17 May 1996

£5m guide for Wiltshire Downs estate

THE everyday running costs of the main house at Wilbury Park can be met by profits from the farming business unless it requires substantial capital expenditure.

On the Hampshire/Wiltshire borders near Salisbury, the 874-acre estate includes the first palladian house (7-bed) to be built in England, a farmhouse and nine cottages all within a ring fence.

Most of the farmland, which is a grade 3 medium chalky loam, is eligible for arable area aid and currently supports two dairy enterprises and some arable managed on a seven-year rotation, including nearly 100 acres of maize.

Home and Warren dairies average 140 cows each and about 1.25m litres of milk quota are for sale separately, and although there is only 700t of grain storage the farm is a member of the local co-op Wiltshire Grain.

Joint agents Strutt & Parker and Clegg Kennedy Drew are guiding the whole estate at in excess of £5m and have also split it into three lots. Wilbury Park, five cottages and 104 acres of parkland are guided at £2.5m with offers around £2m sought for the 767-acre farm, putting the bare arable land at £2500/acre, and the remaining three cottages are guided at £500,000.

Although the shoot was disbanded in the mid-1980s there are 114 acres of mixed woodland offering the potential for some sporting to be re-established.

Set in the Wiltshire Downs, the 874-acre Wilbury Park Estate is guided at offers in excess of £5m for the whole.