A fantasy farm for all that Lotto loot

Caitriona Murphy

Ever wondered what you would do if you won the Lotto? Maybe you would buy a nice house, a bit of land and a flash sports car.

Hoddington Estate in Hampshire, on England's south coast, would fit the bill nicely -- if you netted at least €24m. Located just off the M3 motorway, 45 minutes from London but surrounded by rolling countryside, this estate has it all.

As well as a 1,500sqm (16,178sqft) Grade II-listed mansion, the estate includes 12 cottages, an outdoor swimming pool and 809ac of land.

Hoddington House is thought to have been built around 1700 on the site of a religious house called Edyndon, a monastery affiliated to the Abbey of Beaulieu in the nearby New Forest. The house was further extended in the 19th century.

The ground floor of this impressive period home includes a double aspect drawing room, library and dining room, kitchen/breakfast room and pantry. There is another large informal sitting room, offices, utility rooms and extensive cellars.

Upstairs, the master bedroom is located off the first-floor landing, as are three more guest bedrooms and two bathrooms. Beyond these are another bedroom, a laundry room and a staff apartment that includes a bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom.

Moving up another flight of stairs, there are seven more bedrooms on the second floor, as well as three bathrooms. Suffice to say there is more than enough space to invite family and friends over to stay.

Outside, Hoddington House is set in formal gardens, which are in turn surrounded by parkland. The gardens include an outdoor swimming pool and a large walled garden to the side of the house.

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There is a range of outbuildings to the southeast of the house, including garages and stores. The old apple store and the granary are just two buildings that hark back to the estate's past.

A tithe barn and old milking parlour could have income-generating potential, either as residential accommodation, offices or party venues.

The estate's yard contains a range of modern agricultural sheds, including two large steel framed barns on one side and a modern portal-framed storage barn.

The land is a combination of extensive arable ground, permanent grass and woodland.

The estate plays host to both pheasant and partridge shoots, with well-managed woodland that is easily accessed by a series of tracks and rides.

There are shooting rights over an additional 800ac available to the new owner if required.

The bulk of Hoddington Farm's 809ac have been farmed under contract in recent years, with the most recent contract finishing last September. The farm comes with single farm payment entitlements of around £50,000 (€59,647) per year.

Enquiries to William Matthews of Knight Frank on 0044 2076 298171

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