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For sale: entire English village

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 - 01:11

An entire English village has gone on sale for £20 million. West Heslerton in Yorkshire comes with its own 21-bedroom mansion, 43 houses and 2,116 acres of surrounding land. Mia Reakes reports.

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A quintessential rural English village. Yours - for 20 million pounds. West Heslerton in North Yorkshire's going under the hammer A 43 house estate, complete with 2,000 acres of farmland, a stately home, and your own local pub. Now ownerless and heirless, the village has long been left untouched. For 150 years it belonged to the Dawney family. Last in line Eve Dawnay inherited the village from her father in the late 1960s. She was loved by locals for keeping rents low and supporting the local primary school and sports teams. But when she died in 2010 she had no heir to pass it on to. Buying agent Henry Pryor says the village is attracting international interest. SOUNDBITE: Henry Pryor, buying agency, saying (English): "There are very few traditional estates like this still remaining, and many are passed down from generation to generation and are very rarely available on the open market. And that's why we're expecting national and global interest, and we've already had national and global interest." An opportunity to relocate from the cramped city to the sprawling country. Now beneficiaries are hoping to find a community-loving buyer with deep pockets. Someone who would rather splash 20 million on a multi-property legacy than on one luxury house in London.

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For sale: entire English village

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 - 01:11