Listed lock keeper’s cottage in idyllic Worcestershire countryside up for auction

17th May

A riverside lock keeper’s cottage dating back to the 1830s will be one of the stars at Bond Wolfe Auction’s record-breaking online sale event this week.

Set in beautiful Worcestershire countryside, beside the river Severn at Holt Lock near the Holt Fleet Bridge, the two bedroom detached cottage would make an ideal family home or holiday property.

The Grade II listed property is in need of general upgrading and improvement work throughout and is listed with a guide price of £160,000+.

It is expected to be a centre of bidder attention at the Bond Wolfe Auctions’ auction this Wednesday (May 19), an event already making headlines as the biggest property auction ever held outside of London with 236 lots up for sale.

Ron Darlington, consultant director of Bond Wolfe Auctions, said: “This is a rare chance to secure a beautiful and historic home in idyllic surroundings.

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“The building is surrounded by farmland with the river Severn running past – already a popular destination for canal boats and other river traffic.

“It offers the perfect balance of a singular family home for those who want to get away from it all and yet has all the benefits of the cathedral town of Worcester just a few miles away.

“It requires improvement work, hence the competitive guide price, and we are expecting intense competition from bidders on sale day.”

The cottage is currently laid out with a reception hall, two further reception rooms, kitchen, rear hall, bathroom with WC and a utility room on the ground floor, with the two bedrooms off the first floor landing. Outside are front, rear and side gardens with off-road parking and a garage.

The property sits on a small lane off the A4133 close to Holt Fleet, about nine miles from Kidderminster and six miles from Worcester.

It was built alongside Holt Lock in the 1830s when the Severn was made navigable for freight and leisure vessels and was occupied by lock keepers employed by British Waterways – now the Canal & River Trust – until 2010-11.

It is one of 236 lots listed for Bond Wolfe Auctions’ online auction which starts at 8.30am on Wednesday.

The auction will be livestreamed via Bond Wolfe Auctions’ website with remote bidding by proxy, telephone or internet only, and bidders must pre-register no later than noon on Tuesday.

This follows Bond Wolfe Auctions’ last auction on March 31 that raised more than £30.2 million in sales, a new record for the UK’s most successful livestreamed auction.

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