Our story

Lancaster Samms is an independent Estate Agency based in York, with a passion for selling houses and for delivering a highly professional service.

Our knowledge of the local area means we know exactly why different properties in different parts of town hold a special appeal – and we know the buyers that they appeal to.  That’s why we’re able to find our clients the right buyers, fast.

We are a senior team of property professionals, highly skilled in negotiation and offering the very best advice throughout the entire sales process.  Our clients often tell us we are in a league of our own.

Our team

Neil Samms, managing director at Lancaster Samms

Neil Samms

Managing Director

Neil’s career in the property industry started in 2005 whereby he cemented his passion and knowledge of the housing market. Fast forward to 2012, and to the opening of Lancaster Samms Estate Agents in the heart of the city of York. The goal was to provide a more modern approach to house selling, and ten years on Neil’s constantly evolving business continues to lead the way.

James Nicholson, partner at Lancaster Samms

James Nicholson


James joined Lancaster Samms in 2014 and quickly progressed in his role to become a highly experienced valuer, and negotiator and in 2021 was made a partner of the firm. Having lived and worked in York all his life, James knows every part of the city and surrounding areas in great detail.

Elkie Buckland, partner at Lancaster Samms

Elkie Buckland


With 20 years of working in the property industry and almost 10 years at Lancaster Samms, Elkie’s passion and hard-working ethos have helped hundreds of buyers find their dream home. Elkie was made a Partner in the firm in 2021 and is intrinsic to the Lancaster Samms team with her efficiency in dealing with all aspects of the buying and selling process.

Michelle Samms, marketing & support personnel at Lancaster Samms

Michelle Samms


Michelle handles our property marketing material and social media posts, making sure our properties are showcased in the best possible way. As well as taking on the admin and financial aspects of running the business, you will also find Michelle out and about conducting viewings. In her spare time mum of two Michelle is a keen gardener and loves running.

Clare Hudson, sales consultant at Lancaster Samms

Clare Hudson

Sales Consultant

Experienced in customer service, office administration and property management, Clare brings a variety of skills to Lancaster Samms. Having lived in a variety of homes from a London apartment to a cottage in the Dales, Clare is well equipped to advise on all types of property.

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An aerial view of the Lancaster Samms York office

Our York home

We moved into 27 High Petergate back in 2014, and it accommodates our team perfectly.

The space provided enables us to connect with you, our customers, by offering a central base to discuss your requirements in privacy, and at a time convenient to you.

When we decided to put our house on the market we knew without hesitation we wanted to use Lancaster Samms.

This is the second time we’ve sold a house with them and James Nicolson looked after us on both occasions.

From the initial valuation, all the way through to completion, James’ attention to detail and ability to drive the process forward was delivered with the friendliest professionalism that we could have wished for.

Lancaster Samms is a first-class service, and we would highly recommend them to anyone considering selling a property in the area.

Mr D Fjågesund

We’d highly recommend Lancaster Samms to anyone!!

This is the second time we’ve used Lancaster Samms and from day one they have provided a top-quality, professional and caring service. The whole team understand it’s a personal and (sometimes) stressful time, I can honestly say they were there to support us in every possible way.

Elkie was our contact this time and kept us in the loop, reassured us and went above and beyond to ensure our sale went through smoothly. We loved the personal touches such as festive music for viewings (we agreed the sale in December!), giving us an overview of the buyer’s situation and almost daily feedback.

Our buyers also thought very highly of Elkie, we discussed how brilliant she was on completion day!!

So in summary… thank you so much for everything you did to support us through a difficult few months, you definitely made the process so much easier and we’d highly recommend Lancaster Samms to anyone!!

Thank you!

Mr and Mrs Hornby

True professionals.

We would very highly recommend anyone considering selling their property to use Lancaster Samms. From start to finish Elkie kept us informed.  Ours was a long & difficult move as we were also building a new home.

This is our fourth move and Elkie went above and beyond to help push the sale forward. She would often communicate out of hours and on her days off – you don’t get service like this very often these days!

True professionals,  thank you Lancaster Samms.

Mr & Mrs Redshaw

Neil’s personal support was constant.

Neil and his team’s support through the sale of our property was frankly breathtaking and incredibly refreshing. Neil’s personal support was constant and he managed the process of the sale all the way through to the day of completion.

I honestly can’t recommend this estate agent enough and if I was to sell a property in York again, I would immediately appoint Neil and his team on my behalf.

Mr A Pulsford


York: 01904 500 455

27 High Petergate


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