Pimms & Punch: A Recipe For Success!

July 2017

Symonds & Sampson Beaminster held their second annual charity garden party – and what a party!

Raising over £1,000 for charity!

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Having A Ball

July 2017

We enjoyed an evening of entertainment at the Mosaic 10th Anniversary Charity Gala Ball at Canford School. Our auctioneer Bradley Towell with his ‘glamourous assistants’ Immy Robinson and Peter Grout-Smith were excited to be invited to head up the auction of promises.

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Show Season Upon Us

July 2017

The Symonds & Sampson marquee is being dusted off for the show season, which started with The  Honiton Show on Thursday 3rd August.

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Dorchester Farm Sale Attracts Buyers Across The Country

July 2017

Higher Hogleaze Farm Sale

Thursday 29th June saw the dispersal sales of Contractors Machinery for Chris Roberts in Compton Valence near Dorchester. Buyers attended from across the country to bid for an excellent array of tidy machinery, including tractors, trailers, bailers and agricultural vehicles. At the end of the day, some machinery travelled as far as Cornwall, the north and Ireland.

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London Buyers Flock to Auction

July 2017

As the recently arrived London Waterloo train pulled out of Sherborne railway station at 12:32 on 30 June people rushed off the platform towards the Digby Hall to make sure they found a seat at the Symonds & Sampson’s property auction.

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Howzat! The Symonds & Sampson Cricket Season Begins...

June 2017

The Symonds & Sampson cricket season is off!

Last year we encountered some close calls but regrettably did not win a match… However, we returned undeterred for a rematch with Palmer’s Brewery.  

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Are you a Landlord? Is your legal paperwork up to date?

June 2017

Rachael James partner and head of lettings has recently set up Symonds & Sampson’s new tenancy agreement which takes account of all the changes in landlord and tenant law over the last few years. Rachael says “New legislation and ever changing case law has created very detailed and strict guidelines for Landlords and it is extremely important that your legal paperwork is up-to-date. “

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Broadwindsor Fun Weekend

June 2017

Margery Hookings is seen here collecting a lovely hamper from Caroline Childs of Symonds & Sampson in Beaminster which was donated to the Broadwindsor Fun weekend as a raffle prize.

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The Election: What is means for the market?

June 2017

Well... what an election.

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The Remarkable Round House

June 2017

Landmark Folly Overlooking Yeovil Comes To Auction

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Three Peaks

Managing Partner Richard Miller Returns from the Three Peaks Challenge

June 2017

Richard Miller and a group of teachers, supported by parents and friends in the support vehicle, all from Sunninghill School in Dorchester took on the challenge to raise funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Here is his report.

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Fordson Super Major

Rymer's Rally

June 2017

Wow!  What a day Nick Rymer and Immy Robinson put on to raise money for the 2017 Symonds & Sampson charities, Go Girls and Mosaic.

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Tied up in Agriculture

June 2017

Edward Dyke one of our planning experts having applied for a number of agriculturally tied dwellings in Dorset, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire and explains how a planning permission can be granted.

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Plumber Barns

Strong Prices and a Sell Out at Our May Auction

May 2017

The Symonds & Sampson property auction on 26 May in Sherborne Dorset was a resounding success with all of the lots in Dorset and Somerset sold to buyers from London, Yorkshire, and Staffordshire as well as to local buyers.

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31 years and counting - Mark Lewis

May 2017

"I was clearing out some cupboards recently and found a file with a list of the firm’s staff.  Dating from 1947 it records start and finish dates and includes the names of people I never met but whose names are enshrined in the firm’s folklore because of funny and interesting stories...."

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London Buyers Love Wessex

May 2017

Peter Grout-Smith reports on the 2017 London and Country Property Show where once again Symonds & Sampson had one of the busiest stands.

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They Did It!

May 2017

Jeremy Smith, Trudi Gumbrell, Dan Magee, Andrea Proudfoot and Kate Wiscombe ran the Bridport 10K  for GO Girls! who support women affected by gynaecological cancers and Mosaic, a charity who support bereaved children.

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Cottage Refurbishment - Before & Afters

May 2017

James Shapland from the survey department shares some before and after photos of a Listed cottage they have helped to restore.

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Uplands, Gaunts Common

Record Number of Bids at Symonds & Sampson Auction

May 2017

Symonds & Sampson’s auction in Sherborne on 28 April was the biggest of the year so far and included development and renovation opportunities, buy to let and commercial investments and agricultural land.

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New Professional Chairman at Symonds & Sampson

May 2017

The multi award winning firm of chartered surveyors, Symonds & Sampson, are delighted to announce that Edward Dyke has become the new chairman of the firm’s professional department.

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Learn About Lettings

May 2017

Successful letting isn’t simply about finding a tenant, signing a contract and handing over the keys. Symonds & Sampson are holding a landlords coffee morning on Thursday 18th May at their office in Axminster advising landlords on how to ensure the smooth letting of their property.

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Supporting The Wessex Inter-Shoot Challenge

May 2017

Symonds & Sampson are sponsoring The Wessex Inter-Shoot Challenge which supports The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and The National Gamekeepers Organisation.


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Small Dairy Farmers Scheme - Are you eligible?

April 2017

Applications opened this week for the ‘Small Dairy Farmers Scheme’, an EU funded grant which has been made available to support small dairy farmers in England. The scheme has a fund of approximately £8.5 million and eligible farmers who apply will receive a one off payment.

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Don’t Have a BPS Blunder

April 2017

The 2017 Basic Payment Scheme deadline is fast approaching and applications must be submitted by the 15th May to avoid a penalty According to the RPA this week only 25% of applications have been submitted so far. At Symonds & Sampson we urge all applicants to finish their applications well before the deadline giving them the best chance of a correct and accurate BPS submission

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Nick Rymer

Symonds and Sampson Rally Behind Two Great Local Causes

April 2017

Each year, Symonds & Sampson choose a charity to support with the aim of as raising as much money as possible for them through the year.

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Bustard Farm

Arable Farm For Sale

April 2017

The Salisbury office of Symonds & Sampson LLP has just launched Bustard Farm, Shrewton for sale. This substantial block of arable land comprises approximately 285 acres (115.38ha) and has a useful steel barn with capacity to store 600 tonnes of grain.

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Ban on Tenant’s Letting Agents Fees

April 2017

The Chancellor confirmed in his autumn statement a ban on letting agents’ tenant fees. This is likely come into effect as soon as possible and is likely to be after a short consultation period.  But will this help tenants?

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Sovereighn Court

Open Day at Sovereign Court

April 2017

The Sovereign Court development in the heart of Sturminster Newton has been completed and Symonds & Sampson are delighted to invite all interested parties to the OPEN DAY being held on Saturday 15th April between 10am and 2pm.

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Giles

Giles Becomes a Partner at Award Winning Firm

April 2017

The multi award winning firm of chartered surveyors Symonds & Sampson are delighted to announce the promotion of Giles Wreford Brown to the partnership.

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Bowditch Farm Lodge

Local Bidders Succeed at Axminster Auction

April 2017

Our latest auction on 30th March at Axminster included lots in Devon, Dorset and Somerset with all of the properties selling at figures well in excess of the guide prices.

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Beaminster's Jeremy Smith runs the Yeovil half Marathon for Sands Charity

March 2017

Jeremy Smith is seen here after finishing the recent Yeovil Half Marathon

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Selling Like Hot Cakes! £740 Raised for Charity!

March 2017

In only three hours, Symonds & Sampson’s Poundbury office raised over £740 for charity at their coffee and cake morning. They are raising money this year for  Go Girls and Mosaic, two local charities, one supporting women with gynae cancers and the other supporting bereaved children.

 

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TLO Show May

London Property Show

March 2017

Symonds & Sampson will be attending The London & Country Property Show  which will be held on Wednesday 10th May 2017 at The Chelsea Old Town Hall, London SW3 5EE. Over 30 leading firms of Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors from across the country, including Douglas & Gordon from London will be on hand to offer their advice to homeowners planning to make their move into or out of the capital.

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Splendid Poster

Top Dorset Land Agent

March 2017

The latest edition of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Land Market Survey shows Symonds & Sampson as the only firm to have recorded any sales of farms or land in Dorset in the second half of 2016.

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London Dog Owners Love Dorset

March 2017

London & Home Counties based dog owners are straining at the leash to move to our area.

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Dubai Bidder telephones to buy at our Latest Auction

March 2017

We drew a truly international audience to our 17 March auction with bidders attending from London, the Home Counties and throughout the south of England as well as telephone bidders in Austria and Dubai.

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The Bridport 10K!

March 2017

Symonds & Sampson are proud to be both sponsoring and taking part in the Bridport 10K.

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The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) online application is now open for 2017.

March 2017

All BPS claims must be submitted to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) by the 15th May with the option to make permitted alterations until 30th May. Paper applications can now be upgraded to online applications by contacting the RPA.


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White Roses

A Cordial Welcome at Leweston. Why is this house called White Roses?

March 2017

The reason behind the names of houses are usually obvious. Corner Cottage should be found on the corner of the street, The Old Station House probably indicates it was the station master’s house or a disused railway station and Apple Tree Cottage may have a fruit tree in the garden.

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Symonds & Sampson hospitality a winner at the South Dorset Point to Point

February 2017

Sunday the th February dawned a bitterly cold but dry day. Well before the first race, clients, fellow professionals and friends were gathered at the Symonds & Sampson stand near the paddock enjoying a warming drink and a delicious bacon sandwich.

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Guess Who

Guess Who - The Typical Symonds & Sampson Buyer?

February 2017

Is this the typical Symonds & Sampson buyer?

  • Dressed in tweed, driving a Volvo with a Labrador in the boot?
  • A retired professional couple downsizing from the Home Counties?
  • Young professionals from London who have cashed in on their terraced house?
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London Marketing Initiative

February 2017

Once again, Bob Bickersteth from the London Office has made the trip to Symonds & Sampson’s Sherborne Office today the 8th February to meet with clients and potential clients..

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Country Matters 2017 Now Available

January 2017

Chartered Surveyors Symonds & Sampson have won a number of awards for their marketing beating global competition to achieve the best consultancy 2015 at The International Property awards.

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New NVZ Map for England

January 2017

The Environment Agency (EA) has published the map of proposed Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ's) in England for 2017-2020.

