Welcome to Hursley, nestled in a valley between Winchester and Romsey. The Estate at Home Farm was once part of “The Hursley Estate” which was one of the largest ring-fenced in hand Estates in central Southern England, covering 5000 acres. The previous owners sold 3828 acres in 2007, retaining 1332 acres which Finian and Diana O’Sullivan subsequently purchased in April 2009.
The Estate has a range of soil types from well drained silty soil over chalk to the heavier areas on the southern part of the Estate which are classified as London Clay. As a result of the sale of the grain storage facilities Home Farm has retained a strong farming connection with the neighbouring South Lynch Estate since that time. Here at Home Farm we believe in sustainable agriculture whilst caring equally for the environment and to this end the farm has been in the ELS Environmental Stewardship Scheme since 2010 with the grassland being managed with low inputs to sustain a greater variety of plants and wildlife.
Mr and Mrs O’Sullivan reintroduced livestock back into what had previously been an arable and amenity Estate. A small flock of 30 Pedigree Dorset Horn Sheep produce quality lambs early in the year, and in 2010 in partnership with our neighbour David Rees, Finian O’Sullivan set up the Hursley Cattle Partnership and purchased the majority of breeding stock of the Wavendon Beef Shorthorn herd to create our own “Hursley Herd” of Pedigree Beef Shorthorn Cattle.
The Estate is home to the remains of the 12th Century Merdon Castle, and also one of the oldest village cricket clubs in England, and the Estate properties and buildings highlight some of the unique qualities and characteristics of the “Hursley architectural style”.