Bourton Hill Farm

Bourton Hill, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire , GL54 2LF

Racing Yard with 78 Stables
2 Bedrooms

An exceptional racehorse training facility based in a highly desirable area of Gloucestershire.


  • Up to 78 stables within three separate yards
  • 6½-furlong all-weather incline gallop
  • 2-furlong sand canter circle
  • 3.5-furlong all-weather schooling lane
  • 30m x 17m indoor school
  • 60m x 40m outdoor school
  • X6 covered horse walker
  • Office with kitchen & w.c.
  • 2-bedroom grooms’ accommodation
  • 2 acres of turn out paddocks with more available by sep. neg.



Approximate distances (miles)
Bourton-on-the-Water 2m | Stow-on-the-Wold 6m | Moreton-in-Marsh 11m | Cirencester 15m | Cheltenham 17m | Gloucester 24m | Oxford 29m | Worcester 38m | Bristol 56m | London Heathrow Airport 72m

Set beautifully elevated upon the hill above Bourton-on-the-Water, there are exceptional views of the stunning surroundings of the Cotswold AOB countryside. Although, very much in the perfect surroundings to train horses with the quite countryside, the access links and amenities are all very close and accessible. Bourton-on-the-Water is a short 2-mile drive and is a charming Cotswold village made popular by the shallow River Windrush. Comprehensive facilities include Co-operative store, pharmacy, doctors, community centre, dentist, primary school and the outstanding academy \'Cotswold School\'. Bourton-on-the-Water also has the benefit of the highly regarded equine veterinary practice of Bourton Vale Equine Clinic, only 3 miles away from the property.

Stow-on-the-Wold (6 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (11 miles) both have a good range of shopping facilities. The award-winning Daylesford Farm Shop is about 9 miles away and the Members\' Club, Soho Farmhouse, is about 23 miles away.

Set within 18 miles of the M5 motorway, road transport links across the country are excellent for transporting horses smoothly to the numerous venues countrywide.

Good train services from both Moreton-in-Marsh and Kingham (11 miles equidistant), the fastest reaching Paddington from 80 minutes. Other local towns within easy reach are Cheltenham, Cirencester and Oxford.

Airports at Bristol and London Heathrow are both under 75-miles away for international travel.

We are delighted to be able to offer this exclusive equine facility, currently utilised as a top National Hunt Racehorse training yard occupied by Ben Pauling Racing since 2013. In this time, there have been Cheltenham Festival and Grade 1 wining horses trained from Bourton Hill Farm. Mr Pauling is currently constructing his own facility elsewhere and hence this fantastic opportunity has become available to lease.

The brief overview of the whole site includes up to 78 stables, mainly under the one roof along with two separate stable yard areas. The site is part of a larger arable farm which operates neatly behind the main yard however does not interfere with the day to day running or usability of the stable yard itself. There is a shared drive down to Bourton Hill Farm where there is staff parking on the approach to the yard, keeping the traffic and vehicles away from the stables themselves. A short walk from the car park, leads to the main office and reception with the stables beyond, accessed by foot either from the office itself or round to the side onto the courtyard of the main Yard.

The main reception and office building has a large open plan office to one end with pedestrian door to the Main Yard with the benefit of a separate kitchen and w.c. Within the same building, there is staff accommodation with two bedrooms and a bathroom and separate entrance door along with access to the office kitchen. The building is fully insulated, double glazed windows and electric heating.

There are some exceptional facilities, some of which have been installed within the last 3 years and have a proven track record of success. There is the main all-weather 6½-furlong hill gallop with gradual incline, along with the canter circle on deep sand over 2-furlongs round. A top-class schooling lane with space for three hurdles and three fences on a gradual incline with mature hedge to one side. There is also the benefit of the indoor and outdoor schools and covered horse walker providing a huge range of equine training facilities for any number of equestrian disciplines, not just training racehorses as it has currently been used. There are also a number of tracks to utilise for hacking out from the property.

Equestrian Facilities in more detail
Main Yard

There are 56 internal stables, having hardwood board panel partitions under metal bar tops, all having swing doors on a concrete floor. These are all under one roof, which is the space of two large steel portal framed buildings constructed adjacent to one another. Large openings to the front and rear along with the height of the barn itself, provides a light and airy space for the horses. Within the barn, there is also the main tack room, staff \'brew\' room and feed room which is central to the whole site for ease of movement and circulation. To the front of the Main Yard is a concrete forecourt with a row of two sets of 6 timber stables. There is access to the x3 bay wash down area to one end and the x6 horse covered walker to the other, along with a track to the manege and paddocks which enables a close and compact workable site for all.

