In a further survey conducted on the Hamptons International website, prospective buyers were asked about the most important features that they look for when purchasing an equestrian property.
Interestingly, the size of the house itself is of lesser importance, demonstrating that the old phrase about “location, location, location” is perhaps more relevant for equestrian properties. That being said, acreage was the most important feature with more than a third of all respondents ranking it as the primary consideration when planning their equestrian property purchase.
Harry Meade’s Top Ten Tips: Finding the Right Equestrian Property
Searching for the perfect property which ticks all the boxes for both you and your horses can be a time consuming process. Choosing a property agent which has experience in a range of disciplines is one of the best ways to translate your ‘wish list’ into reality.
As I am looking for a new yard for my own horses, I wanted to share some top tips on finding an equestrian property:
Graph 5: First Priority Property Preference
25% 35% Acreage
Number of stables
Condition of yard Horse walker
3% 8% Good hacking facilities Source: Hamptons International Research 11% 6% 3% House size Gallop Ménage
• Choose your location carefully: Easy access to main roads and motorways is a must when driving a horse box. If your children are learning how to ride you may also want to be aware of which Pony Clubs are in the area. In addition, think about proximity to an equestrian vet.
• Acreage: It’s a good idea to allow at least 1.4 acres of paddock space per horse and you may also want to allow some extra space so that you can rotate your grazing to maintain the quality of the pasture. Soil type is also worth considering; clay land can be unsuitable for winter turn out, while flint can be hazardous to horses.
• Schooling: If you’re looking to compete, it’s worth looking for a property that has an outdoor ménage with an all weather surface. Indoor schools are a luxury but are not absolutely necessary.
• Stabling: Aside from quantity, think about the size of each stable in relation to the size of your horses. Make sure there’s enough space to store tack, rugs, bedding, feed and machinery etc.
• Security: Make sure the tack room door and windows meet your insurer’s specifications. You may also want to install CCTV and automatic lights.
• Utilities: Electricity and water supplies are essential for stable blocks. Make sure pipes are well insulated, otherwise you’ll have a headache in the winter!
• Staff Accommodation: A property with an annexe or separate cottage for staff is a real bonus and will add value to the property. It enables staff to live on-site which is a big selling point and is less expensive than renting elsewhere.
• Riding: For hacking purposes it’s good to have easy access to bridleways and the surrounding country. Quiet lanes are great for roadwork and hills or local gallops make fitness work much easier.
If you are looking for an equestrian property in the South of the UK, Hamptons International has just launched a new dedicated equestrian department. For more information, please visit www.hamptons.co.uk/equestrian
©Hamptons International 2011
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