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Rich Pickings: Agency sells £100m of homes on one estate in 2021

Knight Frank has sold homes collectively valued at over £100m on just one exclusive estate so far this year alone. 

The Wentworth Estate is a private area of 1,750 acres, first set up in the 1920s and a playground for wealthy Britons of a certain type - current owners are reported to include the Sultan of Brunei, Landy Wuinella Forsyth-Johnson (widow of Bruce Forsyth), and ex-Formula 1 team owners Ron Dennis and Eddie Jordan.

It is perhaps most infamous for being the estate on which former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was holed up prior to his extradition.

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The properties recently sold by Knight Frank include a stucco fronted property agreed after competitive bidding above the guide price of £12.995m, and Villa Oman, a property that never hit the open market, also sold after competitive bidding with a guide price of £25m. 

The agency sold over £46m of property on The Wentworth Estate within the month of August alone, bringing the total sales figure in 2021 so far to over £100m.

Stuart Cole, a partner in Knight Frank’s country department, says: “With the ease of travel restrictions and return of the international buyer into the UK property market, super-prime property has experienced a significant increase in demand. After an extremely busy August, demand is presently outstripping supply, making it a fantastic time to list a property on The Wentworth Estate.”

Knight Frank has a long-standing link with the estate - in 1921 the old Knight Frank & Rutley agency sold the entire estate at auction.

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