Beaches in Devon have generated a lot of interest at recent auctions, and an old scout hut has been purchased for a considerable sum.

While two private beach areas have been snapped up for more than £40,000 each, a former scout hut has been sold for considerably more than the freehold guide price.

The successful sale of refurbished or change-of-use property can inspire those involved in home renovation in Cheshire. Graham Barton, a veteran auctioneer who has been a regular star on the television programme Homes Under The Hammer, has commented:

“Opportunities to acquire any part of the magnificent Jurassic Coast are virtually unheard of. A bidding war broke out as prospective buyers staked their claim for their very own private beaches.”

Barton has added that the new owners will have the capacity to enjoy a great location in an attractive part of Devon. Further, he has underlined the potential for commercial or recreational usage in the area if all the required consent is obtained.

The building, which had served as a scout hut, was designed by R. W. Sampson. The architect, who had a Sidmouth connection, was an artist as well and his work was displayed by the Royal Academy during the First World War. Planning permission has been granted for it to be converted into a detached house.

The new owner of the old building, which is located on Station Road, paid £182,000 for it. This sum comfortably exceeded the guide price that had been established prior to the auction.