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 insurance policy against any future pandemic, your own place in the Cotswolds offers great appeal and flexibility.
“Spring is when the countryside comes back to life and traditionally the property ‘sweet spot’, so with an overall shortage of stock and buyers ‘backing up’ to view, whether buying, selling or letting, now is a good time to start thinking about it.”
Cotswolds property specialists, Butler Sherborn is currently offering four properties suitable for escaping to the country:
The Bakehouse, Arlington Green, Bibury, Gloucestershire GL7 5NE - £975,000
Located in a quiet corner of the iconic village of Bibury, The Bakehouse is a beautifully finished Grade II listed Cotswold stone home over three floors with four double bedrooms. Fusing great character with a high level of contemporary comfort, it is ideal as either a comfortable family home or a tranquil village retreat. It has been renovated to an exemplary standard and blends its historic features with a bespoke kitchen and sleek modern bathrooms.
Presented in calm and neutral Farrow and Ball colours throughout, it is a particularly warm and welcoming property. Original features include the original bread ovens, exposed beams and timbers, stone mullion windows, flagstone floors, window seats, working shutters, a concealed winder staircase and a variety of classic fireplaces as well as broad plank oak flooring.
Downstairs accommodation comprises an entrance hall, library, drawing room, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, a utility room and cloakroom. On the first floor is the master bedroom with
en-suite shower room and two further double bedrooms and the family bathroom, while on the second floor is a study and the fourth double bedroom. Outside there are private and sheltered landscaped gardens, two courtyards and a driveway with parking.
Guide price: £975,000
Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740
1 College Row, Mill End, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3HJ - £295,000
This beautifully finished bijou period property would be perfect as a weekend retreat or a holiday let. Sympathetically re-modelled and tastefully decorated in a contemporary style while retaining its original period features such as exposed stone walls and a large fireplace, accommodation comprises one bedroom, one reception, a well-presented kitchen/breakfast room and an attractive south-east facing paved courtyard garden.
Recent improvements include renewing the roof, raising ceiling heights, removing walls to create open plan living, a new staircase, electric underfloor heating, new sash windows with plantation shutters, new electrics, a new kitchen and bathroom, and redecoration throughout.
1 College Row is a delightful end of terrace property situated on a quiet lane in the popular small Cotswold town of Northleach, and just a stone’s throw from the Market Square and the many local amenities which include the popular gastropub, The Wheatsheaf. With close access to the A40 linking Cheltenham to Oxford, and the Fosse Way Roman road, Northleach is well positioned for exploring all that the Cotswolds have to offer.
Guide price: £295,000
Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740
Walnut Cottage, 5 Mill Green, Weald, Bampton, Oxfordshire OX18 2HF - £575,000
Walnut Cottage is a deceptively spacious four bedroom period cottage in a quiet and idyllic location, and within an easy walk of the centre of the sought after village of Bampton. Believed to date back to 1820, it retains many period features that include exposed beams and timbers, along with flagstone or tiled flooring throughout the ground floor.
Downstairs there are three reception rooms, and a large kitchen/dining room in a generous sized extension. Upstairs there is a spacious master en-suite bedroom with three other bedrooms and two bathrooms, while outside the cottage sits in delightful, peaceful gardens.
Known to television viewers as one of the film locations for Downton Abbey, Bampton is a pretty village with an attractive marketplace and church. It offers a good range of facilities including a small supermarket, a butcher/delicatessen, hairdresser, cafés, Post Office, several pubs, a medical centre with pharmacy and a library. Larger towns nearby include Faringdon and Witney. There is a good primary school in Bampton, highly regarded secondary school at Burford nearby, and excellent independent schools in the area include Hatherop Castle, Cokethorpe and St Hugh’s.
Road access to London is via the A40/M40, and there are railway stations at Oxford Parkway and Didcot providing regular fast services to London Marylebone and Paddington.
Guide price: £575,000
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325
Porthkerry, Oxhill, Warwick, Warwickshire CV35 0QS - £329,000
Whether as a family home, holiday cottage or country rural bolthole/second home, Porthkerry also comes with a garden room/studio to create a home office or additional accommodation.
Dating from the 18th century and with period features and character in abundance, this Grade II listed thatched cottage is located in the popular South Warwickshire village of Oxhill, and offers well-proportioned rooms over two floors. There are two good sized reception rooms, a sitting room with a log burner and a dining room with open fireplace. There is a kitchen/breakfast room with a black Aga and Belfast sink, and a family bathroom with a rolltop bath. On the first floor is the master bedroom along with two further bedrooms.
Outside is a pretty south facing garden and the garden room.
Surrounded by wonderful countryside for walking and riding, the property sits just outside the picturesque South Warwickshire village of Oxhill between Stratford-upon-Avon and Banbury. There is a well-regarded pub in the village, while the next door village of Whatcote offers the recently refurbished Royal Oak which has just been awarded a Michelin Star.
Guide price: £329,000
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731