Bespoke Timber Stables

Scotts of Thrapston has over 50 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing first-class Bespoke Timber Stables for a range of clientele across the UK.
With many years of equestrian building experience, Scotts has a thorough understanding of what makes the perfect equine environment, whether for professional or private owners. Scotts liaise closely with you, advising from planning and concept to design and construction, we can harmoniously blend your building with existing architecture, where necessary, as well as creating a practical and efficient Stable yard.

Key Features

  • All Scotts Timber Stables are individually designed and hand-crafted in our purpose-built factory in Thrapston.
  • Our Timber Stables have been trusted and endorsed by generations of horses and discerning owners.
  • We’ve produced exceptional equestrian architecture for over half a century.
  • A team with thorough understanding of what makes the perfect equine environment.
  • Craftsmanship with horse welfare at its heart.

Select your perfect Stable type

Scotts is renowned for building Stables to meet your requirements and almost any shape and size can be accommodated within the Scotts design service. Every Stable is a one-off and Scotts can confidently claim to provide you a yard which is uniquely yours, whether it is one of the layouts below or not.

  • Straight Line Yard

    A straight line of loose boxes are of significant benefit where space is at a premium. Although generally chosen for smaller or private yards, this layout option can also offer benefits to larger yards that need to Stable horses temporarily in outlying areas.

  • L-shaped Yard

    One of the more popular layouts, the L-shaped yard provides a convenient and attractive option, particularly suited to a corner location. The L-shaped yard offers easy access to all boxes and can provide effective shelter for the horses.

  • U-shaped Yard

    For larger yards, requiring an efficient working environment, the U-shaped layout provides the best solution. This shape yard offers increased shelter and allows for easier management of staff and horses. Alternatively, a courtyard design is an extension of the U-shaped yard often suited to the commercial or professional set-up.

  • E-shaped Yard

    This layout is employed within a commercial yard with additional buildings e.g. offices and workshops. An E-shaped yard helps to create two distinct areas of the yard, whilst all being connected together, often with shared central facilities.

  • Alternative Yard Layouts

    Scotts has designed and built many alternative configuration Stable yards, including H-shaped and quadrangles, liaising closely with you to create a yard layout that suits your needs.

Making your Vision a Reality

Planning permission is compulsory for permanent equestrian buildings, for both commercial and professional use. Advice on presenting your application and handling bureaucracy is part of the Scotts service.

Following an initial consultation, a guideline estimate for your equestrian building will be provided. When agreed, we can provide a full set of drawings to accompany a Planning Application. We can assist with the completion of Planning Application forms, Design and Access Statements and Site Plans. However, for particularly sensitive areas, Scotts may well recommend seeking advice from a Planning Consultant at an early stage of the process. Scotts has worked closely with many Planning Consultants on behalf of our clients.

For further details on how Scotts can assist with your Planning Application, please view the Planning Permission web page.

When developing and designing your Stables, there is a lot to consider at the outset and attention to detail and meticulous planning is of paramount importance. A common mistake is not seeking professional advice and spending enough time at the planning stage. Careful design will ensure your Stables are a practical, functional and attractive investment. 

Following an initial consultation, taking into account your main criteria and budget, Scotts will produce a detailed plan for your consideration. 

Many years of equestrian and manufacturing experience have gone into the planning of a Scotts Stable yard and our dedicated team are happy to assist on almost any aspect of the design, working with you to get the best performance from your yard.

At this stage, Scotts highly recommend a site visit to make a closer inspection of the proposed location of your Stables. 

Scotts Stables are built to last generations with minimal maintenance, and there are countless examples still in operation after years of hard use.

The Stable itself and all of the ancillary structural components are manufactured in our purpose built factory in Thrapston, by our skilled craftsmen using quality materials.

Our manufacturing team is highly experienced and has supplied the equestrian world with unrivalled stabling for over 50 years. 

A dedicated and experienced installation team is responsible for the final construction of your yard. At an agreed date, Scotts will deliver and construct your Stables and associated buildings onto the pre-prepared site. At this stage, the walls, internal partitions, doors, windows and roof are all brought together to complete the project.

Scotts are able to co-ordinate with other specialist subcontractors, such as plumbers and electricians, so that the whole site is ready for the horses to move in upon completion. We pride ourselves on an excellent and committed, directly employed, installation team who regularly receive exceptional feedback on their workmanship and professionalism. You can be assured of a Stable yard that you and your horses will be proud of.