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Mosaic

Over £50,000 Raised for Charity

January 2017

We were very busy in 2016 raising money for good causes. Through tireless cake making, marathon running, Christmas drinks, raffles and general donations £7,444 will be paid to our chosen charity for the year, regional Air Ambulances.

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Daniel Magee Welcomed to Bridport Office

January 2017

Steve Allen, Residential Partner of award winning estate agent Symonds & Sampson, welcomes Daniel Magee the newly appointed Residential Sales Manager of the Bridport office.

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Old School House Ibberton

Fancy a Change of Lifestyle for the New Year?

January 2017

Symonds & Sampson Blandlord Lettings Department have the ideal property to rent on either a six or twelve month initial term.

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MAKL 12th

A Dozen Years at the Top of the League

January 2017

The multi award winning firm of Chartered Surveyors, Symonds & Sampson, are celebrating their recognition as the leading firm of property auctioneers in their region for the twelfth year running.

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CAAV Exam Hat-Trick for Symonds & Sampson

January 2017

We are delighted to announce that Bradley, Rebecca Kaye and Jack Edwards have all passed the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) examinations....

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Marketing Award

December 2016

Symonds & Sampson have won the UK property consultancy marketing award for the second year running.

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Symonds & Sampson Brain Chain Challenge 2016

December 2016

The evening of Wednesday 14th December saw a packed Brownsword Hall in Poundbury for the inaugural Symonds & Sampson Brain Chain Challenge.

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Springfield, Corscombe

‘Lavish Birthday Present’ at Christmas Auction

December 2016

Our Christmas property auction in Sherborne on 9 December was a real cracker with the room bursting with buyers and very strong prices. More bids were recorded than any other sale this year.

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Andy and Georgie

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies for Sherborne Shoppers

December 2016

On a bright but cold winters day the Sherborne office joined in the fun of the Sherborne Christmas Street Fair

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We are Not Just Number One in Property

December 2016

Symonds & Sampson have won the prestigious Trethowan’s Christmas Quiz in Salisbury.

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Wolvercroft's Christmas Grotto

Wolvercroft's Winter Wonderland

November 2016

Yet again we have been instructed in the sale of a unique and exciting business opportunity.  Wolvercroft World of Plants, located near Fordingbridge, is a family grown business set on a site of approximately 7 acres.

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Sherborne Remembrance Day.

November 2016

Sherborne’s Symonds & Sampson office were extremely proud to win this year’s Sherborne Poppy Appeal window display sponsored by the Royal British Legion.

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Charity Car Wash in Yeovil.

November 2016

Symonds & Sampson are proud to sponsor Caroline Gosney a negotiator in the Yeovil office and her firefighter husband Nigel who have been tirelessly raising money throughout the year for St Margaret’s Hospice Care in Yeovil.

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Basic Payment Scheme Announcement

November 2016

The RPA have set the payment rate for the 2016 claim year at £215.61 per hectare.

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On the Coast Far from the Madding Crowd.

November 2016

Situated adjoining the beach in the hamlet of West Bexington between Weymouth and West Bay,

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Stunning Sherborne Auction Success.

November 2016

Symonds & Sampson had a double celebration on 28 October as a packed sale room ensured that top prices were paid for all lots and it ended a very busy month with properties auctioned in Dorset, Devon and Somerset raising over £3 million.

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Landlord’s Investment Evening at Blandford.

October 2016

With new legislation and tax changes for landlords and second home owners, Symonds & Sampson saw their Blandford office packed with both existing and potential landlords looking for expert advice at their Landlords Evening last week.

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Country Property Forum in London.

October 2016

Partners Nigel Sheppard and Richard Taylor made their way to The London Office yesterday to meet buyers from London and the Home Counties. The City seemed strangely quiet on their arrival, perhaps because of half term, Southern Rail disruption and the parade of Olympians at Trafalgar Square.

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Strong Prices at Auction.

October 2016

Ross Wilmington, a partner at Symonds & Sampson, reports healthy bidding at the firm’s 13 October auction in Axminster.

“It was very good to see the London buyers returning to the sale room to bid but the tenacity and deep pockets of people from within our region kept prices strong for property within the locality.

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Farming Opportunity

October 2016

With Space Comes Opportunities

Agricultural buildings can be one of the best assets to any farmer at this time of year with the inevitable wet weather looming and another lambing season not far away.

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Land Prices Remain Strong at Auction.

October 2016

Auctioneer Bradley Towell reports on strong prices for agricultural land at Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 23 September when 23 lots went under the hammer.

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Basic Payment Scheme Announcement

October 2016

It is the time of year again when the exchange rate is set for the Basic Payment Scheme and it is the average of the European Central Bank exchange rates set during September 2016 and is €1 = £0.85228.

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Telephone train bidder loses out.

September 2016

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 23 September was packed with buyers as they competed for 23 lots in Dorset and Somerset with many properties receiving a record number of bids.

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Welcome to the Bake Off!

September 2016

Poundbury Office is holding a coffee and cake morning in aid of the Dorset & Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon Air Ambulances on Thursday 29th September between 10.00 am and 12.00pm.

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Property Clinic a Success.

September 2016

Symonds & Sampson invited vendors, potential clients and developers into their Sherborne Office to meet with Bob Bickersteth, director of The London Office.

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More Awards for Us

September 2016

Symonds & Sampson have been established for over 158 years and have flourished by attracting free thinking people who give their clients exceptional service through informed professional advice.

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Ode to the October Auction in Axminster.

September 2016

October brings the autumn auction
And a chance to own a portion
Of some land that’s being sold
All with tenure of ‘Freehold’.

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Bridport Hat Festival.

September 2016

We were proud to sponsor the annual Hat Festival in Bridport this year. The profits from the festival go to ‘head’ related charities and this year’s worthy causes were Brain Tumour Research and BIRT (Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust).

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International Triathlon World Championships

September 2016

Katie Northcott, a former Gillingham Secondary School pupil from Marnhull and daughter of Symonds & Sampson's Mark Northcott has qualified to represent Great Britain in the International Triathlon (ITU) World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico...

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Bringing London Buyers to You

September 2016

Bob Bickersteth the director of The London Office will be at our Sherborne Branch on the 8th September......

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Success at Buckham Fair

August 2016

Over the years Buckham Fair has grown and grown and has been able to donate over £300,000 to local charities. Once again, the Beaminster branch of Symonds & Sampson were pleased to sponsor and support this wonderful event.

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A Beautiful House in the Country.

August 2016

Nigel Sheppard announces the launch of Stour House in East Street Blandford Forum. Nigel says that he feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to become involved with some of Blandford’s finest historic houses in recent years and feels that Stour House is without doubt one of the finest,

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Record Numbers at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show

August 2016

Once again the sun shone for what may have been one of the hottest days at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show and the showground was packed.

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Farmhouse with Cottage and 92 acres in Glorious West Dorset Countryside

August 2016

Weston Manor Farm stands in a private location at the end of a no through lane in the hamlet of Weston close to the village of Corscombe.  Standing at an elevation of 500 feet in lovely undulating countryside, the farmhouse and attached cottage offer scope to create a perfect country home.

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A New Face in the Sherborne Office

August 2016

Andy Wakinshaw formerly of GTH in Yeovil has joined Symonds & Sampson as a residential partner and to head up the estate agency team in the Sherborne office.

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5a Queen Street

100% clearance as lot 2000 goes ‘under the hammer’

August 2016

Symonds & Sampson finished the first half of the year in style with a complete sell out at their 29 July sale in Sherborne and auctioneer Mark Lewis selling his 2000th lot ‘under the hammer

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Ten Years in Beaminster

July 2016

The Symonds & Sampson Beaminster Office held a Garden Party in Peter and Maggie Brook's beautiful summer garden to celebrate ten years in the town, and to raise money for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

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Champion of Champions Cattle Class

July 2016

Symonds & Sampson are pleased to sponsor the Hampshire, Champion of Champions Cattle Class which is now in its sixth year.

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‘Different Roads Sometimes Lead to the Same Castle’

July 2016

If you follow Game of Thrones you might recognise the quote but I think it sums up the post Brexit mood quite well. Whether you voted remain or leave we are where we are and there is a collective desire to arrive at the same place. A stronger, stable and healthy economy is the desire of everyone.

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Standing room only as buyers are bowled over at Symonds & Sampson auction

July 2016

Symonds & Sampson held their first post referendum property auction on Friday 1 July in Sherborne and it was a clear indication of buying habits in the region.

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Passionate Home Counties and London bidders Power Symonds & Sampson Auction

June 2016

Symonds & Sampson’s latest auction on 16th June at Axminster included a number of lots in Devon and Lyme Regis with many of the properties selling for well over the guide prices.

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Sherborne Office Gets Ready For Sherborne's QE Day

June 2016

Sherborne’s Symonds & Sampson office has filled their windows with Union Jacks in preparation for the town’s parade in honour of the Queen’s 90th Birthday which will be coming right past the window on Saturday 18th June.

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Jeremy Smith joins the Symonds & Sampson partnership

June 2016

The partners at Symonds & Sampson are delighted to announce the promotion of Jeremy Smith to a residential partner in the business.

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Steve Allen Joins Symonds & Sampson

June 2016

The partners at Symonds & Sampson, are delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Allen to the partnership. Steve has worked as an estate agent for Humberts and GTH in Sherborne and will move to Symonds & Sampson's Bridport office where he will run the residential sales department.

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Alison Wins Symonds & Sampson Football Award

June 2016

Throughout the Premier League season we ran a competition, amongst staff to see who could predict the score of every match.

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Droop Cottage

Kuala Lumpur Buyer Outbid by Locals at Symonds & Sampson Auction

June 2016

A mixed catalogue of farmland, building plots and renovation projects created great interest from both home and abroad at Symonds & Sampson’s latest property auction held in Sherborne.

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Undercleave

Second Time Around …….

May 2016

In 1938 Undercleave Farm was auctioned by Axminster auctioneer’s R & C Snell (now incorporated into Symonds & Sampson). 78 years later Symonds & Sampson are very pleased to bring this stunning property back to the open market.

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Gone Fishing

May 2016

Lakes & Land at Cathole, Cathole Lane  Dorset  DT7 3XE 

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Alex Townsend

A Fresh Approach at Blandford Office

May 2016

Blandford Office are pleased to announce that they have a new Residential Sales Manager on their team.

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New Countryside Stewardship

May 2016

Now that the Basic Payment Scheme application window is closed it is a good time to look at other ways in which your farm might be able to generate income.

