The ideal home takes many forms. But for an increasing number of people, the dream is a place in the country with stabling, an arena and grazing for several horses.
So powerful is the attraction of such equestrian properties, there are not enough on the market to meet demand, says Louise Harrison, director of National Farms, Estates and Equestrian at Savills. A budget of £2 million is the minimum required, but the price of this coveted category of real estate can be far higher.
Several types of buyer approach Harrison for help in their search. There are, for example, families who regard riding primarily as a hobby. Their priority is a property in a tranquil rural location, with accommodation for both parents’ horses and children’s ponies. Good hacking and bridle paths in the area may also be a requirement. Sometimes one parent may be less keen on horsemanship and more interested in the aesthetic of the main house.