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Specification

Roof Options

Felt Tiles

These are cost effective and are available in a variety of colours and can be fitted on roofs up to a 30° pitch. Felt tiles are sometimes accepted as a replacement material for conventional tiles by local authorities.

Profile metal sheeting.

A maintenance free, steel finish available in a wide choice of colours. Performance guaranteed for up to 30 years, offering peace of mind.

Eternit Profile 3 Fibre Cement

Pre-fabricated fibre cement sheets, in a choice of colours to suit your requirements. It is available with its own integral vented ridge system to aid ventilation within the boxes. 

Metrotile

A traditional looking roof tile manufactured from a lightweight steel, with asphalt finish, available in a choice of profiles and colours. Metrotiles are robust and heavy duty and give a high level of aesthetic satisfaction. Available in different profiles to easily blend in with surrounding buildings, replicating the look of a conventional tiled roof. Metrotiles have a 50 years plus life expectancy.

Alternative Roof Choices

Alternatively, Scotts can supply trussed rafters to take clay or slate tiles, or cedar shingles, so that new buildings can match existing ones.

Exterior

Cladding

The aesthetic appeal of a Stable yard is partly dependent on the exterior cladding and with Scotts you have the ability to choose the cladding to suit surrounding buildings or your personal taste.

Scotts utilises our own pattern tongued and grooved shiplap boarding, as standard, which is affixed to a durable timber frame construction. Alternatively, you can specify rough sawn, rebated feather edged boarding, for a more rustic look or even specify your own special profile.

As standard, the cladding is machined from carefully selected European Redwood boards and is vacuum pressure impregnated with Osmose Naturewood to promote a long maintenance free life. If fire protection is required, Scotts can offer a flame retardant treatment to the cladding.

We can also offer alternative cladding materials such as Western Red Cedar, Siberian Larch or Oak to offer a long lasting natural finish which would not require decorative stain or preservative treatments.

Paint or Stain Finish

Scotts offers a wide variety of paint and stain finishes to enhance the individuality of your Timber Stables. The paint or stain is applied in the manufacturing process, ensuring all the tongues are individually painted, and a final coat is applied on site at the installation stage. 

Additionally, your Stable doors, barge boards and finials can be painted in contrasting tones to enhance the overall appearance of your Stables, creating a distinctive and unique look. 

Interior

As standard, exterior grade, high density kicking boards are fitted to eaves height in all Scotts loose boxes. This moisture resistant boarding has extra timbers fitted behind it to improve performance and its durability has proven ample for most horses, over many years. The standard Scotts kicking board can be steam cleaned and, if required, can be painted to give a more traditional feel to the boxes. 

However, for particularly boisterous horses and certainly for all professional applications, Scotts recommends the fitting of ‘stokbord’, to a minimum height of 1.2m on top of the standard kicking board, for extra protection.

Tack room interiors are, similarly, lined to eaves height and come complete with a flat ceiling to keep the tack in ideal conditions.

Scotts can provide mangers and tie rings within each loose box, saddle and bridle racks with each tack room and other fittings can also be supplied, at an additional cost.

Doors

Scotts loose boxes are all fitted with a ‘Newmarket’ Stable door and frame, which are designed and manufactured to an exceptionally high specification. The door is clad with tongued and grooved pressure impregnated boarding with a heavy duty galvanised steel lining and a deep door capping to prevent chewing. The door frames are pressure treated and encased in galvanised steel for extra durability. Wider and taller doors can be provided, for example for mares and foals or for racing yards.

A magnetic catch is fitted to hold the top door open and a cabin hook for the bottom door. Galvanised bolts and kick-over catches come as standard. Anti-weave grilles and extra galvanised sheeting are also available for the top door, at an additional cost.

Windows

Within each loose box, Scotts offers a standard louvred window, glazed with laminated glass, fitted into a galvanised steel frame with an internal galvanised grille. This design offers maximum security as well as instant and controllable ventilation.

Specialised windows and fenestration patterns can be designed and manufactured by Scotts of Thrapston to suit individual projects and requirements or to comply with planning regulations, as necessary.

As Individual as your Horse

Personalisation of your Scotts Timber Stables can be easily attained with our range of optional features. You can determine the final look of your Timber Stables by carefully choosing from the following range of distinctive features on offer.

Thank you all for a very helpful and professional service, from sales, planning and installation we could not have had a better supplier.

Mr & Mrs A, Cambridgeshire

The whole Scotts experience has been an excellent one, including the design and planning and construction.

Mr E, East Sussex

We are very pleased with our stables and we would recommend your company whenever we can.

