If you believe in ‘location, location, location’ - the Cotswolds wins on so many levels Five superb homes from the Cotswolds property specialist Butler Sherborn - £610,000 - £3million

By any yardstick, the Cotswolds continues to be one of the most desirable places to live - great houses, good value, beautiful countryside, excellent education, wonderful pubs, safety and security - and with easy access to London, international flights and other parts of the country especially the Midlands, South West and Wales.

“The Cotswolds wins on so many levels,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn, “so if you want to be sure of making the right move in 2020, take a good look.  Whether you are looking for a cosy cottage, a family home close to good schools or somewhere with land, the Cotswolds can meet your needs.” 

Adds Sam: “Property values in the Cotswolds always prove more resilient than other parts of the country, where well-presented and competitively priced houses sell well.  The last couple of months of 2019 were surprisingly busy months for us with transactions up by over 60% on the previous year, so with the election behind us we are looking forward to the year ahead with renewed confidence."

Elkstone Manor, Elkstone, Gloucestershire, GL53 9PD - £3million


With Roman Cirencester to the south and Regency Cheltenham to the north, Elkstone Manor is a large and impressive 19th century manor house that is perfect for gracious living.

Offering six en-suite bedrooms, four reception rooms, kitchen with Aga, a separate self-contained flat, indoor swimming pool complex and a hard tennis court, it is surrounded by some 7.5 acres.

This comprises mature formal gardens with lawns, established borders and topiary hedging, a potager/vegetable garden, greenhouse and potting shed, a ha-ha, ponds and woodland walks.  A sweeping driveway leads to the front, and there’s a courtyard, garaging for four cars and extensive outbuildings.

The ground floor comprises the entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, office, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, walk-in pantry and utility room with laundry area.  There is also a spacious cellar, ideal for wine storage with ample room to take a billiard table.  On the first floor is the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, with five further double en-suite bedrooms on the second and third floors.  The separate flat includes a double bedroom, bathroom and a living/kitchen/dining space.

Easy access to London Paddington is via Kemble station in just over an hour, and excellent road links to the M5 and M4 via the A417.

https://www.butlersherborn.co.uk/elkstone manor

Guide price: £3million

Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740


Thackeray House, Taynton, nr Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4UH - £1.5million


A ‘chocolate box’ Cotswold home in the delightful village of Taynton, this elegant detached village house is on a tranquil back lane of the village.  Extensively renovated and finished to an exceptionally high standard, it offers a spacious living space while blending an intimate atmosphere with stylish interiors.

With beams throughout most of the ground floor, there is a Cotswold flagstone floor in the reception hall, a wooden floor for the snug and impressive drawing room, and stone floors in the dining room and open plan kitchen which is fully fitted with base and wall units, deep granite worksurfaces and island, with integrated Miele appliances and an Aga.  There is also a half height wood panelled cloakroom and a utility room with storage and airing cupboards.

A stone staircase leads upstairs to a wide landing doubling as a study, the master bedroom with double height ceiling and dressing area.  There is a bathroom with deep bath, walk-in shower and double washbasins, two bedrooms, bathroom and a shower room.  Planning permission is also in place for a garden room extension and fourth bedroom suite.

Outside includes a south and southwest facing rear garden encompassing a lawn, herbaceous borders, a large stone terrace ideal for eating alfresco in the summer.  There is a large single garage and private parking.

Taynton is an idyllic Cotswold village within a Conservation Area and nestles in the Windrush Valley surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside.  It is around a mile from the historic town of Burford offering a good range of shops, parish church, schools and numerous pubs, coffee shops and restaurants, while the A40 gives easy access to Oxford, the M40 and London, with a regular train service from Charlbury 8 miles away to Paddington in about 65 minutes.


Guide price: £1.5million

Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325


Kimberley Cottage, Chedworth, Gloucestershire, GL54 4AB - £1.25million


Dating back to the late 18th Century, Kimberley Cottage offers plenty of period charm and character, and close to the heart of Chedworth, a very popular Cotswold village between Cirencester and Northleach.  There are four bedrooms, three reception rooms, planning permission for a garden room with room above, well established gardens, a paddock, and a stone barn providing two additional bedrooms, and sitting in 3.54 acres.

The well-proportioned living accommodation features a generous sized kitchen/breakfast room with shaker units, quartz work tops, integrated appliances, and a large island and breakfast bar.  There’s a cosy snug with original parquet flooring, stone fireplace with woodburning stove and wooden beams, a drawing room, utility room and cloakroom.  On the first floor is the master bedroom with a modern bath and shower room, a second double bedroom with en-suite shower room, two further bedrooms and a family bath and shower room.

Outside are beautifully landscaped gardens which rise behind the house and offer delightful views over the valley.  There is a paved terrace, perfect for al-fresco dining complete with firepit, and a greenhouse.  The three acre paddock lies across the lane and slopes down to a stream at the bottom of the valley.  The two-storey Cotswold stone barn currently provides open-fronted garaging for two cars and has planning consent to create two bedroom guest accommodation.


Guide price: £1.25million

Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740


Meadow Cottage, Ampney St Mary, nr Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5SW - £610,000


Surrounded by open countryside and discreetly positioned at the end of a no-through road near the small village of Ampney St Mary, this recently modernised Cotswold stone cottage appeals on so many levels.  Private and tranquil, it affords practical and contemporary living whilst retaining much of its original period charm and character.

With a classic wooden stable door to the entrance hall, the sitting room features Victorian style windows, a fireplace and a modern spiral staircase up to the mezzanine level for use as an office or library.  The all-new kitchen includes a wide range of integrated appliances, wooden worktops and an island with breakfast bar.  There is a bedroom downstairs and a new shower room and utility room.

Upstairs is the master bedroom with dual aspect windows and exposed beams, a further double bedroom, family bathroom with a shower over the bath and skylight window.

Outside there is a gravel driveway, good size mature garden, a practical workshop and storage shed.  Ampney St Mary is midway between Cirencester and Fairford.


Guide price: £610,000

Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740


Riverside House, Little Faringdon, Oxfordshire, GL7 3QQ - £1.1million 


Dating from 1570, this Grade II Listed Cotswold house offers scope for updating to create a wonderful family home within a picturesque riverside setting.

Packed with character and period features, the drawing room has a flagstone floor, exposed beams and an Inglenook fireplace, the dining room sash windows and shutters, feature fireplace with original cupboards to either side, one with decorative plaster work.  The kitchen has a vaulted ceiling, and there’s a breakfast room, cloakroom, office and utility.

On the first floor are three bedrooms with features such as wooden floors, original fireplaces exposed beams and decorative windows, two shower rooms, and on the second floor a fourth bedroom with exposed beams and purlins, and a bathroom.

Outside there is a substantial triple garage with Tallet steps up to a studio flat above with kitchen and a bathroom.  There is a private walled garden and vine clad terrace perfect for summer entertaining and an outbuilding.

Close to the Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire border, Lechlade is one mile away, and Burford on the A40 is seven miles.  For those with children, the nearest primary school is a short distance away in Langford, while one of the only state boarding schools in the country is at Burford, with private schools nearby including Hatherop Castle, Cokethorpe and St Hughes.


Guide price: £1.1m

Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325



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Pip Menzel - November 2019

At all points I have found Butler Sherborn to of gone above and beyond to help with the process of selling our house. They offer a service that is modern in its approach yet old-fashioned and uniquely personable. We have found they're thoughtful and their knowledge of the market is second to none.
— Pip Menzel, November 2019