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English Village for Sale: West Heslerton Could Be Yours for a Cool $28M

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 Apr 2016 07:46 AM

An English village is up for sale — all 2,116 acres of it — for $28 million.

West Heslerton, located in north England, boasts a 21-room mansion, 43 homes, a pub, and a church within its village limits, BBC News reported. The town was previously owned by the same family for more than 150 years, but its last owner, Eve Dawnay, died five years ago.

"A once-in-a-generation opportunity to purchase a 2,116-acre mixed agricultural, residential, and commercial estate with vast development and sporting potential, situated within a beautiful area of North Yorkshire," website Rightmove wrote of the sale.

The website also touted the village's 426.6 acres of permanent pasture grassland, 112.3 acres of "mature woodland," 16.85 acres of grassland for farming, a filling station/garage, a 2.1-acre playing field, and a 7.98-acre sports field.

"There has been lots of interest and it's only been on a day," Tom Watson, the director of Cundalls estate agency, told NBC News. "We have had inquiries from all over the world asking for details and information."

"It will probably go into one or two camps: an individual who wants to play lord of the manor or an investment company who will look at the return on investment and development opportunities," he continued.

Verena Elliott, Dawnay's younger sister who once lived in the village, told the Daily Mail that West Heslerton was admired by generations of her family even though today it is "not the prettiest of villages."

"It would be very hard to find a village with more loyal and lovely people living in it," Elliott said. "There is a real sense of community, which is hard to find these days. There are generations of families who have lived in the estate houses. In fact, there was a time when nobody ever seemed to move away."

"I remember that there was a side door to the hall and that it was always open; nobody rang the bell. Anybody from the estate was welcome to walk straight in and go down to my father's study," she continued.

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