Home of Everest adventurer goes under the hammer

Two substantial and historic properties in Mobberley are set for auction later in November. Hobcroft House and Holly House are both being sold by MAG Property, the property division of Manchester Airports Group.

Hobcroft House, a distinctive 10 bedroom property was once the home of Everest adventurer George Mallory, who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. The four storey detached house, complete with separate coach house, requires complete restoration throughout but offers huge potential to be returned to its former glory.

MAG Property is hoping that the auction, to be held at Cottons Hotel & Spa, Knutsford on Friday 18th November, will generate significant interest in both properties. Holly House is being marketed as freehold and Hobcroft House is a mixed freehold with a 999-year long lease.

Emily Speak, Asset Manager, MAG Property, said: “Having clarified the tenure over the past year, we are very pleased to now be able to offer these properties for sale to local residents with either freeholds or long leases. Whilst both properties require extensive work, we are confident that both will make incredible and distinctive homes for a buyer who is after a significant project.

“We know that the houses have been out of the local community for too long and we are now putting that right. When they went to market last year we had a lot of genuine interest and it was only the tenure that led deals to fall through. Now we’ve clarified the properties’ status we expect both to be extremely popular.”

Neighbouring Holly House is a detached five bedroom property, again with a separate coach house. It also requires extensive renovation but has significant potential.

The properties were both previously taken to market in summer 2015, at which point their tenures were offered under only short leases. This meant that despite very significant interest, sales were not able to be completed on either property. In the intervening year, MAG Property has worked with the councils to clarify the tenure arrangements.

Both properties are situated on Hobcroft Lane and originally came under airport ownership during the construction of the airport’s second runway. However, the airport is now selling the houses on the open market in the anticipation they will become residential homes once more.

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