Butler Sherborn News

11th January 2018

Full Time Senior Lettings Negotiator

We have a fantastic opportunity within our thriving lettings department, for a motivated Senior Lettings Negotiator based in our Burford Office.

We are looking to secure an ambitious, determined and focused individual to compliment the department, business and the services that we provide.

The successful applicant will have previous lettings experience and demonstrate excellent communication and negotiation skills, together with being proactive and confident in dealing with clients and properties. It is essential for the successful applicant to be computer literate and have experience working with customer relations management (CRM) tools, together with holding a clean UK driving licence and a car owner.

Responsibilities and Duties

Canvass for new business and book valuations Carry out relevant appraisal paperwork Monitor and update website portals and CRM tools Book, conduct and report viewing... more
11th January 2018

Butler Sherborn – MRICS Qualified or Trainee Rural Surveyor (full time)

Position:  Rural Surveyor (Cirencester)

About Us:

Butler Sherborn is privately owned with offices in Cirencester, Stow, Burford, Oxford & Wantage.  We specialise in Residential Sales & Lettings, Land Sales & Acquisitions, Farm & Estate Management, Professional Valuations, Equestrian, New Homes & Development.

Role:

Our Rural department is growing and we are looking for a recently qualified rural surveyor or a highly capable and proactive trainee surveyor (ideally in their second year of training) to help support the expansion.  The position offers the successful candidate experience and professional development, working across a variety of professional and management work.

Areas of Work:

Estate, farm and property management Country house consultancy Professional valuations Land sales & acquisitions General professional work including, farm... more
8th January 2018

Grants and Subsidies can form an essential income stream for farms and Estate, here is a summary of what is on offer.

Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant

Applicants can now apply for the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant. This scheme is run jointly by the Forestry Commission and Natural England Technical Services and is open to all qualifying land managers.

 If successful, applicants will receive a capital grant of up to £6,800 per hectare and may be eligible for annual maintenance payments for 10 years. The planting must be completed within two years.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/countryside-stewardship-woodland-creation-grant-manual-2018

Hedgerow and Boundary Grants

The hedgerows and boundaries grant is a standalone capital grant under Countryside Stewardship. Farmers and other land managers can apply for this grant to help provide environmental and landscape benefits on their land.

The... more

2nd January 2018
Butler sherborn LLP

The Cotswold property specialist becomes a LLP from 1st January 2018. Two new partners join founding partner, Sam Butler

 

Butler Sherborn, the Cotswold property specialist with offices in Cirencester, Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Oxford and Wantage, has changed its business status to become a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) with effect from 1st January 2018.

In addition, two new partners - Elizabeth D’Allemagne and Richard Greasby have been appointed to join Sam Butler who founded the business in 1991.

“The move to become a Limited Liability Partnership will support the growth of the company, and is a really exciting opportunity for our clients, employees and partners,” says Sam.

“We have established a firm foundation over the past 26 years as the leading independent property specialist in the Cotswolds, and developed a name for serving our clients.  This transition to LLP status will place the business on a solid footing for the future, and better meet our clients’ requirements.”

With specialisations in residential and rural property sales and lettings,... more

11th December 2017

An Oxfordshire pub is gaining a reputation as the go-to destination for punters whose favourite tipple is a gin & tonic. Capitalising on the current craze for all things gin, The Plough at Clanfield specialises in the spirit and boasts more than 450 varieties including its own.

Quirkily packaged in a tin not much bigger than a hip flask, Gin-in-a-Tin is designed to fit through a post box so it can be ordered (and consumed) at home as well as the pub.  The Plough’s gins can be sampled at its gin pantry, where you can book a tasting and even create your own bespoke bottle, the recipe for which will be kept for you to re-order whenever you like. 

The initiative is that of proprietor Martin Agius, known locally as ‘The Gin Man’.  Oxfordshire born and bred and a long-time lover of gin, he bought The Plough ten years ago and offers aficionados witty opportunities to imbibe including Hendricks Gin & Tea at four in the afternoon (cream tea and cakes with a teapot of... more

5th December 2017

 

Whilst there have been reports in the press, about the difficult London residential property market, this isn’t entirely the case across the board.

It can be summarised by a dual market, with an under supply of properties up to £1m, and strong demand putting upward pressure on prices. However above this figure,  there is little demand, which together with over supply, has resulted in a drop in prices.

This state of affairs is re-enforced by the latest UK Finance data for Q3, which shows that first-time buyers in London borrowed £3.31 billion, up 7% on Q2 and 9% on Q3 2016, to reach its highest level for a decade. It has been sometime since the market has been driven up by first time buyers.

The Chancellors’ decision to reduce SDLT for first time buyers, on properties under £500,000 in London, will only add to this price pressure. The higher end is slow and asking prices are being reduced to absorb the high rates of SDLT. For example, a £2m property... more

4th December 2017

 

“I am prepared for worst, but hope for the best” Benjamin Disraeli

Whether you are considering a future sale of your property or hoping to avoid planning enforcement in the future, a Certificate of Lawful Use or Development (CLEUD) can help to avoid future complications, issues and needless worries.

What is it?

A Certificate of Lawful Existing Use or Development is a legal document, not a planning permission, issued by a Local Planning Authority.  It is used to regularise either a breach of planning policy or conditions and unauthorised development.

Once issued, a certificate establishes that an existing use, or activity, is lawful and that enforcement action cannot be taken.

When does it apply?

The length of a use, development or breach is the key consideration in assessing eligibility for a CLEUD.

