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A famous Newmarket Stud Farm with an impressive record
Principal house, 5 houses and cottages, 70 boxes
77 acres with prime stud paddocks.

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

4 Bedroom Owner's House

Stud Groom's house

4 Cottages

Staff flat

Stud buildings in two groups; total of 70 boxes

Horse walker

Lunge ring

Stores and office

Immaculate railed paddocks

In all about 77.747 acres (31.463 ha)

Guide Price: £3,250,000

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Snailwell Stud

Just two miles from the centre of Newmarket, Snailwell Stud must be rated as one of the most desirable studs farms in the Newmarket area, particularly as it is suitable for broodmares and standing stallions. With a rich history, a good principal house, plenty of housing and well arranged buildings, it is a rarity in the market place.


Snailwell Stud was founded by Lord Howard de Walden in 1910 and acquired by Stanhope Joel in 1945. Originally a stallion station standing the Joel family's Chamossaire and Busted for the whole of their stud careers, Snailwell Stud has built up a reputation as a renowned boarding, quarantine and consigning stud. Stanhope Joel's daughter lived there.

In more recent years the stud has been under the ownership of Martyn Meade prior to his purchase of Manton Estate. During this time there has been vast refurbishment of the property.


Newmarket is the global headquarters of the racing industry with 2 racecourses, over 70 trainers in the town and surrounding area, and particularly, the base for Tattersalls Sales. The greatest concentration of stud farms is around the town, enabling a thriving business of boarding mares visiting the locally based stallions.

Snailwell Stud 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:

Busted House (1) on the detailed plan 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 4,650 sq ft and has well proportioned rooms: To the left of the entrance lobby is the cloakroom and off the 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 3 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 Upper Stud Yards

The Main Yards (See detailed plan)

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 new 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 stud groom's cottage, (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 Lower Yard and Cottages

Lower Yard Cottages, 2 Newmarket Road, Snailwell CB8 2LL

A pair of semi detached cottages (one about 1100 sq ft, the other about 1230 sq ft). Each with porch, staircase hall, kitchen, 2 reception rooms, 3 bedrooms and bathroom. Each has a store with WC, and a good garden.

The Lower Yard

A self contained stable yard suitable for stud farm or racehorse training purposes (James Fanshawe started his training career in the Lower Yard).

• 22 stables, partly of timber and partly of block, under a tiled roof. Veterinary examination room with stocks. There is also a tack room; and by the yard is a separate WC block.

• Muck heap

The Paddocks

Well 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. Care has been taken over the years not to overgraze nor overstock. All the paddocks have water troughs. The distance from the southern to northern end of the stud is about 5½ furlongs.

General Remarks

Method of Sale

Snailwell Stud 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 Vendor 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(s) require vacant possession of these the Vendor is prepared to serve notice on exchange of contracts. Details of the tenancies are available from the agents. Busted House, 3 Short Road and 2 Lower Stud Cottages are vacant. 5 Short Road and the Flat are occupied by stud staff.

HouseBasis of OccupationRentCouncil Tax BandPayable 2018/2019EPC Rating
Busted HouseVACANTD£1720.56E
1 Short RoadAST£850 pcmD£1720.56E
3 Short RoadVACANTC£1529.39F
5 Short RoadServiceC£1529.39F
The FlatServiceNot Listed£1529.39D
1 Lower Stud CottagesAST£850 pcmC£1529.39E
2 Lower Stud CottagesVACANTC£1529.39E


The land is registered for payment under the Basic Payment Scheme and all the Entitlements relevant to the land will be transferred to the purchaser on completion of the sale. There are currently 28.52 entitlements.

Fixtures and Fittings

These will be included in the sale.

The hangar, horse walkers and lunge ring are being removed by the Vendor.


Mains electricity and water, private drainage (there are 5 septic tanks). All the houses have oil fi red central heating.

Local Authority

East Cambridge District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely CB7 4EE, Tel: 01353 665555

Business Rates

Rateable Value: £26,250

Rates Payable: £12,600 for 2018/2019

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 was built following planning approval in December 1998 subject to a condition limiting its occupation to persons employed in the management of Snailwell Stud, and that it shall not be sold or let separately from the whole of the stud. A copy of the S.52 agreement is available from the agents.


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. Please check any items of particular importance to you with the selling agents.

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.

Directions (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.