Property Blog

29th March 2021

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rental Sector (England) Regulations 2020 and 2021

In January 2020, the Government announced the above regulations were being passed through Parliament and we can now confirm that these came into effect from 1st June 2020. 

The regulations apply to all new tenancies created from 1st July 2020, and for all ongoing and existing tenancies from 1st April 2021. The requirements are that private landlords must ensure that the Electrical Safety Standards are met in a residential property, during a tenancy.  

Inspections and Testing.... more

26th March 2021

A family run Cotswold farm offering local produce and an independent business enterprise

Hayles Fruit Farm covers approximately 100 acres of picturesque countryside on the outskirts of the Cotswold market town of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. With origins back to 1880 the land, along with 4 other fruit farms on the edge of the town, was initially planted with apples & Cob nuts under the instruction of Lord Sudeley. More than 130 years later Hayles Fruit Farm is the only one to survive!   Farmed by the Harrell family since the 1950’s it has, as you might imagine, seen many... more
23rd March 2021

Three great properties on the Cotswold market from £725,000. Spring is on its way, and with the easing of lockdown already underway, everyone will be ready to get out and explore.

As the world begins to open up, people will be wanting to get into the garden, visit garden centres and begin exploring the countryside once again, and with excellent access to footpaths, bridleways and destination walks such as The Thames Path and Cotswold Way, the Cotswolds remains as popular as ever.

Comments Sam Butler, of Butler Sherborn:  “The phenomenal demand we experienced last year from people wanting to move to the Cotswolds has continued unabated.  The issue we now face is... more

18th March 2021

There are some changes to the Basic Payment Scheme (BSP) rules that apply from 2021 onwards, which are outlined below:

Removal of greening requirement: all 3 greening requirements have been removed – crop diversification, Ecological Focus Areas and the greening permanent grassland rules Removal of cross-border applications: RPA will process and pay your English entitlements only Removal of entitlement usage rules: removes the entitlement expiry usage rules from 2021 onwards... more
12th March 2021

With a milling legacy spanning eight generations, Matthews Cotswold Flour is one of the UK’s oldest family-run flour mills.

Trading grain and milling flour in the heart of the Cotswolds since the1800s, they believe passionately that local partnerships, traditional methods and premium grains make for better baking. Matthews offers premium quality Organic and Stoneground Wholemeal flour, using grain from local farmers and time-honoured milling techniques.   They still use the original building that was completed in 1912, and set beside the railway, which in former times was used to distribute the flour across the... more
4th March 2021

At Butler Sherborn, we receive this Budget with cautious optimism. The Chancellor seems to have found a balance between supporting families, businesses and the self-employed, as the effects of the Covid Pandemic role on short to medium term, whilst looking to properly address and correct the deficit in the future.

For the property sector, there are some helpful measures, albeit the Stamp Duty holiday is probably a two edged sword.

In the short term, the nil rate SDLT band remains at £500,000 and this has been extended from 31st March 2021  to 30th June 2021. This nil rate band then reduces to £250,000 until 30th September 2021, before returning back to £125,000 from 1st October 2021.  At some point therefore, there will be the cliff edge to face, but the phasing will certainly help maintain the... more

1st March 2021

Communication is key to a smooth sale. Asking the right questions at the outset goes a long way to ensuring that this is achieved.

What’s the position of the buyer?

As soon as you have found a buyer for your property, establish their precise financial position. Are they a cash buyer? Do they require a mortgage? Are they already part of a chain? How quickly can they exchange, complete and move?

The central question, ‘what is the position of the buyer?’ will give you a much better sense of the circumstances surrounding their need to move,  and will give context to further communication.

What is the position of... more
22nd February 2021

Legislation has recently been passed, which comes into effect from 4th May 2021. The Debt Respite Scheme, also known as Breathing Space, has been introduced to help those in debt, including tenants in rent arrears.

The scheme allows for a person’s debt and any enforcement action against that debt, to be frozen for a maximum of 60 days (unless a Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space has been obtained – see below), allowing the tenant to find a solution to their financial problems, without being pressed by creditors or landlords.

The Forms of Breathing Space

There are two forms of Breathing Space, Standard Breathing Space and Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space.  Both work in a similar way... more

22nd February 2021

Cotswold Gold is a premium, extra virgin rapeseed oil made using traditional cold pressing methods. This preserves the natural health benefits of the seed, creating an oil naturally high in vitamin E, rich in omegas 3, 6 and 9, and low in cholesterol

Cotswold Gold only use crops grown on their family farm in the Cotswolds to ensure that only the finest seeds are pressed to create their vibrant, golden oil. All oil is grown, harvested, pressed and bottled in the Cotswolds. With its natural health benefits and extremely versatile cooking properties, Cotswold Gold is unquestionably the best oil to use for all your culinary needs, from salad dressings to high temperature frying. Cotswold Gold extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil can be used... more
10th February 2021

It is that time of year again where we look to Basic Payment Scheme applications and opportunities that might arise through Countryside Stewardship Schemes.

