Thanks to our extensive contacts, bolstered by a team of highly experienced individuals who have strong local market knowledge in their relevant areas, we are able to source property – some of which never reach the open market.
We enjoy close relationships with other estate agents and professionals at all levels of the market, which ensures we know of private off-market forthcoming sales covering a broad spectrum. Our advice is research-based and constantly updated; essential in an ever-changing market. This helps us obtain the best value for individual clients.
Confidentiality is at the core of our business. A great number of our clients are London and Cambridge based and, in some cases, international buyers. We have a keen appreciation of their wide-ranging, yet specific preferences for all property types across West Suffolk and East Cambridgeshire, sometimes even further afield. Our fee structure is geared towards our client's interest. This means we are highly incentivised to secure the right property on the best terms possible. If Whatley Lane are ultimately instructed by the seller, thereby gaining a fee from the transaction, we waive our acquisition fee in order to
avoid potential conflicts of interest.
We provide a bespoke and specialist service committed to searching for and acquiring residential and commercial property for private clients. We offer impartial and unbiased advice for Town and Country property acquisitions. Our combined effort and truly personal approach will make a difference in the acquisition of the right property.
We discuss your purchasing criteria to understand and define your ideal requirements and flexibility. We explain trends in the current market and if you are not sure where you wish to purchase, we can help familiarise you with the people, property and places. Both services are free. Off-market property sales are becomming an increasingly popular route for buyers to find their perfect match - the current market conditions and high demend for Suffolk property makes it the most hassle-free options for many buyers and vendors alike.
Once engaged, we visit, appraise and then shortlist properties – both available and soon to enter the market – by bringing to bear our extensive private contacts and market intelligence.
A number of our purchases involve properties that never reach the open market. We accompany your visit to the selected property. We take on board your brief while adding a few wild cards into the mix.
Upon selecting the ideal property, we negotiate on your behalf to secure the best terms possible. After acceptance of your offer on the ideal property, we oversee the entire transaction by dealing with the seller or their representatives. We can also liaise with your own legal and financial advisors. Our expertise in dealing with a range of property, financial professionals and potentially complex legalities that require specific tax treatment ensure that the sale is concluded to your best advantage. If required, we will also advise upon the use of suitably qualified professionals. Should refurbishment or interior design project management be required, we can dovetail this ready for your pre or post move-in so you hit the ground running at your new residence.
“As an architectural purest with a penchant for the Georgian period, I was honoured to help source, secure and sell arguably the most coveted of townhouses in Bury St. Edmunds that was close to my heart. Its unique historic provenance, as denoted by the blue plaque and many novel details that are hallmarks of the architect Sir John Soane, fuelled excitement for both myself and our buyer. Two fabulous spiral staircases with statue niches connect the accommodation wings while two further staircases tie in a cavernous cellar for subterranean entertainment. Understated elegance from the outside opens up to wondrous interiors by one of the very best developers locally and now with the design flair of its new owner. Additionally, its extensive parking, location, private walled garden make this residence unrivalled.”
“Having recently relocated permanently from Dubai after 15 years, I had my heart set on upsizing to a Suffolk country house. Met James at a viewing of one in their portfolio. Some months later he reached out to me with the ultimate off-market ‘wild card’ in Bury St. Edmunds: a superior historic Georgian townhouse restoration which he knew would be value adding, safe and convenient for me and my young children. He managed to secure it at an opportunistic price with special tax treatment, negotiated five off-street parking spaces and refurbishment advice. James also sold my Suffolk bolthole in the first viewing within a week and negotiated a delayed 6 month completion linked to the townhouse redevelopment deadline. The whole process was made so seamless and I’m excited to get the keys to this Sir John Soane masterpiece!”
“Ounce House enjoys an iconic status locally and in many respects it is the very definition of a trophy asset – it will be exciting to watch its evolution. Our clients have established a solid track record and their latest investment will add to the vitality of the local community and strengthen the current hospitality offering in town. The successful conclusion of this landmark deal is testament to our extensive network of contacts and ability to produce off-market property sales – some of which never reached the open market”
“We were delighted to receive an approach from James Sawyer of Whatley Lane who indicated that he had a possible purchaser for Ounce House, the home of the Pott family for the last thirty-two years. This moved forward smoothly to exchange of contracts and subsequent completion, and we were so pleased to know that the building, nurtured and transformed over so many years, had been acquired by a successful Restaurant Group, who now intend to further enhance the reputation of Ounce House, which has had a place in The Good Hotel Guide for more than twenty-five years. While I will continue to practise as a Chartered Surveyor and Land Agent, my wife, Jenny, has retired and may never cook another breakfast!”
“Whatley Lane’s approach to Chestnut Inns, in regard to the opportunity presented by Ounce House, was both discreet and professional. Their team had done a tremendous amount of research on our business, comparable properties in the area and the potential for a boutique hotel/restaurant and bar in the Bury St Edmunds town centre. Whatley Lane were a key partner in the acquisition of the property throughout the transaction process. Bury St. Edmunds was the logical next move. It is perfectly positioned in relation to the other businesses (The Packhorse Inn near Newmarket and The Rupert Brooke near Cambridge); close enough to be part of an operational support structure and yet far enough away to have its own customer base and target market. Bury St. Edmunds is growing both as a hub for tourism in the region as well as being recognised as a focus for the promotion of great Suffolk food and drink. Locally sourced food, great service and a traditional role at the heart of the community – that is what Chestnut Inns is all about and what we will be working to achieve with the Northgate Street site”.