A Handsome Country House with a Famous Training Yard
Lambourn 1 mile, Hungerford 8 miles, Newbury 15 miles, London (Paddington) from 55 minutes, M4 (Junction 14) 7 miles
A Handsome House with 4 Reception rooms, 2 Kitchens, 6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms.
A Famous Training Yard with:
66 boxes in 3 principal yards, Equine Pool, Horse walker, and Lunge Ring
Office, 5 Bedroom Hostel and 2 Cottages.
In all about 18 acres
Guide Price: £3,500,000
Reached by a long drive through the paddocks and stables up to a gravel sweep, Rhonehurst is a character period house offering excellent and versatile accommodation.
The ground floor provides a good kitchen/breakfast room with pantry and offering access to the cellar, office and utility room. Either side of the front door there is a dining room and sitting room with the latter providing access via double doors to the drawing room.
Behind the drawing room and overlooking the gardens there is a second sitting room, kitchenette and cloakroom with a second staircase leading to three bedrooms and a bathroom above. This wing could provide separate family or staff accommodation but the landing also connects to the main house where the lovely light main bedroom is located together with an adjoining bathroom and a further two bedrooms and en-suite guest bathroom.
Gardens and grounds
These are set to the south-eastern side of the house and are largely laid to lawn surrounded by herbaceous borders. In the centre of the garden is a free standing brick and timber summer house with a slate roof and a paved terrace to the front. From the back door of the property is a paved terrace with brick steps to the lawn. The garden is lined by a row of lime trees.
Off the drive is a double garage constructed of brick under a slate roof, power and light connected.
The Training Yard
Rhonehurst is a famous training yard which has been occupied by Oliver Sherwood since 1984, where he has enjoyed huge success as National Hunt trainer; training, most notably, the winner of the 2015 Grand National amongst other successes including the Arkle Trophy and Hennessy Gold Cup twice. Oliver Sherwood would like to continue to rent the Training Yard part of Rhonehurst after completion should a purchaser wish to renew his lease.
The Old Yard - 19 loose boxes
A most attractive yard that compliments the house yet, being below it, does not impinge on its privacy. From the house on the right hand side, below the office is a range of 11 brick and flint boxes with central clock tower under a slate roof. The boxes are of varying widths with corner brackets and padded floors; and there is a tack room with store above; further hay store/tack room.
At the lower end are
6 cage boxes with front passageway and hay loft over
The third side of the yard has
3 loose boxes, feed store and mess room
First floor office with kitchen area and cloakroom
Of brick under a tiled roof with lean to, this consists:
Hallway, Cloakroom, Kitchen, Shower room, Sitting/dining room, 5 Bedrooms with basins. Attached to The Hostel is a separately accessed drying room and boiler room.
Hardstanding in front of hostel for horse boxes.
Timber clad Colt house under a tiled roof, with a mature privet hedge on two sides with a garden to the rear. This has: Porch, Kitchen, Sitting room, 2 Bedrooms, Bathroom
Woolaway bungalow with a garden to the rear. This has: Conservatory, Kitchen open to Sitting room, 2 Bedrooms and bathroom.
The New Yard - 24 loose boxes
An impressive purpose built yard of brick under a tiled roof, U-shaped with a total of 24 loose boxes around a central flower bed. Two corner boxes have double aspect doors. Racing tack room at one end.
The Wooden Yard - 14 loose boxes
Of timber construction under a corrugated roof. U-shaped around a lawn, comprising 14 loose boxes. At the back there is a field shelter/store.
Across from The Wooden Yard are 3 isolation boxes, a store and a muck heap.
Loading ramp and two wash bays.
Equine Pool Barn - 6 loose boxes
A portal frame barn with corrugated sides and roof, housing 6 cage boxes with corner mangers. Equine pool with filtration system.
Covered Monarch horse walker for 6 horses.
The paddocks are divided into thirteen enclosures and are well sheltered over chalk and are free draining.
In all about 18.6 acres.
Access to the renowned Lambourn grass and all weather gallops,direct from the track alongside Rhonehurst is arranged by permission through Jockey Club Estates (Tel: 07917 655326). Access is subject to interview/approval. The current rate is £121 plus VAT per horse per month.
Method of Sale:
The property is offered for sale by private treaty.
Vacant possession of Rhonehurst house is available on completion. The sale of the Training Yard shall be subject to Oliver Sherwood's lease which expires 30th June 2020.
Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil fired central heating to the house.
The total rental income from the two cottages and the stable yard is approximately £70,000/year.Full details are available via the data room online. Please contact Savills or Windsor Clive for access details.
Easements and rights of way
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights,including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support,drainage, water and electricity supplies and other rights and obligations, easements, quasi easements and restrictive covenants and all existing and proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables,drains, water and gas and other pipes whether referred to in these particulars or not.
Fixtures and fittings
All those items usually regarded as tenant's fixtures and fittings are specifically reserved from the sale, although some may be available to the purchaser if required at valuation. All those remaining on the property at the time of completion will be included in the purchase price.
All fitted carpets and curtains, together with garden ornaments and statuary, are specifically reserved from the sale. These may be available to the purchaser if required at valuation. The drawing room light fittings have been changed since photos were taken.
Local Authority: West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD. Tel: 01635 42400.
Strictly by appointment with the joint agents:
Savills Tel: 01635 277700 or 0207 016 3715
Windsor Clive International. Tel: 01672 521155
Photographs taken: July 2017
Details prepared: January 2018
Council Tax Bands & Business Rates
Council Tax - Band G
Rateable value - £45,000 for 2018/19. Payable at 47.9p in the pound £21,555
Rhonehurst House - F
Rhonehurst Cottage - F
Rhonehurst Bungalow - E
The Hostel - E
Copies of the full Energy Performance Certificates are available on request.
Post code: RG17 8RG
From London take the M4 to junction 14 and then take the A338 to Wantage. After about 500 yards turn left signposted Lambourn. Follow this road for about 3 miles and at The Hare public house turn right, signed Lambourn. Proceed for a further 3 miles into the village of Lambourn. At the bottom of the hill turn left into Crowle Road, turn right at the T-junction and then left at the next T-junction towards Upper Lambourn. After about ¾ of a mile turn right into Malt Shovel Lane. Turn left at the T-junction and follow the road to the end where the gates to Rhonehurst on the right.