A historic hall and its land, which includes a picturesque avenue of yew trees, have gone on the market with a guide price of £3.85m.
Clipsham Hall estate, a grade II* listed mansion house, went on the market this week and has already attracted interest from buyers across Europe.
As part of the sale, the popular Yew Tree Avenue is included. The avenue and Clipsham Park Wood were let to the Forestry Commission on a 999-year lease, which started in 1955, but the Forestry Commission has agreed in principle to surrender their lease as long as public rights of way are maintained.
Sir David Davenport-Handley, whose family owned the Clipsham estate for generations, died in January at the age of 94.
At the time his daughter Sue Thomas said Sir David was the “Lord of the Manor and was regarded as the last squire”.
She described her father as the heart of Clipsham.
Clipsham Hall, which dates from 1852, was owned by a family trust and following Sir David’s death was inherited by his grandchildren, who live in Canada.
The estate is on the market with Murray in Oakham and partner Grant Murray said: “It is an honour and a privilege for us to be selling Clipsham Hall, which has a deep history.
“It really is a lovely setting, it has nine acres of small gardens and 60 acres of parkland.
“We have already had a fair bit of interest, not just locally but internationally as well.”
Of Yew Tree Avenue, Mr Murray said: “I wouldn’t imagine any purchaser is going to want to take on the obligation of maintaining the yews and the public access just for the people of Rutland and further afield to enjoy.
“However, if someone did want to take it on, it would have to be in negotiation with the Forestry Commission.”
Yew Tree Avenue was formerly the carriage drive to Clipsham Hall and still has impressive views of the mansion house. Amos Alexander who was the head forester at the Clipsham Estate during the late 19th century started a hobby in creating figures by clipping the yew trees that grew outside his home at the gatehouse.
The squire at the time was so impressed that he instructed Amos to cut figures on all of the trees along the carriage drive to his home at Clipsham Hall to depict items of local interest and record family events and so the Yew Tree Avenue was born.
In 2012, the avenue suffered from an infestation of voles and many of the trees were stripped to the bark.
But the Forestry Commission said at the time that the best course of action for the trees was to let them grow back naturally.
At the time, readers were dismayed at the state of the trees and Tess Hedley-Lewis said they were “fascinating to tourists and locals alike”.
She added: “They are such an important part of the Rutland experience.”
Clipsham Hall estate, which in all is about 83 acres, is for sale as one lot or up to eight separate lots, which include three cottages.
The the whole estate has a guide price of £3.85m and Clipsham Hall alone has a guide price of £2.75m.
To make an inquiry or find out more visit www.murray.co.uk or call Mr Murray on 01572 755555.