Minimum time periods apply as follows:

4 years for material change of use of a building, or part, to use as a single... more
1st December 2017

In a year where the dialogue has been dominated by the “Brexit” negotiations and the general uncertainty this has wrought on the UK economy, it is very refreshing news indeed that the UK Government is set to throw £50 Billion+ at finally resolving the inertia. The country can then set about getting back on to the sure footing it enjoyed before the European Referendum. Uncertainty in any market is an issue and given this latest news, we are expecting less of it in 2018. In 2017, the market has been beset by decision paralysis, primarily amongst Sellers, who have been reticent and have in greater numbers than expected held off in making the decision to sell. Available stock levels could therefore see a bounce in the first quarter of 2018, which will serve to stimulate buyers, whose impression in the  second half of 2017 has been that the market has been somewhat static. The still very low cost of borrowing  makes 2018 a window of opportunity in which to buy whilst prices are stable,... more

27th November 2017

Orange Key Design Studios provide us with a useful insight into unlocking the potential in your home.

Almost all properties have building or renovation potential.  Carefully considered design can add extra space to an existing property or imporive the living spaces within.

New life can be given to any home by renovating, adding an extension, loft conversation or garage conversion.

Completely overhauling the exterior of a property will transform not only it's look, but the way you feel about it; the good news is that there are ways of doing this to suit all budgets.

Download the full guide, which includes examples of typical project timelines, the planning process, the build process and estimated costs.

 

17th November 2017

Join us for a glass of mulled wine & a mince pie on Friday 1st December from 6.00pm onwards at our Wantage office to support the Wantage Dickensian Evening.

Wantage Dickensian evening is a Christmas festival held in and around the Wantage Market Place.  It’s a free social community event organised by a group of volunteers and supported by the Wantage Town Council and local sponsors. 

This is a great festive event for all of the family, a copy of the programme of events follows which includes, various commercial stalls, community groups featuring their work, local artists and performers featuring their seasonal programme, Christmas activities for children. Father Christmas, real reindeer, donkeys from the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary.  Christmas Carols with the Wantage Silver Band and the Parish Church Choir and let’s not forget the Victorian Fun Fair!

We very much hope to see you there.

 

15th November 2017

As part of the construction of HS2 seven million new trees are to be planted from London to the West Midlands.

A separate fund of £5 million is available to support the restoration of existing ancient woodland sites and the creation of new woodland. The Forestry Commission has launched the first phase of the fund with £1million released for applications from January 2018.

The fund targets land within 25 miles of HS2 - click on the 25-mile buffer map below to check if your land is eligible.

Land marginally outside of the buffer may also be considered for this new funding (discretionary) if proposals are going to make significant positive improvement to the environment.

What is funded?

Native Woodland Creation - funding of up to £8,500 per (gross) hectare, plus maintenance payments of £200 per hectare, per year for 10 years paid at years 5 and 10. PAWS Restoration - up to £4,000 per (net) hectare of planting, with additional payments for... more
14th November 2017

 

It is said that ‘shopping is the cure for all sadness’ so why not beat the winter blues with a visit to the iconic Burford Garden Company in the heart of the Cotswolds.  

Retail heaven to those in the know, this stylish emporium just outside Burford is about as far as you can get from the madding crowds of the British high street. Staunchly independent and distinctly non-corporate, this relaxed utopia offers an ever-changing collection of unique pieces for the home and garden.

So how does it all come together?

A flurry of activity goes on behind the scenes.  While I leisurely browse this season’s collection, the Burford Garden Co. buying team is busy planning the next, individually sourcing each piece. This involves meeting and talking to a lot of local designers, artisans and artists, and travelling the world to find the colourful and eclectic pieces that lend a touch of the exotic.  The buying team tell me they are always on the hunt for unusual... more

31st October 2017

Butler Sherborn are delighted to announce that Moira Tremaine has joined the Burford Office agency team  as a residential sales negotiator. Moira was raised in The Cotswolds, she has a detailed local knowledge, and many long standing contacts in the area. She has worked in property sales for the past 10 years, both in the UK and in Nairobi.

Moira will be part of the active and highly motivated residential sales team led by Angus Shipway in the  Butler Sherborn Burford office.

27th October 2017

The partner Planning Authorities of Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham are looking for potential development sites as they carry out the annual assessment of the suitability of land for variety of uses.  

The development sites will be assessed for a variety of uses in accordance with National Planning Policy Guidance. The purpose being for Planning Authorities to gain a better understanding of the amount and type of development deliverable.

During December of each year the three partner Planning Authorities a run a call for sites to be submitted, although submissions are welcomed all year round.

Submissions require a map showing the site boundaries, having an Ordnance Survey base and being clearly legible. If you have more than one site you wish to submit it will require a separate form and map.

Butler Sherborn’s Rural team offer guidance and can assess your site suitability and as required complete and submit the relevant documents on your behalf.... more

26th October 2017

 

The Jumps Season is finally going up a gear, and we’re delighted that our winter runners are starting to come out over the next few weeks.

The Ben Pauling/ Daryl Jacob combination has had a good start, with Skidoosh putting on a fine performance , to take a competitive bumper at Worcester. This lovely horse, despite being a bit green, showed his ability to win well. We are looking forward to see what is to come from him in the next few months, and we hope the future is bright!

Hidden Glen also shows true class making it two from two in bumpers this season, winning in incredible style at Southwell Racecourse!

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 award 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

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