Estate fit for a wild life in Welsh hills
Holding twice size of Manhattan offers it all for prospective buyer
Published 12/10/2010 | 05:00
As trophy properties go, the Lake Vyrnwy Estate in Powys, Wales, would surely top the list for anyone with an interest in farming or wildlife.
The biggest single tract of land to go on the market in either England or Wales in living memory, the property consists of a staggering 23,315ac of land.
To put that in context, it is the size of 13,000 football pitches, 1bn square feet, or twice the size of Manhattan, New York.
It includes the 1,229ac lake that gives the estate its name, 11,807ac of moorland and rough grazing in a nature reserve, 5,250ac of agricultural land let out to other farmers, 5,001ac of woodland and 31 residential and commercial properties.
The estate is currently owned by Severn Trent Water and, with a price tag of £11m (or €12.585m), it is unlikely to be bought by any ordinary Joe.
However, selling agents Knight Frank has described interest in property as "very good".
The first round of offers has already been submitted and is being assessed by Severn Trent Water.
Located in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains in Powys, the estate was built up over several years in the 1880s by the Liverpool Corporation, which bought land with the purpose of creating a dam and reservoir to provide water for Liverpool -- a function it still performs today.