THE Sangster family has put the Manton Estate on the market with a whopping £26million price tag.

The 2,000-acre estate on the edge of Marlborough was owned by millionaire racehorse owner and breeder Robert Sangster, who died in 2004.

It includes a racehorse training centre made up of five separate yards, seven gallops and 220 horse boxes as well as a 200-year-old manor house and its own hamlet of 24 cottages and 10 flats.

Robert Sangster bought the estate, built in the 1860s, in 1984 for £10million and it is owned by his sons Guy and Ben. They are now selling the estate, which is currently home to leading racehorse trainers Brian Meehan and George Baker, after 30 years of ownership for offers in excess of £26 million.

It is being offered as a whole or broken up to seven lots. It also comes with 1,600 acres of farmland and a pheasant and partridge shoot.

It is reported to be attracting interest from international parties in the Middle East and China.

The business employs 100 staff and it is not known if the new owners would keep the business as it is or bring in their own employees. The Manton estate first came to prominence under the legendary horse trainer Alec Taylor who started there in the 1870s.