Property Blog

23rd October 2018

With autumn now in full swing, the countryside turning gold, copper, russet and yellow, ripe fruit and leaves starting to fall, and the hint of wood smoke in the air - it’s a wonderful time of year.

The autumn is also a classic time to move to a new house, and Butler Sherborn has launched three beautiful, well-seasoned homes on the market.

The Gatehouse, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, OX7 6DG - £775,000


This extremely rare and individual detached property is at the entrance to the Jacobean mansion of Shipton Court.  Located in the centre of the former mediaeval village of Shipton-under-Wychwood and a previous winner of the best kept village in England award, this is in the glorious Evenlode Valley, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and just four miles north of Burford, Gateway to the Cotswolds.

The Gatehouse offers spacious accommodation comprising an entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/... more

23rd October 2018

As we come into the autumn, our competition season is drawing to a close. Our last event of the season is a trip to the south of France this week, where my wife, Sarah, will be competing a little horse called Dassett Cooley Dun at the Pau CCI 4*.

At 15.1 hands, Dassett Cooley Dun is one of, if not, the smallest horses in the world  currently competing at 4*, the highest level in eventing. Most of our competition horses will now have a holiday for 6 to 8 weeks, however the yard remain busy through the winter, with the hunters coming. We also use the quieter time in the winter to break in the 3 year olds, ready for next season.  

On reflection, we have had a very positive 2018 season, with an exciting line up of 4 year olds joining our string,  and all of which have impressed us during their debut season. A number of the older horses have progressed up though the grades, and are showing the potential to replace a couple of the older campaigners, who might now be looking for a slightly quieter life by stepping down to 3* level next year.  

On a work related note, 2018 has been an interesting year for the Equestrian department at Butler Sherborn. With a busy start to 2018, we have experienced a market that has... more

2nd October 2018

After nearly half a century of our farming landscaped being governed under EU rules, the new Agriculture Bill, introduced into Parliament earlier in September, sets out how farmers and land managers will be paid in the future. 

There will be a fundamental switch to “public money for public goods”, but there is no detail on what the support budget will be for farming in the future, which is a significant omission.

The emphasis for future funding will be for provision of public goods such as:

Managing land in a way that protects the environment –  eg air and water quality, soil health, flood mitigation Improving animal welfare standards and the health of plants Supporting public access to the countryside. 

The “new” payments will replace the current direct payment scheme, which pays farmers on the total amount of land farmed.  Such payments have been under scrutiny from the public and the government, as they have favoured the largest land owners and are not linked to specific public benefits.  The new payments will be introduced under an environmental land management (ELM) scheme, which will build on existing environmental stewardship schemes familiar to many farmers.  The government... more

21st September 2018

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. 

Having a Coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa, enjoy some gorgeous treats and help Macmillan be there for people facing cancer.

20th September 2018

Karen Horne of Beltaine Designs features just a few of her choices from this autumn’s new Collections and her past commissions

As a nation, we Brits are, to say the least, obsessed with our homes, and as a result, our Interior Design industry is one of the best in the world.  Personally, I think nobody does it better!

As we enter the latter part of the year, we are into the Autumn Collections – time to be delighted and inspired by the wonderous new interior furnishing goodies coming our way in the world of Interior Design.

Yes, it is Focus / 18 – the world-class event at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour, London , where new products are launched by the best in the business.

As an Interior Designer, I start to get shivers of anticipation in August, and then quite carried away, once I start receiving previews of the gorgeous new fabric, wallpaper and passementerie collections.  So much to take in, and so little time! 

Sometimes the vast array of sumptuous material is a touch daunting for many of us………..TOO MUCH CHOICE!!  Naturally, having a steady and knowledgeable Design... more

18th September 2018

Four great Cotswold properties new on the market this autumn from £795,000 - £1.25m and 10 highly recommended gastro pubs across the region

Whether you’re looking for ‘just a pint’, a good meal or to get to know the local area, the Cotswolds is peppered with some excellent and award winning pubs.

“You don’t have to go far to find exceptional food, a roaring log fire and a warm welcome, and if you’re new to the area, there’s the opportunity to meet new people and quickly feel part of the community,” says Sam Butler of Cotswold property specialist Butler Sherborn. See below for our ‘10 great gastro pubs across the Cotswolds’.

“And for those thinking about a move to the country, we are launching some very exciting Cotswold homes on the market this autumn - and the nearest pub is never far away,” adds Sam.

Stayts Farm is a classic Cotswold stone village house with great character.  Grade II Listed and dating from the 17th century, it is the perfect family home while offering the opportunity to update the interior to one’s own needs and style.

Stayts Farm, Church Westcote, Gloucestershire OX7 6SF... more

10th September 2018

Lynwood & Co have recently opened a new cafe in the centre of Burford, and it is already very popular.

