October 14, 2011 10:00 pm

Hot property: Ranches

Five of the best properties around the world where owners can saddle up in breathtaking surroundings

La Estancia de Cieneguilla, 34 & 36 via de los Romero, New Mexico, US, $4.6m

Where A half-hour drive south-west from Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico. The nearest airport is Santa Fe County Municipal airport, 3 miles (4.8km) away.

What A 45-acre (18ha) ranch.

Why The property spreads from the base of a black mesa, or table mountain, that’s daubed with petroglyphs, showing evidence of occupation even before the ranch’s founding way back in 1695. The wonderful landscape has changed little since then. Luckily the lifestyle has – the owner should be safe from raiding parties and buffalo stampedes. Three windmills, several ponds and stock watering tanks irrigate the arid terrain. With only three bedrooms and a relatively small acreage, this would make an excellent early retirement farm for a country-loving couple.

Who Sotheby’s International Realty, www.sothebyshomes.com, tel: +1 505 988 8088

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Crescent H Ranch, Wyoming, US

Crescent H Ranch, Wyoming, US, $16.5m

Where Jackson, near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Jackson Hole airport is 8 miles (12.8km) away.

What An 88-acre (36ha) ranch with 14 bedrooms, two lodges and two log cabins, on the edge of a 3.4m-acre national forest.

Why Crescent H Ranch has rolling wildflower meadows, aspen groves and evergreen forest, all surrounded by mountains. There are seven miles of fishing on the Snake River, riding and roping arenas, as well as horse trails that run for miles into the surrounding wilderness.

Who Christie’s International Real Estate, christiesrealestate.com, tel: +1 307 733 6060

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Mountain Side, Villa Sevilla, Spain

Mountain Side, Villa Sevilla, Spain, €14m

Where Andalucía, near Seville, 16 miles (25km) from Seville airport.

What A 321-acre (130ha) estate with a large villa and cortijo (farmhouse).

Why Sergio Leone filmed arguably the most authentic and atmospheric cowboy films just north of here. So if you like your wild west ranch like the ones in the movies, with a dash of Spanish culture and style thrown in, this would be a great purchase. The villa has six bedrooms, extensive gardens and a swimming pool. The cortijo, currently used for social events, has stabling and an industrial-sized kitchen.

Who Kristina Szekely Sotheby’s International Realty, www.kssir.com, tel: +34 952 81 01 02

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Glenhope, Hurunui Area, New Zealand

Glenhope, Hurunui Area, New Zealand, approx NZ$3m (£1.5m)

Where Lewis Pass Highway, North Canterbury, South Island, two hours’ drive north of Christchurch.

What A 23,000-acre (9,295ha) ranch surrounded by mountains and bounded by three rivers.

Why This is a rancher’s dream with plenty of flat pasture for grazing, including a 750-acre deer unit. There are currently 322 cattle and 206 deer, with potential for many more. The four-bedroom homestead has a three-bedroom St Andrews hut a short drive away. Activities include fishing, hiking and horse trekking.

Who Bayleys Canterbury, www.bayleys.co.nz, tel: +64 3 375 4700

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Okewood Hill Estate, Surrey, UK

Okewood Hill Estate, Surrey, UK, £12m

Where Cranleigh, Guildford, 35 miles (56km) from London. The nearest airport is Gatwick, 14 miles to the east.

What A 21-acre (8.5ha) estate with a Grade II-listed Tudor house.

Why The countryside south of Guildford is ancient and lovely, but still stone-throwing distance from London. This six-bedroom house (plus cottage and owner’s suite) mixes Tudor beams and flagstone floors with modern amenities, including an indoor swimming pool and helipad. The ranch has a sand school, paddocks and stabling. It would suit a polo enthusiast: Hurtwood park is nearby and Cowdray is only a short drive away.

Who Cluttons, www.cluttons.com, tel: +44 (0)20 7407 3669

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