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Manor Farm West Stour

Farm for Sale

May 2016

Manor Farm, West Stour, Gillingham, North Dorset comes to the market for the first time in almost 100 years and will be of interest to a range of farmer, residential, recreational and investor buyers.

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Philleyholme

Period Mill in Tranquil Setting

May 2016

Philleyholme Mill at Hawkchurch nr Axminster in Devon is a charming period Mill House requiring modernisation, surrounded by mature gardens in a tranquil rural setting.

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Auction Buyers Catch a Beauty at The Fisherman’s Hut

May 2016

Being a valuer at Symonds & Sampson can be a challenge as properties are often unique and being marketed for the first time in their history.  If the house needs updating, renovation or replacing the difference between the cost of the work and the finished property can vary enormously, often depending on whether the buyer will do the work themselves or will employ a contractor. Auction is, therefore, a great way to establish the market price in a fair and transparent way.

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Bluebell Wood

Walk with me through the Bluebell Woods

May 2016

Now we are in  May the swallows have arrived and the bluebells are out, England’s favourite wild flower according to a nationwide poll.  In our June auction at Axminster we offer several lots which offer the opportunity to buy your very own ‘bluebell wood’.

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Simon Clothier & Leah Judd

Our Latest Chartered Surveyor

May 2016

Leah Judd an agricultural surveyor based at our Yeovil office is the latest of our young trainees to achieve membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).  Leah who studied for an MSC at the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester obtained her Fellowship of the Association of Agricultural Valuers in December 2015 and has topped this with her recent success.

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Olives et Al and Thomas J Fudge

Nigel Sheppard reports on the 2016 Move to the Country Show.

April 2016

Symonds & Sampson were strongly represented at The Move to The Country Show in Chelsea on the 28th April. This prestigious event presented by The London Office, Country Life and London Agents Douglas & Gordon welcomed a large number of buyers throughout the afternoon and early evening. Richard Taylor and Nigel Sheppard assisted by Peter Grout Smith and Anabel Merriman were kept fully occupied registering new buyers and meeting many of our contacts from London and across the country.

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The Old Bank House

Was This a Bank?

April 2016

Was this really a Bank Manager’s House someone asked of the distinctive lilac coloured Old Bank House ? Of course before the establishment of High Street Banks, prosperous local traders set up private banks operating from their places of business which were often their homes.

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Anabel Merriman

Promotion

April 2016

Giles Wreford-Brown of Symonds & Sampson’s Sturminster Newton office is delighted to announce that Anabel Merriman has been promoted to Assistant Manager of the Sturminster residential sales office.

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Land in Sherborne

Sherborne garden sells for £401,000 at Symonds & Sampson auction

April 2016

Symonds & Sampson’s March auctions attracted interested parties from all over the South of England and London as well as telephone bidders from Europe as 14 lots went under the hammer in Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

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Trinity Terrace

Weymouth Properties Soar at Auction.

March 2016

Three properties near the harbour in Weymouth all well exceeded their guide prices at our most recent auction in Sherborne. The properties dating from the early 19th century were guided between £90,000 & £150,000 and all required varying levels of refurbishment.

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Landlords Evening

Packed Symonds and Sampson Bridport Office for Landlord’s Evening.

March 2016

With new legislation and tax changes for landlords and second home owners, Symonds & Sampson saw their Bridport office packed with both existing and potential landlords looking for expert advice at a Landlords Evening last week.

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Jeremy Smith Raises Funds for Weldmar in Yeovil Half Marathon

March 2016

2016 marks the sixth year of the Yeovil Half Marathon which took place on 20th March,

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Pallington Lakes

Pallington Lakes

March 2016

Nestled in 24 acres of Dorset's finest countryside lies Pallington Lakes, an intriguing property which will catch the imagination of most discerning property and art enthusiasts.

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Meredith Holmes

Exam Success for Meredith Holmes

March 2016

Meredith Holmes, an estate agent in our Blandford Forum office has achieved the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFoPP) QCF Level 3 Technical Award in The Sale of Residential Property.

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New window for Sturminster Newton Office

March 2016

Symonds and Sampson’s Sturminster Newton office has celebrated being the top residential office for the third consecutive year by commissioning a new LED window display.

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Salisbury Office do the Bath Half Maraton

March 2016

Well our intrepid Salisbury office did what they said they would and ran the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 13th March.

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London Buyers Looking to Make a Move to the Country

March 2016

Partner Richard Taylor and Senior Negotiator Anabel Merriman joined forces with Bob Bickersteth and Milly English of The London Office to meet buyers in the prestigious and strategically placed St James's Place office.

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‘Farming Matters’ – Planning for the Future

March 2016

Symonds & Sampson alongside solicitors, Wilsons & Sons and Farm Finance Experts, Old Mill held a very successful evening with local farmers discussing topical issues and giving advice for the future in what is a difficult time for British Farming.

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Open Day at Fippenny Grove, Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset.

March 2016

Phase one of an exclusive new development of 2,3 and 4 bedroom homes is nearing completion in the heart of Okeford Fitzpaine and there will be an OPEN DAY on Saturday 19th March from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

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Symonds & Sampson Business Study Awards 2015

March 2016

Symonds & Sampson were delighted to welcome Abigail Vincent to their new Blandford Market Place offices to meet the partners and staff.

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Flat 2 Boscombe Overcliff

Buy to Let investors powered Dorset auction

March 2016

The anticipated increase in stamp duty by 3% for second homes and investments which is due to arrive on 1 April contributed to strong trade at Symonds & Sampson’s Dorset property auction in Sherborne on Friday 26 February.

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Japanese Knotweed. What’s the problem?

February 2016

There are few subjects that strike more fear into buyers, sellers and mortgage companies alike and that can impact the sale of a property more than Japanese Knotweed (fallopia japonica).

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Telecoms Lease Renewals – Don’t be Hasty!

February 2016

With mobile technology becoming more and more vital to everyday life, telecommunications providers are keen to secure their existing mast sites. 

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Countryside Stewardship – Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital Grants 2016

February 2016

On 1st February the application window opened to apply for capital grants under the Countryside Stewardship for works to hedgerows and boundaries.

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Salisbury Air Ambulance

Raising Money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

February 2016

The entire team at the Salisbury office of Symonds & Sampson including Philip Pollard are putting on their running shoes and will be taking part in the Bath Half Marathon on 13th March 2016.

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Symonds & Sampson Landlords’ Workshop

February 2016

Symonds & Sampson Landlords’ Workshop 4th of February 2016, 5pm – 7pm at our Sturminster Newton Office.
 
Our letting departments are seeing available property levels decreasing and the number of tenants seeking homes increasing. Demand is outstripping supply with more than one tenant applying for each property, as house prices continue to rise out of many buyers reach.

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Symonds & Sampson are Top Auction House in the South West for 11th Year Running

February 2016

We have been recognised as the leading firm of property auctioneers in the South West for the 11th year running.  With 91% of properties successfully sold in 2015 we have also been ranked in the Top 30 Auction Houses for the whole of the UK.

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Cob Walls and the Importance of Understanding Old Buildings

January 2016

Symonds and Sampson’s Building Surveying Department recently helped a client obtain planning permission and listed building consent for the refurbishment of a charming thatched cottage in Dorset.

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Country Matters 2016

January 2016

The latest edition of Country Matters 2016 is now available.  Please call in to your local office and pick up a copy....

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First Impressions – A light hearted look at Perfect Presentation for a Successful Sale

January 2016

Now Christmas and New Year have finally come and gone, and the tree has been consigned to recycling, thoughts may turn to moving house in 2016.

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Online Bidding at Farm Sales

January 2016

Symonds & Sampson, the South of England’s leading deadstock and machinery auctioneers, have teamed up with both iBidder.com and BidSpotter.co.uk in order to allow online bidding at their farm dispersal sales.

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Methodist Church Maiden street Weymouth

Former Methodist Church Maiden Street, Weymouth For Sale

January 2016

Symonds & Sampson have the pleasure of offering a unique opportunity to buy this Grade II* Listed Church on Maiden Street in the centre of Weymouth

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New Surveyor at Dorchester

January 2016

Symonds & Sampson are pleased to announce the appointment of Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor Lydia Cox to their Dorchester office,

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Restoration Work on 17th Century Manor House

January 2016

The Building Survey department have recently overseen the completion of a major reroofing project of a substantial Grade II* listed Manor House in North Dorset on behalf of the owners.

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Exam Success for Leah Judd

January 2016

Leah Judd has successfully passed the examination to become a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).  The examination is a tough two-day challenge that tests a range of knowledge in practical, written and oral parts.

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Bilshay

Land Makes Five Times Guide Price at Auction

December 2015

A narrow piece of land with the ruins of a cottage at Dottery, near Bridport, has been sold at auction for more than five times the guide price. The former Bilshay Cottage and land was on the market at £35,000, but eventually sold for £187,000.

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Officially the Best Firm on the Planet

December 2015

At The International Property awards Grand Final held in London, Symonds & Sampson won the world wide award for best international property marketing consultancy (Marketing and Country Matters)

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BPS Email Scam Alert

December 2015

As many farmers start to receive their BPS payments from this month they should all be aware and wary of the actions that fraudsters will take in order to access their funds.

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New Face at Symonds & Sampson’s Sherborne Office

December 2015

Meg Cleal has recently moved from the firm's Bridport lettings office to Sherborne where she joins Karen Mitchell to continue to expand the firm's lettings business following Lindsey Murray’s move to the sales team working with James Stagg and Sue Bradshaw.

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Buy to Let and the Autumn Statement 2015

December 2015

Whilst the financial commentators contemplate the national and global financial consequences of last week’s autumn statement, the topics that particularly affect our business at Symonds & Sampson are the increase in stamp duty for buy to let and second home purchases and changes announced to help first time buyers.

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Symonds & Sampson Supporting Local Christmas Tree Festival.

December 2015

The Beaminster Branch of Symonds & Sampson are proud to be supporting the Christmas Tree Festival at St John the Baptist Church in Broadwindsor.

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Symonds & Sampson Supporting Swans!

December 2015

For over a decade Symonds & Sampson have proudly sponsored and supported the local Swanage and Wareham rugby club

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The Great ‘Wimborne’ Bake Off

December 2015

The Great ‘Wimborne’ Bake Off – Symonds & Sampson Wimborne Offices raises £215 for Dorset Air Ambulance

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Grade II Listed Office – The Grand Unveil

November 2015

Symonds & Sampson’s Bridport office gets a ‘new’ look.

