Bantham in England to be sold for $17 million
- 1 month ago November 12, 2013
ALMOST the entire Devon seaside village of Bantham is set to be placed on the market for $17 million, complete with a beach, pub and rows of picturesque thatched cottages.Evans Estates, which owns land, buildings and the popular surf beach at Bantham in South Devon, is being listed in spring 2014.
The entirety of the estate - which also includes land and properties in Wales and Dorset - is being sold for $60 million.
Residents of the village, where almost all the properties are owned by the estate, received letters last week confirming that the town and its surrounding land will be put up for sale.
The town, which has 25 homes, a pub, a harbour and a shop, has been gripped by uncertainty since the sale was announced.
"Obviously there is anxiety in the village, with many of us worrying about whether we will lose our homes," said Barbara Tucker, who is a tenant of Evans Estates, one of the largest family-owned estates in Britain, and runs Bantham village shop.
"We can only hope and pray that the new owners will be sympathetic to the locals.
"Many people here have lived in Bantham for 60 years or more, with some tenancies being passed down through several generations of the same family.
"For all we know the new owners could bulldoze the village down and build high-rise flats.
Some of the houses are used as holiday homes but the tenancies have been passed down through generations and so the tenants know the village and people well, she said.
"It's a very special and close little village."
Bantham overlooks the famous tidal island of Burgh which inspired Agatha Christie when she wrote And Then There Were None, as well as the Hercule Poirot mystery Evil Under The Sun.
Bantham's website states: '[Our] ethos has always been to allow Bantham to remain a place of outstanding beauty, with the village's old thatched cottages portraying an image of unchanging charm and the beach and its surrounds staying as wild and natural as can be.
The landlord of pub in the village said Evans Estates had been responsible and well-liked landowners over the years.