21 June 2002

Footballing Estate up for the taking

COINCIDING with the World Cup, FPDSavills is selling a Hants estate whose owners have a strong footballing connection.

The 750-acre Aylesfield Estate, near Alton, is home to Carolyn Elwes, daughter of construction magnate Robin McAlpine who, along with brother Malcolm, built the soon-to-be replaced Wembley Stadium. Mrs Elwes still has the very first ball to hit the back of the net in the stadiums inaugural game.

Constructed in 1933, the estates principal residence is an imposing seven-bedroomed mansion that was purchased by the McAlpine family in 1948 and has been the family home ever since. A traditional five-bedroomed farmhouse and 12 estate cottages are also included, contributing to the propertys £9.5m guide price.

A block of 18 commercial units generates a tidy annual revenue of £70,000, while the residential portfolio pulls in £80,000. Of the farmland, 407 acres are IACS-registered with the majority of the balance down to grass and let on farm business tenancies. Bare arable land is being guided at £2250/acre.

As might be expected, given its location in a county where land and property usually sell for a premium, Aylesfield has been heavily lotted. Agent William Duckworth-Chad says there is a possibility it could go as a whole, but reckons because most of the houses are being sold with vacant possession there will be plenty of demand for the 24 separate lots. &#42

Rolling Hants countryside, part of the Aylesfield Estate near Alton.