Buying on a budget: can you buy an equestrian property for less than £500,000? *H&H Plus*

  • Is it possible to find an equestrian property in today’s highly competitive market for £500,000? Martha Terry investigates

    “I HAVE lived all over England, and now I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” says Trista Shanks, who moved 400 miles north from Yorkshire to Moray to enjoy having her nine horses “on her doorstep” at an affordable price.

    “We bought a ring-fenced 17-acre field, with planning permission, for around £60,000; we’ve put up field shelters and internal stables in a barn. We’re living in a static caravan for now, but I’ll take the rough with the smooth. I look out my window over snow-capped mountains and my horses grazing – I used to look into my neighbours’ windows!”

    Trista’s story is one that will resonate with many equestrian property buyers, although few are brave enough to make such a leap. Many of us are tied, either by employment or emotion, to a certain area; others prioritise proximity to regular affiliated competition or simply don’t have the energy to start from scratch.

    You can also read this feature in the 27 May issue of Horse & Hound magazine.

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