Racing lovers were lapping up the Cheltenham Festival last week – more than 230,000 people flocked to Prestbury Park to watch four days of jump racing, including the pinnacle of the event, The Gold Cup.
If the “Greatest Show on Turf” has whetted your appetite for buying a property with equestrian facilities, odds are that you’ll need somewhere with sufficient land to live your dream.
Whether you need a paddock, stables or a livery, we’ve taken out the also-rans and rounded up some of the best properties on the market that have existing land and buildings for an equine venture. Take a bet on one of these.
Potters Farm, Illey Lane, near Hunnington
With more than 4,300 sqft of home to spread yourself around, 16.6 acres, plus views of the Clent Hills, Potters Farm, near Halesowen, has plenty of space.
The four-bedroom property comes with a one-bedroom apartment, coach house with pool, sauna and entertainment room, and a large, four-bay, steel-framed barn with four animal stalls and an adjoining stable block with four loose boxes. There is also separate six loose box stable block, a floodlit manège and paddocks.
The stable roof is fitted with solar PV panels, which supply the house and provide an income.
* Potters Farm is on the market for £1,395,000. For more details, call agents Andrew Grant on 01905 734735 or go to www.andrew-grant.co.uk
Lillycot Farm, near Alvechurch
There is plenty of room to work with and train horses at this farmhouse. Stretching to about 18 acres, equine lovers will have a full-size floodlight and mirrored dressage arena – approximately 60m x 20m – made up of Alruba rubber on top of white silica sands.
There is also a main horse barn with eight stable boxes, each with back windows and automatic water drinkers, plus a wash box with hot water.
The property comes with numerous paddocks, which are divided by Equiwire electric fencing and post and rail fences, as well as a large open pole barn with internal stabling and storage, an agricultural barn and additional stabling. A detached double garage has a self-contained tack room.
There is a four-bedroom farmhouse with mature gardens, a pond and grounds, plus a three-bedroom bungalow .
* Lillycot Farm is on the market for £1,000,000 with agents Fisher German. For more details, call 01527 575525 or go to www.fishergerman.co.uk
Scarfield Farm, Alvechurch
Available as three separate lots – or can be bought as a whole – Scarfield Farm has beautiful rural views and comes with a range of facilities suitable for horses.
Lot 1 includes a spacious three-bedroom bungalow and gardens with a range of farm buildings and land that extends to about 34.15 acres; lot 2 is for just over eight acres of pasture land that could be used for equestrian grazing; and lot 3 is just over 12 acres of land that could be used for equestrian grazing.
* Lot 1: £700,000 - £750,000; Lot 2: £80,000 - £100,000; Lot 3: £100,000 - £120,000. For more details, call agents Fisher German on 01905 726220 or go to www.fishergerman.co.uk
Foxpits, near Feckenham
This property comes with its own potential Grand Designs project, as well as the opportunity to start your own equestrian business at this rural location, just outside Feckenham, Worcestershire. The detached three-bedroom bungalow has planning permission to extend to about 2,259 sqft – giving the new owners the chance to design and build their own dream property.
At 28 acres, there is plenty of room for the horses. It comes with a livery yard with 21 stables in three blocks, including vet’s stable and store. The main stable block has a tack room, feed store and hay store. You’ll also find a horse walker, lunge pen, round pen, loading bay and paddocks.
* Foxpits is on the market for £875,000. For more details, call agents Andrew Grant on 01905 734735 or go to www.andrew-grant.co.uk
Woodseaves Cottage, Pound Green, Arley
Fancy combining a B&B venture with your equestrian ambitions? Woodseaves Cottage is a Grade II listed four-bedroom farmhouse, dating back to the 1600s, that has both excellent equestrian facilities and a one-bedroom annexe that has been used to house paying guests.
Set in eight acres, with views stretching across the Severn Valley , you’ll find a series of paddocks, which are split into three main areas, plus two detached stable blocks that have three stables each. You’ll also have an enclosed, large barn and a professionally laid manège.
* Woodeaves Cottage is on the market for £720,000. For more details, call agents GHerbert Banks on 01299 896968 or go to www.gherbertbanks.co.uk