• Some great Cotswold country properties on the market from £795,000 • Those thinking of selling in the Cotswolds encouraged not to delay
“Demand for country properties has been relentless since mid-May when the housing market was released from lockdown,” says Sam Butler, partner of Butler Sherborn, the Cotswolds Property Specialist. “Buyers from cities including London want to find somewhere in the countryside, particularly in and around the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire. They are looking for space, somewhere suitable for working from home, fresh air for a healthier lifestyle and access to good schools in the case of young families.
“As a result, we have sold significantly more properties this year than last, and at prices generally above expectation, with a 60% increase in offers received; July - October 2020 vs 2019. We remain short of stock, however, and with Covid, the economy and the Stamp Duty situation in mind, demand remains very strong.
“For those thinking about selling in the Cotswolds, I really would encourage them to make progress without delay. The level of interest from prospective purchasers is currently running at 190% up on the same period last year: July - mid-September 2020 vs 2019.”
A selection of properties new on the Cotswold market include:
Ramblers Cottage, 2 The Walk, Alvescot, Oxfordshire, OX18 2PU - £825,000
This idyllic four bedroom period cottage is many people’s idea of the perfect country bolt hole. Full of character and heavily timbered, it is the middle one of three cottages, set well back from the road and approached via a private lane within the heart of this thriving village. It also has extensive gardens and a detached double garage complete with a one bedroom annex.
Tastefully renovated and extended throughout, it is a beautifully presented and deceptively spacious property. There is a curved reception hall with landing above that retains immense character and period charm, and there are many exposed timber beams, flagstone floors, original window seats and two warming fireplaces with wood-burning stoves.
Ground floor accommodation comprises a spacious sitting room, a light and airy kitchen with an electric Aga, additional oven, induction hob and integrated dishwasher, a sunny dining/family room, a wet room and hall with utility area. On the first floor are three charming cottage bedrooms, all with exposed timbers, a stylish family bathroom with period style fittings including a separate shower and a roll top bath. A cosy attic bedroom is accessed by an oak staircase and has several exposed ‘A’ frame beams.
Outside is the recently built detached double garage with a large ensuite room above, which could equally serve as a home office or games room. There is also a delightful south facing terraced garden and large woodland garden giving the feel of a rural retreat, yet within a short walk of the heart of the village.
Alvescot is a thriving and friendly community with features such as St Peter’s church, an active village hall with recreation ground and tennis court, and popular local pub, The Plough Inn. Bampton, Burford and Carterton nearby meet everyday requirements, while more comprehensive facilities will be found in Faringdon and Witney, with Oxford beyond. There are good schools nearby, too: the village Church of England Primary School is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, and there is the highly regarded secondary school at Burford, and private schools in the area including St Hugh’s, Hatherop Castle and Cokethorpe.
Guide price: £825,000
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325
Kings Barn, Burford Road, Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, OX18 3NN - £795,000
An imaginative conversion of a substantial Grade II listed 18th century barn offering contemporary living within a traditional Cotswold stone agricultural building, Kings Barn is light and airy, and features a magnificent central oak and glass staircase emphasising the impressive height of the barn.
From behind the oak front door set within a large glazed area, the ground floor opens into the large, open plan living space radiating around the central staircase, and comprises a kitchen/breakfast area fitted with contemporary units and granite worktop, central island with built-in gas range style oven and extractor hood. The sitting area has a full length window and contemporary wood-burning stove, and the dining area features a high ceiling and full length glazed panels with inset French doors. There is a snug to one side which could also double as a study or occasional bedroom, a cloakroom, utility and boiler room. Finished to a high standard, there is underfloor heating and limestone flooring throughout the ground floor and attractive oak joinery and doors.
The upper floors of the barn are on different levels. There is a glass and oak mezzanine and bridge with home-working area, linking to the master bedroom with dressing area, en-suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe, a double bedroom with en-suite shower room, and third double bedroom with well fitted family bathroom with whirlpool bath and separate shower.
Outside is a walled west facing garden, paved terrace, private parking and two storage sheds. Brize Norton has a Norman church, thriving village hall, and two traditional village pubs. Bampton, Burford, Carterton and Witney are all within a few miles, with Oxford Parkway Station 15 miles away with trains to London Marylebone in around 55 minutes.
Guide price: £795,000
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325
Bramble Farmhouse, Swyre Farm, Aldsworth, Gloucestershire, GL54 3RE - £1.375million
With five bedrooms, three reception and three bathrooms, this attractive period Cotswold home offers a combination of traditional farmhouse proportions with a spacious, vaulted barn style vibe, and ticks many boxes for those seeking an interesting property in the country.
Featuring a stunning open plan and vaulted kitchen/family room and a good sized sunny garden in some 1.25 acres of land, it sits in a south facing elevated position in the unspoilt village of Aldsworth, close to Northleach and Burford, Gateway to the Cotswolds.
Created from converted former farm buildings and dating back to the 18th century, Bramble Farmhouse retains many original features that include exposed beams and a rustic oak staircase. There is a bright entrance hall with flagstone floor, central sitting room with an open fire and full length window, a dining room - ideal for formal entertaining or as a children’s playroom, and impressive kitchen/breakfast room. With stone flooring and an electric Aga, there are Shaker style units with a granite worktop, double butler sink, integrated dishwasher, induction hob, combination oven and breakfast bar. The family room has an impressively vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, stone fireplace with wood burning stove, engineered oak flooring with underfloor heating and a window seat. There is also a study/fifth bedroom, a cloakroom and a utility room.
Upstairs is the master bedroom suite, galleried landing with sitting area, and attic bedroom suite with shower room, two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside is an oak framed garage with workshop, terraces, garden and paddock.
The A40/M40 to London and Birmingham is easily accessed, with trains to London from Charlbury or Kemble stations.
Guide price: £1,375,000
Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740