Our pick of properties with excellent hacking on their doorstep around the country
1. Woodsden Farm Barn, Kent
The hacking: the property is on a restricted byway and close to 3,000 acres of Bedgebury Pinetum, with a total of about 28 miles of bridlepaths or rides along surfaced or unsurfaced tracks.
For you: a four-bedroom oak- framed barn conversion. A large carport has a workshop and two rooms over it, offering potential for additional accommodation.
For the horses: seven stables, a hay store and feed room, an all- weather arena and about 17 acres of grazing. Ample parking.
What’s the damage? in excess of £1.1m
Agent: Batcheller Monkhouse
Telephone: 01892 512020
2. Little Bradley House, Devon
The hacking: close to Dartmoor National Park, with country lane hacks and bridlepaths that link to villages, via fields and commons.
For you: a five-bedroom Victorian home with a two-bed cottage, gardens and an orchard. Linking the cottage to the main house is a pitched conservatory space, currently set up as an office.
For the horses: 16 stables, a mare and foal box, feed room, tack room, office, kitchen and a sand school. The 11 acres of paddocks are all nearby and have auto- filling water troughs.
What’s the damage? £1.2m
Agent: Fine & Country
Telephone: 01626 818094
3. Dairy House, Wiltshire
The hacking: easy access to a bridleway giving way to hacking on the Marlborough Downs.
For you: a three-to-four-bedroom house in the village of Compton Basset that once formed part of a larger farm and buildings. It has an open plan sitting/dining room and a conservatory. Outside there is a patio seating area with a water feature, as well as a small orchard.
For the horses: a former farm building with four loose boxes, plus a mobile field shelter and a further agricultural building. Set in three acres.
What’s the damage? £689,950
Agent: Rural Scene
Telephone: 01264 850700
4. Upton Grove, Gloucestershire
The hacking: 50 acres of its own grounds plus safe, off-road hacks in the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
For you: a seven-bedroom Grade II-listed Cotswold Manor with domestic offices, playroom, cellars and a three-bedroom cottage.
For the horse: eight stables, tack and feed rooms, a stone barn and a range of portal frame buildings, which offer potential for stabling.
What’s the damage? £4.75m
Agent: Knight Frank
Telephone: 01285 659 771
Next week: Equestrian properties near the beach
Ref: Horse & Hound; 10 August 2017