What we think at the Zoe Napier Group The property is a fabulous home business opportunity. Whilst the buyer might pick up the reigns and run a potentially thriving equestrian centre with no limitations on the frequency of shows, we also think that the main show area with lorry parking for 50 to 100 vehicles could offer scope for mixed/permissible commercial uses, combined keeping horses, such as a storage yard or depot with easy access for A14 (Ipswich/Cambridge). We love the fact that the house is nearly a third of a mile away from the main road and nestled in the woods.
What the Owner Says: We have enjoyed a great lifestyle here at The Jays with a thriving business when we were working full steam. We have all but semi-retired and are looking towards our next chapter in retirement and spending time on our own hobbies which include showing M & M Workers at Regional and National level. We would be happy to share information on the potential revenues, albeit we have of late significantly reduced activities to suit ourselves.
The Facts The property offers an exciting opportunity to run an Equestrian Centre with no apparent limitations on the number of events and shows throughout the year which means that the centre can run as hard as you are willing to work with the added bonus of 11 kennels (historically licensed for breeding German Shepherd Dogs). The arenas and outbuildings extend to about 10 acres and could be an area for other mixed business uses, subject to change of use where the yard area could be well secured from the road with a good traffic count for either passing trade or for easy access for those requiring road links from the A14.
The house is a Potten house, set well back, nearly one third of a mile back from the A134 and nestled in its own woodland with paddocks and additional acreage behind, where the property benefits from having rear access for agricultural vehicles/hacking onto country lanes and a good network of bridleways out of Nowton. The house has an equestrian tie relating to the main occupier using the premises for equestrian and or the keeping of horses appertaining to the land forward containing the equestrian facilities. Whether this area could be used for mixed use would be a matter for the buyer to make the appropriate enquiries (specific to their needs) with the Local Authority.
The well-built stable complex is set up to accommodate 20 equines with majority extra-large boxes and three having twin divides for ponies plus a sizeable grooms/tack & harness room. Potential further lies to convert part of the stabling into grooms/ancillary accommodation stp. Please see the list of Historic uses over our client's 25 years below.
Setting & Location The premises are situated on the edge of Sicklesmere village which essentially lies on a stretch along the A134 approximately 3 miles south east of the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds which lies on the A14 between Newmarket & Cambridge and to the south of Thetford Forest. The centre is therefore accessible by train from London and by road/rail for the neighbouring Counties of Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire & Norfolk.
Newmarket 19 miles, Thetford Forest 21 miles, Ipswich 27 miles, Cambridge 31 miles, London Stansted Airport 52 miles, London Luton Airport 69 miles.