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Pool, paddock and party barn at this Georgian house and farm set in 264 acres of Surrey

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Pockford House is a beautiful Surrey farmhouse that is a ‘rare and unspoiled’ property packed with fun, from paddocks to party barns, as Penny Churchill discovers.

A Strutt & Parker report reveals that the median price of farmland sold for the first nine months of 2022 rose 4% to £9,800 per acre, the highest price since 2015. Over the same period, the median price of pasture rose 6% to a record £8,000 per acre.

“The strength of demand reflects the broad spectrum of buyers who are interested in buying land,” says Matthew Sudlow, director of properties and farm agency at Strutt & Parker, adding, “We have a mix of farmers with money transferred, lifestyle buyers and private investors, along with individuals and corporate businesses seeking land for carbon sequestration or conservation projects.’

Given the current turmoil in the global economy, Strutt & Parker believes that the competition for rural assets can only intensify. Fortunately, while land ownership is certainly serious business, farming can also be fun, as a good farm on the market amply demonstrates.

Knight Frank’s Will Matthews cites a guide price of £9.75 million for Pockford House and Farm near ChiddingfoldSurrey, described as “a rare and unspoiled, mainly Georgian, house set in the heart of a 264-acre sports estate”.

Pockford Farm is 1½ miles from this quintessential English village with its green and pond surrounded by historic buildings including the Grade I listed Church of St Mary and The Crown Inn, said to be one of the finest inns ancient England.

Built in 1805 around an earlier dwelling from the mid to late 16th century, Pockford House stands on high ground at the end of a long gravel drive with wide shoulders flanked by mature trees and far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside and up to Pockford. Stream.

Behind its classic Georgian frontage, the home offers 4,855 square feet of comfortable living space, including three main reception rooms, a study, a kitchen/breakfast room, two en-suite bedrooms, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom with shower .

To the side of the house, a large winter garden is connected to the stable, the staff house and the estate office. Apart from the house, two three-bedroom semi-detached cottages are currently for rent.

Behind the walled garden, a lower courtyard houses a heated indoor swimming pool and engine room, with a tennis court and a Grade II listed party barn nearby. Equestrian facilities include four loose boxes with nearby paddocks, a sand school, and an all-weather engagement area.

The land at Pockford Farm comprises 140 acres of pasture and 114 acres of woodland, of which 55 acres along the southern boundary is leased by the Forestry Commission as part of the Chiddingfold Forest SSSI. The land has been organically farmed and would be ideal for regenerative agriculture or rewilding, given the large areas of old growth forest.

Once part of the Chiddingfold estate which was assembled over time by the Sadler family, who were lords of the manor of nearby Prestwick, Pockford House and its historic farmland were reunited in 1996 by the current owners, following the sale from farm to death. of the last remaining Sadler.

The family is commemorated in a portrait by Thomas Sadler (1835-1915), which hangs in The Crown Inn, and bears the inscription ‘Presented to Thomas Sadler Esq of Pockford House by the members and friends of Chiddingfold Hunt for his tireless zeal in hunting to the hounds for twelve seasons. May 15, 1872.’ It previously hung in the dining room at Pockford House until the mid-1960s, when it came into the possession of Lord Egremont in nearby Petworth.

Pockford Farm is for sale through Knight Frank for £9.75m; see more pictures and details.

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