Property Blog

8th April 2020

There is no doubt that all of us in the UK have been facing some major challenges since lockdown was imposed on 23rd March, but in particular one sector that has been decimated is the food and drink trade. No public gatherings resulted in trade for bars, pubs, shops and restaurants disappearing overnight - placing many businesses at risk of going under.


That said, necessity has always been the mother of invention, and these circumstances have... more

6th April 2020

At the end of March 2020, the Government introduced the Coronavirus Act 2020, which outlines a number of temporary measures to help protect, from eviction, both private and social tenants, during the current coronavirus pandemic.


Notice Requiring Possession

Within the coronavirus legislation, the government has increased the notice period a landlord is required to give a tenant – from 2 months to 3 months’ notice of their... more

2nd April 2020

As one of many employees currently working from home this week, this query was brought into sharp focus when my boiler chose this of all weeks to make some very strange sounds, then shut down completely.


We needed heating and hot water; equally we must heed government instruction on social distancing and not visiting other people or dwellings. So where does this leave homeowners,  and in particular Landlords and Tenants, who have this sort of problem with their property?  ... more

31st March 2020

There are numerous ways to offer help and get involved, from lending a hand to local charities, to supporting the unstinting efforts of the NHS.

As a result of the recent Government initiative and call for volunteers, NHS England has seen an inspirational response from the public to become NHS Volunteer Responders.

This should not discourage anybody from coming forward to assist in local volunteer centres or locally based charities or indeed the NHS. ( NHS England Coronavirus volunteer) In these restricted times, it makes sense to contribute to the local community. Both Volunteering Matters  ( more

30th March 2020

These are such very difficult times for everyone in lockdown due to the unprecedented Coronavirus Pandemic.

This will, of course, end but at a human and financial cost.  With everyone’s support for the NHS, and amongst ourselves in our communities, we will get through this together.

At Butler Sherborn, we are following all the  Government rules and NHS guidelines, whilst our staff, working remotely, endeavour to provide clients with services, and advice where we can.  We are very much on the end of our telephones and e-mails.

Clearly we all need to keep busy; exercising while doing... more

24th March 2020


In accordance with Government Guidelines, Butler Sherborn LLP have shut their offices.
Despite these constraints, we are committed to delivering the services required by our clients during the current COVID-19 outbreak, and have full remote working arrangements in place. All staff can be contacted, as usual, by email and telephone throughout the working day.

In compliance with Government and NHS Guidelines, full and detailed Protocols for Staff and Office practices... more

18th March 2020

Butler Sherborn LLP - Response to Covid-19 & Business Continuity Plan (18 March 2020)

As the impact of Covid – 19 continues to rapidly develop we want to give you re assurance that we are committed to protecting the health and well-being of our staff, their families, our clients and any other members of the public with whom we come into contact with. We are very much “open for business” with houses for sale, rent, valuations being undertaken, and rural property being managed – albeit with inspections and viewings only taking place under controlled conditions.

We are... more

17th March 2020

Farmers markets, delis & award-winning food and drink producers. Four beautiful period homes from Butler Sherborn, the Cotswolds property specialist from £425,000 - £1.45million

If you’re looking for great British food that’s produced close to home, move to the Cotswolds. Not only is this the largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales, the Cotswolds also produces some of the finest food and drink, so whatever suits your taste you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

And to really embrace the country living lifestyle, how about one of these beautiful period homes from Butler Sherborn, the Cotswolds property specialist.

Cotham... more

16th March 2020


The Basic Payment Scheme 2020 online window is now open with the deadline for applications being Wednesday 15th May.

Provided that your submission has been made by the scheme deadline, you will be able to make amendments to your application up until the 31st May, without penalty.

The Rural Payments Agency has confirmed that the application process will be in line with last years process, however, BPS payments will only be made in sterling for the 2020 scheme year... more

6th March 2020


In conjunction with our associated office, The London Office, Butler Sherborn are taking their Stand in Chelsea Town Hall at The London & Country Property Show on the afternoon of Tuesday 28th April 2020 1.30-6.30pm.

The Show provides an excellent opportunity for us to showcase and promote our clients’ houses to those actively looking to relocate or have a second home in the Cotswolds. All registered London applicants receive an Invitation to the Show and our Stand.

