Three great properties on the Cotswold market from £725,000. Spring is on its way, and with the easing of lockdown already underway, everyone will be ready to get out and explore.
As the world begins to open up, people will be wanting to get into the garden, visit garden centres and begin exploring the countryside once again, and with excellent access to footpaths, bridleways and destination walks such as The Thames Path and Cotswold Way, the Cotswolds remains as popular as ever.
Comments Sam Butler, of Butler Sherborn: “The phenomenal demand we experienced last year from people wanting to move to the Cotswolds has continued unabated. The issue we now face is the availability of quality country properties coming onto the market. People are looking for space, fresh air and good access to London, Birmingham and Bristol, and whether for principal or second homes, demand is out-stripping supply.”
Thames Mead, Buckland Marsh, Oxfordshire SN7 8RD - £725,000
Conveniently close to the Thames Path, Thames Mead has bi-fold doors giving immediate access to the fresh air, the rear lawned garden and views over the surrounding fields - the ideal home to put you in touch with nature.
A well-presented three bedroom detached house with spacious accommodation, it features light, airy and well-proportioned rooms. The sitting room has French doors to the front and bi-fold doors to the rear, exposed beams and a log burner, while the dining/family room has doors opening onto a gravelled terrace with seating area, the fitted kitchen has an Aga, oven/hob, tiled floor plus a utility room and cloakroom.
Upstairs the master bedroom has a dressing area, en-suite shower room and Juliet balcony with great views to the rear. The second double bedroom has windows to the front and rear, exposed beams and stonework. The third bedroom currently doubles as a study, and there is a family bathroom.
The extensive rear garden is mostly laid to lawn with two seating areas, with a post and rail fence at the end, plus two useful sheds. Set back from the road, there is ample parking behind wooden gates.
Faringdon is five miles away, Burford 11 miles, Oxford 16 miles and Swindon 18 miles.
The hamlet of Buckland Marsh is near the village of Buckland which is within a Conservation Area and has a village hall, an outstanding (Ofsted) primary school, and the Trout pub and restaurant at Tadpole Bridge on the River Thames is half a mile away.
Guide price: £725,000
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325
6 The Mansion, Northwick Park, Gloucestershire, GL56 9DS - £795,000
If you’re looking to enjoy the grand living style of an apartment akin to a home in Regents Park or Chelsea but with the views and environs of country living, Northwick Park offers a rare fusion of lifestyles - the opportunity to live in a particularly fine Jacobean building surrounded by formal gardens and a deer park, yet set within the glorious Cotswold countryside.
Ideally suited to those living in London or overseas wanting a ‘lock-up and leave’ country retreat in such an impressive building, or parents with children at boarding school nearby, The Mansion was once owned by Captain George Spencer Churchill and Sir Winston Churchill was a frequent visitor.
This superb Grade I Listed apartment provides 2,275 sq ft of elegant living space on the top floor of this beautifully restored historic building dating back to the 1300s. With exceptionally high ceilings, some with decorative cornicing and curved sash windows and window seats, the property includes a large stone tiled reception hall, drawing room with marble fireplace, dining room with carved wooden fireplace, and an ‘L’ shaped fitted kitchen/breakfast room with gas hob, ovens, dishwasher, freezer and large free-standing fridge.
The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room and extensive wardrobes, and there are two further bedrooms one of which could double as a study, a shower room and guest bathroom. Other facilities include a cellar with lock-up storage, a double garage, communal utility and a cloakroom.
Access to the apartment is through the impressive grand entrance hall with its Corinthian doorcase and large wooden doors, marble and stone floors and fine period features including an Indigo Jones styled ceiling allowing light from the Regency glass stair-light dome, an impressive 1830 John Woolfe cantilevered staircase believed to be the largest in England, and a wide gallery. There is also a lift.
The property is reached via a befittingly long driveway which sweeps past lawns and trees to a large turning circle and the imposing double front door. The grounds comprise well-maintained formal gardens with a gravelled courtyard and a rose garden with fountain. There is a croquet lawn with games equipment for all to use, a heated outdoor swimming pool and four all-weather tennis courts.
The landscaped gardens and deer park include a ha-ha and extend to some 35 acres, with the main feature of the West Walled Garden being an extraordinary volcanic stone from Vesuvius set in the old, cobbled pond, said to be a ‘home-coming’ gift from Nelson to Lord Northwick after the Napoleonic War.
Daylesford Organic Farm Shop and Spa, Soho Farmhouse and a good choice of restaurants and pubs can be found nearby, with shopping and culture at Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Oxford within easy reach, and the beautiful gardens of Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate and Sezincote close by.
There is a wide choice of well-regarded schools in the area including Kingham Hill, Kitebrook Preparatory School, Dormer House, Cheltenham College and The Lady’s College, Chipping Campden Senior School, The Dragon School and St Edward’s in Oxford, and 6 The Mansion would make a perfect home for overseas families to use for exeat weekends and school holidays.
Mainline train services to London Paddington leave from Moreton-in-Marsh, and Birmingham International Airport is an hour’s drive away.
Guide price: £795,000
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731
Ashleigh House, Lechlade-on-Thames, Gloucestershire, GL7 3AE - £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 and comfortable family home, there is also 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 is 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 doctor’s 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: £1million
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325