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A fine house with adjoining cottages and stud farm

Newmarket 2 miles, Cambridge 15 miles, London 62 miles, Stansted Airport 34 miles

Smart 4 Bedroom house, designed for entertaining


48 Stables in assorted yards

Hay, machinery and turnout barns

3 Cottages each of 3 bedrooms

2 bedroom flat

Around 35 acres of paddocks

In all around 39.89 acres (16.14 ha)

Guide Price: £1,950,000

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Busted House is conveniently placed between Snailwell village and the A14. The main entrance is off Short Road, through automatic wrought iron gates. The driveway, passing the office on the right leads to the main house.

Built in about 1990 for Mrs. Dana Brudenell-Bruce, and named after the famous stallion, Busted House stands in an elevated position looking over stud paddocks. With excellent reception rooms and generous utility areas, the house has been designed for entertaining and is decorated in a modern country style.

Busted House is about 4,500 sq. ft. and has well proportioned rooms:To the left of the entrance lobby is the cloakroom and off the staircase hall are the drawing room, study and dining room. The back hall leads past the china cupboards and larder to the kitchen which has an oil-fired Aga and a spacious sitting/dining area. Beyond are the utility room, WC, pantry and boot room with a connecting door to the double garage.

Upstairs, most of the bedrooms have lovely views over garden and stud paddocks. The master bedroom, dressing room and bathroom are to the left, and to the right, a second bedroom suite of bedroom and bathroom, and 2 further bedrooms and a bathroom. There are ample cupboards and storage areas.

The attractive gardens are to the south of the house with a sheltered swimming pool, lawns and shrubs.

The Yards: (See detailed plan)

The yards have been built in various stages. The original oak framed boxes were of timber reclaimed from naval ships and were reassembled at Snailwell in 1903. The yards are well arranged and have CCTV surveillance.By the main gate:

The Office (2) 

This is the ground floor above which is the staff flat. The offices consist of three rooms and a cloakroom.On leaving Busted House, to the right are:To the north east:

Stallion boxes (3) 

Of timber under a tiled roof with cupola vents, 2 stallion boxes, one with stallion boards for Busted, Athens Wood and Chamossaire. At one end is a tack room and a loading ramp.

The Machinery and Turnout Barn (4) 

5 bays with corrugated roof and cladding; 60' x 60' approx. With turnout/covering barn, machinery store and isolation box.

Hay Barn (5) 

Steel portal framed building of 3 bays with a concrete floor.

The Court Yard (6) 

12 boxes of timber on a brick plinth under a tiled roof with roof vents. A sheltered walled yard; with 12 good boxes, 2 foal boxes/stores, feed room and store (accessed from main driveway).

The Groom's Flat (7) 

Above the office (2); with living room, kitchen area, 2 bedrooms, and shower room.

The Foaling Yard (8)

11 boxes of timber on brick plinth under a tiled roof with vents; including 2 foaling boxes and sitting up room, by these are 4 turnout pens with woodchip surface.

Vet box (9) 

Stocks and vet room with sink and a WC opposite 

19 boxes (10) 

Of stone under a tiled roof, the yard has been refurbished with many news doors and windows.

3 and 5, Short Road, Snailwell (11)

A pair of semi detached cottages (each about 1,090 sq. ft.) with porch, hall, kitchen, 2 receptions rooms, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. Behind each house is a store and garden.

1 Short Road, Snailwell (12)

A detached (about 1,330 sq ft including the garage), with porch, staircase, hall, kitchen, 2 reception rooms, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. In addition is a single garage.

The Paddocks

There are around 35 acres which are eell fenced (some of the railings have been replaced in the last 2 years) and hedged paddocks on mainly level ground over chalk and well accessed by tracks. 

All the paddocks have water troughs

In all around 39.89 acres.

General Remarks:

Method of Sale:

Busted House is being offered for sale by private treaty as a whole. 