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National award for Symonds & Sampson’s Community Work.

November 2015

Symonds & Sampson are proud to announce they have received the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) Community Award for 2015.

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AJ Monro & Greg Ridout – Appointed AMC Agents

November 2015

AJ Monro (Wimborne) and Greg Ridout(Yeovil)have recently been appointed AMC (Agricultural Mortgage Corporation) Agents.

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Exams Success for Nick Rymer, MRICS FAAV.

November 2015

Nick Rymer has successfully passed his APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) and has been appointed a Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

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Ansford

Symonds & Sampson’s Leah Judd Inspires Students

November 2015

Last week Symonds & Sampson trainee rural Chartered Surveyor Leah Judd attended the ‘Meet the Employer’ careers event at Ansford Academy in Castle Cary and met with Year 10 students to discuss her role.

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From Strength to Strength – A Look at the Last 25 years.

November 2015

In October 1990 the foundations of the modern firm of Symonds & Sampson were laid when a new partnership was created.

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Poppy Display

Remembrance Day Window

November 2015

The Sherborne office of Symonds & Sampson have won a highly commended in the Sherborne Remembrance Window Display Challenge organised by the Sherborne and District Branch of the Royal British Legion. 

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Love Lane

Love Lane – Can a street name increase the value of your property?

November 2015

30th October 2015 saw yet another busy and very successful property auction for Symonds and Sampson. There was extremely competitive bidding including phone bids from Spain for a little property in need of full modernisation in Love Lane, Weymouth which sold for £36,000 over the guide of £100,000.

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Plenty of Buyers at the London Office

October 2015

Richard Taylor and Nigel Sheppard met numerous country buyers at The London Office in St James’s Place yesterday. Such was the demand for information from eager buyers that Richard and Nigel did not pause for a break until after 5pm!

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Exam Success

October 2015

Trudi Gumbrell and Carol Wallis from our Dorchester Lettings Department have both recently passed their final ARLA exams giving them membership of the Association of Residential Letting Agents. 

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Exclusive new development is underway in the heart of Okeford Fitzpaine

Exciting Development in the Heart of a North Dorset Village

September 2015

An exclusive new development is underway in the heart of Okeford Fitzpaine on the former Faccenda poultry site. The builders, Parsons and Joyce are a local Poole based family company with a strong reputation for building quality homes and this has been reflected by being awarded two NHBC top 100 awards. They have been building new homes for over 30 years to the highest standard with quality materials ensuring an exceptional home.

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Quadruple Awards for Symonds & Sampson

September 2015

Symonds & Sampson are delighted to report that they have won four categories in the International Property Awards for 2015.

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9 Billingsmoor

New to the Market in Poundbury

September 2015

This house on Billingsmoor Lane  is a  fine and beautifully presented detached town house with a separate studio apartment in the heart of Poundbury.

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1900 auction properties sold by Mark Lewis

August 2015

The South West’s leading auctioneers, Symonds & Sampson, have had a very strong start to 2015 and it has been a landmark for the property auctioneer and Partner of the firm, Mark Lewis, who has sold his 1900th auction property.

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2 Chur Lane

Spirited Bidding pushes auction total over £2million

August 2015

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 31 July provided buyers with a selection of properties throughout Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Somerset.  With buyers coming from all parts of the south and a strong contingent from London this resulted in some fierce bidding for many of the lots.

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Two Property Auctions in two weeks for Axminster

July 2015

Symonds & Sampson have enjoyed success with two property auctions held over the last two weeks.

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Tobys

David Beckham helps sell The Old Harbour Masters House in Weymouth?

July 2015

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 26 June in Sherborne included 14 lots spread throughout Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire.

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Open Viewing Evening

June 2015

OPEN VIEWING EVENING OF SIX BEAUTIFUL GRADE I LISTED APARTMENTS TO LET
THURSDAY 16TH JULY FROM 5PM to 7.30 PM

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New Partners

New Partners

June 2015

Symonds & Sampson are delighted to announce the appointment of Ross Willmington, Andrew Tuffin and Andrew Monro as new partners of the firm.

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First Ever Yeovil Marathon Completed

June 2015

Symonds & Sampson were delighted to be one of the main sponsors for the first ever Yeovil Marathon which was run on Sunday 14th June, 2015. 

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20 Hope Street

Buyers fly in from France and the Costa Brava for super Symonds & Sampson sale

June 2015

Over 350 people attended Symonds & Sampson’s latest property auction held at The Digby Hall, Sherborne, on Friday 29 May.  The auction had 26 lots catalogued and ended with a 96% success rate.

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Landlords Workshop at Yeovil Office 4th June

June 2015

The Yeovil Lettings Team will be at our Yeovil office, 2 Court Ash below St John's Church and down the hill from M&S on Thursday 4th June to talk about new lettings legislation.

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National Farmstead Assessment Framework

June 2015

New advice to help owners convert redundant farm buildings sympathetically has been published by Historic England.

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Landlords Workshop at Poundbury Office 30th May

May 2015

The Dorchester Lettings Team will be at our Poundbury office (just off Queen Mother Square) on Saturday 30th May to talk about new lettings legislation

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Not Far from Sherborne for Hardy’s Film

May 2015

People of a certain age will remember the words uttered by Alan Bates as Gabriel Oak to Julie Christie as Bathsheba Everdene, “and at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be – and whenever I look up, there will be you” at the end of the 1967 film Far From the Madding Crowd.

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Bleet Farm

Bleet Farm Raises the Baa

May 2015

Bleet Farm at Madjeston in North Dorset has been in the same family for the last 55 years and is now being marketed by Symonds & Sampson.

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Buyers Flee London to Escape from Foxes

May 2015

Partners Nigel Sheppard, Richard Taylor together with Anabel Merriman represented Symonds & Sampson at the Move to the Country Show in Chelsea on Wednesday 13th May.

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Cider with Rosie!

May 2015

Symonds and Sampson Yeovil Office are offering The Rosary, Isle Brewers,  a substantial detached post war property with a self contained 2 bedroom annexe situated between Taunton and Yeovil.

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At the Move to the Country Show

May 2015

Our stand at the Move to the Country Show today

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Old Dairy House

Medieval Magic

May 2015

The Yeovil office of Symonds & Sampson have just brought to the market “Old Dairy House” on the outskirts of Long Sutton, an  historic house of special architectural and historic interest with its origins reputedly late medieval and once owned by the 9th Duke of Devonshire.

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Weyside Cottage

Land prices strengthen at Dorset and Devon auctions

May 2015

Symonds & Sampson’s April auction have shown that land prices are strengthening under their stewardship with strong prices paid for land in the right location.

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Millionaire Basements

April 2015

As house prices in Central London continue to go up, builders continue to dig down! The costs of creating these “icebergs” – so called because there is more below ground than above- is huge.

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Frome Market 25th Anniversary

March 2015

Not only an Auctioneer but a budding cocktail waiter.

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Yeovil Marathon

Proud Sponsors of First Yeovil Marathon

March 2015

Yeovil office are proud to be sponsoring the first ever Yeovil marathon which takes place on 14th June 2015. 

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Country Property Forum 18th March 2015

March 2015

Partners Richard Taylor and Nigel Sheppard joined forces with Bob Bickersteth and Samantha Garmany of The London Office to meet buyers in the prestigious and strategically placed St James’s Place Office.

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All Change at the RPA- Basic Payment Scheme Application Amendments

March 2015

Many of you will have heard the announcements in the National Press that the RPA have been forced to revert to paper form as the online CAPIS is not functioning well enough to be a usable portal. The changes are briefly outlined below.

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Edward Dyke

An Update on Permitted Development Rights for the Conversion of Agricultural Buildings

March 2015

The Department for Communities & Government has just released much welcomed guidance on the practical implementation of last year’s permitted development legislation for the change of use of agricultural buildings.

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Wuzzle Tyne

Open Day Saturday 14th March

March 2015

VIEWING DAY SATURDAY 14TH MARCH - PHONE 01305 261008 FOR AN APPOINTMENT.



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Solicitors, Accountants and Symonds & Sampson update Landowners and Farmers

March 2015

The Crown Hotel, Blandford, was the setting for an update from Old Mill, the accountants Blanchards Bailey, the solicitors and Symonds & Sampson who presented a topical presentation updating landowners and farmers with some of the issues of the moment.

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Spring is in the Air for the Farm Agency Team

March 2015

With March upon us it is starting to feel a little more like Spring outside and the telephones in the Farm Agency Department have certainly hotted up.

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6 Shaftesbury View

A strong start to Symonds & Sampson’s 2015 auctions

March 2015

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 27 February showed the strength in not only the investment but also development market.

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Symonds & Sampson are Sponsors at the Weldmar Staff Awards

February 2015

Staff from Weldmar Hospicecare Trust were recognised for their exceptional achievements at the Trust’s first ever staff awards evening held at Weymouth Pavilion on Thursday 12 February 2015.

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Crewkerne Under 10s

Sponsorship Matters

February 2015

Symonds & Sampson support many local sports clubs throughout the region and partners and staff play for a variety of teams. James Pellow, a Partner at the Bridport office, played rugby for many years but when he retired from playing for Crewkerne RFC he felt that he should put something back

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Dairy Dispersal Sale at East Knoyle

February 2015

Symonds & Sampson held a herd dispersal sale on 12 February at Friars Hayes Farm, East Knoyle on behalf of Mr Andy Drake following the decision to cease milk production on the back of falling commodity prices.

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Bourton Site

Development Matters

February 2015

Symonds & Sampson in Sturminster Newton have launched a number of development sites to the market in the last few weeks and initial interest points to it being an interesting time. 

 

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Edward Dyke

Now is the Right Time to Assess Cash Needs and Consider Restructuring Debt

February 2015

The beginning of the year is typically the time when farmers take stock of their finances - often in readiness for the annual bank manager review. Given the generally poor outlook for farm-gate prices especially in sectors such as potatoes and dairy, the task this year may not be one to be relished.

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Busy Landlords Evening at Symonds & Sampson’s office in Sherborne

February 2015

Karen Mitchell lettings manager at Yeovil and Lindsey Murray from the lettings department at Sherborne were delighted with the turnout at their landlords information evening held in the firm’s newest office at Sherborne on Thursday evening.

