A new approach to country property auctions by a South Gloucestershire firm has proved to be so successful that it has moved its auction venue to an historic location with links to King Richard III.
On 17 April, Auction House (West of England) will hold its first out-of-town auction at Thornbury Castle, once home to Henry Stafford, the second Duke of Buckingham who helped to place Richard III on the throne.
The king, whose skeleton was excavated from a Leicester car park and positively identified earlier this year, rewarded Stafford by making him Constable of England.
“We chose Thornbury Castle for our auctions because it is easily accessible from all parts of the region, has ample free parking and, for those who might need it, a helicopter landing pad,” said auctioneer Nick Cragg.
Properties for sale
Nick, who is chairman of the board of directors of Auction House (West of England) – part of the national network of residential and commercial property auctioneers – is based in the Chipping Sodbury office of chartered surveyors Country Property.
He added: “In addition to significant numbers of local sellers, our auctions attract buyers from across the country. This is because the Auction House concept combines the benefits of national exposure of the properties for sale through our UK network and website with the use of easily accessible regional auction rooms.”
Among properties expected to attract brisk bidding at Thornbury Castle on 17 April at 7pm is one close to another historic castle just a few miles away in Berkeley.
The detached three-bedroom cottage in Marybrook Street, which dates back to the 1740s, is on the market for the first time in half a century. It has been owned by the same Gloucestershire family for more than 50 years.
Also going under the hammer is a detached four-bedroom stone cottage in just over a third of an acre at Yate Rocks, a country hamlet between Chipping Sodbury and Wickwar. Village features include a ford and an old stone footbridge.
Says Nick: “Yate Rocks may have taken its name from this property whose garden is believed to be the only one in the village with a genuine outcrop of rocks in its grounds.
“The cottage has been a family home for over 100 years, and is in need of some modernisation. Its last occupier lived in Yate Rocks all her life having been born just across the lane in the 1920s, and she lived in this cottage for more than 60 of her 88 years.”
For details of other properties to be auctioned at Thornbury Castle on 17 April, view the auction catalogue from 8 March at www.auctionhouse.uk.net/westofengland