£2.6m Georgia estate put on the market in Pembrokeshire

A rare opportunity to acquire an outstanding Grade II* listed Georgian country house estate has been brought to market by Savills.

Orielton is an impressive 23-bedroom Georgian mansion dating back to the 17th century and set in 118 acres of private grounds. The estate also includes a former Grade II listed stable and coaching inn complex and three self-contained four bedroom cottages.

The property has been owned by the Field Studies Council since 1963 and is used as a center for exploration, fieldwork, enjoyment and research, with the mansion providing accommodation.

Previously, Orielton was owned by naturalist and writer Ronald Lockley, who bought the estate in 1950, using the estate as a base for his studies. His most notable work, The Private Life of the Rabbit, is the result of his research during this period and inspired his friend, Richard Adams, to write the classic novel, Watership Down.

Previously the property was used by the Australian Air Force during WWII and previously owned by a private family.

The sprawling estate sits on the doorstep of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which Ronald Lockley helped establish, near Pembroke.

The mansion is distributed over three floors and a basement. Many of the original features remain intact, including a striking porticoed entrance that leads to an exceptional full-height stair hall with a French Empire-style open-well cantilevered stone staircase with balusters iron and a reed railing.

The grounds include extensive mature wooded areas with scenic paths, meadows, meadows, streams and gardens including a large walled garden.

Orielton is marketed by Savills Cardiff and is offered for sale at an indicative price of £2,600,000.

Commenting on its potential future use, Savills development expert Caroline Jones said:

‘The scale of the property in terms of buildings and extensive land means it has superb potential – subject to planning permission – for conversion across a range of uses from residential to commercial, recreation, education and health care.

‘The main house could be converted into apartments, while the stable complex could become accommodation. Or, the number of accommodations along the grounds could lend itself to creating a bespoke wedding venue. It could also become a hotel or continue its recent history of educational use.

Savills Residential Sales Manager Daniel Rees added:

“From the stunning surrounding countryside to the pretty woodland and impressive walled garden, selling Orielton is a hugely exciting prospect. There is so much potential but, of course, I particularly like the idea of ​​it being brought back into family ownership and reintegrated as a wonderful country home.

“Many people are looking for a lifestyle change and this is a property that offers a beautiful and historic setting in which to live, as well as a huge income generating opportunity.”

For more information, please contact Caroline Jones on 02920 368 925 / [email protected] or Daniel Rees on 02920 368 915 / [email protected].

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