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Country Matters 2015

Country Matters 2015

February 2015

Our latest in house magazine is now out.

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Bradley Towell

Budget for a Delayed Subsidy payment

February 2015

Farmers are urged to budget for a delayed subsidy payment when constructing financial budgets for 2015/2016.

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Jess Saunters

Environmental Stewardship: Change to Payment Process

February 2015

Jess Saunters a land agent from Symonds & Sampson’s Sturminster Newton office reports on a recent announcement from Natural England.

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Point to Point

We Sponsor at The South Dorset Point to Point

February 2015

Symonds and Sampson were delighted to sponsor the Open Maiden Race at The South Dorset Point to Point on February 1st at Milborne St Andrew near Blandford.

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Are You Missing Out?

January 2015

A new property portal, On The Market (OTM), has been launched to compete with the current market leaders, Rightmove and Zoopla (incorporating Primelocation). Owned by Agents a condition of membership of OTM is that members must drop either Rightmove or Zoopla.

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Meg Cleal

Exam Success for Meg Cleal at Bridport

January 2015

Meg Cleal from the Bridport Lettings Department of Symonds & Sampson has passed her MARLA (Member of the Residential Lettings Association) exams.  Meg joined Symonds & Sampson in January 2014 and has studied very hard to achieve this success within 12 months.

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Lucy Nolan

Successful Landlords Evening

January 2015

Jeremy Smith, Manager of the Symonds & Sampson office in Beaminster writes to express his delight at the success of their recent Landlords Evening held in the Beaminster office.

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Symonds & Sampson Top Auctioneers yet again

January 2015

The award winning firm of Chartered Surveyors, Symonds & Sampson, are delighted to have been recognised as the leading firm of property auctioneers in the South West for another year (as shown in data compiled by Essential Information Group).

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Breach Lake

Romantic Land Sells at Auction

December 2014

The Digby Hall at Sherborne was packed on Friday 28 November for Symonds & Sampson’s final auction of 2014 with 16 lots on offer in 3 counties; Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

 

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Law, Tax and Single Farm Update for Farmers

November 2014

Once again, there was a good turnout at the annual Farming and Landowners’ Seminar on Tuesday 18 November at Broadwindsor Village Hall. It was good to see both new and familiar faces at the event, kindly hosted by Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors.

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Egdon

Inspiration for Thomas Hardy’s Egdon Heath sold by Symonds and Sampson

November 2014

"The untameable, Ishmaelitish thing that Egdon now was it had always been. Civilization was its enemy: and ever since the beginning of vegetation its soil had worn the same antique brown dress, the natural and invariable garment of the particular formation. . . . The great inviolate place had an ancient permanence which the sea cannot claim.

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Kingsholme

Colyford Land sells for £47,600 per acre

November 2014

A new record has been set locally with the sale of a 2.71 acre field at Kingsholme, Colyford, sold by Auction for £129,000 (equating to over £47,600 per acre).

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Marlise & Rachael

Award Winning Evening for Symonds & Sampson

November 2014

At the prestigious International Property Awards ceremony held at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on 24 October, Symonds & Sampson were presented with four awards.

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Ideal Christmas Presents and Donations for Charity

October 2014

The Symonds & Sampson Sturminster Newton office is a Grade II Listed building which used to be the Police Station and is strategically positioned so that the town square, the market and coaching inns, could be viewed.

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More than OK for the Batchelor Family

October 2014

Symonds & Sampson held a dispersal sale on 4 October at Bulbarrow Farm for Messrs O K and G M Batchelor following the sale of the farm by the auctioneers.

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Breach Lake

Reel in Your Dream Catch with the Lure of a Hidden Lake.

October 2014

Symonds and Sampson are delighted to offer a truly unique sale opportunity; imagine the pleasure of a weekend spent at your very own fishing lake at the foot of the Purbeck Hills, surrounded by 20 acres of peaceful, unspoilt woodland.

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Farm Subsidies and Solar Panels – the uncertainty is over

October 2014

Elizabeth Truss, Environment Secretary, has this morning confirmed that from January 2015 farmers will lose the ability to claim Common Agricultural Policy farm subsidies on land used for solar panels.

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Gemma Cassidy

Exam Success

October 2014

Gemma Cassidy from our Yeovil Lettings Department has passed her MARLA (Member of the Residential Lettings Association) exams.

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Anabel Sings at the Invictus Games

October 2014

By day Anabel Merriman is an Estate Agent in Symonds & Sampson’s Sturminster Newton office but by night she is in the Military Wives choir.

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Symonds & Sampson help promote Battersea Arts Centre

October 2014

Battersea Arts Centre is a Grade II* Listed Victorian Town Hall with a variety of beautiful, unique and versatile spaces offering one of London’s most creative event venues.

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Broadwater Cottage

37 Years but worth the wait at Symonds & Sampson’s Biggest Auction!

October 2014

The award winning firm of Symonds & Sampson held their biggest auction of the year in Sherborne on 26 September with properties on offer in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hants.

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Open Days 4th and 11th October

October 2014

Albert Road, Dorchester, DT1 1SF

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The World and his Wife flock to Ferndown for a Symonds & Sampson’s Dispersal Sale.

September 2014

The dispersal team have had a fascinating summer and autumn selling farm machinery and livestock equipment together with collectables and miscellaneous items, builders plant materials, tools and equipment but on 9 September our sale in Ferndown brought forward some very unusual lots.

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Rewards from Awards for Symonds & Sampson

September 2014

Symonds & Sampson have won a clutch of awards for the second year running and are now in line to be re-judged for the International categories.

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Show Tent

Drinks Party Atmosphere at Symonds & Sampson's Show Tents

September 2014

The 2014 summer show season is finished with record crowds reported at many of the venues.

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West Hall

A Grade I Listed Historic Elizabethan Manor House For Sale near Sherborne

September 2014

The Symonds & Sampson Sherborne office are delighted to launch to the market West Hall at Longburton near Sherborne in Dorset.

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Auction House Logo

Auction House reaches 1,750 lots sold milestone, with 13% hike in results

September 2014

Auction House reached the milestone figure of 1,750 lots sold in 2014 at the end of August, raising the award-winning group’s results by 13% on last year, and underlining its position as the No. 1 residential property auctioneer in the UK.

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Tyberton Court

Price Reduction on Poundbury Flat

September 2014

7 Tyberton Court Poundbury now reduced to £189,950.

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Officers Fields Portland

Open Day Saturday 6th September

September 2014

We would like to welcome you to an open day on Saturday 6th September at Officer's Fields, Portland.

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Broadwater Cottage, Wynford Eagle

Symonds & Sampson’s September auction is set to be the biggest this year

August 2014

Symonds & Sampson’s property auction on Friday 26 September at The Digby Hall, Sherborne, will be the biggest one of the year so far.  There will be 30 lots drawn from throughout Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

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Auction House Joins Forces with Symonds & Sampson

August 2014

Award-winning brand Auction House has been joined by South and West of England based auctioneer Symonds & Sampson, increasing the company’s total number of auction rooms nationwide to 40.

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The Old Bakery

Red Hot Prices and 126 bids at Symonds & Sampson’s July auction

August 2014

Symonds & Sampson’s auction at the Digby Hall, Sherborne, on 31 July was a huge success with red hot prices on a very warm day.

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Grants for Agricultural Students

August 2014

Grant aid available for students taking further education courses in subjects connected with agriculture.

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Ecological Focus Areas (EFA) weighting

August 2014

Don’t get caught out by Ecological Focus Areas (EFA) weighting

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Caroline Childs

New Person in Beaminster

July 2014

Jeremy Smith, Manager of the award winning Symonds & Sampson branch in Beaminster is seen welcoming Caroline Childs to his estate agency team.

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Little Watercombe Farm

3 Auctions in 6 days covering 5 counties, raising over £5million

July 2014

Symonds & Sampson have taken their Auction Roadshow to three different venues over a 6 day period with terrific success.

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Farms

Early Summer Offering of Dorset Farms

June 2014

We have launched a number of agricultural properties to the market this June.  Ranging from a small estate to bare land and fishing to smallholdings there should be something for everyone.

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The Old Rectory

Buyers from the Far East triumph at S&S auction

June 2014

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 30 May at the Digby Hall, Sherborne, proved to be a fascinating day with properties for sale in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

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House with Moat

May 2014

Sturminster office are marketing an unusual property at Shillingstone which has something for everyone including a moat.

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Stoke Wake

One of the Best New Houses in North Dorset

May 2014

Stoke Wake House is an imposing, beautifully presented family home....

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Higher Wick Court

Higher Wick Court Ticks all the Boxes

May 2014

Higher Wick Court at Milborne Wick near Sherborne is being marketed for the first time in 23 years

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Mrs Brown

Mrs Brown Collecting her Keys

May 2014

Jeremy Smith, Manager of Symonds & Sampson in Beaminster is seen here with a delighted Mrs. Brown of Windy Ridge collecting her keys for her new home in Hanover Court, Beaminster.

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Marycourt

A Sprinkling of Stardust for the S&S May Auction

May 2014

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 30 May will be the largest one of the year so far with properties stretching across Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset.

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Glass Ceiling broken at Symonds & Sampson

May 2014

Symonds & Sampson are delighted to announce the promotion, from 1 April, of Rachael James to a Partner at the firm.

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Hope Street, Weymouth

Singapore buyers lose out at S&S Auction

May 2014

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 25 April in Sherborne was a stunning success with all of the major lots selling well above the guide price.

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Edward Dyke

European Funding Could Provide Timely Boost For The Regions Farmers

April 2014

Farmers and food producers thinking of investing in their businesses could access discounted borrowing rates from the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC plc).

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Brynvella

Coastal Farms Hit The Market

April 2014

Symonds & Sampson’s Farm Agency has already had a busy spring with a number of farms being brought to the open market.  This week two West Dorset farms are launched.

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Greendown, Sutton Poyntz

Full House and a Total Clearance at S&S Auction

April 2014

Bidders from Greece, France, London and throughout the Symonds & Sampson region competed strongly for all of the properties at the firm’s latest auctions in March with one buyer flying over from America especially to attend.

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MTTC 14

London Flying High

March 2014

Symonds & Sampson report that their presence with a stand at The Move To The Country Show last week was a resounding success.

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Crichel

A Triple Crown of Machinery Sales

March 2014

One of the largest machinery sales ever to take place in Dorset, and the biggest sale in Symonds & Sampson’s history, took place on 7 March at White Farm, Wimborne.

