Anyone in the market for an entire village?

Anyone in the market for an entire village?

The picture postcard village of West Heslerton has just come onto the market – yes, the whole village – complete with a 21-bedroom country house, 43 houses (most with sitting long term tenants), a pub, sports pavilion, playing fields and 2000 acres of rolling Yorkshire countryside.

Left fairly untouched for 50 years, the village has retained its vintage charm, but the price tag is thoroughly modern – at a cool £20 million. However, with the village bringing in an average annual income of £388,000, the rental yield comes in at 1.94%.

Having £20m isn’t quite enough though. The current owners, the family of the late Eve Dawnay, an ‘eccentric spinster’ who owned West Heslerton for over 50 years, are only looking to sell the village to the kindest owner – someone willing to carry on supporting the local primary school, football, cricket and bowling
teams, and maintain the notoriously cheap village rents.

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