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An historic racehorse training centre with some of the best grass gallops in the country

M4 Junction 15 6 miles, London 80 miles (1 hour by train), Marlborough 2 miles

Training Stables with house and flat, secondary house and flat, stable cottage and hostel, 51 boxes in two yards, 45 acres of paddocks and 154 acres of grass gallops. Grassland and woodland.

In all about 223.4 acres (90.4 ha)

51 Boxes in 2 Yards

154 Acres of Grass Gallops

2 Houses

2 Flats

1 Cottage

Staff Hostel

45 Acres Paddocks

Guide Price: Offers in the region of £3,000,000

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Ideally placed for quick access to the M4, Bonita is just 2 miles from Marlborough and 12 miles from Lambourn; an area steeped in horseracing with a wide range of associated ancillary services. A downland market town, Marlborough is a sought after residential area with excellent private and state schools of national repute, leisure and cultural amenities with an international flavour and a bustling High Street with independent and national retailers.


Bonita is the base of Peter and Natalie Makin who has trained in Ogbourne Maizey since 1972. Many a winner of group races and high class handicaps have been trained at Bonita including the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot twice, the Stewards Cup at Goodwood and the Magnet Cup at York. Bonita was set up by George Edwardes, the theatrical impresario in the 1890s. Former trainers include the Hartigan brothers, Sir Gordon Richards and the leading national hunt trainer Bob Turnell who used the gallops and facilities to train many winners including the Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Bonita has been owned by only two families in the last 120 years.

The Top Yard

This attractive L-shaped yard provides 24 stables, tack and feed rooms, a horse walker with paddocks beyond. Above the yard is Top Walk Bungalow with two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. This and the Bottom Yard are linked by an area of woodland interspersed with horse walks and a former tennis court now used as a sand arena.

Little Paddocks

Enjoying a superlative situation at the end of the main drive this unusually spacious three bedroom bungalow overlooks the paddocks and water meadows. Against a backdrop of mature woodland, Little Paddocks was built for Sir Gordon Richards of mellow brick under a tiled roof. Additional accommodation is provided by a studio flat located above the garage. Little Paddocks is well screened from the stable operations and has panoramic views over paddocks and water meadows.

The Bottom Yard

The Bottom Yard, approached directly from the village, mainly comprises a traditional stable yard with 21 boxes, tack and feed rooms, stores, and two integral dwellings in need of refurbishment, which could be combined into one house, or remain as two cottages. In addition are a further 6 boxes, the 10 bedroom hostel, the 3 bay hay and machinery barn, and extensive areas of hard standing and storage. Alongside the seasonal River Og, this could have a most attractive outlook. There have been proposals to redevelop the Bottom Yard: for details refer to the agents.

The Paddocks and Water Meadows

The stable yards and Little Paddocks are immediately adjacent to around 9.8 acres of gently sloping paddocks, 10 acres of water meadows and 3.5 acres of woodland totalling in all about 27.8 acres (12.9 ha). A further block of paddocks is immediately opposite the Top Yard and amounts to 35 acres of paddocks with mains water and about 6 acres of shelter belt woodland. These paddocks can provide a link to the gallops via the Green Lane.

Gallops and Grassland

The renowned gallops cover about 154 acres of the finest turf and provide 6 different gallops ranging from 5 to 10 furlongs.: The Bungalow Mile: starts from the road between shelter belts this rises gently across open downland The Starting Gate Canter: 5 furlongs. Four Mile Clump: 10 furlongs with an uphill finish. This is the best gallop reserved for fast work The 5 Furlongs: A stiff 5 furlongs uphill, between the Old Marlborough Road track and the Four Mile Clump gallop. The Set Aside: 4½ furlongs, next to the % Furlong, used in wet weather. The Round Gallop: A mile, closest to the yard, very good 2 year old ground and a spring gallop. There is a variety of potential locations for an all-weather gallop, subject to planning approval.

Services The Top Walk Bungalow and Little Paddocks have mains water, electricity and private drainage. Bottom Yard properties have mains water, electricity and mains drainage.

Local Authority

Council Tax Council Tax Payable 2015 Little Paddocks Band G £2,037.38 Hostel Band D £1,222.43 1 Bonita Cottage (Bottom Yard) Band B £950.78 Caterers Cottage (Bottom Yard) Band B £950.78 Top Walk Bungalow Band C £1,086.60

Rights of Way and Scheduled Monuments

There are various public rights of way which cross the property including two footpaths, a bridleway and two byways open to all traffic. A plan is available from the agents.

Wayleaves There is a wayleave agreement in place with SSE for 6 electricity poles which pass over the property. Agreements A0011- 266, 268, 269,270, 271 and 272 refer. Further details are available from the agents.

Planning Wiltshire Council has responded to a planning pre-app for the consolidation and conversion of existing buildings and the building of new stables and residential accommodation. Further details are available from the agents. The vendors will wish to retain the benefit of an uplift equivalent to 25% of the additional value in the event of planning approval being granted for residential development in the Bottom Yard for more than three houses.

Tenure The freehold property is offered with Vacant Possession.

Sporting All sporting rights pass with the sale of property.

The Racing Business If any of the existing business or staff are transferred then prospective purchasers must be aware that TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment) legislation may be applicable.

Subsides and Grants and Schemes An Entry Level Stewardship Scheme with Natural England (AG00333035) in place. The collective value of this scheme is £2709 for the year to 30/09/2015. The Single Farm Payment Scheme (SBI 106807658) is in place with the annual payment of £9,033.60. Bonita Racing Stables is within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Groundwater Nitrate Vulnerable Zone. Further details are available from the agents.

Viewing Strictly by appointment with the joint sole agents Savills Smiths Gore 01672 529056 or Windsor Clive International 01672 521155

Date of Information Particulars prepared: May 2015 Photographs taken: May 2015