Did you head to the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) this year, and en-route wished you lived closer? Well, now you can with one of these equestrian properties all under an hour from Birmingham’s NEC.

1. Two Oaks, Warwickshire

Two Oakes

Time to HOYS by car: 35 minutes
For you: Two Oaks is a four-bedroom detached property dating from the late 1930s with formal gardens and a double garage.
For the horses: there are three stables, a 20x40m arena and a large outbuilding, set in 5.25 acres.
What’s the damage? £650,000
Agent: Fine & Country
Telephone number: 01788 820062
Visit: www.fineandcountry.com

2. Joyners Orchard, Warwickshire/Oxfordshire

Savills, Joyners Orchard

Time to HOYS by car: 55 minutes
For you: Joyners Orchard is a Grade II-listed five-bedroom house just north of the Cotswolds with a guest studio and an orchard.
For the horses: there are two stables, a tack room and a field shelter. Set in 4.06 acres.
What’s the damage? £1.495m
Agent: Savills
Telephone number: 01295 228010
Visit: www.savills.com

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3. Lillicot Farm and Stables, Worcestershire

Lillicot Farm

Time to HOYS by car: 25 minutes
For you: Lillicot Farm is a four-bedroom farmhouse with a detached three-bedroom bungalow for guests/staff, set in mature gardens.
For the horses: there is extensive stabling with a wash box complete with hot water. There is also a floodlit arena and a Monarch horse walker. About 18 acres.
What’s the damage? £1.15m
Agent: John Shepherd
Telephone number: 01564 783866
Visit: www.johnshepherd.com

4. Rook’s Nest Cottage, Staffordshire

ROOK'S NEST COTTAGE

Time to HOYS by car: 50 minutes
For you: Rook’s Nest Cottage is a semi-detached period house with four bedrooms in an elevated position with spectacular views.
For the horses: there are six loose boxes, a tack room, wash room, hay store and a 22x50m floodlit arena. Set in six acres.
What’s the damage? £595,000
Agent: Rural Scene
Telephone number: 01264 850700
Visit: www.ruralscene.co.uk

Ref: Horse & Hound; 8 October 2015