Es­tates à la carte

Do you want a farm­ing, sport­ing or in­vest­ment es­tate? With these four prop­er­ties, you don’t have to choose

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by landowner Thomas Bon­ham’s grand­daugh­ter, who mar­ried Robert Mom­pes­son. The es­tate re­mained with the in­flu­en­tial Mom­pes­son fam­ily un­til 1783, when it was sold to Ed­ward Sey­mour, Duke of Som­er­set, and next changed hands in 1910.

The present own­ers, who bought Balling­ton Manor in 1996, have cre­ated not only a de­light­ful fam­ily home, but a suc­cess­ful farm­ing and sport­ing es­tate with di­verse in­come streams. At its heart is the beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated, eight-bed­room, stone manor house, which dates from the late 16th cen­tury, with ad­di­tions and al­ter­ations from about 1930, and is sur­rounded by El­iz­a­bethan-style gardens de­signed by Pene­lope Hob­house; these run into a net­work of paths and bridges that cross the River Wy­lye to reach the mead­ows beyond.

Launched on the mar­ket in to­day’s COUN­TRY LIFE—AT a guide price of £20m through Knight Frank (01488 688539)—the pic­turesque, ring-fenced Bar­bury Cas­tle es­tate (Fig 2) near Marl­bor­ough, is another of Wilt­shire’s finest, cov­er­ing some 1,799 acres of clas­sic rolling chalk­land in the Marl­bor­ough Downs—part of the Wes­sex Downs AONB. Diver­sity is also the name of the game at Bar­bury Cas­tle, which sits in a won­der­fully se­cluded lo­ca­tion just south of the Iron Age hill fort of that name on the an­cient Ridge­way, four miles from Marl­bor­ough.

The Bar­bury Cas­tle es­tate com­prises 889 acres of arable farm­land ro­tated with spring malt­ing bar­ley, win­ter wheat and mor­phine pop­pies; 177 acres of pre­vi­ously cropped pas­ture; 123 acres of railed pad­docks and per­ma­nent pas­ture; and 248 acres of downland, which pro­vide ex­cel­lent graz­ing for the es­tate’s award­win­ning flock of 900 sheep. It also boasts 205 acres of ma­ture wood­land, which pro­vides per­fect cover for a chal­leng­ing high-bird pheas­ant and partridge shoot, along with ex­cel­lent stalk­ing for the abun­dant roe, fal­low deer and munt­jac that roam

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