PICTURES: 4 equestrian properties in commuting distance of London

If you are chained to London with work, but determined to live the countryside lifestyle (complete with your horse, of course), here are four horsey properties a short train ride from the big smoke.

1. Rye Farmhouse, West Sussex

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Commute: 50mins from Haywards Heath to London Victoria
For you
: a four-bedroom Grade II-listed, timber-framed Sussex farmhouse in a truly rural spot, with its own lake and a substantial range of farm buildings.
For the horses: three to four stables, set in 91.7 acres.
What’s the damage? £1.695m
Agent: Betcheller Monkhouse
Telephone number:  01798 872081

2. Shingay Gate Farm, Hertfordshire

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Commute: 50mins from Cambridge to London Kings Cross
For you: this six-bedroom property, which used to form part of the Wimpole Estate, includes an indoor swimming pool and home cinema.
For the horses: a barn with eight stables, set in 12 acres.
What’s the damage? £2.35m
Agent: Fine & Country
Telephone number: 01223 363700

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3. Heather Cottage, East Sussex

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Commute: 55mins from East Grinstead or 42mins from Haywards Heath to London Bridge or London Victoria
For you: a four-bedroom house in a secluded location with direct access onto Ashwood Forest.
For the horses: three stables, two hay/feed stores and a 40x20m arena, plus two more stables in one of the paddocks. Set in six acres.
What’s the damage? £1.195m
Agent: Howard Cundey
Telephone number: 01342 824824

4. Monks Farm, Surrey

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Commute: 37mins from Guildford to London Waterloo
For you: a five-bedroom Grade-II listed farmhouse with a separate converted granary, further ancillary accommodation and swimming pool.
For the horses: extensive stabling, including 12 brick built stables arranged around a courtyard , a large feed room and secure tack room, plus a horse walker and 60x20m arena. Set in 91 acres.
What’s the damage? £3.45m
Agent: Churchill Country & Equestrian
Telephone number: 01403 700222

Ref: Horse & Hound; 16 July 2015

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