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Ref : A04170 €371 000 (HAI)

Manche. Possible equestrian opportunity. Spacious

detached 5 bedroom house with additional detached

3 bedroom house, in 21 acres land.

Okey says it's difficult to give

ballpark costs, but she suggests a

minimum of €800 to €1,000 per

horse. The costs depend on the

distance travelled; the tax depends

on the horse's value and whether it

is a breeding animal or not.

One fixed cost is the vet check

at Calais border control (€325) and

note that all equines on arrival in

France must be registered with

S.I.R.E. (around €130). The British

Equestrian Federation can advise

on export laws. Still, the U.K.

government website has helpful

information on the necessary

tests for equines before export,

documents needed, and E.U. border

controls in France.

Kate Soldado, who moved from

Yorkshire to the Poitou-Charentes

with her horses, has some tips

about choosing the right property

for your horses. Along with bringing

up her young family, she makes and

sells equestrian items from Cavalls

Leatherworks.

"Our horses are thriving, and

we love it here. But do buy enough

land for your horses: two acres [or

one hectare] per horse is minimum

in this area where the grass goes

dry and brown in the summer. Make

sure the land is suitable: without

any poisonous trees for horses

(oak, sycamore, yew)," she says.

She recommends a stone barn

with a tiled roof for stables to

provide much-needed respite from

the summer in her area. "Flies are

another summer problem here - try

to minimise this by not buying a

house near a lake, river, or pond."

The upside of her area,

apart from the warmer climate,

is excellent outriding. "Many

properties will have good access to

miles of chemin vert or green lanes

where you can ride safely with little

or no road work."

And, of course, asking local

horsey types for advice can be a

great way to integrate into your

new life.

Ref : A05146 €545 000

Fully equipped equestrian centre with

owner's cottage on site. Grounds of 15 acres

with the opportunity to purchase an

additional 29 acres. Easy reach of

Bordeaux and Bergerac airports.

Ref : 120876IPL22 €1 260 000

Côtes-d'Armor. Splendid 16th century Breton manor

house with 27 acres, 5 gîtes, 4 stables, lake, heated

pool.

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