Historic Suffolk hall, formerly home to large collection of National Hunt horses, up for sale
PUBLISHED: 06:11 05 January 2019
Full Aspect/Clarke and Simpson
An historic hall and equestrian facility which was once home to what’s believed to be the largest privately-owned yard of National Hunt horses in the country is up for sale, with a guide price tag of £2.95m freehold.
Worlingworth Hall, near Framlingham, includes a Grade II* listed hall, five secondary dwellings, substantial equestrian facilities, a free range egg production unit, agricultural buildings and 82 acres of land.
It is being offered as a whole through agents Clarke and Simpson and is likely to appeal to a “wide audience of potential purchasers” as it comprises a diverse mix of property and land enterprises and which is entirely ring fenced, said agent Oliver Holloway.
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“The property was previously owned by the Hubbard family and was the largest privately owned yard of National Hunt horses in the country,” he said. The horses were in residence around the 1980s and 1990s, he explained.
“The current owners have continued with the extensive equestrian use as well as agricultural use. In addition to the red poll beef enterprise, they have recently invested in a superb free range egg production unit.”
The hall, which has 7000sq ft of living accommodation, as well as a range of garages, includes a tennis court and swimming pool. Within the grounds are five further dwellings including three detached bungalows and a pair of barn conversions.
The equestrian yard includes 37 looseboxes, a five-bay horse walker, indoor exercise yard, tack rooms, feedstore, associated buildings and manège, as well as fenced paddocks.
As well as a range of traditional and modern farm buildings and barns, the site also includes a telecoms mast, producing an income of £5,500 a year.
The hall itself, believed to date back to the 12th or 13th century, is of timber-frame construction and sits back from a small country lane on the edge of the village, surrounded by gardens and open countryside.
The farmyard comprises a Dutch barn, a range of former piggeries, large machinery barn and a general purpose barn with workshop area and grain bins. Beyond is the modern free range egg production building built in 2010 which is currently run in-house but could potentially provide a rental income in the region of £25,000 to £30,000 a year, said Clarke and Simpson.