Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Mallory's Mansion at our November 2016 Auction

A Meller Braggins auction always brings about its fair share of properties that have a story or two to tell: our upcoming auction on 18th November 2016 is no different. Of the lots that we have for sale in this auction, one property of particular note is the childhood home of Everest mountaineer George Mallory.

Our friends at the Knutsford Guardian (2nd November 2016) took up the story on their front page:

"The childhood home of Everest mountaineer George Mallory is to be sold at auction after five years of lying empty. Hobcroft House, on Hobcroft Lane, Mobberley, is due to be auctioned off at Cotton's Hotel on Manchester Road by estate agents Meller Braggins on Friday 18th November at 3pm.

The 10 bedroom mansion, which was once home to legendary Everest adventurer George Mallory, who took part in the first three Everest climbs before dying on the mountain in 1924 aged 37, has a date stone of 1890. The property also includes an adjoining coach house, stables and paddocks, which is used for garages and storage and, according to the auction documents, has the potential to be converted into further accommodation.

Holly House, also on Hobcroft Lane, is being marketed as freehold and will be auctioned off at the same time.

Emily Speak, asset manager at MAG property, said "Having clarified the tenure over the past year, we are very pleased to now be able to offer these properties for sale to local residents with either freeholds or long leases. 

"While both properties require extensive work, we are confident that both will make incredible and distinctive family homes for a buyer who is after a significant project.

"We know that the houses have been out of the local community for too long and we are now putting that right. When they went to market last year, we had a lot of genuine interest, and it was only the tenure that led deals to fall through. Now we've clarified the properties' status we expect both to be extremely popular."

The house went to market last summer under a short lease, which generated "a lot of interest" but unfortunately no lease was completed.

Last occupied in 2011, the house was bought as a compulsory purchase by Manchester Airport, who informed the previous tenants that they intended to sell the house."

Should you wish to come along to our property auction, you are more than welcome to join us at Cottons Hotel, Manchester Road, Knutsford at 3pm on Friday 18th November. We look forward to seeing you there!