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Barn

Making the planning system work more efficiently and effectively

March 2014

Nick Bowles, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning, has delivered a written statement to Parliament on Local Planning which could have huge ramifications for the countryside.

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Pre School Mums Auction Cakes at Crichel Farm Sale

March 2014

Mums and children from Little Owls Nursery & Pre School in Witchampton set out their stall at the Crichel Farm Sale on Friday 7th March, raising a mighty £1,021 in aid of the local pre-school.

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Romany Cottage

Bidders from Spain, Northampton and Derby compete at S&S auction.

March 2014

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 28 February attracted tremendous interest from many parts of England and the world.

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Farming Recover Fund

February 2014

The Farming Recover Fund is now open for applications until Friday 9th May 2014.

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Rachael James

Top S&S Speakers at CLA event

February 2014

Rachael James and Andrew (A-J) Monro of Symonds & Sampson recently took part in a seminar held at Holbrook House Hotel, Wincanton on 5 February exclusively for CLA members.

 

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Auctioneer, Mark Lewis

Symonds & Sampson Top of the League

February 2014

Symonds & Sampson have been recognised as the leading, and most successful, firm of property auctioneers in the South West for the third year running (Essential Information Group statistics).

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Symonds & Sampson Inundated with Spring Sales.

February 2014

The Farm Sales Department at Symonds & Sampson is lining itself up for another busy spring with March already fully booked with sales.

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Symonds and Sampson News

Use It or Lose It - Entitlements

February 2014

Having (hopefully!) received your 2013 single farm payment back in December we have now entered a new scheme year and the whole process starts again. Here are 5 important questions you need to ask yourself -

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Review Cover

Award Winning Magazine now available

January 2014

Symonds & Sampson’s have been producing a yearly magazine for many years with last year’s winning an award from the Negotiator.  The publication for 2014 is the largest one so far.

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Rachael James

Horrid advertisement makes Symonds & Sampson Smile

January 2014

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, an estate agent in the King’s Road London, Roy Brooks, made his name by giving the unvarnished truth in his descriptions of properties for sale.  His style was revolutionary, outrageous, funny and on occasions painful.  He described a property once as ‘a house of ill repute in Pimlico …

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New House Farm

Work before marriage - Then the heavens open!

January 2014

Symonds & Sampson are great believers in working and playing hard whilst keeping the equilibrium of a work and home life balance.  This is good in theory but juggling life can be difficult.

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Hilton

Farm and Land Sales up 25% for Symonds & Sampson

January 2014

Symonds & Sampson report that the second half of 2013 witnessed an increase in the quantity and value of farms and land in the Wessex region with sales up 25% on 2012 and prices well ahead of a reported £7,000 per acre national average.

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Beaminster Award

Best Sales Team Award

January 2014

James Pellow, a Partner of Symonds & Sampson, is seen here presenting Jeremy Smith the Manager of the Beaminster Sales office, with a bottle of champagne for winning the 'Best Sales Team Award' for 2013 at the recent Symonds & Sampson awards ceremony.

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Arrandale

Buyers from Cornwall to Kent at Symonds & Sampson’s Final Auction of 2013

December 2013

Symonds & Sampson’s final auction of 2013 took place in The Digby Hall on Friday 13 December and proved another resounding success.

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Hod House

‘Mad man’ doubles his money in 6 Years

December 2013

Symonds & Sampson’s latest collective auction on 29 November in Sherborne ensured another very strong result with properties offered in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Hampshire.

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Country Matters

And Another One

November 2013

We win Bronze for the best in house marketing team at the Negotiator Awards ...

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Marles Farm

Another Milestone for Symonds & Sampson

October 2013

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 25 October included 16 properties throughout Dorset and Somerset with buyers being drawn from all parts of the south, London and Gloucestershire. 

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We Scoop a Hat Trick at the United Kingdom Property Awards

October 2013

Symonds and Sampson are delighted to announce that they have won Best Property Consultancy in Dorset, Best Real Estate Agency in Dorset and went on to spectacularly beat a number of National London based Firms to take the Best Property Consultancy in the United Kingdom award at the recent United Kingdom Property Awards!

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Negotiator Awards Auction

Expect Fireworks if We Win Double Award at the Negotiators Awards

October 2013

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for two awards that recognise the achievements of agents across the UK.

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Bridport Public Lavatory

We Sell Everything

October 2013

The former 'Public Loo' at Bridport was sold at Auction in Axminster last week. 

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Coggans Farm

A Farm Let in 1849, Sells in 2013

October 2013

Coggans Farm at Lower Holditch, Axminster was let by Symonds & Sampson’s predecessors in Axminster for a term of seven years from Lady Day 1849.

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Newlands Farm

Records Tumble at Stupendous Symonds & Sampson Auction

October 2013

Our property auction n 27 September in Sherborne was a record for the firm with 34 Lots on offer and a turnover of £9.3million.

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Weymouth

Symonds & Sampson Sponsor Yacht Race

September 2013

Symonds & Sampson sponsored the last offshore race of the Poole Yacht Racing Association's calendar at the weekend.

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Colaton Ploughing Match

Colaton Raleigh & District Ploughing Match & Show

September 2013

Following a number of years on the Ploughing Match Committee and latterly as a Vice President, Ross Willmington.....

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Agricultural Show Season

Agricultural Show Season

September 2013

We have been delighted to welcome so many clients and friends to our stands at the Honiton, Gillingham and Shaftesbury, Melplash and Dorchester County Shows.
 

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Jean Board

Farewell to Jean Board

September 2013

Last Thursday evening Axminster office hosted a lovely drinks party...

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Beamisnter Bouquet

A Happy Buyer for Beaminster Office

September 2013

Erica Thorner, a sales negotiator in our Beaminster office, is seen here being presented with a lovely bouquet by Mrs. Corner....

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Symonds and Sampson News

Symonds & Sampson Voted Top Property Consultants and Real Estate Agency in Dorset

August 2013

Symonds and Sampson’s Sturminster Newton and Poundbury offices are proud to announce that they have  won the Property Consultancy and Real Estate categories respectively in the ‘The UK Property Awards 2013- 2014’ .

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ashley farm

The Largest Regional Auction in History

August 2013

Symonds & Sampson have been holding auctions in the region for over 150 years but on 27 September 2013 they will be holding their largest ever auction with over £8million worth of property on offer.

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Newlands Farm

What a difference 55 years makes to a farm.

August 2013

When Senior & Godwin auctioned Newlands Farm, Glanvilles Wootton on 20 October 1958 it was described as:  ‘A compact and fertile dairy and grazing farm with pleasant modernised house and extensive buildings.’

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Waterhouse Farm

Sizzling Prices at Summer Sales for Symonds & Sampson

August 2013

Symonds & Sampson report sales of over £5million at their late July/early August auctions with property selling in Dorset and Somerset.

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Gareth Witcombe

New Sales Manager

July 2013

Mark Lewis Partner and Head of Residential at Symonds and Sampson is seen here welcoming Gareth Witcombe to the highly successful Yeovil office.

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Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Farm Walk

Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Farm Walk

July 2013

Symonds & Sampson were pleased to sponsor the annual shoot walk of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Dorset Branch, which was kindly hosted by the Cranborne Estate on Tuesday 16th July.

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Symonds and Sampson News

Take the Bull by the Horns

July 2013

DEFRA has confirmed that the closing date for new stewardship agreements is 1st September 2013.

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S&S Cricket Team

Cricket Match v Clarke Wilmott

July 2013

Symonds and Sampson's inaugural match against Clarke Willmott took place on Thursday 11th in glorious weather at Blagdon near Taunton.

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Property Marketing Awards

Property Marketing Awards

July 2013

We are delighted to report that we were shortlisted for the Property Marketing Awards 2013.

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Netherway Sale

Donedge Dairy Sale Report

July 2013

Symonds & Sampson held their third on farm Dairy Herd Dispersal Sale of the year last Friday, 5th July, at Donedge Lodge Farm, Motcombe.........

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Valhalla

Land Prices Stay Strong

July 2013

Symonds & Sampson’s auction in Sherborne on Friday, 28 June 2013 included land in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire and strong prices were paid.

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Beaminster Big Day

Beaminster's Big Day

July 2013

Jeremy Smith, Manager of the Beaminster Office of Symonds & Sampson is seen here with his colleague Jane Crabb at the recent Beaminster Big Day event.

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Waterhouse Farm

Can We ‘Better’ These Lots?

June 2013

Our auction on 25 July in Axminster will include a wonderful farm at Bettiscombe in Bridport, land at West Farm, Mosterton, and a renovation project in Thorncombe, Chard.

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Mincombe

100% Auction Success in Devon

June 2013

Our latest auction at The Guildhall, Axminster, on 20 June saw a full room with all properties selling.

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The Home Buying Time Bomb

The Home Buying Time Bomb

June 2013

According to a recent RICS survey of home buying consumers many homeowners who did not take out a home survey are left with a property that they regret buying and face an average of £5,750 in repair bills.

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Wootton Villa

27 Properties Under the Hammer

June 2013

Symonds & Sampson’s May auctions have proved a terrific success with 27 properties going under the hammer in Amesbury, Wiltshire and Sherborne, Dorset and properties being offered in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon.

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Auction at Amesbury

Symonds & Sampson Salisbury Break Records at May Auction

May 2013

In the fantastic surroundings of Antrobus House in Amesbury, Symonds & Sampson Salisbury office yesterday held what turned out to be one of the areas most successful auctions for many years and indeed a record breaking one at that.

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S&S and Glovers honor lap

Tuesday 21st May

May 2013

Today the victorious Glovers paraded through Yeovil town centre atop a local bus as part of their honour lap after defeating Brentford, 2-1, at Wembley on Sunday.

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Jeremy and Kate

New to our team - Kate Wiscombe

May 2013

Jeremy Smith, branch manager of Symonds & Sampson’s residential sales office in Beaminster is seen here welcoming Kate Wiscombe to his highly successful office.

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Move to the country show

London 'Centre Stage' - The Move to the Country Show 2013

May 2013

Symonds & Sampson attended The Move To The Country Show in central London last week. This exclusive Property Exhibition, run by The London Office, was supported by a dynamic affiliated network of 37 leading firms with 203 offices across the UK as well as overseas.

