The Old Chalford estate at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, also comes to the market this week through Savills, at a guide price of ?in excess of £6m? although Mr Holborow expects it to sell for ?much more?. Originally part of the Heythrop Park Estate, Old Chalford sits in a lovely hidden valley to the north-west of Oxford, and comprises 600 acres of land farmed in a single block, with 70 acres of permanent pasture running either side of the River Glyme.

At its heart stands Chalford Grange, a six-bedroom Cotswold stone house, surrounded by water-gardens and lakes, which was completely renovated and extended in 2000. Old Chalford also has a four-bay garage with three guest bedrooms above it, a self-contained two-bedroom flat, a three-bedroom cottage, a range of farm buildings, and an excellent shoot.

This article first appeared in Country Life magazine on May 4, 2006.