Eating out in your own garden in the summer is one of the true pleasures of living in the country.  Listening to birdsong and with the smell of freshly cut grass, whether reading the papers over breakfast, enjoying a mid-morning coffee, an early evening sundowner or entertaining family and friends, it is all so much more enjoyable for being outside.

Cotswold property specialist, Butler Sherborn, is launching six houses on the market that combine being great homes with the perfect spaces for eating and drinking outdoors, and with a range of prices starting from £950,000.

Hampton Cottage, Hampton, nr Highworth, Wiltshire, SN6 7RL - £1.1m


Situated at the end of a private lane, Hampton Cottage offers a secluded rural spot with a beautiful south facing garden enclosed by mature hedges and trees, the perfect spot for garden picnics, drinks on the lawn or alfresco dining on the patio.

Overlooking three quarters of an acre of garden, there is also a raised loggia covered with vines, a woodland bluebell walk and orchard with mature fruit trees.

The ground floor comprises a stone flagged entrance hall, generous sized sitting room with engineered oak flooring, wooden beams, a woodburning stove and window seats.  There is a study which leads into a snug, and a tri-aspect kitchen/breakfast room with views over the garden, a good range of storage units, a larder cupboard and gas-fired AGA.  There is also a cloakroom, laundry room and garden room.

Upstairs is the master bedroom suite which offers a dressing room/nursery and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath and natural stone flooring.  There are two double bedrooms, a playroom and spacious family bathroom.  The second floor offers two further bedrooms, one double and a single. 

There is also an adjoining annexe which could be used for separate letting.  This comprises a contemporary open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room with oak flooring, beams, a vaulted ceiling and Jetmaster open fire.

The master bedroom has a modern en-suite bathroom with cast iron rolltop bath and separate rain shower, and up some stairs, an open mezzanine level second double bedroom.

Outside there’s a heated swimming pool with electric safety cover, a sunken trampoline and a wooden office, complete with heating and electrics, a greenhouse with iron-work grid floor, a pool house shed and useful log store. Cottage

Guide price: £1.1million

Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740


Calcroft Barn, Bourton Road, Clanfield, Bampton, OX18 2PB - £1.3million


Calcroft Barn is a beautiful four bedroom barn conversion, with light and airy accommodation sitting in just under 2 acres.  There’s a spacious entrance hall which leads to a vaulted ceilinged drawing room, and a newly fitted kitchen/dining/family room with Aga.  Floor to ceiling doors run the length of the room, flooding the space with light, and offer views across the terrace and garden, while exposed beams, vaulted ceiling and a mezzanine gallery add to the character.  There is also a utility room with cloakroom.

A further reception room is currently used as a playroom/double bedroom, and there’s an office.  Two separate staircases lead to the first floor where there are four double bedrooms and two family bathrooms.

Outside there is a range of outbuildings comprising a double garage with a studio/office above equipped with a kitchenette and a bathroom, stables currently used as garaging and workshops and a summerhouse.  A pretty paddock, enclosed by post and rail fencing, adds a sense of space and openness to the property, and there is parking for plenty of cars on the gravel driveway.

Bampton is a couple of miles from the A420 providing easy access to Oxford and Swindon, as well as the new Mollie’s Motel & Diner by Soho House at Buckland. Barn

Guide price: £1.3million

Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325


Derry Farm House, The Derry, Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire, SN6 6PW - £1.375million


Offering seclusion and security and approached through red brick pillars and wrought iron gates, Derry Farm House is a well renovated five bedroom Cotswold stone farmhouse with landscaped gardens, tennis court and paddock set in approximately two acres.

The ground floor accommodation comprises an entrance hall with a quarry tile floor, the kitchen leading to the breakfast room with French doors to the patio, a dining room with the original Inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove, wooden floorboards and beams, exposed brick and mullion windows. The oak wood panelled drawing room has a second Inglenook fireplace with exposed brick and bressumer beam, and the original spiral staircase to the first floor.  The other end of the house is the sitting room, with Bath stone fireplace and marble hearth, and double doors to a natural stone, hardwood and glass garden room with spectacular views of the landscaped gardens.  There is also a spacious games room, utility and cloakroom and access to the integral garage.

Upstairs is a generous master bedroom suite with stone & marble fireplace and mullion windows, two further double bedrooms, the family bath and shower room.  The second floor offers two additional double bedrooms, bathroom, study and playroom.

Outside are beautiful landscaped gardens, tennis court, paddock, garage, workshop and store with parking for a number of vehicles. Farm House

Guide price: £1.375million

Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740


The Old School House, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire GL54 2JF - £950,000


The Old School House, dating from 1846, is a Grade II Listed stone house set in an elevated position with glorious views over the River Eye, in the Cotswold village of Upper Slaughter.

The property has well-proportioned rooms, some with high ceilings and period features including a Cotswold stone fireplace with wood burner, exposed beams and stone mullion windows.  The original school bell still hangs on the front elevation.

Accommodation comprises entrance hall, sitting room with dining area with double doors to the garden terrace for outdoor entertaining, a family room/third bedroom, kitchen/breakfast room and utility room.  Upstairs is a spacious landing with study area, master bedroom with adjoining shower room, second bedroom and bathroom.  Outside there is an enclosed landscaped garden and private parking.

The Old School House would make an excellent weekend/holiday retreat - Kingham station is 9 miles, providing a regular service to London Paddington in approximately 90 minutes. Old School House

Guide price: £950,000

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


Ranbury Cottage, Poulton, Gloucestershire, GL7 5HN - £1.35m


With a large west facing stone terrace at the back of the cottage, Ranbury Cottage has the perfect outside space for entertaining and alfresco dining. Overlooking a lawn, mature trees, hedges and a paddock with large and vibrant wildlife pond, it sits in around 2 acres.

Dating back to the late 1700s, this modernised cottage retains many of its original features and character.  5 miles east of Cirencester and on the edge of the vibrant village of Poulton, this detached property offers flexible and versatile living accommodation.

Downstairs is an attractive dining hall, double aspect snug with a Cotswold stone fireplace, a games room/office, and a drawing room with vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and stone fireplace. There’s also a generously proportioned kitchen/breakfast room with bespoke fitted cupboards, granite work surfaces, a large island unit and AGA, a larder, flagstone floor, wooden beams, large stone fireplace and wood burning stove. A utility room and a boot room/cloakroom are accessed off the kitchen.

Upstairs is the master bedroom, complete with vaulted ceilings and a contemporary en-suite shower room with double basins and natural stone flooring. There are three further double bedrooms, one with modern en-suite shower room, and a family bathroom with a roll-top bath.

Outside is a spacious gravelled parking area and double wooden car port complete with electric car charging point, and bordered by a Cotswold drystone walls. Cottage

Guide price: £1.35million

Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740


Westdown House, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire OX7 6DA - £950,000


Westdown House is situated in the heart of Shipton-under-Wychwood on a private road with double electric gates and pedestrian access.

The ground floor comprises a large tiled entrance hall, kitchen/breakfast room with walk-in larder, double doors to the garden and utility room.  The sitting room is dual aspect with double doors to the rear garden and a multi-fuel wood-burner.  There is an adjoining dining room, and a study and library, both with built-in oak storage.

The first floor comprises four double bedrooms, one en-suite, a family bathroom with steam cubicle with shower, and a shower room.  On the second floor are two further bedrooms, playroom/storage area.

Outside is a secluded terrace for entertaining and garden, a double garage with workshop above and ample off-road parking. House

Guide price: £950,000

Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325





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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