The Glemham Hall Estate in Suffolk, which sites on 1,763ac, has entered the market through Strutt & Parker’s estates and farms department.

The site includes sporting and farming estate, as well as almost 200ac of Grade II listed parkland.

The estate, with frontage to the River Alde, comprises the Grade I listed mansion house with 12 main bedrooms; formal gardens and parkland; in-hand arable land; river meadows and woodland; let arable farm with farmhouse and buildings; and seven cottages.

The estate is available to purchase as a whole for £19 million, or in its constituent parts.

Strutt & Parker estates and farm agency Suffolk director, Tim Fagan, said the estate is one of Suffolk’s most notable rural estates, with a “well-documented heritage having been passed through so few families”.

“The management of the estate has always been that of a traditional family house, linked to enterprises that continue to fund the maintenance and enjoyment of this Grade I listed house in the form of in-hand arable farming, cottage lets and commercial revenue streams,” he said.

“The estate is in a good position to take what the current family has worked so hard to achieve, and grow on the success.

“The next owner may want to continue the Hall as a family home while leveraging its commercial capabilities through arts and hospitality.

“Alternatively, the estate and main house set up lends itself well to a commercial investor particularly as this Suffolk location is an increasingly popular destination for families and creatives.”

Glemham Hall Estate history

Glemham Hall was built by Sir Henry Glemham during the Elizabethan period around the year 1560.

The North family (later Earls of Guilford) purchased the estate at the start of the 18th century.

In 1923, the Earl of Guilford sold the estate to Captain John Murray Cobbold of the Suffolk brewing family and his wife Lady Blanche, the daughter of the 9th Duke of Devonshire.

Cobbold was killed in 1944 when a bomb fell on the guards chapel, while Lady Blanche continued to live at Glemham Hall until her death in 1987.

In 1994, the Glemham Hall Estate passed to Major Philip Hope-Cobbold, patron of Ipswich Town Football Club and former High Sheriff of Suffolk.

Today, the estate belongs to his son who lives in the hall with his family.

Strutt & Parker said the family has adapted the traditional estate into a business fit for the 21st century including holding the annual FolkEast heritage and music festival, creating an established wedding venue/

The estate also hosts Sunday lunches and guided tours of the house and has featured as the backdrop to high fashion photoshoots including Vogue.

Head of national estates and farm agency at Strutt & Parker, Mark McAndrew, said: “The Glemham Hall Estate is one of a small number of traditional country estates at this scale still in existence, and one of the most prominent for the Eastern Region.

“Today’s buyers of estates approach such purchases with a sharp commercial mindset – as is necessary in acquisitions at this level – and will certainly be attracted to the commercial ventures established so far here.

“Despite this, even the largest estate purchasers, both commercial and individual, value the continuity of stewardship that these old estates require and will be central to Glemham Hall’s future success in the centuries to come.”