Trawler tycoon's estate up for sale and it's a spectacular catch at £6m

Dave Mark HE made his fortune from the trawling busin-ess started by his great-grandfather – an empire of more than 100 fishing boats that criss-crossed the world's oceans.

And Graham Hellyer spent his money wisely, in-vesting in one of the finest – and most secluded – estates in Yorkshire.

Now the sprawling estate he bought for his family and where he enjoyed almost 50 years has gone on the market after his death last year, aged 87 – with a price tag of 6m.

In his will Mr Hellyer stipulated that all three of his children would inherit equally. And he said if one could not afford to buy out the others, Drewton Manor would have to be sold.

He told his children that if he only left 1 they would each get 33p. The Drewton Manor Estate, near South Cave in the East Riding, totals some 1,200 acres and is reputed to be one of the UK's best shoots.

It is being marketed as one of Yorkshire finest estates, and being sold complete with a well-stocked lake, solar-powered outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, elegant gardens, farmland and outbuildings.

At the heart of the Wolds estate lies Drewton Manor, an impressive stone house which, although in need of some re-pairs and modernisation, has charm in abundance and comprises five well-proportioned reception rooms, six main bed-

rooms and three attic bedrooms.

The further 10 residential prop-erties are situated throughout the estate and include a farmhouse and staff cottage. In all there is about 1,138 acres of farmland, principally in arable production with about 736 acres registered as eligible for arable aid. The remaining land is utilised for fattening beef cattle and silage production. The land and estate even has its own stream and water supply.

Christopher Orme, handling the sale for Strutt and Parker, said: "Without doubt this in one of the most spectacular instruc-tions we've had. It's very rare for a whole estate to be sold, especially one of this quality.

"It's a majestic area, so hidd-en from the road. The topography is stunning, all steep-sided wooded valleys and strategically planted game crops.

"But the shooting is something else. Run purely for the owners and their friends, it's become known as one of Yorkshire's finest."

If no buyer can be found to fork out 6m for the whole estate it could be broken into three lots.

The first lot is the house, the gardens and the buildings next door. Second is the farm, mainly arable, with a prize-winning herd of Hereford beef cattle that supplies Waitrose, plus the farmhouse, the cottages and the shoot.

Third is a group of other houses, cottages and traditional farm buildings.

The manor house is thought to have been built in about 1850 on the site of a much earlier property. On one of the hills on the estate is a monolith known as St Augustine's stone, which is said to have been in some way connected with Druidical worship, while Drewton itself is a corruption of the name "Drewid's Town".

Saying goodbye to the estate will not be easy for Molly Fish, 61, who has been housekeeper there for 30 years.

She said: "I'll definitely shed a tear on my last day. I'm definitely retiring and moving into South Cave but I have such wonderful memories of the whole Hellyer family.

"On the days of the shoots I'd be making shepherd's pie and banoffee pie for more than 50 people, and I've gone through a lot of polish keeping the place spick and span over the years, but I've loved every minute of it. Whoever buys this place will be getting a very happy home."

dave.mark@ypn.co.uk