Bickenhill gentleman’s residence set to be Bond Wolfe Auctions star lot

Bond Wolfe Auctions

Anyone who has in the last ten weeks wished they had a little more space and a garden will love one of the larger lots in the Bond Wolfe Auctions remote bidding auction on Wednesday 24 June.

Church Garth is a six bedroom detached family home set in three acres in St Peters Lane, Bickenhill, near Solihull.

Jonathan Hackett, a consultant director at Bond Wolfe Auctions, said: “Church Garth is what used to be known in Victorian times as a ‘gentleman’s residence’.

“It is a substantial detached house set in extensive grounds accessed by a sweeping driveway from St Peters Lane.

“It is property with immense potential but requires refurbishment throughout. It may have potential for extension or alternative uses subject to planning permission.”

Its location means it is very handily placed for rail connections, with HS2 now on the horizon, the NEC and Birmingham International Airport.

Birmingham International Railway station is 1.5 miles away, offering an average 14 minute journey in to the city centre, or into London from one hour 15 minutes, depending on service booked.

The freehold property has on the ground floor a large porch, hall with cellar entrance, two reception rooms, a study, breakfast kitchen, utility room with WC, a lean-to and a freezer room/larder.

On the first floor there is a master bedroom with kitchenette, five further bedrooms and a bathroom and WC.

Outside there are extensive gardens, a dilapidated garage which may have development potential, subject to planning permission, and a range of outbuildings and driveway parking in the substantial grounds.

Jonathan Hackett said: “Church Garth is offered with a guide price of £475,000 to £495,000 and comes with bags of potential.

“A property like this in the South East within one hour’s travel time to London could reasonably expect to sell for five to ten times this guide price, so it will be interesting to see where the strong bidding originates from before the hammer falls.

“HS2 will undoubtedly be a game changer over the next two decades, so Church Garth could prove to be a very canny investment in 2020.”

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