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.
Here at Home Farm, we have a balanced agricultural policy caring equally for the environment and arable management. In 2018, we entered a Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme developing 48 acres into wild bird food, pollen-rich and wildflower margins to enhance the wildlife, complementing the ~ 700 acres of predominantly oak woodland.
Finian and Diana reintroduced livestock back into what had previously been an arable and amenity Estate. In 2010 they set up the Hursley Cattle Partnership and purchased breeding stock from the Wavendon Beef Shorthorn herd to create the “Home Farm Hursley Partnership” 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, The Estate properties and buildings highlight some of the unique qualities and characteristics of the “Hursley architectural style”.