Lottery entry pending so we can buy this Grade II-listed equestrian home with 17 stables, solarium, walker and 35 acres…

  • A rural countryside property nestled in the eastern reaches of the Chiltern Hills on the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border. What’s not to love?

    Shortgrove Manor Farm is found on Dovehouse Lane, just half a mile from the village of Kensworth, which benefits from a primary school, two shops and a pub. The village is also home to a popular tack shop and feed merchant, The Tack Haven/TC Feeds, which is conveniently located just a short stroll from the front door.

    More comprehensive facilities can be found in nearby Harpenden (8.5 miles), while accessibility to London is excellent with trains from Harpenden to London St Pancras International taking 24 minutes.

    Local equestrian centres for you to check out include Bury Farm Equestrian Village, which is 9 miles away, while for more low-key competitions, Warehill EC is just 5 miles down the road.

    Fancy hunting? Head out with the Kimblewick Hunt, while your local showing society will be BSPS Area 15A.

    As well as hacking on your doorstep, a short drive gives you access to wonderful off-road hacking in Ashridge woods (8 miles), while Milton Keynes EC (28 miles) has an extensive cross-country course ideal for training purposes.

    There is a choice of excellent equine vets close by including Farr & Pursey Equine (10 miles) and Chiltern Equine, which has a clinic at Bury Farm.

    The agents offering this awe-inspiring home — which is priced at £3.5m — are Strutt & Parker.

    Shortgrove Manor Farm comes with 35.41 acres of land. The house is approached over a long, tree-lined driveway culminating in a large central courtyard. There are well drained post and railed paddocks with further paddocks situated on the far side of the lane.

    There are outstanding equestrian facilities, including 17 stables, some constructed in an American-style barn.

    The loose boxes are spacious and have been designed with comfort and security in mind.

    As well as a feed store and a tack room, there is a solarium and a horse walker.

    The home is Grade II-listed and is constructed of mellow red brick under a clay tile roof. The house was originally built in the early 18th Century. Features of the interior include exposed timbers and deep inglenook fireplaces.

    There are several elegant reception rooms at ground level. The seven bedrooms can be found over the first and second floors. To the east of the house is a self contained two-bedroom cottage, ideal for guests.

    Across the paved courtyard is the indoor swimming pool, gym and home office finished with polished panelling and fitted bookshelves.

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