Timber Yard
There are 12 stables of timber construction with canopy opposite the Main Yard, 6 of which have open fronts to a small corral area where the horses are free to wonder into an uncovered area of their own. The flooring within the corral is a recycled Astro-turf providing a suitable surface for the horses to walk onto. This is continued between the Main Yard and the Timber Yard all along the concrete forecourt area.

10 Box Yard
There is a separate steel portal framed barn with 10 internal stables, wash box area and tack room (currently used for the racing tack). This stable barn provides a quieter, small yard separate to the Main Yard and could be utilised by a third party, if required, by prior agreement with the Landlord. There is a pedestrian door to one end and large swing doors to the other for access with the horses. The barn is fully concreted throughout with a concrete frontage and surround. There are internal strip lights and water connected.

6½- furlong ´Bowmoss´ all-weather gallop
The main incline gallop has a gradual rise and climbs 161ft from bottom to top. The all-weather surface is made from shredded carpet fibres installed by Carpet Ride. The surface has an amazing resilience to the frost, with the top two inches forming a frost-blanket that protects the main bulk of the gallop.

2- furlong sand canter circle
Installed in October 2018, the canter circle is a pure sand gallop and is just over 2f round, the deep sand is ideal for slow, steady canter work. The canter circle is fully railed both inside and out with white plastic running rails.

3.5- furlong all-weather schooling lane
The all-weather schooling lane was another addition to Bourton Hill Farm in 2018. A sand and rubber mix, 4.5m wide. Perfect for installing portable hurdles and fences (ie. EasyFix). There is room for three hurdles followed by three chase fences on a gentle incline providing an ideal all year-round schooling facility.

Indoor school
The indoor school measures approx. 17m x 30m and is fully floodlit with a waxed, sand and fibre mix surface.

Outdoor school
The manege measures approx. 60m x 40m and has a sand and fibre mix surface with post and rail perimeter. An excellent facility for all year-round training for any discipline.

Horse walker
The horse walker takes six horses and is covered, fully lined with rubber matting to the floor and walls.

There are several small paddocks for individual turnout, all having electric fenced perimeters, in all equating to approx. 2 acres with more available by separate negotiation.

There is the opportunity to enjoy miles of farm outriding, available by request.

Terms and Conditions
The property is offered on a Business Lease agreement under the Landlord & Tenant 1954 Act with the security provisions of sections 24-28 excluded from the Lease. Term is flexible and offered up to 7years at any one time. Rent - Price on Application. Deposit equal to two months\' rent held as a Rent Deposit Deed.

Equestrian facilities and maintenance - The Tenant will be expected to maintain and upkeep the excellent equestrian facilities on a daily basis to ensure of their longevity and future use.

Mains electricity
Private water via a borehole
Private drainage via septic tank

Non-domestic Rateable Valuation:

X10 Box Yard - £5,700.00
X32 Stables, Horse Walker & All weather gallops - £26,750.00
Ground floor Office @ 31.5m2 - £2,993.00

Strictly by prior appointment with the Joint Agents, Hayman-Joyce and Jackson Equestrian Limited.

Tom Hayman-Joyce - 01608 653603 |

Jackson Equestrian Limited
Gillon Crow - 01743 709249 |

Post code: GL54 2LF

From Cheltenham, follow the A40 east towards Oxford, after approximately 12 miles, at the roundabout at Hampnett, take the first exit left onto the A429 towards Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow. After a further 5miles, turn right, signposted for Clapton 2miles and Sherborne 5miles. After about ½ a mile, at the fork, turn right again and continue on this road for another ½ a mile and the property will be found on your right hand side (not the entrance to the main house with cattle grid, the next entrance on the right to the Farm).

JACKSON PROPERTY for themselves and the vendors of the property, whose agents they are, give notice that these particulars, although believed to be correct, do not constitute any part of an offer of contract, that all statements contained in these particulars as to this property are made without responsibility and are not to be relied upon as statements or representations of fact and that they do not make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property. An intending purchaser must satisfy himself by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of the statements contained in these particulars. The agent has not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixture, fittings or services and so cannot verify that they are in working order, or fit for their purpose, neither has the agent checked legal documents to verify the freehold/leasehold status of the property. The buyer is advised to obtain verification from their solicitor or surveyor.