Farleigh Wallop Estate history

Legend has it that Farleigh House, together with the land which surrounds it, has never been bought or sold in recorded history.

Our story starts in the 15th century when the Estate came to the Wallop family through marriage. 

Farleigh House and its surrounding land were the family seat and principal estate until 1661. Unfortunately, the family lost everything due to the then incumbent’s disastrous backing of the wrong side in the English Civil War and the Commonwealth Government that followed it. 

On the return of the property under King William and Queen Mary, the family moved to Hurstbourne Park, Whitchurch, making that house the family seat for more than 200 years; Farleigh House and its adjoining Estate were let and became something of a backwater.

We’re proud of our history of looking to the future

Farleigh Wallop Estate became a going concern in 1935 when the ninth Earl moved here. He led the modernisation of it both in respect of its farming operations and housing for its workers. When the Earl moved to Kenya in 1948, Farleigh House was let out to a school from 1954-1983. 

Management of the Estate was then handed to the current Earl of Portsmouth (the tenth Earl), who ended the school’s lease and lived in Farleigh House for 26 years. He oversaw further modernisations to the Estate, and after 26 years living at Farleigh Wallop, management of the estate was handed over to his son, the present Viscount Lymington.