Tenure and Possession:

The property is freehold subject to the occupations shown below.


The Vendors and the Vendor's agents will do their best to specify the ownership of boundaries but will not to be bound to determine these. The purchaser(s) will have to satisfy themselves as to the ownership of any boundaries.

Occupancies, EPCs and Council Tax

No 1 Lower Stud Cottages and No 1 Short Road are let on Assured Shorthold Tenancies. If the purchaser requires vacant possession of these the Vendor is prepared to serve notice on exchange of contracts. Details of the tenancies are available from the agents.

HouseBasis of OccupationRentCouncil Tax BandPayable 2018/2019EPC Rating
Busted HouseVACANTD£1720.56E
1 Short RoadAST£850pcmD£1720.56E
3 Short RoadVACANTC£1529.39F
5 Short RoadServiceC£1529.39F
The FlatServiceNot listedD

Fixtures and Fittings

These will be included in the sale.


Mains electricity and water, septic tank drainage. All the houses have oil fired central heating.

Local Authority:

East Cambridge District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely CB7 4EE

Tel: 01353 665555

Business Rates:

The rates of the individual properties are yet to be assessed.

Public Footpath:

A public footpath runs alongside No 5 Short Road and then follows the hedge to the Newmarket Road.

Town and Country Planning:

Busted House is being offered subject to a deed of variation to the 1988 Section 52 agreement binding the whole of Snailwell Stud. For further information contact the agents.

Occupancy Restrictions:

Busted House shall only be occupied by persons employed in the management of Snailwell Stud.

The Stable Flat shall only be occupied by persons employed in agriculture, forestry or stud farming.


Strictly by appointment with either Windsor Clive International (01672 521155) or Savills (01223 347274). 

Health & Safety: 

When viewing, please be aware that Snailwell Stud is a working property with horses and prospective purchasers should not enter boxes or paddocks unless they are with a senior member of stud staff.

Viewers please report to the stud office by the entrance.

Plans, Areas and Schedules:

The plans and the areas displayed have been prepared for information and illustrative purposes only and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

Energy Performance Certificates:

These have been prepared and copies are available from the agents on request.


In the event that Value Added Tax is or becomes payable in respect of the property or assets sold the purchasers in addition to the consideration will pay to the vendors the full amount of such Value Added Tax.


The photographs in these particulars were taken in June 2015 and September 2018. Any fixtures and fittings or equipment shown in the photographs are not necessarily included in the sale.

Floor plans:

These have been prepared by Nichecom on behalf of the agents. These are for information only and specifically no guarantee is given in respect of the measurements nor the total square footage marked on the plans. Any figure is for guidance and should not be used as a basis for valuation.


Post Code: CB8 7LJ

From London take the M11/A11 towards Newmarket until it merges with the A14, then take the first exit onto the A142 towards Ely and Newmarket. Turn left towards Ely, and immediately right to Snailwell Village. Drive through Plantation Stud, over the railway bridge and the entrance to Snailwell Stud is on the right, immediately after the Snailwell Village sign and after a long white building.


Windsor Clive International and Savills give notice to anyone who may read these Particulars as follows:

1. These particulars are for guidance only. They are prepared and issued in good faith and are intended to give a fair description of the property but do not constitute part of an offer or contract.

2. Any description or information given should not be relied on as a statement or representation of fact or that the property or its services are in good condition. Neither Windsor Clive International or Savills nor any of their employees have any authority to make or give any representation or warranty in relation to the property.

3. Any reference to alteration to, or use of, any part of the property is not a statement that any necessary planning, building regulations or other consent has been obtained. These matters must be verified by any intending purchaser.

4. The plan included with these particulars is for identification purposes only and is based on the Ordnance Survey. Where revisions have been made by the Agents a full land survey has not been carried out, consequently where enclosures have been divided or altered, the position of the new boundaries together with the plotting of any new or altered building and any other information, whilst believed to be basically correct, are indicative only.