Frankie Dettori selling his home

Would you race to snap up this huge equestrian property?

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White Horse Stables, Frankie Dettori's home

People viewing a home called White Horse Stables might not be surprised to see a horse or two.

But visitors of Franki Dettori's huge house - currently up for sale - can also expect to see an emu named Bruce.

The champion jockey and animal lover has now cut the price on the house from £2.75 million to £2.45 million. But the buyer will get a lot of space for their money: five bedrooms, four bathrooms and five receptions, including a dining room big enough for a canter.

There's also an indoor heated swimming pool with sauna, wet room, cloakroom, games room and gym.

"Internally the house is decorated and fitted to the highest of standards and specification with notable features being the spacious and welcoming reception hall, generously sized reception rooms, integrated kitchen opening to a vast split level dining / living / entertaining room, master bedroom suite, indoor swimming pool and leisure suite, superb equestrian facilities and established gardens and grounds," say agents Jackson-Stops and Staff.

The 15-acre grounds also house a separate two-bedroomed cottage, with more guest accommodation over the garage - along with extensive stables, fenced paddocks and a floodlit manege. There's even a helipad too.

The house was originally built in 1905 for the Earl of Ellesmere by the famous English architect Charles Voysey, and is Grade II listed. On the edge of the Cambridgeshire village of Stetchworth, it was once the Old White Horse Inn - a small hoted used frequently by the Queen Mother.

It's been a convenient location for Dettori - just three miles from Newmarket, the headquarters of British racing is home to the National Stud, the National Horseracing Museum, Tattersalls and the Jockey Club. And after 16 years there with his wife and children, he's now having a new house built nearby.

"We moved in straight after our wedding, and our children have grown up here," Dettori recently told the Daily Telegraph. "The house is full of happy memories, and we have had some wonderful times together as a family, from Christmases to summer barbecues."

The agents say that the house may go to another jockey, but isn't big enough to be turned into a training yard, adding: "We are hoping it will appeal to a wide range of buyers looking for a large family home in Cambridgeshire. We have already had a lot of interest from overseas as well as from the UK."

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