Butler Sherborn News

19th October 2017

Butler Sherborn is proud to announce that we have received a Gold rating in the British Property Awards 2017.

The British Property Awards sets out to highlight and reward excellence within the UK residential property sector at a local level. Estate Agents are judged by mystery shoppers who will mark their experience against 25 different criteria.

Butler Sherborn’s service was judged to be a Gold Standard for the area of Wantage. Commenting on the aware Gavin West said

“The Butler Sherborn business operates a tight team who are chosen for their dedication to clients, expertise, long standing local knowledge and inexhaustible energy in achieving a conclusion for our clients.  Our team of experts don’t just work here, we live our lives in the area and understand all that it has to offer.  We truly do go the extra mile for our clients, so it is extremely rewarding to be recognised independently for this.”

Butler Sherborn would like to thank its staff for their dedication and hard work in achieving this award.

 

 

 

19th October 2017

Energy Efficiency Regulations

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 have been brought in to tackle the least energy-efficient properties in England and Wales – those rated F or G on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

The Regulations establish a minimum standard for both domestic and non-domestic privately rented property, effecting new tenancies from 1st April 2018.

Benefits of Energy Efficiency

It is proven that EPC F and G rated properties waste energy. They impose unnecessary costs and they contribute to avoidable greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing the energy efficiency of domestic rental properties can help:

manage the energy costs of tenants improve the condition of properties and help reduce maintenance costs reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Minimum EPC Standards

The Regulations set out the minimum level of energy efficiency for private rented property in England and Wales is to be an energy performance... more

17th October 2017

Recommendations reap rewards….

 

I am delighted to say that our business continues to go from strength to strength and we have found that this is in part due to personal recommendations; when people recommend a business to someone else, whilst they themselves may have had a good experience with us, there is always a further leap of faith.   At Butler Sherborn we do not take personal recommendations for granted, so we reward everyone!

To qualify, all you need to do is to recommend that your friends, family or colleagues come to us for property related advice and, once they have contacted us, you could be on your way to a very special evening.

I would be delighted to gift a meal for two at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons to you on completion of the sale of the recommended property.  Just let me know that you have recommended us and who to.

I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Best wishes,

Gavin West

01865 510000 - gavin@butlersherborn.co.uk

 

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16th October 2017

Why Butler Sherborn’s Property Management Service Just Makes Sense

One of the most important decisions you will make when investing in a buy to let property is whether you want to manage the property yourself. As a hands on landlord you will need to handle the upkeep and maintenance of the property, marketing, rent collection, management of deposits and all the other reactive and proactive aspects of the role. You’ve to juggle the role with your commitments at work and home.

Butler Sherborn offers a comprehensive property management service for our landlords. Our team of expert property managers will take the stressful and time consuming burden of managing a property portfolio.

As the landlord, you have a legal responsibility to stay on top of all the changes to property legislation. Realistically, unless you have a keen understanding of law or a lot of time on your hands, you could never keep up with the changes. All team members carry the Technical Award in Residential Lettings and Management and attend regular training courses to... more

13th October 2017

A versatile property located amongst some of Oxfordshire’s most beautiful countryside, 1 Stonelands features a charming Grade II house on five acres of land. 

The house has been sensitively updated and combines well-proportioned living space with a wealth of charm and character.  The heart of the home is the generous drawing room with exposed beams and French doors out to the terrace and, on the other side of the entrance hall, a spacious kitchen/dining room boasts a travertine floor & range cooker.  There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms, all with views over the immaculate garden. 

The property has been enhanced by the construction of a four bedroom cottage for holiday lets.  Immaculately designed in contemporary country style, it is light and spacious with an open-plan layout linking the twenty-foot living room to a fitted kitchen/dining room.  There are two stylish bathrooms, one of which features a stunning egg-shaped bath. 

1 Stonelands is a... more

10th October 2017

Rural and Professional

 

The Rural & Professional Department led by Richard Greasby, have produced a new brochure detailing the comprehensive services they offer.  These range from Farm Management, Land Sales and Acquisitions through to Professional Valuations and Accounts.

