Escape to the countryside and make the the most of the outdoors with these great properties which are perfect for ponies…
1. Hillfield House, Gloucestershire
This picturesque Edwardian property is tucked away in the rural village of Eldersfield in Gloucestershire. Built around 1900 the property boasts two additional buildings, stunning equestrian facilities and approximately 27.7 acres of land. The previous owners have recently refurbished the property creating a beautiful combination of modern and period. In a slightly elevated position, paddocks surround the house, as well as formal gardens and outbuildings. There are six bedrooms, four receptions rooms, a large family kitchen/dining room and a wealth of original features including exposed timber flooring, cornicing and beams. Surrounded by paddocks, eight stables, a tack room and barn, this is the perfect property for horse lovers. Available through Savills for £2.65m.
2. Grays Farm, West Sussex
Dating back to the 17th century, this charming Grade II listed cottage is set in 1.7acres of stunning countryside. The property maintains many of its original features including the wattle and daub walls, exposed wall and ceiling timbers and beams, a lovely inglenook fireplace and, if the rumours are true, a decommissioned ship’s timbers. The detached barn has recently been restored and can act as overflow accommodation for any extra visitors you may get, or even the in-laws. There are also substantial equestrian facilities comprising of two stables, a tack room, and paddocks, as well as a further stable block. This is ideal for those who only want a small holding, rather than an entire farm. Available through Jackson-Stops & Staff for £1.499m.
3. John Gay’s House, Maidenhead
This quintessentially English country manor house is the perfect family home. If you like houses with gorgeous views, grand exteriors and elegant interiors, this house could be the one for you. It has everything you could need and more, from a glamorous indoor pool to stunning formal gardens. Oh, and don’t forget the incredible equestrian facilities with fully equipped stables, flood-lit manège, and 1km rubber and sand-chip horse exercising track. Available through Christie’s Real Estate for £5.95m.
4. Ballymacoll Farm, County Meath, Ireland
This gorgeous home and equestrian centre is perfect for country living. Once a world-renowned stud farm, this is the ideal property for equestrian enthusiasts. A beech hedge-lined drive welcomes you to the period stable block with 34 boxes, a tack room, foaling units, a feed house and hay store. There is also a two-story office, a three bedroom bungalow and a secondary property with two to three bedrooms – perfect if you are looking for a blank canvas. Available through Knight Frank for approximately £5.25m.
5. June Farm, Surrey
This charming 17th century farmhouse was recently restored and refurbished, and comes with a gorgeous sweeping roof said to be by the renowned Sir Edwin Lutyens. The characterful accommodation includes a study, billiards room, all ensuite bedrooms in the house, a swimming pool, large drawing room, dining hall and conservatory, perfect for entertaining guests and kids. With extensive gardens and grounds, including tennis courts and substantial paddocks for horses, this is the complete property package. Available through Knight Frank for £4.95m
6. North Aston Manor, Oxfordshire
North Aston Manor is a property with history. This medieval manor dates all they way back to the 13th century, and features a mention in the 1086 Doomsday Book. Extended in the 17th and 18th centuries, and more recently modernised by the owners of 18 years, this property is full of character and charm. With sweeping views overlooking the River Cherwell and surrounding villages, the property boasts pillars and paddocks and Georgian arches, as well as a Gothic staircase. A stable courtyard can be found in the heart of the property, and comes complete with loose boxes, a feed room and a tack room. Did we mention there’s a pool too? Available through Savills for £7.25m.
7. Damson Cottage, Surrey
With a name like Damson Cottage you just know this property will be charming. This recently refurbished Grade II listed property is surrounded by 6.2 acres of land, and 1.5 acres of paddock land. With medieval origins, this was once part of the Witley Estate and owned by Viscount Pirrie – think Titanic – making this a property with a fascinating history. There is a kitchen with a dining room and French windows, as well as a classic inglenook fireplace, original bread oven and a beautiful garden. Boasting five stable blocks, a tack room, store room, three-bay barn with conversion possibility, and a heated swimming pool this is an all-rounder property. Available for £2.2m through Savills.
8. Oxhill Manor, Warwickshire
Oxhill Manor is a stunning classical, listed 17th century Manor house in Warwick. It’s filled to the brim with original features including stone mullioned windows, wood panelling, stone fireplaces and wooden shutters, as well as an additional two bedroom cottage at the end of the drive. A kitchen and breakfast room can be found at the heart of the property, as well as a larder and boot room for messy wellies and wet coats. Not to be forgotten are the period stone and thatched outbuildings which also include five traditional stables, a barn, tack room and paddocks filled with mature willows. This picture perfect country escape is available through Butler Sherborn for £2.5m.
9. Givons Grove, Leatherhead
Givons Grove is a stunning period property situated in over 130 acres of land with views over the breathtaking Surrey Hills. The property has many notable features including a clock tower, beautiful drawing room, dining room, open plan kitchen, spacious bedrooms and a lovely snug. There is further accommodation in the form of an annexe and a separate one bedroom cottage. The gardens and grounds are surrounded by mature trees, a rose garden, shrubs and a substantial paddock, perfect for the equestrian minded family. Available through Sotheby’s Realty for £3m.
10. Chapel on Leader, Roxburghshire
A rare opportunity to purchase a stunning agricultural and sporting estate in one. With a grand country house at the heart of the estate, elevated and overlooking the beautiful Leader Valley, this period property is full of character and retains many of its original features which include panelled doors, window shutters, sash and casement windows, hardwood floors and decorative cornices. There is a variety of sport available, including trout fishing on the Leader Water, and 288 acres of woodland and forestry for roe deer stalking and woodpigeon shooting. There are also five cottages on the estate with the possibility of development for holiday lets, and an inn-hand farm with 85 acres of arable land and 35 of permanent pasture. The house overlooks a terraced garden with outdoor swimming pool, sunken garden, water garden and a walled garden with productive vegetable beds and an array of fruit trees. Lastly, there are the Chapel-on-Leader stables which consists of a traditional stable block of five stables arranged around a courtyard, two foal boxes, extensive tack storage and a former coach house. Available through Strutt and Parker for £2.28m.
11. Colton Lodge, York
Situated within its own private landscaped grounds and land, Colton Lodge is a splendid Grade II Listed Queen Anne country house in the historical town of York. The property boasts ten bedrooms situated over three floors, including a reception hall, drawing room, dining room, study, snug, breakfast kitchen, washroom, utility room, Master bedroom suite with dressing room and an en suite bathroom and a kitchenette.There are stunning gardens surrounding the property, including mature woodland and landscaped grounds with its very own moat – think Swallows and Amazons. The property also comes complete with exceptional equestrian facilities including a stable block, fold yard, feed rooms, cross country course, manege, paddocks and two fields, all in just under 15 acres. This is a great home for the whole family, and for those looking to leave behind the city life for the peace and quiet of the countryside. Available through Carter Jones for £3.5m.
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