Entire village frozen in time is on the market for a cool £20 million – so what do you get for your money?

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  • West Heslerton village, which includes a manor house, petrol station and primary school could be yours

    An entire village has gone on the market – with a guide price of £20 million!

    Yes, now you can buy a quintessentially English village in Yorkshire, complete with 2,116 acres of agricultural land, a 21 bedroom hall, 42 houses and the village pub.

    The West Heslerton Estate, near Malton, has been owned by the Dawnay family for over 150 years. The most recent resident, Miss Eve Dawnay, died five years ago. As there was no immediate single heir, the family have decided to sell.

    The sprawling plot hasn’t been revamped for over 50 years, so there are endless possibilities for the new owner to develop surrounding land and revamp old buildings, which will create new business opportunities.

    At the centre of the estate is the 21 bedroom West Heslerton Hall. It hasn’t been lived in for 30 years as the late Miss Dawnay preferred a more manageable modern property, which was purpose built for her within a private parkland setting.

    According to Tom Watson, director of Cundalls, the agency marketing the village, the Hall offers the potential to be modernised into a country house or be developed as a hotel.

    There is 2,116 acres of agricultural land including 112 acres of woodland, and the he total annual rental and agricultural subsidy income is around £388,000.

    Speaking about the sale, Mr Watson said:”For somebody who loves farming and field sports, finding an estate like this in a ring-fence has to be a dream come true.

    “With the exception of around 16 acres, all the agricultural land is farmed in hand with vacant possession. From a sporting perspective the various shelter belts were originally strategically placed for sporting reasons; the land would make a wonderfully challenging and varied shoot.

    “I certainly think there will be plenty of people using the phrase ‘If I won the lottery…’

    “This really will be a dream purchase for somebody and it will be interesting to see how the new owners manage the estate going forward”.

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