The first Lynwood & Co Cafe opened in Lechlade-Upon-Thames in 2015. The owners, Rob & Kats Broadbent have continued to build on its success, opening another cafe in Fairford and now, due to customer demand, yet another glorious café on The Hill in Burford.

Their coffee is organic and hand selected, and they are now producing their own large quantities of sourdough bread. Lynwood pride themselves on sourcing local ingredients, and their breakfasts are simply irresistible. Their cafes are at the heart of their communities, and they are keen supporters of the local schools and charities.

The cafes are relaxed yet vibrant, with an impressive cake selection and highly attractive interior designs. Everyone is welcome, including any four-legged friends. Lynwood & Co offer a refreshing and superior alternative to the impersonal chain cafes. I doubt you’ll ever have tasted such incredible sourdough!

The Butler Sherborn office in Burford is tucked away at the... more

4th September 2018
Stayts Farmhouse, Church Westcote

Katy Campbell, House Hunter in the Cotswolds, chose Stayts Farm as one of her top 10 properties on the market in the Cotswolds -

'Church Westcote is the quintessential Cotswolds village, perfectly peaceful and packed full of beautiful houses built from honeyed, Cotswold stone. Stayts Farm is one such house. The interior needs updating but it's nestled in the middle of the village and has its own little orchard. Best of all, it's walking distance from The Feathered Nest pub in the adjoining village of Nether Westcote. This delightful establishment has the dual honour of having both the best menu and best view of any pub in the Cotswolds, which is saying something.


Contact Butler Sherborn Elizabeth D'Allemagne 01451 830731

4th September 2018

Cotswold property specialists, Butler Sherborn, is expanding its lettings department in Cirencester on the back of strong demand from the town and surrounding villages

The company has run its lettings business across its three offices for many years, but the increase in demand makes the expansion of Cirencester an obvious step, as Vanessa Carter, head of lettings based in Burford explains: “Over the last year there has been a particular increase in the number of young executives and their families moving into the area, and either working locally or commuting to Cheltenham, Oxford, Swindon or Bristol.

“We have established a good reputation with landlords and tenants alike, and provide a first class lettings service with a wide range of properties - from one bedroom apartments in town, country cottages and village houses, through to large manor houses with stables and land.”

The Cirencester lettings business will now be run by Emma Abbott, who as an established... more

28th August 2018

Sponsorship Opportunity for Cotswold RDA Horsebox



Due to the generous donation of £8,000 by the trustees of The Sir Peter O’Sullevan’s Charitable Trust the appeal has achieved it’s target!

The Cotswold RDA are delighted and extremely grateful to all who donated, in addition to the Trust.

Cotswold Riding for the Disabled is so much more than just a riding school – they are a supportive community of riders, families, carers, schools, colleges, trustees, staff, volunteers, other charities and ponies all working together to ensure everyone involved in Cotswold RDA achieves the very best that they can be.

They provide therapy, enjoyment and a sense of achievement for over 200 disabled adults and children with a range of physical or mental disabilities and learning difficulties through a variety of activities to include riding and other equine-based therapies. The youngest rider is 3 years old and the oldest is 77 years young!  Their aim is to help each of our riders to... more

28th August 2018

Ben is Heading Back to Burghley next week with one of his top horses Galley Light a 15YO, TB gelding owned by himself and Elisabeth Collins. Burghley is undoubtedly one of the toughest 4* tracks in the world and by the look of the course preview Captain Mark Phillips who designs the course, has once again created a proper Burghley cross country test.

23rd August 2018
Eagle Talons - original pastel £150


Butler Sherborn were delighted to sponsor an exhibition earlier this year of Lesley- Anne’s recent work.  Now moving studios, Lesley- Anne is prompted to have a Sale at Kingham Village Hall, OX7 6YJ

Originals and prints will be available from £150.00.


FRIDAY 7th September        5- 8.30pm

SATURDAY 8th September 10.30-8.30pm

SUNDAY 9th September     10.30-5.00pm    



14th August 2018


Walking across open countryside is something that many people enjoy and the availability of footpaths, bridlepaths and open byways allows the public access to areas that would otherwise be retained for the benefit of landowners alone. Landowners have a duty of care to members of the public on their land which they need to be fully aware of.  Rights of way can influence how farming operations are managed and leave landowners liable for the safety of the public, and these liabilities need to be addressed.

But how do public rights of way come about? 

There are a variety of different ways that a right of way can be dedicated, but generally they will either be by the landowner, presumed or implied to have been dedicated through use as a matter of law, or by way of an order made by the local authority.  All of these rights of way are documented on the local authorities’ definitive map which can be assessed online on their website.