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6th March 2020


Butler Sherborn wishes all local trainers, jockeys and owners a successful, and safe week of action packed steeplechasing at this year’s, Cheltenham Festival. The glorious Cotswolds plays host again to the greatest national hunt racing  of the season, with 4 days racing top class racing against the backdrop of Cleeve Hill.

Despite the weather, Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course and his exceptional team have the course in perfect condition. Local trainers Ben Pauling, Fergal O... more

27th February 2020


A customer’s review of this charming Cotswold pub –

‘The menu was interesting, and tempting with lovely variation and a good choice. We could have chosen any 4 of each course, and had difficulty making up our minds.  It was refreshing not to be over faced with a huge choice. The presentation of the food was excellent, and the bream’s skin superb!

Good choice of beer, Bishops Finger, my old Kent brewer’s Shepherd Neame, as well as the local independent Hooky.

The... more

19th February 2020


In March 2015 the government introduced the above regulations, bringing into force energy standards for all private rented properties.  In essence, the regulations make it unlawful to let properties with an energy performance rating of F or G.

What is an EPC

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required whenever a property is built, sold or rented. The certificate contains information about a property’s energy use, costs and suggested recommendations to reduce... more

13th February 2020

Health, wellness and mindfulness - instructors, studios and spas for all Four great Cotswold properties to relax in from only £795,000

There’s no shortage of research about the beneficial effects of going for a walk in the countryside and spending time amongst the trees - country living is good for the soul, body and mind.  And if you are looking for further relaxation or honing, the Cotswolds is well served with spas and studios offering a wide range of courses across disciplines such as Reiki, Tai chi, meditation, yoga and Pilates - see below. 

Whittington Manor, Whittington, Gloucestershire, GL54 4HB - £1.5million... more

11th February 2020

Overwhelmed by Probate?


There is a lot to deal with when someone close to you dies and the process can be slightly overwhelming.

To briefly summarise, probate is the judicial process of authenticating a last will and testament, if the deceased made one. It includes locating and determining the value of the deceased's assets, paying final bills and taxes, and distributing the remainder of the estate to the rightful beneficiaries.

Where... more

3rd February 2020


The second version of the Agricultural Bill, introduced last month, proposes amendments to tenancies in England that are governed by the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. These proposals are summarised below:

Restrictive Clauses

Tenants to be able to object if Landlords refuse consent for changes necessary to enter new financial schemes or comply with new regulations If a Landlord refuses consent, then there may be the ability for tenants to apply to arbitrators or third... more
27th January 2020
Agricultural Bill 2020

How will it impact farmers?

The government published a new version of The Agricultural Bill last week which is expected to go through without amendment and become an act of parliament. The original bill fell by the wayside last autumn amidst the Brexit and political chaos at the time.

The key points of the bill are:

The 2020 BPS payments will remain unchanged. The phasing out of direct payments (BPS) from 2021 to 2027.  The % deductions for 2021 have been set at 5% for... more
24th January 2020

Banks, agents, solicitors and accountants will be familiar with red book valuations, but often their clients are not.  We thought it would helpful to give an explanation.

Formal valuation reports are always needed for bank security valuations, divorce and litigation and are very often required for capital gains tax, inheritance tax and probate.

These formal valuations are carried out by Registered Valuers who are... more

23rd January 2020

The Five Alls is a charming Cotswold stone pub right at the heart of the village of Filkins, near Lechlade. It has a warm, friendly atmosphere with a large bar, two restaurants, a big garden and nine beautifully appointed bedrooms, all en -suite.

Open 7 days a week, The Five Alls only closes on Sunday evenings. It offers a comprehensive range of menus for brunch, a la carte and set menus for lunch and dinner, a children’s menu, party menu and buffet menu, all in addition to bar snacks... more

20th January 2020

The New Authorisation regulations came into force on 1 January 2018, meaning that those with previously exempt abstractions now require an abstraction licence. The Environment Agency has announced a six-month extension to the application window for previously exempt abstractions, with the deadline being extended from 31 of December 2019 to the 30 June 2020.

Previously exempt abstractions include:

transferring water from one inland water to another in the course of, or as the... more

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