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Caphays Barn

The Beauty of Barns

May 2013

Everyone likes the idea of owning a barn; somewhere to escape, create, store or even live and Symonds & Sampson are delighted to be marketing two properties with barns being used for completely different purposes.

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Symonds and Sampson News

Planning Potential

May 2013

On 30th May new provisions relating to permitted development rights come into force in England.

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Simon Clothier and Micheal Mashet

CAAV Members enjoy Hospitality at Julian Temperley’s Somerset Cider Brandy

May 2013

Simon Clothier of Symonds & Sampson is this year’s CAAV (Central Association of Agricultural Valuers) chairman of the Western Counties covering Somerset and Devon. As part of his role he was asked to organise an AGM, in somewhere of note in his region.

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Prince Charles in Poundbury

HRH's Finger on the Pulse of the Property Market ?

May 2013

The Prince of Wales was in Poundbury last week to mark the 20th anniversary of Dorchester's urban extension.

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London Marathon Jeremy Smith

Marathon Result

April 2013

Jeremy Smith, Manager of our Beaminster Sales office completed this year's London Marathon

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Frome Market

Frome Market

April 2013

The Directors of Premier Livestock Auctions Limited (PLA) are pleased to announce that their business will be transferred to Frome Livestock Auctioneers Limited (FLA), a new company formed by many members of Cooper & Tanner LLP and Symonds & Sampson LLP; those businesses having acted as auctioneers for PLA for many years.

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Jon Summers

New Partner

April 2013

Symonds and Sampson are pleased to announce that Jon Summers has joined the partnership.

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Seare sale

Symonds & Sampson Goes National Again

April 2013

In the Easter edition of Farmers Weekly there was a well written column (or several pages) entitled “Difficult Decision – Getting out of dairy.” The photographs on pages 26 and 27 show, Symonds & Sampson as the auctioneers instructed by The Seare Family at Blandford chose to carry out their herd dispersal in order for the farm to move on with a change in farming policy.

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Temple Farm

Farm Sold for Cancer Research

April 2013

We held a very successful property auction on 28th March at Axminster with a 105 acre farm at Blackdown being sold for a massive £1,117,000 against a guide price of £925,000.  The farm was sold by executors with the proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

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2 Portarlington

Record tumbles at Symonds & Sampson Auction

March 2013

Symonds & Sampson’s Auction on 21 March was a terrific success and the firm’s auction record was broken when a house in Bournemouth sold for £1,250,000.

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Crichel

Lively Spring Auction sees Tractors, Arable, Forestry and Livestock Equipment go under the hammer.

March 2013

After a busy week with farm sales, Symonds & Sampson ended the week with a large farm sale of machinery for Crichel Farms Ltd.

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Buster

Vine & Craven Point to Point

March 2013

'Buster' won the 2m 4f maiden race

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John Deere 2850

A Cold Day in Kinson is Warmed by a Flying Trade.

February 2013

Machinery Sale at Kinson Manor Farm, Manor Farm Road, Bournemouth

Arriving at the sale in near freezing conditions, we certainly needed a large crowd to keep the auctioneers warm. After having to open up another field to cope with the sheer numbers of attendees the bell rang to commence the sale of some of the tidiest agricultural and workshop equipment we had seen for a long time. With nearly 350 lots of miscellaneous and workshop tools on offer there really was something for everyone.

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2 Portarlington

Lots of Variety at March Auction

February 2013

Symonds & Sampson’s first auction of 2013 will be held on Thursday, 21 March at the Digby Hall, Sherborne and provides buyers with a lot of variety with properties sourced from all over Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.  Some properties are being marketed for the first time in their history.

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South Dorset Point to Point

South Dorset Point to Point February 2013

February 2013

Nigel Sheppard reports an action packed day on Sunday at the South Dorset Point to Point.

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Auctioneer, Mark Lewis

Top Regional Auction House in the South West

January 2013

Symonds & Sampson have been recognised for the second year running as the leading auction house in the South West.

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530 Bishops Caundle

Land Sold for only the Second Time in 500 Years

December 2012


Our property auction on 14 December 2012 was a real cracker with prices achieved well ahead of expectations in a packed room at The Sherborne Hotel.

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Trethowans Christmas Quiz

Trethowans Agr Quiz

December 2012

The Symonds & Sampson team won the Trethowans Agri Christmas Quiz and here is the photo to prove it.

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Haddon

Achieving Planning Permission for Clients

December 2012

Symonds and Sampson’s Sturminster Newton Office have had a first class year of achieving planning permission for Clients.

The team have been involved in a number of projects this year; progressing many of them from the initial discussion through to the grant of permission. Projects undertaken over the last 12 months include;

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Prince Charles_Poundbury

Prince Charles at our New Office in Poundbury

November 2012

The Oddy family have farmed as tenants of the Duchy of Cornwall at Red Cow Farm, Fordington, Dorchester for 101 years and have been client’s of Symonds & Sampson for many years.  The Prince of Wales, on his visit to Dorchester on 21st November met with the family in Symonds & Sampson’s new office at Poundbury - 7 Queen Mother Square.

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Development site in Wimborne

Strong Trade at November Auction

November 2012

Symonds & Sampson’s November Auction, held in Sherborne, was another well attended event with strong prices for properties in Dorset and Somerset. 

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Symonds and Sampson News

Land for Future Employment

October 2012

Symonds and Sampsons new commercial consultant Jan Merriott is concerned West Dorset new draft Local Plan falls short in providing enough land for future employment over the Plan period.

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Mini Rugby

We Sponsor Mini Rugby

October 2012

Symonds & Sampson were very pleased to support Salisbury Rugby Club’s Mini Festival.

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Symonds and Sampson News

3 New Surveyors

October 2012

Congratulations to Jack Edwards from Salisbury, Greg Ridout from Wimborne and Jess Saunters from Sturminster Newton who have all passed their APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) exams at the first attempt and have been appointed as members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The three all agree it has been a gruelling two years of working and study.  Richard Miller (Managing Partner) said I am delighted with their success.  We as a firm are always looking for people who we can support through their professional exams.  I wish all three of our new Chartered Surveyors every success with their professional careers as they take on more responsibility in their offices.

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Bungalow at Wreath

Michaelmas Sales raise over £5 million

October 2012

Two Michaelmas sales held on September 28th and October 11th raised over £5 million with properties for sale in six counties:  Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Berkshire.

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Archpoint

Simply the Best New Address in Town

October 2012

We are delighted to announce that our newest office will soon be opening at 7 Queen Mother Square, Poundbury in Dorchester.

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Mapperton Hill Farm

Exciting November auction in prospect.

October 2012

Symonds & Sampson have sold over 120 properties by auction so far this year and they expect to add to this number at their auction in Sherborne on 2 November.

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Bluebell Lake

Buyers in Switzerland and Spain for S&S Auction

October 2012

Symonds & Sampson’s property Auction on 28 September had a true European feel when buyers in Switzerland and Spain competed on the telephone to buy properties

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The Hollies

Hong Kong buyers boost Symonds & Sampson Auction

July 2012

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on Friday 27 July in Sherborne was another major success with 15 lots being offered in the room, returning a success rate of 90%.

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Symonds and Sampson News

Rare Lots at Sopley Auction

July 2012

Land very rarely comes up for sale in the Sopley area but on 18 July Auctioneers Symonds & Sampson had three lots for sale right in the centre of the village.

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Texel

Keeping it in the Family

July 2012

Thursday 19th July sees the Symonds & Sampson Farm Sales department at Springfield Farm North Perrott selling the prize winning Trindlewell Flock of pedigree Texels for John Studley who is retiring.  The farm was sold in the firm’s June collective property auction. 

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Olympic Torch in Dorchester

Olympic Torch

July 2012

Despite the weather crowds gathered outside our Dorchester branch early this afternoon...

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Broad Hill Farm

Private Auction sees near record sale

June 2012

Symonds & Sampson launched Broad Hill Farm, Hardington Mandeville in South Somerset on to the market in May and were so overwhelmed with strong interest that they decided to hold a private auction.

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Commonwealth Band

The Diamond Jubilee Concert

June 2012

Anabel Merriman of Sturminster Newton office describes singing with the Military Wives Choir at the Diamond Jubilee Concert.

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Lower Totnell Farm

Bidding from Croatia at Hardy auction!

June 2012

There was great excitement at Symonds & Sampson’s auction on Friday 25 May in Sherborne when a catalogue of 18 properties went under the hammer.

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Windmill

Auctioneers with Wind beneath their Sales

May 2012

Symonds & Sampson are well known for auctioning unusual property but in their collective property sale on 29 June they have what they consider to be one of the most wonderful and unique lots to have been offered for sale for many years.

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Woodbridge Farm

Sellout for Symonds & Sampson in Sherborne

May 2012

Symonds & Sampson had a 100% success rate at their property auction on Friday 27 April in Sherborne.

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Lamb Farm

Farm Sells to Zambian Farmer

April 2012

We enjoyed a highly successful Property Auction sale on at The Guildhall, Axminster on Friday 20th April.  A full room, with an air of excitement prevailing enjoyed the proceedings.

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Beaminster

Sunshine Sizzler

March 2012

Our auction on the 23 March was held on the hottest day of the year so far and the high temperatures reflected the very warm interest in the room.  Residential, commercial and agricultural property was on offer in Dorset and Somerset and the sixteen lots raised £2.367 million

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Symonds and Sampson News

Planning Issues and Enforcement against Development carried out without Planning Permission

March 2012


Camilla White of Symonds & Sampson’s Dorchester office writes that the new Localism Act 2011 makes significant changes to the ability of local Councils to enforce against development carried out without planning permission.

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Ham View

Champagne Auction

January 2012

We held our final property auction of 2011 at Sherborne on 15 December.  Fifteen lots were offered under the hammer with terrific interest from all over the country and prospective purchasers also flew in from Northern Ireland, Switzerland and New York.

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Ham View

Chance for Christmas Presents at Symonds & Sampson Auction

November 2011

Symonds & Sampson’s Property Auction on 15 December looks like being a real Christmas Cracker, with properties in 5 counties spanning Devon to Kent.

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Properties in Wiltshire and Somerset on national television

Properties in Wiltshire and Somerset on national television

November 2011

Symonds and Sampson will feature in Homes under the Hammer this week.

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£1.3 million Auction at Sherborne

£1.3 million Auction at Sherborne

November 2011

 

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 3 November raised £1.3 million from properties sold in Somerset and Dorset.

