Yours for R423 million: An entire English village

The village of West Heslerton – with 2,000 acres of land, houses, a pub and a 21-bedroom historic hall – is up for sale for the bargain price of R423 million.

The 2,000-acre North Yorkshire village of West Heslerton has been owned by the Dawnay family for more than 150 years. From its pub, garage, playing fields and sports pavilion, to a 21-bedroom historic hall and 43 houses, Eve Dawnay left a remarkable legacy when she died in 2010, aged 84: a functioning English village, with a population of around 375, preserved in time.

Now this incredible village where time stood still can be bought with estate agents handling the sale, Cundalls describing it as the “quintessential Yorkshire village.” 

Eve graduated from Oxford University with a BA in French in 1948 and worked in Paris and London before returning to the village. When her father died in 1964, she inherited the estate.

The unmarried eccentric owned the whole of West Heslerton, near Malton, keeping rents low and, with some clever social engineering, she ensured it retained a vibrant community supporting a host of amenities, including a primary school and its own football, cricket and bowling teams.

The centrepiece of the estate is the 21-bedroom West Heslerton Hall which has been empty for 30 years after Eve Dawnay downsized to a four-bedroom house in the village.

The lot also includes 43 houses and cottages, a pub with a restaurant, a petrol station with a garage and a playing field and sports field with a pavilion. There is also more than 2,000 acres of agricultural land, including 112 acres of woodland.

(Images via Cundalls)

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