Hampshire estate Hackwood Park goes on the open market for £65 million – making it one of most expensive country houses ever offered for sale in Britain
A Grade II* listed mansion in 260 acres just outside Basingstoke in Hampshire has gone on sale for a record sum.
Hackwood Park includes 51,681 square foot of accommodation, 24 bedrooms and 30 bathrooms. It comes with two gatehouses, two detached houses and a Grade II listed stable yard and coach house but other estate buildings, such as an old sawmill that was sold off for £695,000 ($1 million or €893,000) in October 2015, are in separate ownership.
Standing in Grade I listed parkland complete with “French style vistas”, the mansion is described as being “skillfully designed for a life with service” and is reportedly currently owned by an unknown foreign billionaire through a British Virgin Islands company. Previous owners have included newspaper magnates William Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose and Seymour Berry, 2nd Viscount Camrose and on his death, his wife the Hon. Joan Yarde-Buller – the mother of The Aga Khan IV.
Last sold for £14.5 million at some point between 1999 and 2003 (the equivalent of £21.3 million, $30.8 million or €27.4 million today), Hackwood Park is jointly offered by Savills and Sotheby’s International Realty for £65 million (£94.1 million or €83.5 million).
Both selling agents make clear on their websites that “purchasers may be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to further information being released and provide references and evidence of their financial standing prior to a viewing being arranged” but neither mention the property’s close proximity to the noisy M3 motorway.
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