Country estate’s potential for lord of the manor lifestyle
Date of Article
Aug 10 2012

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8 August, 2012, In an enviable location between Longbridge Deverill and Maiden Bradley at the foot of the Wiltshire Downs, the imposing six-bedroom Rye Hill Farm, near Warminster is a fine example of a small country estate.

With income potential through commercial lets, flexible living accommodation and stunning surroundings there are few farms like this on the market.

Rye Hill Farm, standing in nearly 388 acres, offers tremendous potential for so many ventures, as well as being a luxurious home with views extending as far as the eyes can see.

The period farm's traditional barn has been a wedding venue in recent years and the last one under its current ownership is scheduled for October 6 and the next owners have the opportunity to continue the wedding business.

"Coupled with its commercial opportunities and grand accommodation, Rye Hill Farm offers true 'lord of the manor' lifestyle," said Kit Harding, rural partner at the Bath office of property specialists Carter Jonas who are selling the farm jointly with Strutt & Parker.

"With much to appeal on so many levels, not least its glorious location in the Upper Wylye Valley, Rye Hill Farm is a hugely attractive proposition," said Mr Harding.

"The land is divided into good sized, gently undulating and attractive enclosures well suited to modern farming and in recent years it has been farmed in conjunction with a neighbour who has provided machinery and labour."

Rye Hill Farm is believed to have been part of an estate owned by the 15th Duke of Somerset and has been in the current vendors’ family since the 1930s.

For sale as a whole for £5.6million, the farm includes a pair of semi-detached period cottages, a two- bedroom bungalow at the entrance to the long sweeping tree-lined drive, modern and traditional farm buildings, some with commercial use, stables and workshops.

The majority of the land is ploughable and productive, being used for arable crop production, while the attractive part-walled garden has been used as a backdrop for wedding photographs.

The land is currently used as part of the Brixton Shoot for access to neighbouring drives. The relationship provides the opportunity for the next owners of Rye Hill Farm to be part of one of the best known and well respected shoots in the south of the country if they so wished.

The main farmhouse is presently arranged with a self contained flat accessed by a secondary staircase but this can easily be altered to provide additional bedrooms and bathrooms as part of the main living space.

The ground floor has kitchen, dining room, study, drawing room, sitting room, larder and utility and much of the surrounding rolling countryside can be seen from virtually every window in the house.

Many period features have been retained and a particular feature is the high ceilings on the ground floor which provide a sense of grandeur and airiness to the main reception rooms.

For more details contact joint agents Kit Harding, Carter Jonas Bath 01225 747 270 or Robin Gould, Strutt & Parker, Salisbury, 01722 328 739.