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Ex-Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott sells Horsham West Sussex house for £3million - Daily Mail

Posted on 24 July, 2018 by Joel R. Fields
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Former Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott has put his luxury country estate on the market for £2.75million as he prepares to up sticks and move to Australia.

Mr Wonnacott, 67 and his wife Helen are selling the two properties that sit on their 10-acre stretch of land in Horsham, West Sussex. 

They have spent years converting both the main Whitefoots house and its accompanying Blackfoots cottage into stunning period properties with a modern touch.

Former Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott has put his 10-acre country estate Whitefoots (pictured) in Horsham, West Sussex on the market for £2.75million ahead of him and his wife moving to Australia 

Former Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott has put his 10-acre country estate Whitefoots (pictured) in Horsham, West Sussex on the market for £2.75million ahead of him and his wife moving to Australia 

Mr Wonnacott and his wife Helen overhauled the farmhouse in Horsham, West Sussex (pictured from behind) and managed to double it size, keeping its period features while adding modern luxuries.

Mr Wonnacott and his wife Helen overhauled the farmhouse in Horsham, West Sussex (pictured from behind) and managed to double it size, keeping its period features while adding modern luxuries.

Inside Whitefoots there is a stunning open plan kitchen, dining and living area overlooked by a stylish wooden balcony 

Inside Whitefoots there is a stunning open plan kitchen, dining and living area overlooked by a stylish wooden balcony 

There are four bedrooms in the main house in total (one pictured) complete with period beams and large windows. Some have French doors out onto a garden balcony and all are accompanied by their own bathroom 

There are four bedrooms in the main house in total (one pictured) complete with period beams and large windows. Some have French doors out onto a garden balcony and all are accompanied by their own bathroom 

Tim Wonnacott and his wife Helen (pictured at an award ceremony this month in London) are selling their home 

Tim Wonnacott and his wife Helen (pictured at an award ceremony this month in London) are selling their home 

There is also a third Greyfoots outbuilding that boasts office space, greenhouses and garage facilities and a full-size lawn tennis court on top of the 10 acres of sprawling green space. 

Whitefoots has four bedrooms, including two that come with a large balcony, all with their own bathrooms.

The downstairs kitchen, living and dining room is open-plan with large windows and French doors to ensure maximum light and stunning countryside views.

Blackfoots has a cosier feel but is still spacious with three bedrooms, two with balconies, and a large living space and drawing room.    

Mr Wonnacott said: 'We moved to Sussex 25 years ago and lived in a wonderful house on the Lock Estate. 

'The farmhouse was a tumbled-down wreck of a house but it was great. The kids could run amok and ride their ponies away from traffic. But the man who owned it wouldn't sell it so we ended up buying a house elsewhere.

Wonna game of tennis? Tim Wonnacott's 10-acre estate in Horsham, West Sussex, comes with its own lawn tennis court

Wonna game of tennis? Tim Wonnacott's 10-acre estate in Horsham, West Sussex, comes with its own lawn tennis court

The country estate comes with two main buildings. The first, Whitefoots House (pictured left) is the main home, complete with four bedrooms and two balconies. The second is a large  farmhouse, Blackfoots Cotage (right) also boasting three bedrooms and two balconies with a large amount of green space in between 

The country estate comes with two main buildings. The first, Whitefoots House (pictured left) is the main home, complete with four bedrooms and two balconies. The second is a large farmhouse, Blackfoots Cotage (right) also boasting three bedrooms and two balconies with a large amount of green space in between 

Who is Tim Wonnacott? 

Tim Wonnacott, 67, followed in his father’s footsteps to become an auctioneer and joined Sotheby’s in 1978. 

He rose quickly and became chairman of Sotheby’s South before leaving the company in 2003 to focus on media opportunities.

He presented BBC’s Bargain Hunt from 2003 until 2015 and has been the narrator of Antiques Road Trip since 2010.

He is selling his West Sussex estate to spend more time filming in Australia but will keep ties with the London area. 

He has a wife, Sarah, and they have three children. 

'When we learnt there was this little cottage coming up for sale we jumped on it. It was small and didn't have enough land but we managed to get ten acres in the end and bought another cottage, Blackfoots, then extended Whitefoots to double the size.

