Man to make millions after stunning renovation of dilapidated farmland estate

Farmer gives tour of the Polapit Tamar estate

George Tucker, 70, is ready to sell Polapit Tamar, near Launceston, Cornwall, for £7,000,000 after 55 years in his family’s ownership. During this time, the property developer has turned it from a "terrible mess" to the grand mansion it is today.


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The estate boasts 12-18 bedrooms, a ballroom, three barn conversions, two lodges, five single-storey cottages, 19 one and two-bedroom residences, a four-bedroom house, two commercial letting buildings, and about 106 acres of land, including two wind turbines which supply the estate’s electricity.

George’s father (also called George Tucker) bought the estate for £400,000 at auction from the bank in 1966, after its previous owner went bankrupt, reports Cornwall Live.

But his son admits it was in a state at the time.

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George TuckerGeorge Tucker spent decades renovating the house, outbuildings, and land (Image: Cornwall Live)

Polapit TamarOne of the outbuildings is pictured before renovation (Image: D R Kivell Country Property)

Speaking from the estate today, he said: "A lot of people thought he was crazy at the time. It was a terrible mess.

"My father bought it for the farming land, but there wasn’t an acre that was farmable. They’d taken all the timber off the property and sold it, but left all the stumps, and there was no fencing. It was some job to clear it all.

"The auction day was exciting – I was sixteen at the time. I’d been to auctions before, but never anything like this. The auctioneer got up to £21,250 – I remember they’d put a guide price on it of £25,000.

"The auctioneer looked at a man at the back of the room who nodded – they must have met the reserve, and my father had the highest bid. The auctioneer stopped the bidding and it was ours."

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