Cheltenham Festival special: Five homes for horse-lovers

One of the most prestigious events in the British sporting calendar takes centre stage this week as the Cheltenham Festival is upon us.

The Gold Cup, arguably the country’s most iconic horse race, is at the heart of the action on Friday as millions of people huddle round TVs and turn up radios to find out who wins the main prize.

So, as a nation of horse lovers and racing fanatics, and in honour of the Cheltenham Festival, we have rounded up some of the finest homes with the most magnificent equestrian facilities.

Join us on the final furlong as we explore the very best horsey homes on Rightmove…

Attington Stud

This former thoroughbred stud farm, set in an incredible 120 acres, is every horse racing fan’s dream and has been one of the leading centres for sports horses in the south of England for years.

One of the main features is the cross-country complex, labelled as one of the best in the country. Occupying about 10 acres, this includes three acres of all-weather Andrews Bowen surface. There are 50 fences in total, including a substantial water complex.

The current owners have replaced the main property with a magnificent American-designed country house, which this centre of excellence deserves. The house and the stables have separate access, giving a well-defined division between the residential and equestrian elements of the property.

This property is listed for sale with Windsor Clive International.

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Ship Lane

This charming six-bedroom farmhouse is where you can pretend you’re galloping down the straight in the Gold Cup as it’s essentially a giant playground for seasoned horse riders.

The comprehensive equestrian facilities include 25 stables, a lit indoor arena, a sizable manège and all-weather gallops – not to mention acres of gorgeous Hertfordshire countryside perfect for hacking.

Located in the village of Marsworth, the property is set nicely back from the road, with the delightful Grand Union Canal and views towards Ivinghoe Beacon right on the doorstep.

This property is listed for sale with Hamptons International.

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West Sussex

This is what dreams are made of. This exclusive countryside mansion is surrounded by its own moat, beautiful landscaped grounds and an immaculate stable yard.

The comprehensive equestrian facilities are ideal for competitive riders and trainers and include 12 loose boxes, a tack room, a staff room, a therapy room, a solarium, an all-weather manège, sand surfaced turn out areas, grass paddocks and a surfaced canter track around the perimeter of the land.

Miles of uninterrupted riding and country walks can also be enjoyed around the surrounding countryside via The Downs Link bridle path adjacent to the property – what better way to spend a weekend?

This property is listed for sale with Equus Country and Equestrian Property.

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Rhonehurst

This county pile comes with genuine pedigree as Rhonehurst is a famous training yard which has been occupied by Oliver Sherwood since 1984.

He has enjoyed huge success as a National Hunt trainer; training, most notably, the winner of the 2015 Grand National, amongst other successes including the Arkle Trophy and Hennessy Gold Cup – twice. Oliver Sherwood would like to continue to rent the training yard part of Rhonehurst after completion should a purchaser wish to renew his lease.

The total rental income from the two cottages on the grounds, and the stable yard, is approximately £70,000 per year.

This property is listed for sale with Windsor Clive International.

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North Yorkshire

This beautifully conceived Queen Anne house has been dramatically reinvented with great vision, making it the perfect place to enjoy the British summer outdoors.

Upwards of 15 acres of stunning grounds make up the superb equestrian facilities, including 10 impressive stables, five paddocks, tack/feed rooms and a horse walker.

The mature woodland and landscaped grounds, with architectural topiary and a moat, also boast a cross country course which could hone the talents of the next Lester Piggott or Ryan Moore.

This property is listed for sale with Carter Jonas.

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