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Entire village is sold for 25m

Linkenholt village Pictures from PA
The sale includes 22 cottages and houses and 1,500 acres of farmland

A mystery buyer has bought an entire Hampshire village for an estimated £25m, it has been revealed.

The estate agent handling the sale of Linkenholt village, near Andover, has confirmed terms had been agreed.

The sale includes 22 cottages and houses, 1,500 acres of farmland and 450 acres of woodland, as well as a village shop and a blacksmiths.

The village, an area of outstanding natural beauty, was sold by the Herbert and Peter Blagrave Charitable Trust.

The only thing that does not belong to the trust, and so is not for sale, is the 12th Century St Peter's Church.

Tenants have been told they would be able to remain in their homes after the sale.

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