First estate in 10 years is up for sale

East Anglia has not seen a large estate sale for over a decade, but that is about to change.

According to a report in the East Anglian Daily Times, the historic Scrubland Park Estate at Coddenham, near Ipswich, is to be sold by its owner, the Seventh Lord de Saumarez, to cover the cost of death duties.

Local land agents also confirmed that a disposal was in the offing.

Specific details of the sale were not available from the estate’s managing agent, Summers Wykes-Sneyd, as Farmers Weekly went to press, but is believed that the estate totals 1300 acres and includes about 60 cottages.

If the estate was sold as a whole it is estimated that it would fetch well over 10m.

Since 1965, the core of the estate, which includes an 18th century stately home and 50 acres of gardens landscaped by Sir Charles Barry, has been run as a plush 32-bedroom health clinic.

One local agent said the sale would attract a huge amount of interest from private individuals and those looking to exploit its leisure and amenity potential.

“It is a lovely estate, really diverse.”