THE Hamptworth Lodge Estate in Landford has been put on the open market with a guide price of £11m.
The estate, which has been in the Anderson family for 200 years, includes the Grade II listed house, parkland and woodlands as well as several cottages, a five-acre lake, a cricket ground with pavilion, and a solar park.
Run as a working estate, it is home to Hamptworth Gundogs and caters for a wide range of sporting enthusiasts from archery to off-roaders and falconry. It has also hosted events such as the Hamptworth Country Fair and various concerts and theatre groups in addition to corporate and private events such as weddings.
Constructed of brick panels and oak timber in a Tudor style, the grand country house is mainly over two floors and has 11 bedrooms, five reception rooms, two bathrooms and a three-bedroom flat.
With wooden panelling throughout the house, the Great Hall contains roof trusses by Sir Guy Dawber and an organ which is the twin of the organ at Salisbury Cathedral. Among the more quirky features are working bell pulls used to call the servants and a collection of Greek, Latin and Chaucerian English verses etched into window panes in the drawing room.
In total 1,157 acres is for sale and is available as a whole or in four lots. The sale will leave the Andersons with just over half the estate.
David Pardoe, director of the rural division at Chesterton Humberts, said: “The Anderson family has just finished a big review on the estate business and the conclusion was that the estate would be more sustainable if it retrenched to what the Andersons are intending to keep. “The family is very keen to put the estate in a long-term sustainable position and to do that they had to make the best use of the assets.
“There has been quite a lot of interest so far – we have had interest in it as a whole and in each of the plots and various combinations of plots.”
The estate has come on the market at the same time as a couple of other large estates in the area, including The Great Durnford Estate, which has a guide price of £27m.
Mr Pardoe said: “I think it’s a coincidence that these have come on the market together.
“One generally tends to sell properties in the late spring and early summer because they look good – everything’s green and the flowers are out.
“The market has been subdued for a few years and it feels a bit less subdued now – there’s no real reason not to come on the market.”
To arrange a viewing call Mr Pardoe on 01722 342393.
* While the ancient manor of Hamptworth dates from the 11th century, it is thought that the first house was built on the current site of Hamptworth Lodge in around 1620 AD.
It was however, extensively altered during the late Georgian and Victorian period and when the present owner’s great grandfather, Harold Moffatt inherited the estate in 1910, he pulled the house down and rebuilt it as he thought it might well have been in its original form. Moffatt was a considerable authority on the Jacobean House and with architect Sir Guy Dawber the house was rebuilt using only traditional building methods.
Internally, Moffatt made much of the furniture himself and these pieces are an accurate copy of the Jacobean Style.