While the events of the past few months have called a halt to many of the best-loved highlights of the equestrian sports calendar, there are signs that things are starting to return to normal. Racing has been granted the go-ahead to return behind closed doors, and there was also great news for polo fans as it was announced that the Cartier Queen’s Cup will go ahead later this year. With signs of normality beginning to show, now is the perfect time to think about getting back in the saddle, both literally and in terms of your property hunt. Here are our top equestrian properties that are currently on the market.
A unique and spacious Arts and Crafts thatched country house designed in 1926 by the architect Leslie MacDonald (Max) Gill for Mr Harold Heal of Heals of London. The property has been remodelled and improved by the current owners and it now offers flexible accommodation with period features and wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.
The family home is set in around 12 acres, a further nine of which are available by separate negotiation. The property offers excellent equestrian facilities which benefit from separate vehicular access. There is a substantial American-style barn which incorporates four Cheval Liberte stables (three enjoying individual turnout areas), a tack room and wash-down area with hot and cold water access. There are also various outbuildings which include a boiler room, open bay log store, greenhouse, workshop, tractor shed and stable/machinery store.
A further nine acres are available by separate negotiation and comprise three paddocks which are enclosed by hedge and/or post and rail fencing, leading down to grazing with water connected and a timber field shelter. There is direct access to wonderful riding trails in Darwell Wood and beyond.
This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a 15th century, Grade II listed country home in the pretty village of Winkfield set within a walled garden with a heated swimming pool and an annex. The property is full of character features, such as the large inglenook fireplace, stone floors, exposed walls and ceiling beams.
The manicured gardens complement this wonderful period family home and frame the property with box hedging, stone pathways, a pond surrounded by rose bushes and mature flowering shrubs, a fruit orchard, all of which are interlaced with lawned areas.
There are seven stables and around two and a half acres of paddock to the rear of the property, benefitting from its own private access to the road.
Believed to date back to the 1600s when the property originally served as a farmhouse to the surrounding land, Rodgate Cottage is presented in good order, but could also offer an exciting opportunity to renovate and refurbish.
One of the key features of Rodgate Cottage is its position. The house sits in an enviable, elevated position with the land falling away to the north and west, allowing for uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside toward the Surrey Hills.
The overall grounds extend to nearly eight acres, which includes paddocks with a water supply, as well as three stables and a separate barn, making this the ideal property for those wishing to keep their horses at home.
A charming Grade II listed character property, parts of which are thought to date back to the 16th century, sat within just under four acres of grounds with plenty of outbuildings.
The gardens and outdoor space are a particular feature of the property. With glorious formal planting, a rose garden with a central ornamental pond, fruit trees, natural pond, as well as entertaining terraces front and rear, this family home is the perfect space for outdoor living. There is also an enclosed tennis court to the side of the house.
As well as the four acres of land, the drive also leads to a double garage and a covered storage area, the perfect size for storing a horsebox, along with three stables, tack room, workshop and an attractive wood store.
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