The 21st century has... more

9th August 2018

Further expansion of the rural and professional department, residential agency and lettings

Mike Canby has joined Butler Sherborn to head up the rural and professional department’s farm and estate management work, and help further develop the estate management and country house consultancy.  He has extensive estate management experience from working in Dorset and Yorkshire, and has recently moved to the Cotswolds with his wife Ella.

As part of its planned expansion and following several years of growth, the department has also appointed Hennie Hargreaves, a RICS chartered surveyor and registered valuer.

Butler Sherborn rural development department, Hennie Hargreaves, centre

Hennie will work with Mike Canby, Jonathan Malings and Richard Greasby in providing estate management support and professional valuations, along with grant and subsidy advice for farmers.

Richard Greasby, partner and head of the rural and professional department says: “We are delighted to have Mike and Hennie join us.  They will provide greater breadth and... more

31st July 2018

Come to The Member’s Marquee, and join Butler Sherborn for Cotswold Distillery Gins and Goffs Distillery Beers on Saturday 1st September 11-5pm

We will be delighted to see you. Simply make yourself known as Butler Sherborn Guests at the Member’s Enclosure entrance.




30th July 2018

Four superb Cotswold properties with pools to cool-off in - from £1.3m - £2.45m

“As the long hot summer makes its way into the record books, buyers of country house properties are including swimming pools in their list of ‘must haves’,” says Sam Butler of the Cotswold property specialists, Butler Sherborn.

“And rather than do battle with everyone at the airport, our superb summer is also favouring those who have opted for a ‘staycation’ this year where the English countryside really can’t be beaten,” he adds.

Butler Sherborn is currently offering four great Cotswold family homes with swimming pools, ranging in price from £1.3 million - £2.45 million.


The Old Rectory, Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS - £2.45million

The Old Rectory is a handsome, eight bedroom Cotswold stone house dating from the mid-1800s, it has been restored and refurbished to an exceptionally high standard while retaining many original... more

26th July 2018

The Cotswold Conservation Board is undertaking a review to assess what the likely advantages and implications would be if the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was ever designated as a National Park.  This is in response to the Glover Review, which will report to DEFRA during 2019, reviewing the overall National Park resource within the country, whether any existing National Parks need to be expanded or whether new National Parks ought to be created.  If National Park status is ever to be awarded to the Cotswolds AONB, it would involve extensive and prolonged consultations, a public enquiry with the end result being made by the Secretary of State.  Implementation could then easily take 10 years or more.

The Cotswolds area was designated an AONB in 1966 and now covers 2,038 sq. km.  It attracts 23 million day visits per annum and is the third largest protected landscape in England.  The AONB designation is estimated to create £337 million of value annually... more

25th July 2018
Butler Sherborn Rural Team

We extend our best wishes to Georgina Bush when she goes on maternity leave at the end of July, and at the same time welcome Mike Canby to the team to head up our farm and estate management work. 

Mike has had extensive estate management experience in Dorset, and more recently Yorkshire, and joins us following his move to the Cotswolds with wife his Ella.  Mike will be helping to further develop our Estate Management and Country House Consultancy.

As part of our planned expansion, following a number of years of increasing work, we also welcome Hennie Hargreaves, an RICS chartered surveyor and registered valuer, who joined us in May.  Hennie will be working with Mike Canby, Jonathan Malings and Richard Greasby in providing estate management support and professional valuations, along with grant and subsidy advice for farmers.  Richard Greasby, Partner and head of the Rural and Professional Department says “We are very lucky to have both Mike and Hennie joining us this summer.  They will provide greater breadth and depth within our team,  helping us expand our work further whilst maintaining the support for our existing, loyal and valuable clients”.

20th July 2018

A verdant patchwork, rolling hills dotted with sheep, large open skies and the glorious golden stone that blends in to its landscape…Surely nowhere is more quintessentially English. It is one of the largest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain. Lots of villages still have thriving cricket pitches, pubs, schools and churches. There is a vast selection of excellent schools both independent (including the prestigious Cheltenham Ladies' College) and state as well as several Grammar Schools (Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham and two in Gloucester and two in Stroud).

You are truly spoilt for choice when eating out, there is a plethora of delectable delights in the form of gastro pubs, hotels or Michelin starred restaurants. There is also the hugely popular Daylesford Organic Farm and the relatively recent Soho Farmhouse near Chipping Norton. Personal favourites include Cowley Manor, The Green Dragon at Cockleford and The Woolpack... more

29th June 2018
Farming Brexit?

Markets. Costs. Risk. Innovation. Diversification. Is your farm business ready for the challenges ahead?

Brexit is likely to accelerate change for all types and scale of farm businesses. To start helping farmers ensure their businesses are fit for the future Butler Sherborn can help by offering a free, no obligation visit to review objectives, key resources and to give some initial ideas to help maintain or strengthen your farm business for the future.

Find out more by downloading the brochure below.


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