Property Blog

5th August 2022

From £2.25million buys you a superb property for all the family.

‘Setting off from home’, ‘on my way home’, ‘home for the holidays’, ‘Christmas at home’, even ‘getting married at home’ -  whatever age and stage of life, home is where the heart is, and there is nothing more reassuring for all the family than that. No matter what life throws at them, there is always home.

“We know property is a sound investment, none more so than over the long term, and what better than a property that stays in the same family for a generation or more,” says Sam... more

28th July 2022

The Cotswolds offers a plethora of festivals throughout the summer, and especially during the height of the summer holidays.

For the more high brow audiences, the Cheltenham Music Festival has an eclectic mix of classical and jazz music in mid July.  The Longborough Opera Festival concludes its season 28th July -2nd August with the Emerging Artists programme double bill. This is comprised of Freya Waley Cohen’s ‘Spell Book’, a dramatic song cycle inspired by the composers’s encounter with Rebecca Tamas’ collection of poems, Witch, and Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina.


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28th July 2022

The Fox at Barrington is a beautiful Cotswold pub, located by the bridge on the banks of the River Windrush in the gorgeous village of Great Barrington, just 2 miles from the town of Burford.

The King family and their team took over The Fox in early 2022, and have made some wonderful improvements to this very pretty pub. You will find a warm welcome, excellent food, drink and service, all in the stunning location at the heart of the Cotswolds.


A sunny day offers a lovely opportunity to dine and drink alfresco in the beautiful garden at the edge of the river, and in winter you can enjoy a drink beside the log burner in the cosy bar, or dinner in the riverside... more

25th July 2022

Often when we visit the homes of our clients, we see the Cotswold paintings of Rupert Aker hanging on the wall. Indeed, some of our team here at Butler Sherborn have also collected his work.

We therefore thought it would be interesting to have a chat with Rupert about his work here in the Cotswolds.

Rupert is based in Painswick on the Cotswold escarpment, where he has a studio gallery in the old public toilets - aptly named ‘The Loovre’. From this base, he ranges widely over the Cotswolds to find suitable locations to paint. He tends to avoid the touristy chocolate-box locations in favour of the more hidden treasures that only the locals know. Exploring the hills and... more

19th July 2022

Prices from £775,000 to £2.25million

Comments Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn: “Despite the war in Ukraine, the increase in inflation and the cost-of-living crisis which is impacting on so many people, the Cotswold residential property market continues to perform well.  There is no doubt that the pandemic has increased people’s desire to live out-of-town, whether permanently or by having a second home or bolt hole.  Working from home is much more popular, while there is also a trend for families wanting to live closer together,... more

15th July 2022

For the rural community in the Cotswolds, Moreton Show is the highlight of the year.

Run by a traditional Agricultural Society, the Show promotes all the best local produce, crops and livestock together with agricultural skills and modern farming practices. It offers a wonderful opportunity for a terrific family day out, with a showground packed with activities from falconry and working dog demonstrations, to parades of the best cattle, sheep and pigs, show jumping and stunt bikes, to stonewalling and stands full of ‘big boys toys’.


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15th July 2022

There is a great deal to do when someone close to you dies. In addition to both shock and grief, there are certain formalities which are required by law, all of which can be overwhelming.

Forearmed, is forewarned, and familiarity with the process prior to a death is often both reassuring and helpful.

To briefly summarise, probate is the judicial process of authenticating a last Will and Testament, if the deceased made one. It includes locating and determining the value of the deceased's assets, paying final bills and taxes, and distributing the remainder of the estate to the rightful beneficiaries.

Where do we as Valuers come in?

If property was owned by... more

1st July 2022

Katy Freeman joined the Butler Sherborn Burford office in February 2020.

Having worked in the industry locally for some 20 years, she now runs a small and extremely busy team, covering the area from Lechlade to Burford and out to Charlbury.

Have you always lived in the Cotswolds?

Yes, I was born in Coln St Dennis and my family later moved to Upper Slaughter, where my parents still live today. Having moved around the Cotswolds, and  having spent a short time in Wokingham, I have always regarded the Cotswolds as my home.

What do you love most... more

30th June 2022

On a warm summer’s day in June, there are few more relaxing places to be than in the garden of a country pub, perhaps beside flowing water, with a drink in one hand, and good company on the other.

The Swan at Swinbrook is on the banks of the River Windrush, close to Burford. It is a stunning Cotswolds inn boasting effortless décor, with a delightful personality, and a unique setting, which compliments its rich history.

Swinbrook was home to the aristocratic Mitford family. The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, known to the family as ‘Debo’ was especially attached to her Cotswold childhood, and this magical enclave.

The Swan boasts a superb restaurant with local, seasonal... more

21st June 2022

Bibury is a small village in the south Cotswolds. This charming Cotswold village has a population of just over 600 inhabitants, and it was indeed recorded in the Doomsday book in 1068, when it was known as Becheberie.

Perhaps for many, the most memorable and striking image in the village is that of Arlington Row, which is an enchanting collection of weavers cottages. Bibury was described by William Morris as “the most beautiful village in England”, and it is arguably one of the most famous and popular spots in the Cotswolds.

Bibury is actually two small villages, separated by the River Coln. The Coln flows through the middle of Bibury. On the one side of the river is Bibury, and on the other,... more

16th June 2022

Four properties new on the market from £800,000 - £3million

Langley Hill Farm, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5AA - £3million


For those looking for complete escape, Langley Hill Farm offers 207 acres of land on the edge of the historic Cotswold town of Winchcombe, best known as home of Sudeley Castle.  Positioned within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it enjoys spectacular views of the Malvern Hills, the Vale of Evesham and the Sudeley Estate.

