5 bedroom equestrian facility for sale

Raffin House and Stud

Sold STC £4,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Principal House
  • 2 Cottages and a flat
  • 56 boxes in 2 yards
  • Extensive equestrian facilities
  • Outdoor school
  • 133 acres, mostly railed paddocks

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Location
Raffin Stud is a well known stud farm a few miles from the racing centre of Lambourn, on the downs in classic bloodstock country. Raffin Stud is being offered for sale by Lady Whent who has run the stud as a centre for her own mares and those of discerning clients.
In the last 16 years Raffin Stud has produced 3 Group 1 winners, 3 Group 2 winners, 3 Group 3 winners and 10 winners of Listed races as well as 13 Group placed.
The stud was built up in the 1990s as a centre for pinhooking and bringing on youngstock. Lady Whent used Raffin as a stallion station, successfully standing Bold Edge and Averti until a few years ago. Since then the stud farm has attracted plenty of boarders due to its proximity to many successful racehorse trainers. While the property has been specifically designed for thoroughbreds the versatility of the buildings means that is suited to the breeding and preparation of competition horses as well.
With its excellent, well laid out buildings, superb level paddocks, mature hedges, and avenues, this is indeed a stud farm that exudes class.

Description
Raffin House, approached by an avenue, surrounded by a very private garden, and unseen from public view, is of brick and flint under a tiled roof. Built in the 1990s, with,:
On the ground floor: hall; cloakroom; sitting room; drawing room; dining room; large kitchen with four door Aga and walk in larder; back hall; utility room; and a self-contained suite of bedroom and bathroom.
On the first floor: main bedroom and bathroom; bedroom/dressing room sharing a bathroom with bedroom 2; bedroom 3 with bathroom; bedroom 4 with bathroom.
Above is an attic room.

The Gardens: South facing and sheltered, with terrace, extensive lawns and borders.

Garage Block: between Raffin House and the main yard. 2 bays with pony box behind.
Office and Swimming Pool: Well hidden, by the entrance to the house. Timber clad under a slate roof, this has the stud office, a private garden area, the indoor swimming pool, with kitchen area, changing rooms, plant room and store.

The Main Yard
(28 loose boxes) With a separate driveway, and also accessed through an arch from the main house.

Stable Flat (596 ft²): hallway, kitchen/sitting room, bedroom and bathroom.

Apple Tree Cottage (958 ft²): sitting room, kitchen, utility room, bedroom, landing and bathroom.

Stable Cottage (968 ft²): on the ground floor: kitchen/dining room, sitting room,and bedroom; on the first floor a bedroom and bathroom.

Quadrangle of 15 boxes and 3 foaling boxes, with CCTV to house and cottage.
Feed and tack rooms, WCs, sitting up room/vet room.
Barn with 8 boxes and treatment area with stocks.
Hay barn with loose box, loading ramp, muck heap; horse walker.
Outdoor school 50m x 30m Boarded and surrounded by hedging with a sand
plastic and fibre surface.

The Second Yard
(31 boxes) About 150 yards from the main stud buildings these comprise:
The Bungalow: (984 ft²): hall, sitting room, kitchen, utility room, 2 bedrooms, bath and
shower rooms.
Stallion box and 3 isolation boxes
10 boxes in an L-shaped range of by Scotts, feed and tack rooms.
16 boxes, in a barn with a turn out pen at one end
Hay/machinery barn with loose box; horse walker, boarded turnout arena, muck heap
and lunge ring.

The Land: 28 paddocks, all post and railed, varying from small turnout paddocks by the stable yards to larger paddocks further out. With excellent access drives and tracks, it is extremely easy to drive round the perimeter of most of the paddocks.
On chalk, and clay over chalk, and free draining, this high quality land produces winners, evidenced by Raffin Stud's own results since 2000

About 3.5 acres are woodland, mainly at the south western corner of the farm.
The total area as marked on the site plan is 133.2 acres (53.9ha)

GENERAL REMARKS

Method of Sale - Raffin Stud is offered for sale as a whole by private treaty. Completion should
be in April 2017.

Tenure and Possession. - The freehold is offered with vacant possession, subject to staff occupancies to be agreed. The 3 cottages and flat are all occupied by employees, some of whom expect to leave on sale. Prospective purchasers should discuss the matter at an early stage.

Employees The stud currently employs 5 full time staff. Further details are available.

Services Water - Private borehole with a former mains supply available.

Electricity - Mains. A generator is available for back up.

Drainage - There are 3 septic tank systems.

Heating and hot water - Raffin House and Cottages: oil fired.

Outgoings - Council Tax: Raffin House - Band G £2,569.20
Stable Cottage - Band A £1,027.88
Apple Tree Cottage - Band C £1,370.51
The Bungalow - Band D £1,541.82
Business Rates: Rateable Value £9,800.00
Rates for 2016/17 £4,870.60
(small business relief may apply)

VAT - No Option to Tax has been made, so VAT is not currently chargeable on the sale of the
property. Any guide prices quoted or discussed are exclusive of VAT. In the event that the sale
of any part of the property or items included in the sale becomes a chargeable event for the
purposes of VAT such tax would be payable in addition to the purchase price.

Energy Performance Certificates: These are available from the agents.

Equipment, Fixtures and Fittings. The stud farm equipment is available for sale with the property.
It is expected that this will be required by a purchaser. An inventory will be provided.

Local Authority: Wiltshire Council, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8JN
Tel: 0300 456 0100

Planning: The following planning approvals are relevant (there have been no new buildings
erected since 2004):
K/20021 (1993) Permission for the house and main stud buildings. There is a condition,
backed up by a s.106 agreement, stating that the property shall be used for the breeding
of thoroughbred horses, limiting the occupation of the houses for that purpose. A
copy is available from the agents.
K/31601 (1995) Permission for the stallion unit and staff accommodation.
K/36885 Permission for the indoor swimming pool and office building.
K/40291 Permission for the stallion box.
Public Footpath: A public footpath runs outside the paddocks on the southern boundary.
BPS Entitlements: Raffin Stud has 50 BPS entitlements. These are available to the purchaser at
valuation.

Directions - Postcode (RG17 0TN)
From M4 Junction 14 (Hungerford and Wantage) take the A338 towards Wantage for ¼ mile;
turn left on to the B4000 for 2½ miles and then turn left on to the B4001 towards Chilton Foliat.
Go under the M4, turn right towards Membury, and after a mile turn left at the T junction, over
the next cross roads, round a sharp bend to the right and take the next left turn. At the end
turn right in to Raffin Stud.

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28 October 2016

Nearest stations

  • Hungerford (3.5 mi)
  • Kintbury (6.1 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Hungerford (3.5 mi)
  • Kintbury (6.1 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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Balak Estate Office, Ramsbury, Marlborough, SN8 2HG

01672 647025 Local call rate

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