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Wow! A famous equestrian hub, complete with château, more than 200 stables and gallops, set in over 800 acres


One of the most prestigious stud farms in the world, complete with a château, is now on the market, situated in the Orne and Calvados region of Normandy in France. Built in 1903, Fresnay le Buffard is internationally renowned for its excellence when it comes to horse breeding.

Former owners of note include the French horse breeder Marcel Boussac, considered the finest in his field in the early 20th Century, breeding several generations of the world’s best racehorses here. Another past custodian was the Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos. He acquired the estate after Boussac’s death and also bred internationally award-winning thoroughbreds here in the 1970s.

The stud farm is located between Caen and Alençon, in the department of Orne, in Lower Normandy. It is located near to two national studs, the Arqana sales in Deauville, plus 42 racecourses with 360 meetings per year, the International Horse Park, the Normandy Equine Valley and Kinesia, as well as some of the most prestigious studs in France.

It is served by the A88 motorway (five minutes away), which provides easy access to Caen in 40 minutes, Deauville in one hour and Paris in 2.5 hours. The nearest airports are Caen and Deauville and the nearest…

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