A CHIPPING Campden couple have combined their own areas of expertise with an existing family business to launch a new venture.

Andrew and Clare Valender have set up Norton Grounds, a farm estate offering luxury accommodation as well as professional equestrian facilities in Aston Subedge, just outside Campden.

Norton Grounds Farm has been home to the Valender family for three generations and began offering holiday accommodation about three years ago.

In taking on the 120-acre estate, the couple have reinvented the family business which they hope will continue to attract tourists and the equestrian community to the North Cotswolds.

The new business has already attracted two new professional riders to the grounds, bringing with them a touch of Olympic flair.

Italian Olympic rider, Vittoria Panizzon, is moving to a brand new yard while dressage trainer, Liam Fisher, is now based at Norton Grounds Equestrian and has just announced clinic dates for those looking for expert dressage training.

They will be based at the site alongside Mrs Valender’s own yard, Valender Eventing.

“I’m delighted to welcome both Vittoria and Liam to Norton Grounds Equestrian," she said. "In addition to our existing facilities, we have ambitious plans which will further improve the range of opportunities we can offer to riders, trainers and other equestrian specialists.”

Mr Valender added: “I am thrilled that Clare and I are able to launch our own business at what has been my family home for generations.

"We have lots of ideas and exciting plans for the future and we’re looking forward to making Norton Grounds the first choice for people looking for family and dog-friendly accommodation with a touch of luxury.”

Facilities include stabling, an outdoor arena, grass dressage arena, show jumps, horse walker and access to miles of off road hacking in the Gloucestershire countryside.

The professional riders will be providing training clinics and residential camps throughout the year.