Mrs M, Bedford

We are all delighted with the stables and hay barn. They have been much admired by anyone and everyone who calls in.

Mrs M, West Sussex

Stables look amazing... absolutely delighted with everything. Thank you so much.

Mrs B, Oxfordshire
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Product downloads and useful links

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            Product Specifications

            • Roof Options

              Felt Tiles

              These are cost effective and are available in a variety of colours and can be fitted on roofs up to a 30° pitch. Felt tiles are sometimes accepted as a replacement material for conventional tiles by local authorities.

              Profile metal sheeting.

              A maintenance free, steel finish available in a wide choice of colours. Performance guaranteed for up to 30 years, offering peace of mind.

              Eternit Profile 3 Fibre Cement

              Pre-fabricated fibre cement sheets, in a choice of colours to suit your requirements. It is available with its own integral vented ridge system to aid ventilation within the boxes. 

              Metrotile

              A traditional looking roof tile manufactured from a lightweight steel, with asphalt finish, available in a choice of profiles and colours. Metrotiles are robust and heavy duty and give a high level of aesthetic satisfaction. Available in different profiles to easily blend in with surrounding buildings, replicating the look of a conventional tiled roof. Metrotiles have a 50 years plus life expectancy.

              Alternative Roof Choices

              Alternatively, Scotts can supply trussed rafters to take clay or slate tiles, or cedar shingles, so that new buildings can match existing ones.

            • Exterior

              Cladding

              The aesthetic appeal of a Stable yard is partly dependent on the exterior cladding and with Scotts you have the ability to choose the cladding to suit surrounding buildings or your personal taste.

              Scotts utilises our own pattern tongued and grooved shiplap boarding, as standard, which is affixed to a durable timber frame construction. Alternatively, you can specify rough sawn, rebated feather edged boarding, for a more rustic look or even specify your own special profile.

              As standard, the cladding is machined from carefully selected European Redwood boards and is vacuum pressure impregnated with Osmose Naturewood to promote a long maintenance free life. If fire protection is required, Scotts can offer a flame retardant treatment to the cladding.

              We can also offer alternative cladding materials such as Western Red Cedar, Siberian Larch or Oak to offer a long lasting natural finish which would not require decorative stain or preservative treatments.

              Paint or Stain Finish

              Scotts offers a wide variety of paint and stain finishes to enhance the individuality of your Timber Stables. The paint or stain is applied in the manufacturing process, ensuring all the tongues are individually painted, and a final coat is applied on site at the installation stage. 

              Additionally, your Stable doors, barge boards and finials can be painted in contrasting tones to enhance the overall appearance of your Stables, creating a distinctive and unique look. 

            • Interior

              As standard, exterior grade, high density kicking boards are fitted to eaves height in all Scotts loose boxes. This moisture resistant boarding has extra timbers fitted behind it to improve performance and its durability has proven ample for most horses, over many years. The standard Scotts kicking board can be steam cleaned and, if required, can be painted to give a more traditional feel to the boxes. 

              However, for particularly boisterous horses and certainly for all professional applications, Scotts recommends the fitting of ‘stokbord’, to a minimum height of 1.2m on top of the standard kicking board, for extra protection.

              Tack room interiors are, similarly, lined to eaves height and come complete with a flat ceiling to keep the tack in ideal conditions.

              Scotts can provide mangers and tie rings within each loose box, saddle and bridle racks with each tack room and other fittings can also be supplied, at an additional cost.

            • Doors

              Scotts loose boxes are all fitted with a ‘Newmarket’ Stable door and frame, which are designed and manufactured to an exceptionally high specification. The door is clad with tongued and grooved pressure impregnated boarding with a heavy duty galvanised steel lining and a deep door capping to prevent chewing. The door frames are pressure treated and encased in galvanised steel for extra durability. Wider and taller doors can be provided, for example for mares and foals or for racing yards.

              A magnetic catch is fitted to hold the top door open and a cabin hook for the bottom door. Galvanised bolts and kick-over catches come as standard. Anti-weave grilles and extra galvanised sheeting are also available for the top door, at an additional cost.

            • Windows

              Within each loose box, Scotts offers a standard louvred window, glazed with laminated glass, fitted into a galvanised steel frame with an internal galvanised grille. This design offers maximum security as well as instant and controllable ventilation.

              Specialised windows and fenestration patterns can be designed and manufactured by Scotts of Thrapston to suit individual projects and requirements or to comply with planning regulations, as necessary.