Playing the army game

29 June 2001

Playing the army game

ARMOURED vehicles are included in the sale of Lower Lodge, near Billingshurst, Sussex, one of the most unusual properties to hit the market this year.

The 128-acre site has been built up gradually over the past 22 years and now features a multi-trap clay pigeon shooting ground as well as tank and hovercraft-driving courses.

Included in the sale is a 5-bedroomed timber-framed farmhouse, and agents Monkhouse & Bannisters and FPDSavills reckon the whole package is worth £4m.

According to current owner Duncan Smales, the enterprise generates an income of around £500,000 per annum. However, M&Bs Jamie Daniell says Mr Smales has been running the business more as a lifestyle than for profit. "I wouldnt be surprised if that figure could easily be doubled." &#42

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