Three great Cotswold homes from £595,000 to £1.65million. ‘Go west’ - market comment from Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn
School Cottage, Long Compton, Warwickshire, CV36 5LA - £1.65million
School Cottage is a delightful six bedroom Grade II Listed thatched cottage. Restored to create a beautiful fusion of contemporary and classic interior styles, it has been finished to an excellent standard, and includes a wealth of character features such as original flagstone floors, exposed stone and timber and a particularly special inglenook fireplace in the drawing room.
Providing good space for entertaining and with versatile accommodation for family and guests, the cottage offers a generous sized sitting room, modern kitchen with Belfast sink and an island, breakfast room, study, family room and ground floor bedroom with en-suite bathroom which could be used as an additional reception room if required. The first floor comprises five double bedrooms, a family bathroom and separate shower room, all bathrooms having been renewed to a high specification.
Outside is an enclosed garden. Mainly laid to lawn with a range of beds, mature shrubs and trees there are two large terraces to the rear that are ideal for al fresco entertaining, and an integral garage.
School Cottage is located in a secluded position in the heart of Long Compton, a sought after South Warwickshire village boasting its own shop, an excellent pub, primary school and church, with good access to footpaths and bridleways that link to the nearby villages of Whichford, Great Rollright and Little Compton. Market towns nearby include Shipston-on-Stour, Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Norton which provide a choice of supermarkets and other general shops, while Daylesford Organic Farm Shop is also close by, and Soho Farmhouse just 20 minutes away.
Guide price: £1.65million
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731
Old School House, Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire, GL7 6DJ - £1.15million
Serving as the village school for over a hundred years until it closed in 1968, The Old School House is characterised by its large, vaulted school room. Transformed into a magnificent drawing room with soaring proportions, it features a grand stone fireplace, bespoke glazed gothic doors, and a pine staircase leading to a large balustraded gallery which provides a quiet library area and occasional bedroom space.
Sympathetically extended and improved whilst retaining its original character, period detailing includes mullioned windows, shutters, exposed beams and timbers, and the original gothic school door and gabled porch, while modern features extend to fibre broadband.
Ground floor accommodation comprises an entrance hall, a light and sunny sitting room with a stone fireplace to make a cosy retreat in winter, the galleried drawing room and kitchen/dining room. This is fitted with a range of bespoke pine units with Canadian maple worktops and a slate preparation area, double oven with induction hob oven and an integrated freezer and fridge; the dining area features a wood burning stove. There is also a spacious reception hall doubling as a large home office, plus a wet room.
Upstairs is a spacious master bedroom with a partly vaulted ceiling and en-suite bathroom, three further double bedrooms and two family bathrooms, and access to the galleried library.
Outside the gravel driveway leads to an integral double garage and provides parking for several vehicles, plus a stone shed. The gardens have been designed to take advantage of the sun at different times of the day, there is a mix of lawns and paved terraces and there is an ornamental pond enclosed by clipped box hedging and herbaceous beds.
Close to the source of the River Thames, Somerford Keynes is a delightful rural village with a thriving pub, village hall, nature reserves at either end of the village and the oldest church in Gloucestershire, believed to date to 695AD.
Cirencester with its Waitrose and a variety of independent boutiques, pubs and restaurants is 5 miles away and Kemble mainline station is 4 miles with trains to London Paddington in around 65 minutes.
Guide price: £1.15million
Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740
Dove House, Bampton, Oxfordshire, OX18 2HA - £595,000
Known to many television viewers as one of the film locations for Downton Abbey, Bampton is home to Dove House, an attractive, character cottage with light and spacious accommodation over three floors. Dating from 1600, it has recently undergone sympathetic renovation that retains many original period features including two ‘winder’ staircases, exposed beams and timbers, original cupboards, window seats and an impressive stone fireplace.
Ground floor accommodation comprises an entrance hall, spacious double aspect sitting room with a welcoming stone fireplace with wood burning stove and window seats. There is a dual aspect kitchen/dining room fitted with a range of cream units with granite worktops and matching island, electric oven and hob with extractor, integrated fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, and a cloakroom.
The main winder staircase takes you upstairs to a spacious master bedroom with a pretty window seat and built-in storage, a second double bedroom and a Jack’n’Jill family bathroom. A concealed and second winder staircase rises to the second floor with two vaulted double bedrooms, both with exposed ‘A’ frame beams, one of which has an en-suite bathroom.
Outside, the property is set back from the road behind iron railings. It has an enclosed south facing and very private garden. Planted with mature trees, shrubs and climbing plants, it has various paved areas, a raised area of decking, a storage shed and log store, plus a private gravel parking area.
Dove House is situated just minutes from Bampton town centre with its attractive church and square. This pretty village is in the Thames Valley between the Cotswolds and the Vale of the White Horse, and until the 18th Century was an important market town, specialising in tanning and leather goods. It offers an excellent range of amenities for a village its size including a small supermarket and an award winning butcher/delicatessen, hairdresser, cafés, Post Office, several pubs, medical centre with pharmacy, a library and popular garden centre. 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.
Communications are good with road access to London via the A40/M40, and railway stations at Oxford Parkway and Didcot providing regular fast services to London Marylebone and Paddington.
Guide price: £595,000
Butler Sherborn - Burford – 01993 822325
Market comment from Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn
“The effect of Coronavirus continues to shape the property market,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn, the Cotswolds property specialist. “I believe we will look back at the pandemic and the seismic effect it has had on our thinking about where we live and how we work, and I am sure that the migration from cities will continue as people re-evaluate where they want to live. Having cut loose from ‘going to work’ as we once knew it, they are embracing the flexibility now provided, and many will also be more inclined to start their own businesses.
“The primary demands from purchasers leaving the smoke for the fresh air of the country is greater space - internally and externally for a growing family, the need for room for home working - be that a study, extra bedroom, a garden room or separate cottage - and decent broadband.
“The maxim ‘Go west’ is one many are pursuing. With the M4, M40 and fast trains from Paddington and Marylebone, the Cotswolds offers the opportunity to live in the ‘real country’, but also good access to and from London, Heathrow and the home counties as required.
“Notwithstanding the perfect storm of Covid and Brexit, we are in great shape. With strong demand continuing to outstrip supply, I feel confident that while property prices might face a readjustment nationally, the Cotswolds market will hold up well.”