What happened to the Queen’s £7m horse estate put up for sale by ex-England ace

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Queen Elizabeth II’s £7million former horse estate was put up for sale by a former England footballer who struggled to gain planning permission to improve the site. Mick Channon, a Three Lions star of the 1970s, bought the complex from the Queen in 1999 having made millions as a racehorse trainer post-retirement. 

The stunning 63-acre complex belonged to the former monarch from 1982 to when Channon purchased it 17 years later. It features a stunning main complex with six luxury bedrooms. 

Also located on the site are five three-bedroom detached bungalows, two separate cottages, and four flats. For the horses, there are 105 loose boxes and 35 stalls. 

Channon wanted to modernise the Berkshire complex and finance it through the partial sale of some of the estate. However, planning permission failed and the site was put up for either a full sale or as six separate lots. 

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An advert with Knight Frank estimates the guide price at a whopping £6,975,000. The advert reads: “A famous horse racing yard at the centre of which is a charming, immaculate country house with extensive stabling, cottages and office space set in 62.72 acres, previously owned by The Royal Family.”

Channon scored 21 times for England and became an iconic figure at Southampton during the seventies. But he then became a successful racehorse trainer and bought the complex from the Queen. It is not clear if a new buyer has been found. 

He told Racing Post last year: “It’s on the market, we’ve tried for planning and been turned down. This is a lovely place but we need to improve it. We’re looking to develop part of it so we can make it an up-to-date, modern yard. That’s what our plans were but we’ve walked into a brick wall.

“We wanted to build some American-style barns. We’re spread out over two or three acres, we have yards all over the place and we need to sell to build, you can’t pluck money out of the air.”

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Channon, 74, wanted to stay on the site but he said: “We’ve been pushed into a corner. We’ve been forced down the road of selling the whole place.

“We’ll see what happens, we’re in no desperate hurry to move. We’d be looking for somewhere for [son] Jack really.

“It’s sad for West Ilsley and for everybody. The gallops are very special – of all those I’ve seen, only Henry Candy’s can compare with them.”

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