Entire Yorkshire village sold after a year on the market

West Heslerton was put up for sale by the Dawnay family last year, with a £20m asking price

A 2,116 acre hamlet in West Yorkshire sporting a 21-bedroom manor house, 43 other residences, around 375 residents and a pub, has been sold a year after hitting the open market.

West Heslerton, near Scarborough, was originally offered by estate agency Cundalls last April with a £20m guide price; it has now been bought by Norfolk-based farming and investment firm Albanwise Ltd for an undisclosed amount. Albanwise “invests primarily in rural estates and quality residential assets” as well as operating its own and neighbouring farms in Norfolk and Yorkshire.

The village had been in the Dawney family for around 150 years, before Even Dawnay, who inherited the estate in 1964, died in 2010 at the age of 84.

It’s understood that the estate generates around £388,000 a year from rental income and subsidies.

Cundalls reported that the village had gone under offer last Summer, after “a lot of interest from many different buyers”.

The centrepiece of the village, the grand West Heslerton Hall, is in need of some quite dramatic TLC, having lain empty for the last 30 years.

West Heslerton Hall

Image courtesy of Cundall’s