Kilmeston Manor, Alresford, £5.5m

12:23pm Saturday 6th June 2009

Set in 20-acre grounds with a tennis court, stables and two small cottages, Kilmeston Manor has come on the open market for the first time in more than 100 years. The picture-book building, near Alresford, has been owned by the Smart family since 1902 but current owner Ann Smart wants to downsize from the home which includes eight bedrooms, four grand panelled reception rooms, a study and a billiard room. The Grade II-listed house, which dates back centuries, features a huge walled garden, two fields and a number of outbuildings. And any future owner will buy the property knowing that it once played host to Royalty – George IV came to hunt in the area. Call George Hyde at Frank Knight estate agents on 0207 8611098.

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