Anonymous donor leaves clifftop houses for auction at Minack

It’s an auction unlike any other – two clifftop properties worth £550,000, bequeathed by an anonymous donor for a cancer charity, being sold at the nearby Minack Theatre to bidders who have to be there in person.

The two properties, marketed by Kivells, are being sold by public auction today (Sunday, August 23) at the world-famous clifftop theatre.

A truly unique opportunity, the properties overlook Porthcurno Bay and are a short walk to the beach and the Minack with stunning cliff scenery.

The four and three bedroom houses have guide prices of £300,000 and £250,000 respectively and all the funds raised from the sales will go to supporting people living with cancer.

The properties were bequeathed to Macmillan Cancer Support by a donor, who wished to remain anonymous, as a gift in their will following their death.

The south facing detached split level bungalow within walking distance of the beach and Minack Theatre has a guide price of £300,000. Kivells says it has huge development potential
(Image: Kivells)

James Stebbings, Macmillan’s Head of Legacy Income, said: “The properties are an incredibly generous gift and we are so grateful. Macmillan relies almost entirely on public donations to provide our vital support to people with cancer, but we are facing a huge drop in income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“So now more than ever leaving a gift in your will is one of the biggest differences you can make to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can. Any gift or donation no matter how small makes a huge difference.”

The funds raised from the auctions will help people living with cancer in the region and across the country. They will help to fund Macmillan’s vital support services including Macmillan nurses and other cancer health professionals, Support Line, website and online community, and new Telephone Buddies service so that no one faces cancer alone.

The auction took place at noon at the Minack with social distancing measures in place.

Kivells director Kevin Hicks said: “We are honoured to be entrusted by a charity doing such wonderful work with the sale of two properties at Porthcurno in west Cornwall. It is humbling to consider all the monies achieved for the properties will go towards supporting and helping people to live with cancer.

“Perched on a granite cliff with the backdrop of unending sea, the Minack has a palpable and exhilarating feeling of being at the edge of the world and at the mercy of the elements. Whether we are blessed with sunshine, refreshed by rain, braced by wind or even a mixture of all three it will be a very special place of which to say – ‘that is where we bought our home’.”

Cornwall Live