Dates to remember:


Online applications go live from Thursday 18th March. The submission deadline this year is Monday 17th May. *REMEMBER* You can now transfer land and entitlements via the online system – no need for a paper chain!


... more
9th February 2021


Looking for that special romantic dinner for two with an extra special twist – visit . This innovative, Cirencester fish and chip restaurant is offering a fabulous Take Away, and delivery service within 4.5 miles of Cirencester. The Valentine’s Menu has the reputed aphrodisiac, and epicurean dish, Cornish Lobster with garlic butter and twice cooked chips, as well as Hebridean smoked salmon and a couple of extra special puddings for the special day, at very... more

2nd February 2021

Four suitable properties from £295,000 - £975,000

“The idea of having your own place in the country is growing ever more popular,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn.  “Even as the vaccine roll out gathers pace and people begin to feel more confident that normality is on the horizon, the reasons for wanting a bolthole away from the smoke are many and varied.  Whether simply looking to escape a city at weekends, as a staycation holiday let with its separate income stream, somewhere quiet to work, write or create, as an investment or... more

25th January 2021

Growing up in the Cotswolds, nearly every village had a village shop which formed the heart of the community

Sadly those days have gone and now they have become a rarity. So many buyers come to the Cotswolds dreaming of living in a village with either a pub or a shop and villages who can boast these much loved places, normally have a positive effect when it comes to house sales. The success of the village shop largely comes down to residents to either actively get involved with running them voluntarily or support them instead of filling up at the supermarket. Here are a selection who have shone... more

25th January 2021
Market comment from Elizabeth D'Allemagne   "The Cotswold housing market was incredibly strong in 2020; almost frenetic. The current Lockdown has created a degree of uncertainty. Understandably with current restrictions and challenges, normal life feels as if it has been suspended with an economic headwind which should not be underestimated.
However, as the vaccine is rolled out across the country and the R rate has currently dropped below one, people are looking forward to life... more
25th January 2021


Leading the way with one of the most extensive take away menus and supporting their local community, The Bell Inn offers superb pub food together with a straight forward wine list in a charming, cosy and relaxed environment. When we can all finally enjoy going out again you will find a warm bar area for quiet drinking, a restaurant and great beer garden. Acclaimed duo Peter Creed and Tom Noest took over the pub in 2017, and re-opened, it after refurbishment, to excellent reviews and... more

11th January 2021

Glebe House is an impressive 5 bedroom family home, in an elevated position on the edge of the village, with exceptional views across the Windrush Valley set in 2.26 acres. Guide Price £1,750,000

Carefully designed to take advantage of the lovely views, it is built in a traditional style with contemporary standards of comfort. With accommodation over three floors, the house is ideal for both entertaining and modern family life. The living areas are particularly bright and sunny, and there is an easy flow between the principal reception areas and the large kitchen/breakfast room, with the versatile and spacious layout allowing for a combination of convivial family life with areas of... more

11th January 2021
Covid-19 Update

Update – 8 January 2021

The UK Government announced on Wednesday 5th January a further national Lockdown (3) for England.

The Government has advised that Estate and Letting Agent offices can remain open to the public.

Butler Sherborn is a multi-faceted business and so we will be operating as follows:

Residential Sales and Lettings

Our offices in Cirencester, Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold remain open for business, however by appointment only. We will be following our Covid-secure... more

22nd December 2020


Sam Butler Comments;

‘The year 2020 has been one of the most exciting, and exacting years of my professional life in the property market. In March 2020, Covid catapulted the nation into Lockdown; the offices closed and we all began working remotely from home in isolation. Many fully expected the property market to come to a swift halt, with values even dropping off the edge of a cliff. The Cotswolds, however, have proved yet again that they are one of the most desirable... more

17th December 2020


The Partners and members of Butler Sherborn send their very best wishes to you for a happy, healthy and restful Christmas, and hope that 2021 is a kinder year to us all.

Our offices will be closed from;

(12pm) Thursday 24th December - Monday 4th January 2021 (9am) 

16th December 2020


Like all areas of business and commerce farming has had a difficult year and will not escape 2020 unharmed. The key messages in DEFRA’s recent total income from farming forecast are: (when compared to 2019)

Total Income from Farming is expected to be £4,151 million, a decrease of £1,127 million(-21%) Agriculture is expected to contribute £9,360 million to the national economy (Gross Value Added), a decrease of £1,048 million (-10%) Weather conditions coupled with the Covid-19... more

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