Clifford Wilson, partner at Wilsons Knight Frank, said he thought the buyers would be the ‘perfect custodians’ of the property but added that he was not able to release their name.
As the sale was classed as a company transaction rather than a property transaction, no publicly accessible details are available.
However, the fief de Le Manoir de St Jean la Hougue Boëte – the ancient property rights for the manor dating back to the 11th century – were sold to John Curran Mills Richmond for £50,000. As a result, Mr Richmond, the former managing director of UK prepackaged food business Freshtime UK, has become the Seigneur of St John.
The property had previously been occupied for four decades by Canadian businessman and honorary Rwandan consul John Dick but the manor was owned by a family trust. The 58-acre estate was originally put up for sale in January 2018 with a guide price of £22 million, but in August the following year that price was reduced by £4.5 million.
‘When it was drawn to the attention of the family, it was just the concept of property that they had been looking for,’ Mr Wilson said of the new owners. ‘They are the kind of family that appreciate the historical significance of the property and were obviously also immensely impressed by the gardens and grounds.
‘They have plans to further enhance the grounds with time, although I do not think that will be easy as they are already magnificent.
‘They will be perfect custodians for such a property. They will probably update it to a certain degree as it has been a long time since it was modernised but I think they will enjoy it as a family home.’