19th September 2017

The perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause - Macmillan Coffee Morning. Friday 29th September 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon. All welcome coffee, cakes and chatter!

Butler Sherborn are delighted to be hosting Macmillan Coffee Mornings in their Cirencester and Stow offices from 10.00 - 12.00 noon on Friday 29th September. Please do drop in and join us. Together we can make sure no one faces cancer alone.

15th September 2017

Ben Pauling Racing, sponsored by Butler Sherborn

 

Ben Pauling Racing, sponsored by Butler Sherborn, had their first Open Day, followed by their annual Owners’ Day Lunch and party last Sunday. Ben paraded his brightest and best, with Cheltenham winners, A Hares Breath and Willoughby Court looking ready for another exciting season. The success of the yard last season is underpinned by the increase in the  number of horses Ben has in training, which is now in excess of 65.

There are new additions to the team, as Gill Tait comes in as Head Girl, with a wealth of experience in the racing industry, especially breaking young stock. Daryl Jacob has joined jockeys, Nico de Boinville and David Bass, and Grace is now running the office, as Ben’s PA and secretary.

Should anybody be interested in owning a horse in training with Ben Pauling, he has horses available. There is always the entertaining option of becoming part of the Ben Pauling Racing Club with other racing enthusiasts and interests in a number of horses.... more

15th September 2017

A genuinely picturesque detached cottage set in a handsome plot of circa 0.4 of an acre in the charming and wonderfully peaceful hamlet of Lyford.

The property is listed Grade 2 and dates from the 17th Century with later additions . The thatch was redone about five years ago

An annexe barn was constructed in the north west corner of the plot a few years ago. This is a wonderfully versatile building which serves as a very comfortable extra bedroom with its own shower room and large sitting/work area so can serve equally well as a fabulous home office or perhaps a gym. It is quite close to but neatly private from the main cottage so if you were to have weekend guests staying there they can be pretty self-contained with their own outside space separate from the main garden.

Tudor Cottage itself has three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor and then on the ground floor it has kitchen, breakfast room, sitting room, dining room, snug and cloakroom so there... more

15th September 2017

We are now three quarters of the way through 2017.  Whilst all the good and varied reasons for buying and owning land remain, we continue to see the polarisation of demand and sale prices making the work of a rural valuer all the more challenging.

Uncertainty has been the buzz word, whatever your political views, since the unexpected referendum result last year, the general election and the start of Brexit negotiations.  We are seeing buyers of commercial farmland alone being a little more cautious, farms or land with diverse income streams and smaller blocks more popular.  Prices achieved and speed of sale can vary widely but the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire is still a popular place to buy.  Availability of land is still however relatively low, which helps underpin values.

An example of the type of land retaining its value and popularity is a block of 20 acres of level pasture on the edge of the village of Chedworth near Cirencester, http://www.butlersherborn.co.uk/... more

15th September 2017

So said the inimitable long running 1980's game show, and this too has to be the prevailing market catch phrase, for it is manifestly evident that even with the limited stock that is currently available, that property will not actually sell until prospective buyers sense value.

Agencies that have the requisite experience, with personnel who have worked through all phases of an economic cycle, will know how to appropriately respond to "uncertainty" in the property market, and with the combination of "Brexit" / negative 24 hour rolling news / increased Stamp Duty liability, if you plump for the wrong strategy as a seller now, then you run the very great risk of de-valuing what is in most cases your single most important asset.

There aren't really longer sale times, there are just incorrect prices or ineffective marketing strategies, for we have counter intuitively, post the General Election that failed to achieve its purpose, entered a buyer's market. I say counter... more

13th September 2017

Blenheim International Horse Trials 13th-17th September 2017

 

Head of Butler Sherborn’s Equestrian Department, Ben Way, is taking two horses for their first 3* outings in their 8th & 9th year. He will ride Mr and Mrs Lay’s 9 year old gelding, Croisiere in the 9 year old class with his dressage on Thursday.

