15 May 1998

Surrey acres offered as whole or two lots

DESPITE being only 34 miles from central London, the Snowdenham Estate includes 345 acres, of which 295 are farmed on a farm business tenancy expiring in Oct 1998 by a local farmer.

Near Bramley, Surrey, the estate is for sale on behalf of the Rt Hon Sir Archibald Hamilton PC MP whose family have been in ownership since 1874.

However it now is for sale as a whole or in two lots with 50 acres, the eight-bedroom Georgian house, three cottages, two flats, some outbuildings and 8 acres of water and formal gardens guided at in excess of £3m by selling agent FPDSavills.

The farmland within an area of outstanding natural beauty supports a dairy unit, but with 196 acres eligible for arable area aid payments, could be farmed as a mixed enterprise. The land is classified as a grade 3 coarse loamy soil suitable for cereal, grassland and some field vegetable production.

It plus a two-bedroom cottage and some modern and traditional farm buildings is guided at offers in excess of £1.25m.

Also with 47 acres of woodland on the estate an informal shoot is run although the selling agent maintains there is potential to develop it further.