Woolley & Wallis is delighted to offer for sale a diverse agricultural and sporting estate with an historic house at its heart.
The 1,127-acre Ballington Manor Estate in the Wylye Valley, Wiltshire is set within the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, known for its chalk streams and unspoilt countryside. The Estate combines productive agricultural land, with exceptional game shooting and fishing which are complemented by a number of let residential dwellings and commercial offices.
Early records show that in 1420 the Estate, known as Little Bathampton, was inherited by Thomas Bonham’s granddaughter who married Robert Mompesson. It stayed within the family until 1783 when it was sold to Edward Seymour, the Duke of Somerset, and did not change hands again until 1910. The present owners purchased the estate in 1996 creating not only a wonderful home but also a profitable estate with diverse income streams.
The Grade II Listed stone Manor House dating back to the late 16th Century with later additions has eight bedrooms and provides flexible living accommodation. The gardens surrounding the house were designed by Penelope Hobhouse MBE and run into a network of paths and bridges that cross the River Wylye reaching the meadows beyond.
There are eight other residential properties including the four bedroom Mill House situated in an idyllic and private position. There is also an open fronted garage, which has planning permission for conversion into a one-bedroom annexe, a coach house and garage with planning permission for an indoor swimming pool and a Grade II Listed 17th Century dovecote.
A traditional courtyard provides over 2,500 sq ft of B1 office space. The conversion project was awarded a Country Land and Business Association Farm and Country Buildings Award in 2002.
The Ballington Manor shoot has an excellent reputation as one of the finest private shoots in southern England taking full advantage of the dramatic downland topography. Over the past 19 years the average return has been over 68% for partridge and over 58% for pheasant. The estate holds additional sporting rights over an adjoining 510 acres.
The Estate owns around 1,200 yards of double bank and over 900 yards of single bank fishing on the Wylye.
There are over 830 acres of arable land and the fields are well suited for large modern equipment and produce consistently high yields.
There are two separate ranges of modern farm buildings. The principal range, centrally located within the estate includes three modern steel framed buildings extending to over 16,000 sq ft with roof mounted solar panels. There is a further range of traditional and modern farm buildings on the estate close to the village.
Woodland and conservation
In 2002 the estate won the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) Silver Lapwing award, which recognised the demonstration of a real commitment to species and habitat preservation and integration of environmental needs to the farming business.
Richard Nocton of our Marlborough Office comments, “Ballington Manor is a magnificent English country Estate, nestled within the Wylye valley of south west Wiltshire. It offers a prime Elizabethan Manor House, further dwellings, renowned shooting and fishing plus a broad array of profitable income streams; typifying the modern 21st Century rural estate. It has won a number of conservation awards and is beautifully presented. The broad spread of the estate will appeal to a host of potential buyers.”
The Estate is for sale as a whole or in two lots with a guide price of £17.5 million.
For further information please contact Richard Nocton on 01672 515252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.