A vast stretch of some of the prettiest countryside in Leicestershire has gone on sale for the princely sum of £13.5 million.
The Shackerstone Estate – as it is being called – includes more than 1,700 acres of mainly farmland as well as farms, a handful of country homes and some of the best views in the county.
It surrounds the two villages of Shackerstone and Congerstone and is part of the former Gopsall Estate, which once covered 7,500 acres.
Nearby attractions include the pretty town of Market Bosworth and its famous battlefield, the Battlefield Line steam railway and Twycross Zoo, while the Ashby canal passes through it.
For the past 85-or-so years it has been owned by the Crown Estate, an independent body created by Act of Parliament and owned by the Queen which has land across the UK and pays any surplus profits to the treasury.
It is understood the body – which also co-owns Fosse Park – is realigning its portfolio.
Ben Ainscough, a rural associate at property consultants Carter Jonas, which is handling the sale, said: “The Shackerstone Estate represents an exciting opportunity to invest in a primarily agricultural estate offering a diverse income stream and opportunities for development.
“The estate, set in an incredibly well connected part of Leicestershire countryside, makes this an investment opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.
“Given the scale and variety of the Shackerstone Estate, we are expecting a great deal of interest from investors far and wide.”
He said the sale includes tenanted farms, pastures and woodland as well as land been used to grow crops such as wheat, barley, oilseed rape and grass.
There are 10 homes included too, as well as some development opportunities, and “significant sporting potential” over almost 1,800 acres.
There are also fishing rights over the River Sence and Ashby Canal.
The estate brings in around £250,000 a year of income and is on the market as a job lot or as two lots for £10.5 million or £3 million.
Mr Ainscough said: “It’s been on the market since Friday and we expect to be talking to investors, trust funds or charities – similar entities to the current owner – or someone who has come into money and wants to take on agricultural land for its tax advantages.”
He said before the estate came up for sale 17 long-standing farm tenants were offered the opportunity to buy their farm holdings – and 15 chose to do so, with most sales agreed in the first three months of the year.