Those dreaming of the perfect English sporting estate need look no further than this beautiful package in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This superb estate possesses all the essential elements necessary to create quintessential English country life, including a stunning house and excellent sporting opportunities.
At the heart of the estate, surrounded by parkland, lies the Grade II* listed Longparish House, once occupied by the Bank of England during the Second World War and visited by Field Marshal Montgomery.
Another name is perhaps of more pertinent interest for our readers, however, with the estate once being owned by the Hawker family. Indeed, Col. Peter Hawker’s book Advice to Young
Sportsmen, first published in 1814, is still regarded as one of the best introductions for young people considering taking up shooting and fishing.
Given the excellent attributes of the land, it is hardly surprising such an esteemed tome should have found its genesis at the Longparish Estate. The 177 acres of farmland and woodland on sale are currently the basis for a very fine family shoot holding eight days shooting each season.
But the real gem in the crown is the 2,964 yards of single and double-bank fishing rights on the world-famous River Test, which runs through the estate. The water has been maintained to a very high standard and offers a great variety of fly fishing for every ability. On the market with a guide price in excess of £15,000,000, the Longparish Estate is sure to be snapped up, Alex Lawson of Savills noting: “Only a handful of properties with this calibre of fishing have come to the market in the last decade or more.”
The beautiful Grade II* listed Longparish House is the centrepiece of the estate.
Careful riverbank maintenance and diligent conservation efforts underpin excellent fishing on the estate.