Wednesday 08 Apr 2015

Florida Barn Renovation

Here’s our other renovation project, our barn in Wellington, FL, adjacent to the Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds. My mother and I bought this property in the late ’90s and built the barn. At the time, empty lots surrounded us. Now we’re in the heart of prime ski-on, ski-off real estate, as Philip calls it. You can ride to the horse show next door and compete; then an hour later, your horse can be lounging in the grass paddock.

We’ve always loved the peaceful feeling here—these water views and breezes, the openness of the stalls and lush courtyard. Horses are extra-happy here. And people, too, of course. We’ve upgraded the barn with all new finishings, custom stalls by Lucas Equine, a new six-stall center-aisle wing with tack room and feed storage (bringing the stall total to 18), a trellised patio by the lake, and a viewing deck for the riding arena.

The property’s on the market now, and we’ll be sad to see it go. I’ve spent some of the best times of my riding career here. But we’ve got plenty of other projects in the works—most importantly, our diamond-in-the-rough Connecticut farm.

In the meantime, all of Team Turnabout is enjoying a few weeks in this horsey paradise.

Main entry with fountain-and-pond view

Main entry with fountain-and-pond view

Overlooking the oak-shaded, half-circle drive

Overlooking the oak-shaded, half-circle drive

The courtyard

The courtyard

Pond view from the barn aisle

Pond view from the barn aisle

New trellised lunch spot

New trellised lunch spot

In the courtyard, our signature seahorse fountain

In the courtyard, our signature seahorse fountain

Wash stalls with courtyard-and-pond view

Wash stalls with courtyard-and-pond view

New six-stall private wing

New six-stall private wing

Powder room

Powder room

Entry to main tack room and lounge

Entry to main tack room and lounge

The lounge and tack room double as a trophy room.

The lounge and tack room double as a trophy room.

Looking onto the jumping field from the main drive

Looking onto the jumping field from the main drive

Allée of royal palms on the way to the all-weather arena

Allée of royal palms on the way to the all-weather arena

Deck overlooking the arena

Deck overlooking the arena

Everyone's new favorite lounging spot

New favorite lounging spot

On the way in from the arena and jumping field

On the way in from the arena and jumping field

Custom powder-coated stalls by Lucas Equine Equipment

Custom powder-coated stalls by Lucas Equine Equipment

The view from courtyard to main entry

The view from courtyard to main entry

Planter with Song of India; Bougainvillea on the wall

Planter with Song of India; Bougainvillea on the wall

Firefly enjoying the paddock (six-horse hot walker in the background)

Firefly enjoying the paddock (six-horse hot walker in the background)

The boys visiting FF

The boys visiting FF

The new path of herringbone brick pavers lets horses cross the courtyard without mussing that deluxe landscaping.

New path of herringbone brick pavers for horses crossing the courtyard

Home sweet home

Home sweet home

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