Royalty and celebrities revel in the event each year - and owning an equestrian property could be the first step to joining them.
Aintree’s Grand National is now underway, but even with this year’s £1m prize money it could be a challenge to buy an equestrian home.
The horse race has been graced by royalty and celebrities alike over the years. Prince Charles and Princess Diana attended in 1982, while last year Princess Anne was spotted with her daughter Zara Phillips. Other racegoers have included Cilla Black, Cliff Richard and Wayne Rooney.
Those with dreams of entering or riding their own horse in the race will need to start saving up, as homes with the finest equine facilities tend to hit seven figures.
It could be well worth the investment though, as last year’s winning horse Pineau de Re has made earnings of £659,706, while top jockeys can make millions.
Go all out and buy this three bedroom detached house in Surrey with extensive equestrian facilities for £4,250,000 through Hamptons International. The 20 acres of land contain Olympic floodlit arenas and indoor school, a solarium, show jumping paddocks and a mile-long gallop track.
In Coulsdon, £2,950,000 will buy you more than just a five bedroom detached house with equestrian facilities - it gets you a whole farm. There are 14 stables, a tack room, wash room and a sand school among the 37 acres, as well a deer park. The property is available via Fine & Country – Kingswood.
This equestrian estate in Carmarthen is on the market for £1.5m through Rural Scene. Considering it contains a 3,900 sq ft five bedroom home, 42 stables, a manège and several buildings for staff accommodation, you get a lot for the price. There’s also plenty of space for the horses to stretch their racing legs on the six furlong oval gallop or the four furlong incline gallop.
If you already own your forever home but it doesn’t have room for horses, then this equestrian centre in Woking could be the answer to your prayers. The £2.5m facilities are being sold by In Villages and include 34 stables, indoor and outdoor arenas, a fully licensed clubhouse and 23 acres.
This six bedroom country house in Suffolk is on the market for £3.5m through David Burr. Among its equestrian facilities is a stable block with five large loose boxes including two foaling boxes, a tack room, horse walker and an international Olympic-sized floodlit dressage arena.