With uncertainty surrounding what we will be allowed to do this Christmas, a warm ‘home and hearth’ takes on even greater significance. Three Cotswold houses perfect for Christmas, available through Butler Sherborn from £775,000.
With the Stamp Duty holiday due to end on March 31, the Cotswold property market remains ‘open for business’ during Lockdown2.
‘Driving home for Christmas’, Chris Rea’s perennial Yuletide track will soon be flooding the airwaves but with even greater significance this year, and soon we will know where we are heading and how many friends and family members will be able to join us.
“After the year we have all had, and with uncertainty surrounding what we will be allowed to do this Christmas, a warm ‘home and hearth’ takes on even greater significance,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn, the Cotswolds property specialist.
“Everyone will be enjoying simpler festivities this year, yet the need to gather close to the hearth - a real log fire, wood burner or comforting Aga, and with meals around the table together will be just as important.”
From cosy cottages to homely farmhouses, impressive town houses to country estates, Butler Sherborn is offering a range of perfect properties to spend Christmas.
Butler Sherborn remains open for business and fully operational during Lockdown2. While its three offices are closed to visitors until 2 December, property viewings and client meetings continue to take place by appointment following Government Covid guidelines.
Green Farm House, Aldsworth, Gloucestershire, GL54 3Q - £1.2million
This light, spacious five bedroom period Cotswold stone farmhouse would make the perfect Christmas country retreat. Dating back to the mid-17th Century, Green Farm House is Grade II Listed, and is an appealing and comfortable family home that combines period features with contemporary style.
As with every good farmhouse, the heart of this home is its classic farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room which has an oil fired range, exposed beams, travertine flooring, painted kitchen units and a butler’s sink. A warm welcome is also assured throughout the house thanks to the open fireplace in the sitting room, stone fireplace in the drawing room, and wood burning stove in the dining room.
Most of the rooms in the house are double aspect, with a pleasing flow throughout the ground floor making it ideal for both family life and entertaining. Alongside classic features such as stone mullioned windows, working shutters and window-seats, are recent improvements that include redecoration and re-wiring with energy efficient LED lighting and dimmers.
On the first floor is the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom tiled in limestone, a separate walk-in shower and underfloor heating. There are three further large double bedrooms and a family bathroom, and a home office on the second floor under the eaves, equipped with telephone and Gigaclear fibre optic broadband. Adjacent is a further bedroom and two spacious boarded attics.
Outside there is a delightful, easy to maintain enclosed garden with raised dining terrace, garage and substantial stone shed with power. In a prominent position in the village overlooking the green, the property enjoys a southerly aspect with delightful rural views.
Aldsworth is an attractive unspoilt Cotswold village within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with village pub, church and close to Cocklebarrow, home of the popular annual point-to-point meeting. The nearest towns are Northleach (4.5 miles) and Burford (6.5 miles) with Cirencester, Cheltenham and Oxford also nearby. Stations at Charlbury, Kemble and Oxford Parkway offer regular trains to London Paddington and Marylebone, and there is good road access to London and Birmingham via the A40 and M40.
Guide Price £1.2million
Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740
Ashleigh House, Lechlade-on-Thames, Gloucestershire, GL7 3AE - £1.1million
Created from a row of three individual properties, Ashleigh House is a classically proportioned and decorated Grade II listed Georgian property. Perfect as a spacious, comfortable home to settle into for a family Christmas, there is even a self-contained annexe for guests. Accessible internally from the main house, this could also double as a home office or be used to provide a rental income.
Ground floor accommodation comprises a large reception hall leading to two south facing reception rooms, the drawing room with an elegant marble fireplace, decorative cornicing and a walk-in drinks cupboard, and the formal dining room with panelled walls, parquet flooring and serving hatch from the kitchen.
The large and airy kitchen/breakfast/family room is an ideal size for contemporary family living, and is fitted with wooden units, granite worktop, butler’s sink and a four oven gas Aga. There are also a utility room, pantry, cloakroom and storeroom.
On the first floor there is an ‘L’ shaped galleried landing, the master bedroom with a large and sunny en-suite bathroom, and two further double bedrooms, one with a partly vaulted ceiling and en-suite bathroom. The fourth bedroom has its own en-suite shower room.
The annexe has a separate entrance and includes a reception room, fitted kitchen, inner hall, bathroom and double bedroom.
Outside, access is through tall, wood panelled gates with a drive leading to extensive parking, a stone built garage and attached store/potting shed. The enclosed walled garden is both sunny and private with a large lawn and shrubs, trees and climbing plants, plus a paved terrace with a wrought iron gazebo covered with honeysuckle and a climbing rose.
Situated on the southern edge of the Cotswolds and the highest navigable point of the River Thames, Lechlade-on-Thames is an attractive historic small market town. With one of the first toll bridges over the Thames, the town is now a popular mooring with a marina. Facilities in the town include a doctors surgery, the Church of St Lawrence - the spire of which can be seen from the garden of Ashleigh House, a butcher, greengrocer, supermarket, library, pharmacy, Post Office and a highly regarded primary school, as well as many local clubs and societies.
Guide price: £1.1million
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325
The Cobblers House, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4RX - Guide Price £775,000
This snug country retreat would make the perfect Christmas bolt-hole. A charming three bedroom Grade II Listed terraced home, close to the heart of the market town of Burford - known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds - and comprises an entrance hall/study, sitting room with large fireplace, dining room, kitchen, utility/cloakroom, master bedroom with adjoining dressing room, family bathroom, two further bedrooms, a shower room and delightful garden.
Deceptively spacious and tastefully decorated, it retains many original features including sash windows, exposed beams and timbers. The open plan dining room and kitchen are flooded with natural light. There is limestone flooring with underfloor heating, and the kitchen is fitted with a range of bespoke painted units with oak worktops, an integrated dishwasher and space for an electric range cooker with an extractor hood.
On the first floor is the master bedroom with adjacent dressing room, the second bedroom and family bathroom with separate shower, and on the floor above are a double bedroom in the eaves with adjacent shower room.
The enclosed garden to the rear has been carefully designed to provide different ‘rooms’ or areas of interest and includes a paved dining terrace and a couple of sheds.
Guide price: £775,000
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325