Successful lifestyle business - riding school and livery yard - with four-bedroom family home being sold as a going concern

The Stables Equestrian Centre is a successful British Horse Society (BHS)-approved, five-star licence riding school and livery yard with an attractive four-bedroom family home. The current owners have significantly enhanced and invested in the site over the past 16 years, creating a friendly and professional environment that has become well known and well respected in the region. The Stables is a highly profitable business and is being sold as an on-going concern.

Located just three miles from the centre of Bedford, The Stables is surrounded by beautiful countryside offering excellent hacking, walking and cycling. It is also within an hour’s drive of several major equestrian event centres including Keysoe, Bury Farm and Addington. Bedford is less than an hour from the centre of London by fast train and The Stables is 15 minutes from the A1 and the M1 and 30 minutes from Luton airport.

In total, The Stables Equestrian Centre extends to 14.8 acres (sts) with 28 stables, comprising 18 large stables, 9 pony stables and a large isolation unit. The main yard features 17 stables, a secure and alarmed tack room, reception and staff room, toilet and washing facilities as well as numerous storage areas for equipment, feed and hay. The secondary yard comprises ten stables and hay and feed storage.

Both main and secondary yards are supplied with mains electricity and water and are on concrete hard standing.

The riding facilities include a 40m x 20m indoor riding school, with floodlights and mirrors and an outdoor ménage, also 40m x 20m and floodlit. Both schools feature ‘Flexiride’ specialist surface. Also included within the indoor structure is a 15m area for hay storage. The facilities are arranged around a large car park suitable for parking for clients as well as storage of school and clients’ vehicles.

The grass paddocks are beautifully maintained, with high-quality post-and-rail fencing surrounding each of the eight principal paddocks and two smaller ones. They are sub-divided with mains-powered electric fencing, allowing flexibility in their arrangement. All of the paddocks are connected to the mains water supply and are equipped with automatic water troughs.

The residential property at The Stables comprises four well-proportioned double bedrooms with a generous master that enjoys views over the rear garden, the riding school and fields, and to the hills beyond. A balcony seating area and en-suite facilities enhance the master bedroom. On the first floor there are two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The ground floor has a recently refurbished kitchen/dining room with an excellent selection of floor and wall-mounted units and a dual-fuel Rangemaster cooker as well as a large family sitting room. Off the sitting room is a boot room with access to the main drive, a further family bathroom and fourth bedroom or study, with double patio doors leading to the rear garden, mostly laid to lawn.

Externally, there is private parking for three cars with an automatic gate allowing clients’ entry to the riding school and its car park.

The Stables is being sold with no onward chain and on the following basis:

House - £500,000 as a residential property

Business - £750,000 to include all fixtures and fittings, all livestock and equipment, all on-going business and forward client bookings, with all staff contracts as per TUPE regulations

There is an agricultural tie between the house and the riding school.

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