Queen puts country house up for sale

Hadley Hall, a 16th century listed farmhouse in 11 acres of countryside on the Duchy of Lancaster's Marbury Estate in Whitchurch, is to be put up for auction where it is expected to fetch £600,000.

The four-bedroom house near the Shropshire border with Cheshire needs renovating but retains period features such as a sweeping oak staircase, inglenook fireplace and oak-panelled wall on the first floor.

The back of the property is believed to have been rebuilt following bomb damage during the Second World War and could be altered or extended, subject to planning permission.

There are also two outbuildings next to the main house with scope for conversion. These include a Dutch barn and traditional brick building that could be turned into a detached house or used for office space, stables or storage.

In addition, two lots of agricultural land are for sale covering a further 16 and 33 acres, guide prices £90,000 and £150,000 respectively, which would be ideal for farming or horses.

Anna Morris, from auctioneers Denton Clark, said: "Hadley Hall presents a fantastic investment opportunity in a beautiful area of Cheshire. We believe that with the additional land and outbuildings, this property could appeal to a wide range of buyers. The Hall has the potential to become a stunning family home and the other buildings offer a further development or business opportunity."

The Duchy of Lancaster is a portfolio of land, property and assets held in trust for the Sovereign in his or her role as Duke of Lancaster.

The Marbury estate is part of the Duchy's Crewe and South Survey, which consists of 4,900 acres. The estate was bought by the Duchy in the 20th century and the main farming activity is dairying.

The auction of both Hadley Hall and the additional agricultural land will take place at 7pm on 14 July at the Swan Hotel in Tarporley.

  • For more information, contact Denton Clark, Chester, on 01244 409 660 or Smiths Gore, Lichfield, on 01543 251 221.

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