It's yours for 11 million: House with a garden twice the size of Manhattan

For someone desperate to get away from the noise and pollution of the big city, then this home is for you.

Set in the spectacular surroundings of the Cambrian mountains, this 1 billion square feet of land - twice the size of Manhattan - consists of its own reservoir, woodlands and wildlife.

The estate is also dotted with 14 leased farms, plus 31 cottages, private or commercial buildings, including a lakeside cafe called Artisans.

In fact, the Lake Vyrnwy estate in the Portugal-shaped county of Powys in Wales, along the border with England, is the largest single plot of land up for sale in recent history in England and Wales (within the United Kingdom, England and Wales together constitute what was once the Kingdom of England, which no longer exists as an independent nation. In terms of the law and several other areas, the Kingdom of England is separate from the Kingdom of Scotland and the province of Northern Ireland).

The Lake Vyrnwy estate is spread over 23,315 acres - making it the size of the city of Salford or 13,000 football pitches. And it can be yours for 11 million.

The reservoir within the estate is almost 5 miles long, is visible from space and has a dam spanning it which, when opened in 1892, was the largest in Europe. The dam, a magnificent feat of Victorian British construction, which was completed in 1888, was built to provide water to Liverpool, 70 miles away.

To create the reservoir, the village of Llanwddyn was demolished, flooded, and rebuilt nearby.

Must be viewed to appreciate the garden, it's twice the size of Manhattan! Largest land sale in decades comes on to market

By Paul Harris
6th July 2010
Daily Mail

The 11 million estate is located in the Cambrian mountains of Powys

For someone seeking to get away from it all, it's probably the perfect location. The views are spectacular, the tranquillity unparalleled - and neighbours are unlikely to be a problem.

The garden's rather big though. It's about twice the size of Manhattan.

This is the largest swathe of land to come up for sale in England and Wales in living memory - a billion square feet of rural Wales, boasting its own reservoir, woodlands and wildlife.

Country retreat: The Lake Vyrnwy estate in Powys is the largest single plot of land up for sale in England and Wales in recent history

The price tag is 11million. Even for that much money, however, the Lake Vyrnwy estate in Powys cannot offer a stately pile or a Lord of the manor title.

But what Vyrnwy can provide is space.

More than 23,315 acres of it to be precise - enough to rival a city such as Salford or accommodate more than 13,000 football pitches. Not that anyone would be allowed to spoil the natural beauty of the area, which includes conservation areas, a nature reserve and several sites of special scientific interest associated with a magnificent Victorian dam.

The 4.75mile long reservoir in the Cambrian mountains is visible with the naked eye from space.

Vyrnwy dam was the first stone dam in the UK and led to the formation of the Vyrnwy reservoir (left): One of the properties on the estate (right)

It was built by the Liverpool Corporation to supply water to the city, some 70 miles away, and when it began operating in 1892 it was the biggest in Europe. Most of the acreage acquired was common land and the rest was bought from landed gentry.

To create the reservoir, the village of Llanwddyn was demolished, flooded, and rebuilt nearby.

In 1974, the estate was taken over by Severn Trent Water Authority, which is now offering it for sale on a 125-year lease. It will keep control of the lake, which will continue to supply Liverpool, but it may negotiate a 30-year lease for water rights. Knight Frank is marketing the estate either as a whole or in four lots.

The estate is dotted with 14 leased farms, plus 31 cottages, private or commercial buildings, including a lakeside cafe called Artisans.


LAKE: 144ft deep. Surface area 48,787,200 sq ft - 4.75 miles long; circumference 11 miles. Contains 13,124,685,169 gallons. Supplied by 31 streams, waterfalls and six main rivers. Stocked in 1889 with 400,000 Loch Leven trout.

DAM:First stone-built dam in the UK, and the largest in the world when built. Work started in 1881 and finished in 1888. Dam cost 620,000 when built (about 22m today). Structure is 1,171ft long, with 25 arches, two towers. Vyrnwy was the first dam to carry water over its crest instead of a channel at the side. Before the 1960s a hydro-powered generator under the west tower provided the only mains electricity for the (relocated) village of Llanwddyn. 68 miles of aqueduct and cast iron piping carry the water to Liverpool, which is still supplied by Vyrnwy.

NATURE: Around 90 species of bird breed on an RSPB nature reserve. Rare breeds include peregrine falcon, pied flycatcher, siskin and wood warbler. Bats, butterflies, dragonflies like it here too. The Forestry Commission manages 5,000 acres of woodland.

CULTURE:A sculpture trail features dozens of large carvings by international artists. Among them is a 15ft dragonfly fashioned from a fallen tree trunk.

RECREATION: The village has its own football team - Llanwddyn FC. Sailing, walking, climbing, cycling, horse-riding and fly fishing are all popular.

Artisans, a lakeside cafe, also comes with the estate
Last edited by Blackleaf; Jul 7th, 2010 at 01:52 PM..
I'll pass. I like homes where I don't need a GPS unit to tell me which room I am in in relation to the others. And we already have a 25 hectare garden anyway.
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