One of Cornwall’s most historic homes has been sold for at least £500,000 cheaper than its original £2million asking price, after the new owners vowed to maintain its key role in the town’s traditional dance festival.
Michael Jay, 77, refused to sell stunning Lismore House, in Helston, to outsiders who knew nothing about the Cornish town’s famous Flora Day festival – a day-long dance event believed to date back to the Medieval period.
The grounds of the nine-bedroom country pile are a staging post for the annual May festival, which sees townsfolk dance to celebrate the end of Winter and the beginning of spring.
Mr Jay, who put Lismore House on the market in May 2019, says he turned down potential buyers of the gorgeous Grade-II listed building after they revealed they knew nothing about the Flora Day dance.
Having been unable to find a suitable owner for the property, he eventually knocked down the asking price to £1.5million.
But the gorgeous Grade-II listed property has now been bought by locals Sarah and Adam Corbridge, who own a jewellery store chain in the area and have lived in Helston for 27 years.
The gorgeous Grade-II listed property has now been bought by locals Sarah and Adam Corbridge, who own a Cornish jewellery store chain and have lived in the village for 27 years
The nine-bedroom country pile (pictured) is located in the quaint Cornish town of Helston and plays host to the town’s Flora Day dance, a centuries-old annual spring tradition believed to originate from the Medieval period
Michael Jay, says he received tons of interest and offers for Lismore House (pictured) since it first went on the market in May 2019
But none of the offers were good enough for Mr Jay, as many of the potential buyers revealed they were wanting to buy in the town without even knowing what Flora Day was
Mr Jay (pictured), 77, who is moving to South East Asia on completion of the sale next month, says he is delighted that property is now going to local couple
The grounds of the nine-bedroom country pile are a staging post for the annual May festival, which sees townsfolk dance to celebrate the end of Winter and the beginning of spring
Adam (left) and Sarah (right) Corbridge, who own Wearnes Jewellers in Helston and Falmouth, have bought the property for an undisclosed fee
The piece of local knowledge you would have needed to snap up Lismore house: What is Helston’s Flora Day?
Believed to originate from as far back as the Medieval Period, the Flora …….