September Auctions Highlights

Here at Clive Emson Auctioneers, we often get properties that don’t match the norm, but these are usually on land, not this time! At our Hampshire and Isle of Wight auction on 13 September a Napoleonic Fort will be going to auction, yes you read that correctly, a Napoleonic Fort constructed in the 1860s will be going under the hammer.  

Napoleonic fortress 

Horse Sand Fort sits in the Solent off the coast of Portsmouth and was built to guard the eastern approaches to Spithead and Portsmouth Harbour before being declared surplus to requirements by the Ministry of Defence in the 1960s. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of British military history. The Fort is to be offered with a guide price of £750,000.    

Other similar forts in the area like Spitbank Fort and No Man’s Land Fort have been refurbished in recent years to provide luxury accommodation as hotels, wedding venues or weekend retreats. Horse Sand Fort has previously had the benefit of Planning Consent for residential conversion, but this was never implemented and the Fort now awaits the next chapter in its history.  Horse Sand Fort is due to be offered at our Hampshire & Isle of Wight auction on Friday 1st November.

To register your interest or arrange a viewing please contact Rob Marchant or Mike Marchant on 01489 564606. 

Grade II listed farmhouse

A beautiful Grade II listed Kentish farmhouse set in 2.6 acres of land will be going under the hammer at our Kent and South East London auction on Tuesday 10 September. 

Fairview Farm, located in the lovely hamlet of Westmarsh, between Canterbury and Ramsgate has a wealth of period features. The Lot includes the main farmhouse as well as a range of outbuildings including stables, an open pole barn, sheds, a former piggery, a garage and greenhouses, all for a very reasonable guide price of £450,000. 

If you have any questions or are interested in viewing this wonderful property, then please contact Kevin Gilbert or Chris Milne on 01622 608400.  

Treasures in the forest

At our Sussex and Surrey auction on 11 September, there is a fantastic opportunity to own five residential dwellings in the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. The group of properties, known as the Crows Nest, are located in the quaint village of Duddleswell which forms one of the many villages surrounded by the forest. 

The Crows Nest comprises of five residential dwellings; the Crowcote, the Doocot, the Columbary, the Bothy and the Dovecote. While some of the properties have been refurbished, others are still in need of updating.    

The Crowcote has undergone refurbishment work and now provides first-floor living accommodation with ground floor entrance and bathroom. The Doodcot has a studio room with kitchen area and W.C. The Columbary consists of a former bedroom and bathroom with W.C. on the lower ground floor and a former living room and kitchen on the ground floor. The Bothy has an open plan bedroom/living room, with a kitchen and bathroom, and the Dovecote has a former living room, kitchen and bathroom on the lower ground floor and a bedroom on the ground floor. 

Outside there is a shared driveway leading to a parking area. Mature gardens with direct access to Ashdown Forest, original stone pond, hedge maze and viewing platform/sun terrace. There is also a well room that is designed to take water from the well to irrigate the surrounding garden. 

The properties have most recently been used for letting and once all refurbishment work has been carried out the site would be an ideal investment opportunity for holiday lets, AirBnB or longer term rentals.

The property also holds great potential for future conversion to reduce the overall number of residential units to create a larger single residential dwelling with associated annexe, subject to all necessary consents being obtainable. We think the guide price of £600,000-£650,000 is a great price for a true gem in a beautiful location.

If you have any questions or want to view the property, then please contact Sam Kinloch or Clive Slade on 01273 504232.


These are just some of the highlights of our September auctions, click below to see all the properties going under the hammer: