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"Old Style" House Auction at Minehead Hotel

March 2022

An Edwardian property in an enviable position on the edge of Exmoor National Park, overlooking Minehead has been snapped up prior to going to auction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Following the successful sale the firm’s antiques department will hold a sale of the contents on site on Thursday, April 14.

This is a fabulous opportunity to pick up some much-loved items collected over many decades by hotelier Alex de Mendoza.

He is an inveterate collector and has an eye for a pretty object so it is fitting that the contents of his smart Edwardian era hotel should be going under the hammer on site.

Auctioneer Simon Rayner said: “I can’t remember the last time there was a good old fashioned house sale, where you could see all the items in situ, and everything was up for grabs. There’s a really interesting and eclectic range of items, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

This is no catering equipment clear out for the hospitality industry this is aimed squarely at collectors wanting to augment their own collections.

However there are a useful range of catering items that will be included in this comprehensive sale.

Alex and his wife, Naomi, are downsizing from the roomy 5,500 sq ft property, so while not quite “everything must go” there are sure to be some treasures to discover at this unique sale.

Over the years Alex has been a regular at farm sales, house clearances and antique markets where anything that has caught his eye has found a new home in his characterful hotel. Over the years he has picked up a delightful range of objects from his numerous overseas travels, which have taken him around the world.

It will be a wrench to leave some much-loved items, but the family’s new base calls for a switch of design from the grandeur of their Edwardian home.

“There are lots of things we will be sad to see go. There’s nothing of huge value, but some nice collectable pieces that you would like to see on your own mantelpiece or in your own home. It’s all quality, but affordable,” said Alex.

In addition 50 plus ornamental planted pots will also be offered for sale.

It promises to be a marvelous auction in a great setting – there are stunning panoramic views to the front of the property and tiered gardens to the rear. Importantly for those attending the sale there is plenty of on site parking plus more unrestricted close by.

The sale will commence at 10am with viewing by appointment on April 9-13, from 10am-4pm. For more information please contact our salerooms on 01823 332525.

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