Four Cotswolds properties near good schools new on the market from £695,000 While schools going back for the first time in months might signal the return to a semblance of post-lockdown normality, the Cotswolds property market remains frenetic.
“The demand to move to the country continues unabated,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn the Cotswolds property specialist, “with the proximity to good schools, the space to work from home, and good transport links to London high on the list of purchasers’ priorities.
“For those living in London and other large cities, there is always a point in life when you think about moving out, and that is typically when one has children, but I have never known such demand to move to the green stuff as now.
“Added to this, we also have older purchasers looking to ‘hedge their bets’ by continuing to live in the city but wanting a foot in the country by investing in a second or holiday home,” adds Sam.
York House, Chedworth, Gloucestershire, GL54 4AN - £1.85m
With a good primary school in the village, Rendcomb College just over the hill and all the Cheltenham schools around 20 minutes away, York House makes a well located family home.
There are five/six bedrooms, five well-proportioned reception rooms including a library, playroom/office and four bathrooms over three floors, so plenty of space for the family and friends to stay. There are many original features including sash windows, a decorative trellised porch and ashlar chimneys. The well fitted kitchen includes a red Aga, and there is a pantry and cloakroom.
Set in lovely gardens and extending to 3.5 acres including a paddock, it has wonderful views overlooking the idyllic Chedworth valley.
Guide price: £1.85million
Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740
Farriers House, Market Place, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3EJ - £895,000
Located in the heart of this sought after Cotswold market town, this intriguing and deceptively spacious five bedroom Grade II listed townhouse would make a conveniently positioned family house, ‘lock-up and leave’ second home or holiday let.
Dating back to the 15th century and facing south over the market place, this historic property offers five bedrooms, three reception rooms, two bathrooms and a charming walled garden.
The deeds show that over the years it was occupied by several doctors and physicians and, at some time in its history, the eponymous farrier who was likely to have been busy as Northleach became an important coaching stop between London and Cheltenham. During the 18th century the property was partially re-built with a fine Georgian facade and correspondingly gracious proportions to the principal rooms, with many original features such as the drawing room fireplace remaining.
With good shopping facilities, the notable Wheatsheaf gastro pub, church and popular primary school, Northleach is a thriving and popular historic market town.
Guide price: £895,000
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325
Parkers Cottage, Naunton, Gloucestershire, GL54 3AA - £850,000
For those looking to move to a classic Cotswold village house and add their personality, Parkers Cottage could be the project property for you.
Dating from 1846, this lovely village house has served as family home to the current owners for over 20 years, and now with planning permission offers the new owner a great opportunity to remodel the ground floor and garage and design something to their own specification and style.
Currently with four bedrooms, two reception rooms and a bathroom, there is also the potential to add a second bathroom on the top floor. Outside there are gardens to the front and rear, and a large garage/workshop with private parking.
Parkers Cottage is in a lovely position in the picturesque village of Naunton which shelters in the Windrush Valley and surrounded by rolling Cotswold countryside, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village has a 15th century parish church, a Methodist chapel and popular pub, The Black Horse. There are many footpaths and bridleways for the keen dog walker or horse rider, and close links with the world of National Hunt Racing with Naunton being the home to Grand National and Gold Cup winning trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies. Moreton-in-Marsh station, with regular trains to London, is 8 miles away.
Guide price: £850,000
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731
The Old Barn, Leafield Road, Crawley, Oxfordshire, OX29 9QU - £695,000
If working from home is a major priority, with two fully insulated home offices/garden rooms, The Old Barn might be just the answer!
The Old Barn is situated on a courtyard development adjoining a Grade II listed mid-17th century farmhouse, surrounded by farmland and with all the advantages of a rural setting without feeling isolated. As part of a small community, this is an appealing and well converted four/five bedroom period Cotswold stone barn which also offers two large reception rooms and three bathrooms.
A pleasing conversion of a former agricultural barn dating from the 18th century, it retains many traditional features such as arrow slit windows and timber barn doors which frame the glazed entrance. Internal details include exposed stone walling and original beams and timbers, and is now finished in a contemporary style.
Outside is a carefully landscaped garden with far reaching views towards the spire of Leafield church, a double garage and private parking. Crawley is a small rural settlement on the slopes of the Windrush valley, and with two pubs, The Lamb and The Crawley Inn.
Guide price: £695,000
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325