If you can’t bear to live too far away from urban life, then why not look at some of these horsey properties for sale, handily placed just a stone’s throw from their local town centres.
1. Little Shipton, Gloucestershire
For you: two miles from the town centre of Cheltenham, this Victorian family house has six bedrooms with an orchard and a workshop.
For the horses: a 20x40m arena with retractable lighting, a stable block with three loose boxes, a feed store and a tack room. Set in four acres.
What’s the damage? £1.3m
Telephone number: 01608 651188
2. The Limes, Rutland
For you: a Grade II-listed Regency house two miles from Stamford, with six bedrooms plus a one-bedroom cottage, ideal for a groom. Outside are attractive gardens and river frontage with fishing rights.
For the horses: three stables with a hay store and tack room and three acres of paddocks.
What’s the damage? £995,000
Agent: Norton Rickett
Telephone number: 01780 782999
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3. Cadeby Hall, Leicestershire
For you: just under two miles from Market Bosworth, this seven-bedroom country house has an indoor swimming pool, entertainment complex, orangery and tennis court, with secondary accommodation.
For the horses: seven good-sized loose boxes and a tack room, set around an enclosed courtyard. Set in 14 acres.
What’s the damage? £POA
Telephone number: 01509 861222
4. Porthledden, Cornwall
For you: sitting just one mile from the town of St. Just, this coastal house has 10 bedrooms, a 24x24ft reception hall and a three-bedroom apartment.
For the horses: four stables, a tack room and a school. Set in 7.2 acres.
What’s the damage? £3.5m
Telephone number: 01872 243 200
Ref: Horse & Hound; 5 November 2015