Historic Wilverley Estate, which has entertained King George III, on the market for a cool £8.65m
A HISTORIC private estate in the New Forest has hit the open market for the first time in more than 70 years – and can be yours for £8.65m.
Wilverley Estate, which has links to royalty and Alice in Wonderland, extends to approximately 234 acres in total. It has gone on sale as a whole or in three individual lots – comprising Wilverley Park, Cuffnells Farm and Wilverley Farm.
During the 18th century the land at Cuffnells Park was owned by Sir Thomas Tancred and family. In the 1760s, Tancred employed Lancelot (Capability) Brown to design and implement the parkland there, including a lake, kitchen garden, orangery and arboretum.
In 1784 the Cuffnells estate was sold to the Hon. George Rose, who was Paymaster General at the time, and is known to have entertained King George III there.
It was also originally part of the Foxlease Estate until it was inherited by Henry Buckworth Powell-Montgomery in 1865, and after his family owned it for several decades, was requisitioned for use as a school for evacuees during WWII.
In 1947 it went on the open market and was sold to Peter Barker-Mill. As recently as 1986 the estate was purchased by Jonathan Hargreaves whose daughter-in-law was Alice Liddell, of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ fame.
At about 86 acres, Wilverley Park comprises a six-bedroom Victorian coach house which has retained a wealth of history and original features throughout, a beautiful landscaped garden originally designed by François Goffinet, an orangery and its own swimming pool.
There is also a range of farm buildings, a parkland setting with lake, a lodge cottage and two additional properties.
Cuffnells Farm extends to roughly five acres and includes a four bedroom farmhouse, a two bedroom cottage and a range of traditional and modern farm buildings that have potential for alternative future uses, subject to the necessary consents.
Wilverley Farm, which is approximately 143 acres and a mix of pasture and arable land, with a two-bedroom cottage.
It is being marketed by Savills and Strutt & Parker, with viewings strictly through the estate agents and by appointment only.
Fred Cook, of the farm agency team at Savills, said: "The dramatic setting of this estate, coupled with its period charm and history, is outstanding.
"It is also a farm with great variety. Whilst enjoying a fairly secluded location, it is well situated to a range of nearby amenities. With everything that this has to offer, Wilverley Park provides a rare and exciting opportunity for lifestyle farming and the potential to create additional revenue streams."