The Cotswolds are widely considered to be the equestrian capital of the UK, so it’s no surprise that there is strong demand for equestrian properties, particularly in the southern Cotswolds. As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds are the ideal environment for horse riding. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an amateur enthusiast, there is something to suit for everyone. If you are thinking about buying equestrian property in the Cotswolds, the advice and expertise of a property finder could prove invaluable.
Benefits of an equestrian property finder
Given the relatively close-knit nature of the horse-riding community, it is not uncommon for equestrian properties to change hands out of public view. By only searching online and scouring estate agent windows, you run the risk of missing out on some truly spectacular properties, particularly those with more facilities. Thanks to their extensive networks of contacts and excellent relationships with estate agents, a property finder is far more likely to be made aware of such properties. The seller may even approach them to inquire as to whether or not they have a suitable client.
In addition, a property finder will ensure that you don’t waste time viewing properties that fail to live up to their own marketing. This is particularly important when it comes to equestrian properties because you have the welfare of the horse to consider as well as your own aesthetic preferences. For example, you won’t be able to accurately judge the quality of the soil or grass from a couple of photos online, but such a detail can have massive repercussions.
Why choose to buy equestrian property in the Cotswolds?
The sheer number of well-known equestrian figures who choose to live, train and compete in the Cotswolds is a clear indication of how suitable the area is for horse-riding enthusiasts. Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin and various members of the Phillips family choose to live in the county, as well as a whole host of other racehorse trainers, eventers, dressage riders and breeders. Dressage is particularly popular in the Cotswolds, with both former British Dressage chairman Desi Dillingham and top dressage trainer Carl Hester based in the area. In addition, the entire medal-winning 2012 Olympic dressing team are from Gloucestershire.
When it comes to competition, the area is unparalleled. National hunt racing takes place in Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and of course Cheltenham. With only the Grand National offering greater prize money, the Cheltenham Festival is a major feature of the Cotswolds social and equestrian calendar. If you prefer cross-country racing, you are spoilt for choice for in the Cotswolds. Each year the Duke of Beaufort hosts the Badminton Horse Trials on his South Gloucestershire and further events are held at Gatscombe and Blenheim Palace.
If you enjoy watching or playing polo, then you’re in luck. The Cotswolds are home to two of the country’s most illustrious clubs: Beaufort and Cirencester. Members of the Royal Family have played with each club.
The central location of the Cotswolds and its excellent transport links in every direction, mean that it is ideally suited for anyone looking to compete nationwide or simply loves to explore with their horse. Due to the high density of horse owners in the region, you will be able to find everything that you could possibly need close by. For example, there are multiple equine vets and a hydrotherapy facility.
The Cotswolds has numerous public bridleways and quiet country lanes that are suitable for riding. These include the long distance Sabrina Way. At 203 miles long, it begins at the Claude Duval Bridleroute at Great Barrington in Gloucestershire, right up to Derbyshire towards the Pennine Bridleway.
If you are looking to brush up on your skills or a complete novice, there are a number of excellent riding schools in the area, including the following:
- Cotswold Ridings (Stanton)
- Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre (Bourton-on-the-Water)
- Durham’s Farm Riding School (Chastleton)
- South Cerney Riding School (Cerney WIck)
- The Talland School of Equestrian (Ampney Knowle)
Equestrian property in the Cotswolds can range from a simple small pony paddock to full size racing or stud yards with tens of horses. A lot of the associated buildings use that gorgeous and distinctive creamy gold Cotswolds stone.
County Homesearch have excellent local knowledge of the Cotswolds, including its outstanding equestrian properties. Contact us on 0333 939 8300 to discuss how we can help you.