Historic Hampshire Estate which was used for evacuees during World War II is on the market for the first time in 70 years

The Wilverley Estate is approximately 234 acres in total and contains three lots.

Wilverley Estate is on the market for the first time in almost three quarters of a century – but will cost you £ 8.65million.

The estate also has ties to royalty and lies between Southampton and Poole.

It spans approximately 234 acres and is for sale as a whole or in three lots, including Wilverley Park, Cuffnells Farm and Wilverley Farm.

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Wilverley Park also has its own swimming pool.

Wilverley’s Estate once served as a school for evacuees during World War II and is likely to have educated those in Portsmouth who evacuated the city.

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Wilverley Park is located on the edge of New Forest National Park and was originally part of the Foxlease Estate until it was inherited by Henry Buckworth Powell-Montgomery in 1865.

The estate was owned by the family for nearly a century until it was later requisitioned for use as a school for evacuees during World War II before being sold.

In the 18th century, the lands of Cuffnells Park belonged to Sir Thomas Tancred and his family.

In 1760 Tancrède employed Lancelot (Capability) Brown to design and implement the park which included a vegetable garden, orangery, arboretum and lake.

The Cuffnells Estate was sold in 1784 to the Hon. George Rose who was Payor General at the time.

He was known to have received King George III there.

More recently, the estate was purchased in 1986 by Jonathan Hargreaves, whose daughter-in-law was Alice Liddell, famous for “Alice in Wonderland”.

Wilverley Park contains approximately 86 acres of land and includes a six-bedroom Victorian shed that has retained a rich history and features original features.

The grounds also contain a beautiful landscaped garden which was originally designed by François Goffinet and also contains an orangery and its own swimming pool.

There are also many farm buildings, a park with lake, a lodge chalet and two additional properties.

The Cuffnells Farm is available as a separate lot or as part of the Wilverley Estate Total Sale and spans approximately five acres.

The land includes a four bedroom farmhouse, a two bedroom cottage and a range of traditional and modern farm buildings.

The third lot on the estate is Wilverley Farm, which spans approximately 143 acres in total and contains a mix of pasture and arable land.

There is a two bedroom cottage which is located in the northernmost part of the estate.

Fred Cook of the Savills Salisbury Agricultural Agency team says: “The spectacular setting of this estate, coupled with its period charm and history, is exceptional.

“It’s also a farm with a lot of variety.

“While enjoying a fairly secluded location, it is well situated for a range of nearby amenities.

“With all that it has to offer, Wilverley Park offers a rare and exciting opportunity for lifestyle farming and the potential to create additional sources of income. “

The estate resides on the edge of the New Forest, which is one of the more rural parts of Hampshire.

The location is well known in the UK tourism industry as it is home to a beautiful expanse of countryside and contains many forms of wildlife.

William Langmead, South Central Estates and Farms Agency at Strutt & Parker, adds: “The New Forest is a sought-after part of the world right now; by checking the country, coast and switchability boxes, Wilverley Park offers a truly special opportunity at the heart of it.

“The estate is the perfect escape for someone who wants their own idyllic bolt hole surrounded by Capability Brown-esque parkland.”

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