'If you want a very comfortable, bang up-to-date and ready to go house, this is it. The cottage is great for family coming to stay, or an elderly parent who wants to live near their children but have their own space and the agricultural building you could use for whatever you want.

'The property is like a little village and it's all down a private road so there's no public traffic, just the odd tractor or combine harvester.

'It's very good for riding and walking with lots of bridleways and footpaths and you don't seen another house or any lights, it's the ultimate privacy.

'My wife and I have had an incredible time here and we will be selling with a heavy heart.'

After deciding to move Down Under, Wonnacott is also selling some of his antiques. The first auction of the treasures he accumulated sold for £120,000 recently at Sworders, of Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex. 

Inside Blackfoots Cottage: One of the living spaces inside the smaller country house is packed with period features, a wood-burning fire and historic beams 

Inside Blackfoots Cottage: One of the living spaces inside the smaller country house is packed with period features, a wood-burning fire and historic beams 

The Blackfoots cottage has a smaller kitchen than the main house, but the open plan design leaves plenty of room 

The Blackfoots cottage has a smaller kitchen than the main house, but the open plan design leaves plenty of room 

Many of the items were things he had picked up at antique markets while he was filming for the show, but his collection is so vast it will be sold over several auctions in the next six months.

Liz Berman, from Strutt & Parker, said: 'Both the main house, guest cottage and outbuildings are in apple pie order, requiring no alterations or improvement at all - ideal for someone looking for a turnkey family home.

'It has enough space and land to feel private, with stunning country views from all directions, yet easily accessible to the next-door villages as well as Horsham's mainline station for commuters. It is the ultimate country house.' 

The main house has an open plan living area, with a spiral staircase and large glass windows and French doors 

The main house has an open plan living area, with a spiral staircase and large glass windows and French doors 

The kitchen in Whitefoots is open plan, with a large island work surface, dining table and large French doors to outside 

The kitchen in Whitefoots is open plan, with a large island work surface, dining table and large French doors to outside 

The dining area in Whitefoots looks onto the living area, which boasts a wide-screen TV, several sofas and armchairs that all have a view of the garden space outside 

The dining area in Whitefoots looks onto the living area, which boasts a wide-screen TV, several sofas and armchairs that all have a view of the garden space outside 

A separate dining room inside the Whitefoots house is pictured with a 12-person dining table and wooden display cabinet 

A separate dining room inside the Whitefoots house is pictured with a 12-person dining table and wooden display cabinet 

Another snug living space inside the Whitefoots house features its own fire and period furniture with polished wooden floors

Another snug living space inside the Whitefoots house features its own fire and period furniture with polished wooden floors

Wonnacott followed in his father's footsteps to become an auctioneer and joined Sotheby's in 1978. 

He rose quickly and became chairman of Sotheby's South before leaving the company in 2003 to focus on media opportunities.

He presented BBC's Bargain Hunt from 2003 until 2015 and has been the narrator of Antiques Road Trip since 2010.

He is planning on spending a lot of time in Australia but will return to the London area when he can.  

A third building - Greyfoots - is also included in the price, boasting office space, greenhouses and garage facilities 

A third building - Greyfoots - is also included in the price, boasting office space, greenhouses and garage facilities 

Describing his luxury home (garden pictured), Mr Wonnacott said: 'It has enough space and land to feel private, with stunning country views from all directions, yet easily accessible to the next-door villages as well as Horsham's mainline station for commuters. It is the ultimate country house.'

Describing his luxury home (garden pictured), Mr Wonnacott said: 'It has enough space and land to feel private, with stunning country views from all directions, yet easily accessible to the next-door villages as well as Horsham's mainline station for commuters. It is the ultimate country house.'

An aerial view shows the size of Mr Wonnacott's country estate, with three buildings, a tennis court and large garden space 

An aerial view shows the size of Mr Wonnacott's country estate, with three buildings, a tennis court and large garden space 

A floor plan from estate agents Strutt & Parker shows the considerable scale of the estate and its three properties 

A floor plan from estate agents Strutt & Parker shows the considerable scale of the estate and its three properties 

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