By John Grainger, Business editor
Autumn is the perfect time to look for an equestrian home, according to Country Life magazine.
Apparently, many horse-owners who were too busy competing over the summer to move house decide to up-sticks before winter closes in. This gives buyers greater choice.
Of course, Country Life’s logic may well hold true – if you’re hunting for a pedigree property of the kind preferred by competitive riders.
But if you’re just looking for somewhere the kids can keep a pony, then you might be in luck whatever time of year it is.
Experts are full of advice when it comes to choosing a home for humans with horses.
You need a lot of land – at least an acre per horse, and ideally two – but not too much, as too few horses on too many acres can become overfed on rich grass and develop laminitis, or inflammation in the hooves.
You need free-draining land, but with fresh water. Avoid clay soils (boggy in winter, hard in summer), but steer clear of sandy ones too (to avoid colic).
You need stables, tack-room and hardstanding – but nothing too fancy, or it might be difficult to sell on.
Needless to say, the list of do’s and don’ts for perfectionists is endless.
The most important thing is to find a home that you and your four-legged friend(s) are comfortable in, and there are plenty in our area.
The following four properties are all suited to horse-owners and are all currently for sale.
Home Farm is a modern, detached property in the village of Kirby Hill, near Boroughbridge. It has three bedrooms, gardens and a detached double garage with a playroom/office above.
It is also ideal for horse-lovers, as it overlooks a stable block, and has an indoor tack room, two turnout paddocks and a large, open-front barn. A short, private lane leads to a three-acre paddock.
Low Bridge House is on the northern edge of the equestrian village of Markington. Believed to date from the 1700s, it was used for many years as a toll house, and still looks the part, although it could do with some modernisation.
It has four bedrooms, gardens, a detached double garage and garden store with attached car port.
To the south of the property there is paddock land interspersed with woodland and a beck. There are three acres in all, but another two of paddock land are available separately.
Juleroyd House at Felliscliffe in Nidderdale has rather more substantial equestrian facilities, boasting five acres of land, purpose-built timber stables, additional tack room, fuel stores and/or dog kennels, an all-weather manège and field shelters.
The four/five-bedroom house has undergone a full programme of re-development, including re-wiring, re-roofing, a new kitchen and new bathrooms.
Finally, Old Hall Farm is a six-bedroom home with sweeping views over 45 acres of its own grassland and woodland.
Outside, there is a detached barn providing garaging, storage and access to the entertaining suite with a large games/studio room with fitted bar, gym, sauna, bathroom and kitchen.
There is also a further American-style barn providing stabling and hayloft adjacent to the all-weather manège.