SIX TOASTY HOMES ON THE MARKET FROM BUTLER SHERBORN, FROM £495,000 - £2.4million

Real fires, log burners and inglenook fireplaces – all essential for warding off the worst of winter and ideal for roasting chestnuts and marshmallows or toasting hot buttered crumpets and teacakes, plus the perfect spot for placing that glass of sherry for Santa and a carrot for his reindeer!

And of course, a cosy cottage or farmhouse kitchen with an Aga is just the job for beating the seasonal chill with a slow cooked stew, some baked potatoes, an apple crumble or a few drop scones for tea.

Cotswolds property specialist, Butler Sherborn knows about finding and creating the perfect home to settle into after a winter walk, and has recently launched six ‘winter wonderland’ homes on to the market.

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Autumn Cottage, 76 Church Road, Quenington, GL7 5BL - £675,000

After a muddy walk along the delightful River Coln followed by a warming reviver at The Keepers, what could be better than settling down in front of the fire at the appropriately named, Autumn Cottage?

Discreetly tucked away off the main village street and conveniently placed for the pub, village hall and church, Autumn Cottage was originally built in 1810 and is a classic Cotswold stone cottage. Offering comfortable accommodation and beautiful decoration throughout, it also features a south-facing garden and has planning permission to build a fourth bedroom.

The dual aspect sitting room includes a wood burner, exposed timbers and window seats as well as a dining area. There is a green oak garden room and adjoining office, well-designed kitchen with central island, cupboards and worktop space, utility room with sink and WC.

Upstairs is the master bedroom with en suite shower room, second bedroom with built-in cupboards and space for a desk, third bedroom and well-appointed family bathroom.

The south-facing garden is mostly laid to lawn with a shaded seating area, herbaceous borders, a stone outbuilding and two sheds for garden tools and bikes.

Local shopping is available at Fairford, while Cirencester is 9 miles away, Cheltenham 23 miles and Oxford, 30 miles. Trains to London Paddington can be caught from Swindon or Kemble.

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14 & 16 Coxwell Street, available together – £815,000

16 Coxwell Street Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BH - £495,000

After a long winter walk around the 2,500 acre Cirencester Park, what could be better than returning to the warmth of your own ‘secret escape’ just a few steps away.

14 Coxwell Street - a charming Cotswold stone Grade II listed townhouse with two generous sized reception rooms and three bedrooms, and with No. 16, a delightful two bedroom cottage to the rear and a pretty courtyard garden. 

No. 14 features a spacious dining hall with period features that include wooden floors, open grate fire and window seats with wooden shutters. The well fitted kitchen/breakfast room includes a range of units, worktops, integrated double oven, fridge freezer and dishwasher. Upstairs is the sitting room with a beautiful open fire, four window seats, ceiling beams, and a built-in library. The first floor also includes the third bedroom/study and a modern shower room, while on the top floor is the dual aspect master bedroom with period beams, fitted wardrobe and walk-in dressing room. There is also a guest bedroom and modern family bathroom.

16 Coxwell Street – is a delightful two bedroom cottage with two reception rooms and a courtyard garden.

Approached under an archway and through the courtyard, the entrance opens into a small hallway that leads into the cosy sitting room with fireplace and built-in bookshelves. The dining hall leads to the fitted kitchen which overlooks the courtyard. On the first floor is the master bedroom and second double bedroom, both with fitted wardrobes, a contemporary shower room with rain shower.

Coxwell Street is a quiet and historic residential road close to the centre of the Roman town of Cirencester which was also an important wool town in medieval times. The street is believed to have been named after a family of clothiers who lived there in the 17th Century.

Cirencester is a vibrant market town with good shopping that includes many high street brands and specialist independent retailers in places such as Black Jack Street. The  town also features a Waitrose and two Tesco supermarkets, a hospital, leisure centre and one of the oldest open-air pools in the country.

Trains to London Paddington in about 80 mins can be caught at Kemble Station 3.5 miles away, or from Swindon Station (16 miles) in about 1 hour. 

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The Yews, Filkins, Oxfordshire, GL7 3JQ - £1.35 million

The Yews is a superb example of a classic Grade II Listed Cotswold village house.

On the market for the first time in 30 years and dating from the late 18th Century, it sits in a mature private walled garden close to the church and Five Alls pub at the centre of this vibrant village. Well maintained by the current owner it offers scope to update and remodel the interior and convert its coach house into additional accommodation.

The warm welcome starts at the entrance hall with its flagstone floor and continues into the drawing room with its open fireplace, bay and sash windows. The dining room also has a fireplace, and there is a sitting room, study, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room with an Aga and electric oven, and a cloakroom. On the first floor is the dual aspect master bedroom, bathroom, guest bedroom, shower room and separate cloakroom. The third floor includes the third bedroom complete with sitting room and bathroom.

Outside is the substantial coach house which has the potential for conversion into guest accommodation and includes the integral garage. There are further outbuildings and a utility room. The mature garden wraps around three sides of the house, mainly laid to lawn with mature seasonal planting and an impressive topiary, and plenty of parking.

Located on the Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire border and just a few miles from the historic market towns of Lechlade and Burford, it is well positioned for everyday needs while Witney, Oxford and Cheltenham are within easy driving distance and good road and rail communications to London and the Midlands via the M4 and M40 and stations at Didcot and Swindon.

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

Offering the perfect winter hide-away with seclusion and security, Derry Farm House is a well renovated five bedroom Cotswold stone farmhouse, approached through red brick pillars with wrought iron gates.

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.

Set in some two acres, there are beautiful landscaped gardens, a paddock, tennis court, garage, workshop and store with parking for several vehicles. 

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The Old Rectory, Meysey Hampton, Gloucestershire GL7 5JX - £2.4million

This imposing yet warmly welcoming family home offers year-round hospitality, but no more so than in winter with its roaring log fires and Aga-equipped kitchen. The Old Rectory is a Grade II Listed 17th century detached rectory with five reception rooms and seven bedrooms in a discreet south west facing position in the delightful community of Meysey Hampton with its popular pub, The Mason’s Arms, active village hall, primary school and church. Set within just under seven acres, it has mature gardens separated from its own meadow and woodland by a ha-ha, a barn, outbuildings and a swimming pool.

Perfect for a Sunday winter afternoon in front of the fire, there is a generously proportioned drawing room with large bay window, a half timber and chequer board ceiling and oak flooring, an imposing dining room, sitting room with a natural stone floor, beams, open stone fireplace and mullion window, and a study with parquet flooring.  The large kitchen/breakfast room has an extensive range of oak units with granite worktops, an Aga, walk-in larder, laundry room with Belfast sink and cloakroom.

The principal staircase leads to a galleried and spacious landing with an impressive vaulted ceiling.  Here is the master bedroom suite with bathroom, a second double bedroom with access to a modern Jack and Jill bathroom.  There are three further bedrooms, two dressing rooms, a second family bathroom and a cloakroom, and on the second floor another large double bedroom, leading to a playroom and games room.  Accessed via the original 17th century spiral staircase is the seventh double bedroom, and a further loft room.

Fairford is 2 miles away, Cirencester 7 miles, and frequent trains to London Paddington in an hour from Swindon about 15 miles away.

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Simon Jackson - January 2018

As soon as we decided to put our home on the market there wasn’t a decision to make on whom we would choose. Butler Sherborn are known as the market leader in Cotswold village houses & they certainly lived up to it. Process of going to market was painless, very professional & speedy. We sold within two weeks with an asking price offer. Can’t ask for more!
— Simon Jackson - January 2018