Top bid of $755,0 for Knockrow house

By BREE PRICE

ANDREW BRYSON is confident his English-style manor house at Knockrow will be sold, even though it was passed in at auction on Saturday.

Bidding on the work-in-progress bed and breakfast development at 9 Edward Place stalled at $755,000.

However, auction proceedings started dramatically, with an anonymous bidder questioning the status of council approval for the property and making a starting bid of $375,000.

Co-owner Marion Blake was quick to point out each stage had been approved.

In response, auctioneer John Nicolson started the bidding at $750,000.

"We didn't expect it to sell," Mr Bryson said.

"There are not many houses around like this. I'm sure the right buyers are out there, it's just a matter of finding them."

About 50 people attended the on-site auction.

For Mr Bryson and his partner Marion Blake it was to be their dream bed and breakfast, but after spending eight years creating it, they were burnt out.

The property includes antiques such as six stained-glass windows from a church at Too- woomba, Queensland, and huge timber bridge beams from the old Woodlawn railway bridge.

Mr Bryson also collected antique teak floorboards, French doors from a convent and the staircase from the original Sydney GPO in Martin Place, but are not installed and can be negotiated with the sale.



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