 

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Cuthays

Well Known Farm nr Axminster Sells at Auction

October 2011

We enjoyed a very successful property auction in Axminster on 7th October.

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Scorching Sherborne Auction

Scorching Sherborne Auction

October 2011

The largest property auction to be held in the region this year took place at the Digby Hall, Sherborne, on Friday 30 September when Symonds & Sampson offered 25 lots for sale to a packed room.

 

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Auction 26th May

Historic Mill House Sold

June 2011

Our auction on 26 May at Axminster was hugely successful with over £2.66 million worth of property being sold. The Guildhall was packed with people many having to sit in the circle over the main hall.

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Best Berry

Near Sell out at Four Counties Auction

May 2011

Our auction on 20 May 2011 in Sherborne comprised 20 Lots in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire and drew a huge crowd.

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Gillingham Property on the BBC

Gillingham Property on the BBC

April 2011

Homes Under the Hammer, the BBC1 daytime television programme will be featuring Oakdene in Gillingham on Thursday, 5 May 2011 at 10am.

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Barbara's Beach Sells at Auction

Barbara's Beach Sells at Auction

April 2011

Symonds & Sampson's Auction on Friday 15 April 2011 in Sherborne was another very well supported event with standing room only.

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Wimborne Auction Properties on Television

Wimborne Auction Properties on Television

March 2011

Two properties that Symonds & Sampson sold at auction will be featured on the BBC1 television programme Homes Under the Hammer on 23 and 31 March 2011.

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Nigel Stewart

Mouthwatering Auction Covers

February 2011

Our property auction covers have become quite legendary, and, for the past ten years, we have run with a different theme each year.

 

 

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Double Television Appearance for Symonds & Sampson

Double Television Appearance for Symonds & Sampson

January 2011

Symonds & Sampson are regularly on the BBC1 programme Homes Under The Hammer and we are appearing again on Monday 31 January and Wednesday 2 February.

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Grand Design Opportunites at the Forthcoming Symonds and Sampson Auction

Grand Design Opportunites at the Forthcoming Symonds & Sampson Auction

January 2011

Symonds & Sampson's first auction of 2011 gives buyers the chance to build, convert or develop properties in Dorset and Wiltshire.

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Christmas Auction Raises £2million

Christmas Auction Raises £2million

December 2010

Symonds & Sampson have had an incredible decade of selling property by auction and their sale on 9 December 2010 in Sherborne took their total for the last nine years to over £212million with 1,200 properties going under the hammer.

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£2.5million Raised at Sherborne Auction

£2.5million Raised at Sherborne Auction

October 2010

Symonds & Sampson held one of the biggest auctions of the year on 24 September 2010 when 25 lots were offered at The Digby Hall in Sherborne.

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Super September Auction for Symonds and Sampson

Super September Auction for Symonds & Sampson

September 2010

Symonds & Sampson's auction at The Digby Hall, Sherborne on Friday, 24 September 2010 at 2pm will be the biggest one of the year so far.

 

 

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Sherborne Shop Sells at Symonds and Sampson Auction

Sherborne Shop Sells at Symonds & Sampson Auction

August 2010

Symonds & Sampson's auction on Friday, 27 August 2010 saw some extraordinary prices particularly for The Three Wishes Restaurant in Sherborne.

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You Get The Lot at a Symonds and Sampson Auction

You Get The Lot at a Symonds & Sampson Auction

July 2010

Auction on Friday, 27 August 2010 in Sherborne

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Residential Auctioneer of the Year Award

Residential Auctioneer of the Year Award

July 2010

Symonds & Sampson are very proud to announce that they have been short-listed for the Residential Auctioneer of the Year Award.

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Symonds and Sampson News

Dorset Land on the BBC

July 2010

The BBC1 television programme Homes Under The Hammer on 9 July 2010

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Sizzling Summer Sale at Sherborne for Symonds and Sampson

Sizzling Summer Sale at Sherborne for Symonds & Sampson

July 2010

Symonds & Sampson's latest auction at Sherborne drew a large crowd so that the room at The Sherborne Hotel was overflowing with buyers from all over the South of England.

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International Flavour at Sherborne Auction

International Flavour at Sherborne Auction

June 2010

Symonds & Sampson's auction on 28 May 2010 had a truly international flavour with frenzied bidding for many of the lots raising a total of over £3million from 16 lots sold.

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Auction Properties From The New Forest to Lyme Regis and Everything In Between

Auction Properties From The New Forest to Lyme Regis and Everything In Between

May 2010

Symonds & Sampson’s auction on 28 May 2010 includes 18 Lots in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

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Southway

Sturminster Newton Auction on the BBC

April 2010

The BBC daytime television programme Homes Under the Hammer will feature a property in Sturminster Newton for first time on Friday, 30 April 2010. 

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House

Symonds & Sampson on Daytime Television

April 2010

Symonds & Sampson appearing on BBC1 Homes Under The Hammer on 21 April 2010 at 10am.

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Dairy House Stubhampton

Lots For Sale in our April Auction

March 2010

We have been recognised for the past five years as the leading independent firm of auctioneers in the West Country and our sale on 30 April 2010 will be the biggest for the year so far.

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Mill Close Farm House

Ton Up At Symonds & Sampson Auction

November 2009

Symonds & Sampson recorded their 100th auction sale of the year on 25 November 2009 at Sherborne.

 

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Notton Farmhouse

BBC Witnesses ‘The Best Auction for Years'

October 2009

Symonds & Sampson's property auction held in Sherborne on 30 October 2009 was one of the best results witnessed in the region for years and the BBC were present to film the popular daytime television programme ‘Homes Under the Hammer'.

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White Hill Farm House

Super September Sherborne S&S Auction

September 2009

Symonds & Sampson's auction on 24 September is due to be the biggest auction of the year with 21 Lots entered throughout Dorset and Somerset.

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Giles at Southway

GWB on the BBC

August 2009

Symonds & Sampson are regularly featured on BBC daytime television programme ‘Homes Under The Hammer' because the programme often features properties that are sold by the firm at auction.

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Trishmarsh Farm

Sell Out at Devon Auction

July 2009

A great day at Axminster for Symonds & Sampson meant that all three lots sold on 16 July to return a sale total of £1.4million.

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Higher Farm

Lots of Variety at July Auction

July 2009

Symonds & Sampson's property auction on Thursday 9 July2009 will provide the most varied selection of lots to be offered so far this year.

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Waterloo Mill Station

Champagne on Ice at Symonds & Sampson Auction

July 2009

There are often chances to celebrate at auction, not only from the people selling, but also from buyers who have secured their dream property and there were certainly a number of corks popping after Symonds & Sampson's auction on 9 July at The Digby

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Sandpits Penselwood

Symonds & Sampson Go Organically Eco Friendly

May 2009

Symonds & Sampson's May auction at The Digby Hall, Sherborne will include some of the most diverse lots to go under the hammer in Dorset and Somerset.

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Sandpits at Penselwood

Eco Warriors Fight It Out At Sherborne Auction

May 2009

Symonds & Sampson's auction on May 29th at Sherborne in Dorset was an exciting affair and the large crowds that we associate with this firm's property auctions were out in force.

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Pound Farm

Top Record Smashed at Symonds & Sampson Auction

March 2009

Symonds & Sampson's auction on 26 March at Sherborne in Dorset was a milestone for the firm with just under £5million worth of property sold, showing a 100% success and a new record for the firm for a single lot sold at auction at £1.6mi

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Top Auction Accolade for Symonds & Sampson

January 2009

Symonds & Sampson are very proud to announce their recognition as the most successful firm of Property Auctioneers in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire for the 5th year running (figures from EIG).

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Maraleen Margarets Marsh

Fabulous Festive Auction

December 2008

Symonds & Sampson's last auction of 2008 was a real Christmas cracker with strong bidding for the lots being offered in Dorset and Wiltshire.

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Kilmington Land

Farmland Prices Stay Strong

December 2008

Symonds & Sampson's auction in Devon on 12 December proved many agents wrong who are calling the 'top of the market' for land when 64 acres of pasture went under the hammer.

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Styles Farm Mappowder

Land Prices Hold Up At Symonds & Sampson Auctions

November 2008

Auctioneers Symonds & Sampson have a very exciting auction being held on 27 November at Sherborne in Dorset when 112 acres of land in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire will go under the hammer.

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Thatched Cottage

Generous Wedding Present Bought at Symonds & Sampson Auction

September 2008

Symonds & Sampson's four counties auction on 26 September 2008 turned over £2.3million including a pair of dilapidated cottages in the New Forest which sold for £400,000.

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St Vincent Lyme Regis

£2.2million Raised at Sherborne Auction

September 2008

Auctioneers Symonds & Sampson are delighted to report that their auction on Friday, 26 September 2008 was a terrific success with £2.279million raised from the sale of 17 lots.

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St Vincent Lyme Regis

Symonds & Sampson's 150 Years of Auctioning by Mark Lewis

September 2008

I have always appreciated the people who have helped me with my career whether they are clients who trust me with their lots to auction or colleagues who act as mentors sharing criticism and praise when due.

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Long Acre Adber

A Couple Buy Blind At Three Counties Auction

June 2008

Symonds & Sampson's June property auction raised just over £1million to a full room at The Digby Hall in Sherborne.

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Conegar Farm Broadwindsor

May Property Auction could be the Biggest Yet

May 2008

Symonds & Sampson's property auction at The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne on 30 May promises to be a bumper event with properties for sale throughout Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon.

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TV Cameras at Dorset Auction Again

May 2008

Lion Television, who produce the BBC1 daytime television programme, Homes Under The Hammer, came along to the Symonds & Sampson property auction at The Digby Hall, Sherborne on Friday, 30 May and were very complimentary about how the auction went.

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Milestone at Sell Out Auction in Sherborne

April 2008

Symonds & Sampson's latest property auction at The Sherborne Hotel on 24th April was a 100% success rate with a full room and properties sold in Dorset and Somerset.

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Glen Kings Stag

Lovely Lots to be sold at Symonds & Sampson's Auction

April 2008

The property auction scheduled for 24 April at The Sherborne Hotel includes some lovely property in the Dorset countryside.

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Auction Triumph at Sherborne

March 2008

An estimated crowd of over 300 people overflowed at Symonds & Sampson's latest auction when properties in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire went under the hammer.

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