Famous address in the racing world
MANOR House Stables in Middleham has sent out a host of winning horses and jockeys, and now there’s a chance to rent the yard that has been home to some of the country’s finest racing trainers.
It is the first time in their history that the stables, dating back to 1897, have been up for rent on the open market.
The tenancy is offered through George F White by Mrs RD Peacock whose previous tenants have included Patrick Haslam and the Hon James Bethell.
The stables has 37 boxes, turnout paddocks and homes for the trainer and head lad.
Set against the backdrop of Middleham Castle, the property’s biggest claim to fame is Dante, winner of the 1945 Derby and it was also once home to entertainer George Formby, who was a trainee jockey there.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for a novice trainer to forge their name in the racing world or indeed an established trainer to expand their current operations,” says Sam Johnson from George F White. “It is extremely unusual for opportunities such as this to come up and we are expecting considerable interest. Middleham is one of the foremost racing centres in the UK and a new tenant could continue to use Manor House Stables as a traditional training yard or for a more bespoke equestrian business.”
The stables have been in the Peacock family since 1897.
Mrs Peacock herself still runs a flourishing stud and has bred two Guineas’ winners. She says, “Over the last 35 years, we have had two fantastic trainers, the Hon James Bethell who worked here for 17 years, then Patrick Haslam, who was here for 19 years. We hope that with a new tenant the stable will be home to many more winners.”
Named after their famous Derby winner, the Dante Yard has 11 good sized boxes arranged around a gated courtyard with a tack room and storage.
A large hayloft provides useful feed storage but also has the potential to be developed as office space.
The larger Racing Yard has 25 boxes, tack rooms, stores and large haylofts. It has access from the main road in Middleham and additional access for large wagons. The rear of the yard opens out on to the 5.03 acre Turnout Paddocks bounded by post and rail fences. The yard has a foundation and power source for a horse walker. Middleham’s all-weather gallops are close by and their use can be negotiated separately.
For a tenant wanting to live on site, the stables benefit from a detached property ideal to accommodate a trainer and their family, or yard staff. In addition, a second fourbedroom period house is also available if required.
Their elegant interiors retain many period features including large reception rooms, panelled doors, sash windows and open fires.
Manor House Stables are available to rent for a 12-year term and rent is to be tendered. For more information or to organise a viewing, contact Sam Johnson from the Bedale office of George F White on 01677 425 301 or visit www.georgefwhite.co.uk
HISTORY: Manor House Stables with Middleham Castle behind.