Four properties with stunning gardens and grounds, new on the Cotswold market from £2 million - £4.25 million. Plus, latest market comment

With the appeal of staying at home this summer evident for all to see, those who have bought properties in the Cotswolds will be able to enjoy their downtime without the stress of going anywhere near an airport!

And for those who haven’t yet made the move to the Cotswolds, Butler Sherborn has launched four superb country homes:

Poulton Manor, Poulton, Gloucestershire, GL7 5JE - £2.25million


Sitting in around 2 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, Poulton Manor is a much admired and architecturally important Grade I Listed Cotswold house.  Described by Marcus Binney as ‘a perfect William and Mary doll’s house’, the property is variously attributed to John Paget and Peter Mills, surveyors appointed to supervise the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire.

Situated in the heart of the village and dating back to the late 17th Century, the house features six bedrooms, four reception rooms and two bathrooms.  There is a kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and playroom, plus a workshop and studio ideal for home working.

It is a wonderful village property with beautiful gardens and grounds that include a walled kitchen garden, and also features two cottages for letting, guests or staff, a Coach House, ample parking and garaging.

Having been virtually unaltered in over 70 years the house retains its character and original features - it has been in the same family ownership since the 1960s, and now offers a wonderful opportunity to update and modernise.

Guide price: £2.25million

Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740


The Great Barn, Eastcourt, Wiltshire, SN16 9HN - offers in excess of £2million


For anyone looking to move their family to the country, The Great Barn would be perfect.  An exceptional Grade II Listed barn with six bedroom suites and six reception rooms, it combines the best of traditional style and contemporary comfort, and comes with almost 2 acres of beautiful, landscaped gardens and an adjoining paddock.

A substantial former Cotswold stone threshing barn believed to date back to the late 17th century, the original conversion has been re-configured and updated to an exceptional standard to provide a stylish home that is ideal for both entertaining and modern family life, with a tastefully finished interior and sleek bathrooms.

The traditional principal barn is connected via a stunning vaulted kitchen to the more contemporary single storey wing and guest accommodation, which can easily be used as a versatile annex.  Centred around a landscaped courtyard garden, the property offers the allure of inside/outside living, with spacious seating and dining terraces for long summer days and comfortably proportioned living accommodation.

Quietly situated on the edge of the hamlet of Eastcourt, it is conveniently located for commuting by rail to London or by road to Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Swindon and Gloucester.

Guide price: Offers in excess of £2million

Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740


The Old Vicarage, Lower Swell, Gloucestershire, GL54 1LH - £3.5million


Set in just under 8 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and paddocks, and quietly situated on the edge of the attractive Cotswold village of Lower Swell, The Old Vicarage is a fine Grade II listed five bedroom country house with gracious, well-proportioned accommodation.  It even has a tennis court and a detached cart house.

Early Victorian but built in the Tudor Gothic style, it boasts classic features such as an impressive gabled porch with a Tudor arched entrance, stone mullions with sash windows, elegant reception rooms with high coved ceilings and working shutters.  Ideally suited to both entertaining and family life, there are three reception rooms and three bathrooms, as well as a utility room, boot room, cellar, workshop, garage and stable.

The appeal of this property is enhanced by its idyllic setting and carefully planned and beautifully maintained gardens abutting the extensive paddocks.  There are sweeping lawns, generous herbaceous borders, a classic vegetable garden and the discreetly situated hard tennis court.

Very well maintained by the current owner for almost 30 years, the property now offers scope for remodelling and updating, with the opportunity to extend and add ancillary accommodation to create an exceptional country home.

Stow-on-the-Wold is just a mile away, and it is surrounded by extensive walking and riding on the doorstep.

Guide price: £3.5million

Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731


Manor Farm, Compton Abdale, Gloucestershire, GL54 4DP - £4.25million


If you’re looking for space in the Cotswolds, Manor Farm has it aplenty - 175 acres!

This compact and versatile residential farm with equestrian potential offers a south facing 6 bedroom farmhouse, gardens and paddock, a 3 - 4 bedroom barn conversion, an extensive range of farm buildings with potential for development, and spectacular views over its attractive pasture, arable land and woodland that surround it.

Built in a traditional Cotswold style less than 20 years ago, Manor Farmhouse includes an entrance porch and galleried reception hall, a drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, a family room, study, utility and cloakroom.  There is a further side hall, and on the first floor a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, five further bedrooms, two family bathrooms and a Jack’n’Jill shower room. 

Outside there is a driveway, detached double garage with store/workshop and first floor games/storeroom in The Tallet.  There is a summerhouse, gardens and paddock.  Owl Barn features a family room, kitchen, sitting/dining area, master bedroom with en-suite wet room, a guest suite, double bedroom, family bathroom and study/bedroom.  Other buildings include a Dutch barn, former dairy and cubicle barn, a portal frame general purpose barn and a bull pen.

The market town of Northleach is 4 miles away with Oxford beyond via the A40, Cheltenham 10 miles to the west, and Cirencester 11.5 miles.

Manor Farm is for sale as a whole or in lots.  The guide prices are as follows:

Whole farm:                                          - £4.25million

Lot 1:  House & 5.96 acres                       - £1.40million

Lot 2:  Owl Barn & 0.8793 acres                - £950,000

Lot 3:  Buildings & 2.05 acres                   - £300,000

Lot 4: Paddock/field of 15.65 acres            - £235,000

Lot 5: Farm & woodland of 150.20 acres     - £1.35million

Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740


Market comment

“After a very strong end to 2020, the Cotswolds residential market continues to perform well.  From stone cottages to large country houses, demand remains extremely high across all sectors of the property market”, says Elizabeth D’Allemagne, partner of Butler Sherborn.  “In part, this has been fuelled by demand outstripping supply and the resulting lack of stock, but there is no doubt that the impact of the pandemic continues to play a major part.

“A significant amount of cash is still flowing out of London for second homes in the countryside with the space for families.  We are also finding that some younger professionals are deciding to remain working from home, and now buying here for the lifestyle.  There is also evidence that many people who opted to work from their second homes last year are now deciding to live and work from the Cotswolds permanently, and this is translating into demand for bigger houses.  Consequently, these second homes tend to be immaculately finished, attract high levels of interest and sell quickly.”

The statistics support this: in terms of applicants registering an interest, these are up by 20% (January - April 2021 versus the same period in 2020), while the viewings-to-offers ratio is running at an average of one offer for every four viewings this year.


Cirencester Estate Agent

Patience, Gorgs and Alex Geikie, April 2021

We are a returning client of Butler Sherborn and we would highly recommend them if you’re looking to sell your property. The two properties we sold with BS were very different, but the BS team have always been extremely professional, approachable and friendly. And their communication skills are second to none! Thank you again!
— Patience, Gorgs and Alex Geikie, April 2021