Property Blog

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

7th April 2022

The Potting Shed is a highly attractive pub in Crudwell, which offers exceptionally good, traditional pub food in a cosy, contemporary environment.

The menus are regularly varied to reflect the local produce available. The ethos of The Potting Shed is creative, British and seasonal. A quick glance at their menus certainly reveals mouth watering options, from twice baked Double Gloucester Souffle, spinach & wholegrain mustard, to sweet potato & red lentil dahl with basmati rice, and  for the carnivores, dry aged ribeye, grilled tomato, watercress & French fries, bearnaise or peppercorn sauce. The puddings are for those with a... more

7th April 2022

Four great additions to the Cotswold market this Spring from £650,000 - £3million

With daffodils and primroses adding their yellow hues to the gardens, blossom in full bloom and the hedgerows greening-up, fresh new colour is being added to the Cotswold countryside, while the sound of lawnmowers making their first cut of the year is joining the rural soundtrack.

Meanwhile in the property market, four new launches from Butler Sherborn, the Cotswolds property specialist are creating fresh interest for house hunters looking to move to the Cotswolds this Spring.

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5th April 2022

An interview with Richard Greasby - What brought you initially to the Cotswolds? 

I was born into a farming family in Oxfordshire, and came to the Cotswolds to study for my degree in Rural Land Management at the RAU about 30 years ago!  I took my first job with Strutt & Parker in Moreton in Marsh.....................and haven't left the area since, with the Cotswolds becoming my home. I now live with my wife and three children near Winchcombe, where we are all fully embedded in many aspects of the local community.

How did you become involved in rural property... more

22nd March 2022

The Butler Sherborn team, including Sam Butler, Sophie Keogh, Katy Freeman and Laura Negus really look forward to welcoming all who wish to join them for Refreshments in their boozie boots in the Reserved Car Park Spaces 29/30.

Butler Sherborn Feather flags should help you find us! It will be lovely to see you.

Entry £15 per person. Book online.  

10th March 2022

As February turns into March, there is a certain air of anticipation at Seven Barrows, Nicky Henderson’s Lambourn yard, as he arrays his battalions for the battle that is The Cheltenham Festival. Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes what Nicky regards as the four most prestigious days of the National Hunt Calendar.

With 70 winners already on his Festival score sheet to almost match his number of years, Lambourn’s senior NH trainer once again approaches this week with a formidable team, while not so long on quantity, certainly as deep as ever in quality.

The first race on day one, Tuesday, is always a good place to start, The Supreme Novices Hurdle. It always a good one to get in the bag. Constitution Hill, under Nico de Boinville, unbeaten in two runs, including the Grade 1 Tolworth,  has as... more

7th March 2022

Four new additions to the market from £550,000 - £1.25million

“The Cotswold property market remains buoyant with sales enquiries continuing to come in strongly, while the increase in the number of invitations from prospective sellers to value their properties is encouraging,” comments Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn, the Cotswolds property specialist.  “With Spring just around the corner, this is undoubtedly a very good time to sell,” he adds.

Monks Gate, High Street, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, OX7 6BA - £1.25million


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28th February 2022

Nestled in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, The Old Stocks Inn is a beautiful 17th-century coaching inn that really stands out from the crowd

This boutique hotel is luxurious, but not stuffy. Elegant, but not pretentious. Quaint, but not twee. Owner Jim Cockell’s inspired duo, Rich and Charlotte Tuck, are passionate about what they do and have fun doing it. It all adds up to a unique experience for their guests.

Great food and drink is at the heart of The Old Stocks experience. From the freshly ground artisan coffee served with breakfast to the mouth-watering dinner menus and the unique selection of ales, wines and spirits... more

28th February 2022

The RPA have recently announced details of the Lump Sum Exit Scheme details for England, as part of the Agricultural Transition Plan and phasing out of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)

The Lump Sum will be available for those who claimed Basic Payment in 2018 or earlier, and any claimants who have inherited land or succeeded to an Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy after May 2018.  To be eligible the applicant must transfer out all of the English land claimed on their 2021 BPS claim before the 31st May 2024.  However, they can retain 5 hectares (12.36 acres) of land, plus any woodland, buildings and farmhouse(s).  

The land being transferred out must be either sold,... more

15th February 2022

Six properties new on the market: a modern two-bed apartment, four-bed family home, and four development opportunities from £525,000 - £925,000

“Demand continues to outstrip supply across the Cotswolds by a very high margin,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn, the Cotswold property specialist.  “One property recently attracted 65 viewing requests within 48 hours of being launched; this resulted in eight good offers and consequently sold very quickly and over the asking price.

“We aren’t expecting demand to diminish any time soon, so now might be a particularly good time to move.”

5 The Old Brewery, Priory Lane,... more

11th February 2022

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) confirmed last week that the Rural Payments service is now available for transferring land and entitlements online, in preparation for this year’s Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications.

The BPS application window is due to open online on the 15th March and the 2022 application deadline closes at midnight on 16th May.  This year will be the second year of BPS progressive reductions, as part of the phasing out of Direct Payments to 2027.

If you would like any assistance with a Basic Payment Scheme application this year, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Negus  01285 883740


8th February 2022

Having previously been a part of the Butler Sherborn sales team for 7 years I suppose my love of gardens blossomed through being fortunate enough to sell some beautiful Cotswold properties with beautiful gardens.

Having a great love of the outdoors and a passion for gardening once I got my own garden, a career is garden design was inevitable.   

One of my first gardening jobs, I was lucky enough to work in the wonderful gardens at Oxleaze Barn nr Lechlade where I learnt the trade from the brilliant Chipps Mann.  I then attended the Cotswold School of Gardening to obtain a distinction in professional garden design.  From then on it has been full steam ahead with projects across the... more

3rd February 2022

The Lettings Market has had a hard twelve months, with a shortage of properties coming to the market.

The increasingly strong residential sales market has inadvertently contributed to this, as landlords have decided to take advantage of the unprecedented demand in the Cotswolds, and sell properties they commonly let.

The desire to have a bolt hole in the country, which was further fuelled by the pandemic, and consequent travel restrictions, has remained strong. Coupled with the lack of supply, the insatiable demand has contributed to a healthy increase in rents for landlords.

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1st February 2022

In this strong residential market, we need three more members of the Butler Sherborn Team. We are looking for a Business and Finance Manager and a Sales Negotiator in the Cirencester office, and a Lettings Negotiator in the Burford Office. These positions are Full time.

All opportunities will suit dynamic, hard working individuals with some experience in residential property, a commitment to dealing with people and a desire to work as part of our enthusiastic, motivated teams in our Cirencester and Burford Offices, respectively.

To find out more about either of these job opportunities, please follow the link here for a full Job Description in each case, and details of to whom you should send your applications, depending on the position for which you... more

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