Pheasant attraction creates interest

Strutt & Parker is selling an attractive west-Devon residential, farming and sporting estate.

Agent James Baker, who is handling the sale of the 330-acre Wooladon Estate, near Lifton, said it was probably the first estate sale in the south-west this year and should attract plenty of interest, including City workers with bonuses burning a hole in their pockets.

However, one of the property’s major attractions is a 36-day pheasant shoot, which puts down 14,000 birds each year.

This makes it one of the first properties with a major shoot to be launched since avian flu became an issue.

But Mr Baker said he didn’t think this would really affect the sale.

“The shoot is not the main attraction.

The general surroundings are fantastic and there are no footpaths.

It’s also quite large for this part of Devon – it’s rare for an estate like this to come to the market.”

Including a five-bedroom Georgian farmhouse, Mr Baker has set a guide of £2.35m.

More land might be available – the estate totals almost 450 acres – but the vendors, who are selling to spend more time in Portugal, could retain some of it, added Mr Baker.