Auction of old houses in Minehead

THE contents of an Edwardian hotel overlooking Minehead will be auctioned by Greenslade Taylor Hunt on April 14.

Following the successful sale of the property itself, the company’s antiquities department will hold a sale of the contents at the site on Thursday, April 14.

This is a fabulous opportunity to salvage much-loved items collected over decades by hotelier Alex de Mendoza.

He’s an inveterate collector and has an eye for a beautiful object, so it’s fitting that the contents of his elegant Edwardian-era hotel go under the hammer on the spot.

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 on site, and it was all up for grabs . There’s a really interesting and eclectic range of items, and I’m really looking forward to it.

This is not clear catering equipment for the hospitality industry, it is aimed directly at collectors wishing to augment their own collections.

Alex and his wife Naomi are downsizing the spacious 5,500 square foot property, so while it’s not quite “everything must go,” there are sure to be some treasures to be discovered.

Over the years Alex has been a regular at farm sales, house clearances and antique markets where whatever caught his eye found a new home in his boutique hotel.

Over the years he has picked up a delightful array of objects from his many trips abroad, which have taken him around the world.

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

“There are a lot of things that we will be sad to see go. There’s nothing of huge value, but some nice collectibles that you’d love to see on your own mantelpiece or in your own home. Everything is quality, but affordable,” said Alex.

The sale starts at 10 a.m. with visits by appointment from April 9 to 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt salesrooms on 01823 332525.

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