17th Century cottage set to go under the hammer at auction

A timber-framed Grade II cottage in the historic Herefordshire village of Staunton-on-Wye is up for sale in Bond Wolfe Auctions’ next remote bidding auction.

The auction on Wednesday 16 September will be the largest-ever livestreamed auction to be held in the UK and starts at the earlier time of 9am to accommodate the 214 lots, with potential buyers bidding by proxy, telephone or internet only.

The cottage, Florence House, is listed with a guide price of £75,000. It has no staircase to the first floor and the building is in need of refurbishment but may be suitable for redevelopment, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.

It is among a number of other timber-framed buildings in the historic Herefordshire village.

Florence House dates back to the 1600s, with 19th century and 20th century additions.

It is listed by Historic England as Grade II because it is considered to be of both architectural and historic interest.

Gurpeet Bassi, chief executive of Bond Wolfe Auctions, said: “This lot is a great example of the low guide prices to be found at auctions when properties – even historic homes like this – need modernisation works.

“But for capable first-time buyers, or for landlords looking to invest to expand their portfolios, this cottage offers great opportunities, and we’re expecting it to receive a lot of competitive bidding interest.”