If you have always wanted to play Lord of the Manor and have around 25 million euros to spare, then Linkenholt in southern England could be for you.
The charitable trust which owns the village in the county of Hampshire has put it on the market. For sale are 22 cottages, around 800 hectares of farmland and woods, a shop, a blacksmith’s workshop and a cricket pitch. Only the twelfth-century church isn’t thrown in. There are around 40 villagers in Linkenholt, who have just one requirement. They would just like life to continue as it has done there for centuries. Church Warden Betty Smith said: “I would like it kept more or less as it is today, and perhaps if anyone buys it, the boss would live in the village.” Blacksmith Colin Boasst said: “It would be nice if somebody bought the estate and would be Lord of the Manor. To be quite honest, that’s the general consensus of everyone in the village.” “It would be nice if somebody would look at the village and say; ‘Well, let’s keep it as the village it is.’ But you never know,” he continued. Real estate agents say Linkenholt would be a safe option as an investment. According to the latest accounts, it brought the owners around 370 000 euros in rent and income.