Top Ten Country Specialists
Rupert Sweeting is a perennial feature of the Spear’s Property Index. Clients have previously told us that if he’s selling for you ‘no one will work harder’, and that buyers will often ‘end up paying top dollar’.
Sweeting worked his magic on a range of tough deals in 2019, the most significant being the sale of Outstanding in fieldFIRM SIZE BoutiqueFOCUS West CountryJess Simpson Jess Simpson Property SearchNewton Park Estate – a Grade I-listed Jacobean manor on the edge of the New Forest. While the guide price was advertised as being ‘in excess of £10 million’, Sweeting’s team deftly achieved ‘almost twice’ through bidding from seven different parties.
Another highlight was the off-market transaction of Millers Barn. The property exchanged hands ‘in a very short timeframe’, which Knight Frank quotes as ‘an example of excellence’. This was one of many deals he reportedly orchestrated with his distinct style – pushing the buyers and sellers together rather than allowing them both to hold off for a better offer that may never materialise.
The head of Knight Frank’s country department has been living and breathing the countryside almost all his life, having joined the firm from Cirencester more than three decades ago. Outside work, he is a racing enthusiast who is known to steward at both Cheltenham and Ascot.