His second horse, is the 8 year old gelding, Enduro A Dalriada, owned by Mrs Kate England, and will do his test on Friday with the show jumping set for Saturday and cross country on Sunday.

5th September 2017

Moreton Show Saturday 2nd September 2017

 

Butler Sherborn kick started their day at Moreton Show with an exclusive Breakfast on Saturday in The Members’ Enclosure. Together with the Dancing Diggers, Heavy Horses and an exceptional show of livestock, Butler Sherborn and their guests enjoyed the benefits of the sunshine and the Cotswold Distillery Gin Bar. Thank you to everyone who came to see us. 

 

18th August 2017

Hillview appears to have all that anyone could wish for of an English country cottage, tranquillity, fine views, ‘roses round the door’ good looks, gorgeous garden and the potential to grow.

 

Hillview Cottage in Knighton is as pretty a cottage as ever you could hope to find, built principally of stone under a thatched roof (completely re-thatched in 2011).

It sits at the foot of The Downs on the very edge of the village looking north over The Vale of the White Horse with the most stunning far reaching views that you can imagine. Being set just a little way up the hill extends the reach and the effect of the view dramatically and there is barely a house to be seen in the wide vista that extends for miles towards Longcot and Faringdon.

The feeling is of looking at a model village with farms, cows, sheep, tractors etc dotted across the landscape to create a perfect rural idyll stretching out before you.

Hillview stands in a plot of circa 0.4 of an acre of beautifully manicured sloping lawns bounded by beech hedge with a similarly well kept kitchen garden close to the back door and a sweeping gravel drive leading to the garage and car port.... more

9th August 2017

Inactivity is bad for people's health, with experts describing it as a 'silent killer'. Many adults spend more than seven hours a day sitting down and for people aged 65 and over this can rise to ten hours or more.

Being more active can reduce the risk of major illnesses and walking is a great way to start. Walking is also good for reducing stress and fatigue, increasing your energy levels and improving your concentration.

To help people get out and about walking in their local communities we've put together a little information about lovely walks in Oxfordshire.

9th August 2017
landscape

Butler Sherborn are delighted to welcome Edward Knowles as a member of the Rural Team.

 

Edward has been a land agent for some 25 years. He has a wealth of experience managing estates and mixed farms across the country, and more recently in Norfolk and Gloucestershire

Edward will be reinforcing the busy Rural Team with Georgina Bush and Jonathan Malings, led by Richard Greasby. 

8th August 2017

Moreton Show - Saturday 2nd September 2017

 

Butler Sherborn is again delighted to sponsor The Members’ Enclosure on the Grand Arena at Moreton Show, Saturday 2nd September. This traditional Agricultural Society show offers a wide range of events for all, with an emphasis on  farm stock and the rural aspects of life. Members of the Butler Sherborn team will be in The Members’ Enclosure throughout the day, and welcome those of you wishing to pop in to see us for a drink.

The Cotswold Distillery are providing an exciting Gin Cocktail Bar, for the first time this year, in the Members Enclosure.

 

 

4th August 2017

 

Ben Way, Head of Butler Sherborn Equestrian, achieved an excellent result at the British Eventing Championships, Gatcombe this weekend,  coming 12th in the Intermediate, with Kate England’s Enduro A Dalriada, kindly sponsored by Walnut Hill Equine Veterinary Clinic http://www.walnuthillequine.co.uk. They will now head to Blenheim Palace 3*CIC in September.

Good Luck Ben!

3rd August 2017

Butler Sherborn's Gin of choice

Congratulations to Cotswolds Distillery on their GOLD OUTSTANDING AWARD 2017!

Do look at their Cotswolds Summer Cup on line too  ...

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http://www.cotswoldsdistillery.com/

31st July 2017

 

 

"There remains a strong demand from buyers for realistically priced, good quality Cotswold property, across all price bands, despite the chronic political and economic volatility. Village properties, and those in our lovely market towns continue to attract a wide variety of buyers, both from within the local area and further afield. The school holidays as usual, will have an impact on activity but, we are feeling positive about this autumn."

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