The owners of Huddersfield’s most sought-after home – Banney Royd in Edgerton – have enlisted a third group of estate agents as they attempt to sell the magnificent chocolate box property.
Mike Phillips and his wife Marina Shaw bought the Grade 1 listed mansion, recognized as one of the ‘most important arts and crafts houses in the North of England’ for around £1.7million in 2011. But despite the efforts of Yorkshire’s Finest in May 2019 and more recently Simon Blyth of Huddersfield, it has yet to find a buyer and this has led to the couple securing the services of London property firm Tyron Ash based in Mayfair .
The business is a far cry from your typical real estate agents. Founder Tyron Ash was previously convicted of intent to supply Class A drugs and sentenced to 40 months in prison. His team of glamorous young estate agents were a natural target for Channel Four’s Mega-Mansion Hunters, which screened in February.
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They deal in ‘super luxury’ property transactions and have 100 staff, all of whom can earn up to £80,000 in commission per sale. The company is famous for its ruthless tactics and sharp elbows.
In its marketing prospectus, the luxurious and stately nature of the property on Halifax Road and its associations with a bygone era are highlighted. “Greeted at the front gates, adorned with a large brass shield, you step into a wide driveway originally designed for coaches and horses, and later to service the most fantastic of Rolls Royce motor cars.
“The driveway rises to reveal the imposing property with giant oak gates and carved stonework. As you enter Banney Royd through the grand arched oak entrance gates with copper plaques, you step back in time, a time of lords and ladies where the butler welcomed guests.”
And it’s worth noting that a seven-acre area of the site “has received pre-planning approval to develop two residential properties with views for sale to help retain the original property”.
Over the past 20 years, Banney Royd has seen its value fluctuate considerably. At the height of a property boom it had a £5m tag attached to it, although that always seemed an optimistic valuation and more recently it was valued at over £2m. Now, however, vendors say it’s all about the app price.