East Anglia poised for take-off

One of the signs of spring in the area is the prop­erty mar­ket coming back to life

Country Life Every Week - - Property Market -

STRUTT & Parker’s farms and es­tates supremo, Mark Mcan­drew, is full of the joys of spring as he over­sees the launch, in to­day’s Coun­try Life, of the late Ju­lian Wat­son’s peer­less Baythorne Park es­tate, which sits ei­ther side of the river stour at Baythorne End, on the Es­sex­suf­folk bor­der. Not only is the pres­ti­gious 676-acre hold­ing—for sale through strutt & Parker (020–7629 7282) for the first time in 65 years at a guide price of £11 mil­lion— one of the best res­i­den­tial and sport­ing es­tates to come to the mar­ket this year, it’s also one of few his­toric coun­try es­tates to be of­fered for sale in East Anglia since the start of the down­turn in 2008.

Its fo­cal point is Grade Ii-listed Baythorne Park, which, ac­cord­ing to White’s Di­rec­tory of Es­sex (1848), ‘has ex­ten­sive grounds and stands on a bold ac­cliv­ity above the river stour… The present house was built in 1668 by Ge­orge Pyke, whose fa­ther pur­chased the es­tate in 1640, and whose de­scen­dant, of the same name, took down the gate and court walls in 1801, and new-fronted, sashed and greatly im­proved the house’. The es­tate re­mained in the fam­ily for more than 200 years, be­fore be­ing bought in the late 1800s by an­other lo­cal landowner, king Viall. In the 1930s, it was the home of Maj Ber­trand and Mrs ram­baut, who was lady of the manor of Baythorne End. Baythorne Park was pur­chased by the late Mr Wat­son in 1952, when he moved from his own fam­ily es­tate in south Hert­ford­shire; he was to live there un­til his death in May last year.

De­scribed by those who knew him as ‘a sport­ing gen­tle­man of the old school’, Wat­son im­me­di­ately set about im­prov­ing the es­tate, ren­o­vat­ing the man­sion and mod­ernising the farm and its build­ings. This part of Es­sex is fa­mous for its trees and Wat­son’s Ar­ca­dia in­cludes the won­der­ful tree-lined av­enue that leads up to the house, with other wood­land scat­tered around the es­tate— a land­scape per­fectly de­signed for Baythorne Park’s long-es­tab­lished shoot.

Im­me­di­ately sur­round­ing the man­sion is the es­tate’s 48 acres of parkland, which boasts some mag­nif­i­cent spec­i­men trees. Other­wise, most of its 60-odd acres of wood­land com­prises broadleaf and conifer trees, with some cricket-bat-wil­low plan­ta­tions tucked away on the eastern edge. The re­main­ing acreage in­cludes 433 acres of eas­ily worked

The fo­cal point of the peer­less Baythorne Park es­tate, at Baythorne End on the Es­sex-suf­folk bor­der, is its Grade Ii-listed house (above), which of­fers spa­cious and el­e­gant in­te­ri­ors (be­low). £11m

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