The village of Bantham in Devon is to be sold next spring by its current owners Evans Estate.
The Evans Estate owns 750 acres of land and buildings at Bantham near Kingsbridge but has not yet confirmed the asking price, though speculation has put this around the £10 million mark. Strutt & Parker will be handling the sale of the 25 houses and shop. It is believed that the village pub is not part of the sale.
The estate has been in the possession of the same family for several generations and many of the residents' tenancies have passed down through their families who received letters last week confirming that the village and its surrounding land will be put up for sale.
A website devoted to Bantham says its ethos has been to keep Bantham as an area of outstanding beauty with thatched cottages and a naturally wild beach. It says: "Evans Estates has consistently set its face against commercialisation of the beach. Although opposed to undue commercialism, the company wishes the Bantham community to remain both viable and vibrant in the long term. Whenever practicable, therefore, vacant accommodation is offered to young people and their families and work on the estate is assigned to local businesses and tradesmen."
Bantham beach is one of the most popular surfing sites in Devon. Among those who are regular visitors to the area is businessman Richard Branson.