Elizabeth Hurley's organic farm in the English countryside, purchased in 2003 for $5.5M, is now on the market for $10M.
Called Ampney Knowle, the property includes 450 acres of prime organic farmland, a six-bedroom manor house, guest annex, and two outbuildings. The site was the focus of Hurley's attentions after she announced she was retiring from acting to pursue farming.
“It’s the only place I want to be," she told the British press in 2006. "When we get our organic status we’re going to farm properly and we’re going to have a herd of cows and proper sheep and proper chickens, and we’re going to have Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs."
Hurley, who at the time was engaged to millionaire Arun Nayar, followed through on her farming intentions - even asking guests at their wedding to purchase animals and fruit trees in lieu of fancy gifts. She also began selling organic meats and veggies under the label "Elizabeth Hurley Foods". In 2009, she and Prince Charles announced a partnership to create a range of "modern, healthy organic food," with Hurley supplying organic meat from her farm for the Prince's Duchy Originals line.
“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is an inspiration to me because of his passionate belief in organic food and farming and his unwavering commitment to help protect and sustain the countryside,” she said at the time. “I feel honoured to be working with Duchy Originals and am extremely excited about the products we are developing together.”
Unfortunately, Hurley's relationship with Nayar ended soon after, and new relationships (in particular with Australia's Shane Warne), pulled her interests further away from farming. In 2011, a much-publicized reality television special on Hurley and her organic farm was also axed.
Speaking with UK The Sunday Times, Hurley called the three years she spent full-time at Ampney Knowle the "happiest" of her life. "The moment I stepped over the threshold, I knew I wanted to live here, It had been owned by a lovely family for decades and it just felt like home," she said.
Hurley added that her personal reason for selling really boiled down to choosing between Ampney Knowle or Donnington Hall - a 13 bedroom mansion on 187 acres.
And with that, it appears that Hurley has gone from farmer to decorator. Anyone interested in going in on a $10M organic farm in the UK?
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