A property with equestrian facilities offers more than views of horses grazing in distant paddocks.
There’s the possibility of added income from livery, schooling and competitions on site for those who want to make their property pay. Justine Naylor, director of sport at British Showjumping, also points to the benefits of equine therapy: “It provides the perfect release and diversion after a long day at work, and gives you the opportunity to explore the countryside around you.”
Here are five of the best houses around the world with stables attached.
▲ 14310 Bigelow Road, Fort Myers, FL, $2,874,000
Where: On the west coast of Florida, south of Tampa, in the commercial centre of Lee County on the shore of the Caloosahatchee River.
What: A plantation-style, waterfront equestrian estate of 18 acres with 320ft of river frontage sold as two lots. The family home has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a boat dock. The whole is completely fenced and gated with a horse barn, two ponds, a workshop and guest house.
Why: The climate in this area, although subject to hurricanes, has made it an attractive location for winter residences. Businessmen of the past, including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, owned large estates nearby. Fort Myers Beach, a seven-mile stretch of white, sandy beach has more than 50 first-class golf courses.
Who: VIP realty, www.viprealty.com, tel: + 44 (0)20 7467 5330
▲ Riebeek Valley, Cape Town, South Africa, R7.9m (£720,000)
Where: One hour north of Cape Town, along the banks of the Berg river, in the western wine lands of Riebeek valley.
What: A four-bedroom, four-bathroom house with two thatched guest houses, stables and attached paddock. There are 14 ha of olive groves, a small vineyard and a cold store.
Why: Horseriding in open country, bird watching, canoeing and beaches within an hour of the house.
Who: Savills, www.savills.co.uk/abroad, tel: + 44 (0)20 7016 3740
▲ Devonshire Estate, Bedford Corners, New York, US, $30m
Where: 45 minutes from Manhattan, an hour from New York’s airports.
What: Set within 101 acres, this Georgian-style manor has eight bedrooms, a walled garden, outbuildings and a caretaker’s house. The equestrian facilities include multiple paddocks, outdoor riding ring and stable block.
Why: 200 miles of riding trails nearby.
Who: Houlihan Lawrence, www.christiesrealestate.com, tel: +1 914 234 0308
▲ 16th-century chateau, Limogne-en-Quercy, Cahors, France, €995,000
Where: About 500km south of Paris, one hour from Toulouse International Airport.
What: A chateau set within 23 acres, with three bedroom suites and en suite bathrooms, two children’s bedrooms and ground floor suite. Salt-water swimming pool, outbuildings and two guest cottages for letting.
Why: Complete equestrian centre with 15 full-size loose boxes and an indoor school, outdoor “manège” and cross-country course.
Who: Savills, www.savills.co.uk/abroad, tel: +44 (0)20 7016 3740
▲ Oldencraig, Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, Surrey, UK, £6m
Where: One hour south of London, off Junction 6 of the M25, towards East Grinstead and near Lingfield Racecourse.
What: Described as the “premier equestrian centre in the south of England”, the house and grounds have facilities for 80 horses, an Olympic indoor school seating 800 people, outdoor lunging paddocks and a fenced gallop of one mile. There are also numerous outbuildings and three grooms’ cottages. Oldencraig Cottage itself is set in 20 acres and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool complex, gym and guest annexe.
Why: This is a good business opportunity with conference facilities and regular corporate entertainment visits, as well as a tack shop and bistro on site.
Who: Hamptons International, www.hamptons-intl.com, tel: + 44 (0)14583 572864