Whole village up for sale for PS22m

March 8th, 2009 - 4:33 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 8 (ANI): A village, which has a cricket club, a shop and a large three-storey manor house, has been put up for sale for 22.5 million pounds.

The historic village of 22 houses and cottages is located in the Test Valley, north Hampshire, near the borders with Berkshire and Wiltshire a region officially designated by Natural England as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

It is part of a 2,000-acre estate, which will go on the market later this month.

Among the properties up for sale are a cricket pitch and pavilion, which doubles as the village hall, a large three-storey manor house, and a village shop run from the front room of one of the homes.

Two properties from which agricultural blacksmiths operate, a commercial shoot, farming land, and an educational activity centre for children, are also up for sale.

The only property in the village not owned by the estate is its church, St Peters, which dates back to the 12th century but was rebuilt significantly in 1871. It still holds services, on the third Sunday of each month.

Tina Abbott, 59, who runs the village shop from her home, has been the resident of the village for 39 years.

“We understand that whoever buys the estate will get everything, lock stock and barrel. It has got to be someone who will run it like it is now, the Telegraph quoted her, as saying.

“It used to be a really close knit community because everyone living here worked on the farm estate. It isn”t quite like that now. But is still a wonderful place to live.

“If you go quarter of a mile outside the village in any direction, you can look around you and not see another living soul,” she added. (ANI)

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