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Exmoor - the perfect place for your dream equestrian home

Fri 28 May 2021

One of two National Parks in the South West, Exmoor is one the best locations for buyers looking for an equestrian property in the region. Located on the Devon/Somerset border with the M5 to the east and A361 to the south, the moor is accessible and yet rugged in equal measure.

With rolling heather clad moorland at the top making way to ancient woodland down into the valleys, the outriding is extensive with a huge network of paths, tracks and quiet lanes to explore.  There is something for everyone from indivudal paddocks and stables through to large country homes with ample equestrian facilities. The unprecedented circumstances of 2020 have encouraged people to consider their immediate surroundings and how best to spend their leisure time. Houses in rural locations with paddocks and facilities for a pony or two have come top of the priority list, providing privacy and space to breathe!

A few notable sales in recent times include Totterdown Farm, near the medieval village of Dunster in the north of Exmoor, an extended traditional farmhouse with 15 acres of grazing paddocks, alongside a 40m x 20m sand school and two stable blocks providing 7 stables. Located alongside a Bridleway, the property has direct access to extensive woodland riding tracks. Previously owned by a well-known trainer of both horse and rider, a couple from Hampshire have acquired the property for the sum off a guide price of £730,000.

Southernwood Farm at Brendonwas sold for asking offers in excess of £1.1 million. Marketed discreetly in order not to jeopardise bookings on their detached holiday cottage, the main 4-bderoom period house is set in 21.27 acres, mainly pasture, with a range of stables, and extensive frontage, as well as fishing rights, to the East Lyn river. The buyer, who came from the Home Counties, agreed to an extended completion arrangement and, despite being marketed discreetly, there was considerable interest in this property and several very disappointed underbidders.

The Ark at Parracombe was a stone house rebuilt from a derelict state in 1988, enjoying an elevated position with distant sea views, set in 15 acres with a block of 5 stables and menage as well as outriding on Exmoor. The property sold from a guide price of £749,000. Once again, there was great interest in this very attractive property which was sold to local buyers, downsizing from a larger concern.

Stags have three offices that surround the moor, providing local knowledge and specialised expertise for those looking to sell, buy or let their equestrian property. Located at “The Gateway to Exmoor” Stags Dulverton office covers the eastern proportion of the National Park, with our team in South Molton to the south and the Barnstaple office covering the North Devon beaches perfect for a winter sandy gallop, and up across the western half of Exmoor. All our offices continue to see strong demand for all equestrian property large and small.

The demand to find space to ride across our beautiful area has continued into 2021, so please do not hesitate to conact our Equestrian team today.

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