A British estate has finally been handed down to a relative of the original owners after it sat empty for 40 years because its rightful heir refused to sign for it.
Hoblyn estate in Cornwall is a large house on 3,000 acres of English countryside. It is worth $7.5 million.
The estate was inhabited by the Figg-Hoblyn family, who moved in during 1856.
It was passed down to relatives for decades, but the passing down came to a halt as rightful heir John Paget Figg-Hoblyn, an American, refused to sign the title deeds.
After his father Francis died in 1965, he did not want to inherit it. His refusal to inherit it meant that it couldn’t be passed down to the second-in-line, his cousin John Westropp Figg-Hoblyn.
Westropp Figg-Hoblyn is a father-of-four from Missouri and is a retired farmer. He had hopes of restoring the property as it sat empty for decades and the gardens became overgrown.
As time passed, parts of the state were sold off to pay death duties and administration costs. It is now sitting on 1,000 acres and valued at £5 million.
It was believed John Paget did not want to inherit it because he didn’t want to pay death duties. Little is known about him, except for that he disappeared with his sister Margaret after he was evicted from a trailer park in Santa Barbara, Calif., after he failed to pay $200 rent.
After he died, the property was finally passed down. An original will from more than 100 years ago, saying the estate would be given to a male heir, was rewritten and now the money from the properties will go to his older sisters in California.
Each of the sisters is expected to receive £1.3 million each, and cousin John Westropp will get £130,000.