Spring House is the principal dwelling on the farm and sits... more

24th May 2022

Set on the ancient wold, with an uninterrupted view over the Evenlode Valley, the beautiful, grassed amphitheatre and splendid Pavilion provide a magical setting for excellent, inspiring, and uplifting entertainment for everyone

The Amphitheatre has been created in memory of Janet Cockell, whose love of telling stories, the performing arts, and the Cotswolds inspired the family to build this venue. Janet’s husband, Keith had the vision  and co-owner, Jono Dudfield sculpted the venue. Janet’s daughter, Judy Reaves, an established West End Theatre designer, heads the creative team, together with her husband, Production Manager, David Hamblett. Their son, Charlie Hamblett is an actor (Killing Eve, The Secret Agent,... more

24th May 2022

With demand continuing to outstrip supply in the Cotswolds, the market is running hot. If you are to stand a chance of securing your dream home, you need to be organised, proactive and decisive.

WHAT - Know what you want. WHERE – Know where you want it. BUDGET– Set your budget FINANCE  – Have it in place. SELL -   Your own home    -  if you need to. PROFESSIONALS COMPROMISE BE DECISIVE REGISTER BE SMART - not Sharp


The Cotswolds has always been, and remains a very attractive area in which to live. The pandemic has strengthened demand in the area, which offers easy access to London, Oxford, Bristol and Birmingham, together with an ability to work form home... more

13th May 2022

Potential buyers are increasingly turning to private sales to try and purchase land without it being available to the public. So if you are thinking of selling, should you pursue a private sale or go to the open market?

In some circumstances, private sales can benefit from discretion, speed, and premiums paid. The reasons why sellers may choose to sell off-market include privacy, or wanting to test the market and see how much money they are offered, before committing to a sale. A neighbour, for example, may be willing to pay a worthwhile premium to stop a property being launched on the open market.

However, in some circumstances, it may be advisable to test the open market, create competition and to... more

10th May 2022

Annually, Burford School enters several teams into the Young Enterprise Organisation’s annual competition known as ‘The Tenner Challenge’. The teams comprise pupils from Year 10.

The competition has a whiff of The Dragons Den about it, or perhaps it is more resonant of the parable of the talents. It is known as the ‘Tenner Challenge’ as the pupils are given a pledge of £10.00. They are then expected to research and agree upon a product or service, into which they will invest the £10.00 to get the concept off the ground.

They will research the market and target audience for their service or product, together with  materials and production costs. They will... more

9th May 2022

Butler Sherborn announces five family homes new on the Cotswold market from £1.1million - £2.65million

Butlers Farm, Colesbourne, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NP - £2.65million


In an idyllic south facing valley location between Cirencester and Cheltenham, this five bedroom farmhouse makes a great family home, and with almost six acres, a stone barn, stables and ménage, perfect for those with equestrian interests.

Dating back to the late 18th century, original features include exposed beams and timbers, stone fireplaces, window seats and paved floors, with heritage style... more

5th May 2022

The Double Red Duke is a seventeenth century Cotswold stone coaching inn close to Oxford and Burford, and only minutes away from William Morris's Kelmscott, the village where the famous designer and founding figure of the Arts & Crafts Movement lived.

Sit by one of its many fires in winter or in the stunning gardens in summer, eat, drink and stay in one of its 19 beautiful bedrooms and walk some of the most idyllic countryside around.

A seat at the 10 seater chef’s counter is a brilliant experience. Order your wood fired scallops, steak, flat breads and whatever else you fancy from the menu or specials board and you get to watch Henrik and his team cook it all in front of you. Ever wondered how to cook that perfect T-bone? Well,... more

12th April 2022
Bird in flight highlighting Diversity Net Gain

Did you know that the UK is one of the most environmentally degraded countries in the world? This is one of the reasons why the concept of Biodiversity Net Gain was introduced by the Environment Act 2021. Biodiversity Net Gain seeks to ensure that natural habitat which is lost to a development scheme is not just replaced, but instead is enhanced by a further 10%.

It is expected that the Act will become fully effective in Autumn 2023. Although not yet compulsory, some local councils are moving towards Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) by insisting that there is no net loss to biodiversity when granting planning consent for new schemes, in the meantime.

BNG is calculated by reference to several key steps.  Firstly a “Phase 1” habitat survey is carried out on the development scheme, to establish a baseline of what type of habitat is present, and how... more

11th April 2022
A chick sits amongst colourful Easter Eggs

Butler Sherborn is delighted to wish everybody a Happy Easter and Bank Holiday weekend.

The market remains highly active and we are delighted to book viewings over the Easter weekend, subject to availability.

Do contact the relevant office BEFORE the weekend if you wish to book a viewing of a particular property.

Cirencester: 01285 883740
Burford: 01993 822325
Stow-on-the-Wold: 01451 830731

Our Offices will be closed on Good Friday 15th April, Easter Sunday 17th April and Easter Monday 18th April.

7th April 2022

Manor Farm Barns is an impressive five bedroom Grade II Listed Cotswold stone barn, offering almost 6,000 sq ft of accommodation ideal for family life and entertaining, with delightful gardens and a rural outlook. Guide Price £3,000,000.

Manor Farm Barns is a stunning threshing barn dating back to the late 18th Century, situated within the Tarlton Conservation Area, which is in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It was converted and sympathetically extended in the late 1990’s to a high standard, to create a comfortable and spacious family home of great character.

Many original details remain including exposed stone walls; arrow slit windows; blue brick paving and blue brick pillars; whilst more... more

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