Property Blog

4th March 2019

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – Government Scheme - Grants and Funding

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in England & Wales to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. The scheme began in April 2013, and in the short to mid-term, the Government has an objective to ensure that the UK has a reliable, low cost and clean energy system. This will require us to upgrade and diversify our energy supplies to meet future needs, ensuring they are smarter, cleaner, more secure and affordable for consumers and... more

26th February 2019

12th March – 15th March 2019

The cream of National Hunt racing goes head to head at the most prestigious meeting of the season, The Cheltenham Festival in the second week of March, and will be accompanied by huge crowds of racegoers bedecked in all manner of silk, fur and feather. It is a terrific spectacle, and a punter’s rollercoaster.

Ben Pauling, sponsored by Butler Sherborn, is looking forward to an exciting Festival with six horses entered to run over the four day meeting.

GLOBAL CITIZEN  -  This... more

25th February 2019

*30 minutes from Soho Farmhouse - 20 minutes from Daylesford Organic Farm*

Burford is just over 70 miles from Chelsea, and with a fair wind you can drive there in an hour and three-quarters. There is an excellent selection of railway stations in the area that provide regular and direct services to London. Charlbury (direct to Paddington in just over an hour and a quarter), Oxford Parkway (direct to Marylebone in under an hour), Hanborough (direct to Paddington in just over an hour) and Kingham (direct to Paddington in under an hour and a half).

Kingham is a... more

21st February 2019
The window for applying for Countryside Stewardship Schemes with a start date of 1 January 2020 opened on Monday 18 February 2019.

The window for applying for Countryside Stewardship Schemes with a start date of 1 January 2020 opened on Monday 18 February 2019.  This includes applications for Higher and Mid-Tier Schemes including Water Quality Capital Grants and Wildlife Offers, as well as Hedgerow and Boundaries Grants. 

Countryside Stewardship Application Packs can be applied for ONLINE this year via the Rural Payments Service login.

Please note that the windows for requesting an application pack are not open for that long, and although you may have until later in the year to complete your application, you need to apply for an Application Pack as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The useful dates for the grants are outlined below:


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18th February 2019

The Tenant Fees Act gained Royal Assent earlier this week and will become Law in England on the 1st June 2019.  Full details of the Act will be released shortly, however below is a brief overview of what we expect the regulations to entail, going forward. 

From 1st June 2019, new tenants (or existing tenants who renew a tenancy) will only be required to pay for:

Rent A deposit A holding deposit (if applicable)  Actual incurred utility costs (including Council Tax and Television Licence) Any mid tenancy changes to a tenancy, at a tenants request Damages incurred due to breach of the tenancy Any interest arising out of a tenant’s failure to pay rent on time (should the rent be in excess of 14 days overdue)

Excluded Fees & Costs... more

14th February 2019

There’s a huge choice of things to do involving horses in the Cotswolds and a great selection of fine Cotswold homes close to top riding country - prices from £580,000 - £2million. £20 million worth of equestrian property also available privately.

The opportunities in the Cotswolds for a life involving horses are many and varied, from simply ‘having a flutter’ and enjoying the hospitality at The Cheltenham Festival, 12-15 March culminating in the Gold Cup, beginning your children’s interest at Pony Club, or progressing from riding school to competing in a point-to-point such as at Siddington near Cirencester on Saturday 23 March

Depending on your level of interest in... more

25th January 2019

The timber market remains strong due mainly to the national shortage of supply

Prices for clearfells of good quality softwood are £70 standing and have crept above this for easily accessible parcels with high saw log content.

The demand for pallet wood and chipwood thinning parcels is also strong, and they are fetching good prices. This is resulting in intense competition for standing softwood of all grades. To secure high prices therefore, it is essential to go to the open market with a properly run tender to ensure best value. Below is a guide as to the... more

24th January 2019

With the current uncertainly surrounding Britain’s exit from the EU and the potential impact on the property market, sellers are hesitant to bring their properties to the open market.

However, life goes on and there are still plenty of motivated clients wanting to sell, albeit via a confidential, private sales campaign at this stage. This, combined with the traditional wait prior to a Spring launch for landed and equestrian properties, has resulted in Butler Sherborn currently having over £20 million worth of Equestrian Properties available privately.

If you are a motivated buyer looking for an equestrian property in the Cotswolds, or a seller wanting to target our... more

22nd January 2019


‘Butler Sherborn are currently preparing a number of properties across The Cotswolds for sale soon. Some will only be available privately now, and some will be launched to the open market over the next few months.

Be an early bird, call Elizabeth in Stow on 01451 830731, Chloe in Cirencester 01285 883470, or Angus in Burford 01993 822325 and register your interest.

If it’s something equestrian, contact Ben Way 01451 830731.

The sooner we know about you, the... more

10th January 2019


As Head of Butler Sherborn’s agency team in Cirencester, you will lead an ambitious and enthusiastic team, win business, create opportunities, implement marketing campaigns and close deals. The Head of Agency will provide day to day management of client business, and create and develop strategy to ensure growth of the successful agency department.

The successful applicant will be commercially astute, combine profitability with care for the clients’ needs, work as a member of... more

10th January 2019

Four delightfully warm love nests from £450,000 - £1.5 million

There’s nothing better after a cold, wet, muddy walk in the country than to settle down in front of a real fire - especially on Valentine’s Day.

“There’s a great choice of old stone cottages, houses and barn conversions located in picturesque valleys and villages across the Cotswolds, making this the ideal location for those who want to escape to the country or hide away for a romantic break,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn.

“Noted for their low beamed ceilings, log fires... more

8th January 2019

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme is an important and often over looked source of funding under the Rural Development Plan for England (RDPE). 

It is run by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and its aim is to support farmers in achieving better animal welfare, resource efficiency and nutrient management. Grants can cover up to 40% of the cost of equipment needed to boost productivity and increase yields, with a minimum claim of £3,000 available and a maximum of £12,000.... more

3rd January 2019

Ella Canby set up Sugarella Cooks in October 2015 and assists private clients all over the UK, and internationally, to find chefs, cooks, extra pairs of hands and more.

Whether it be a one off dinner party, a busy holiday, Christmas event, shoot weekend, house party, special occasion or something more permanent, Sugarella Cooks is able to help.                                                                                                     

With a wide variety of chefs and cooks on their books, they are able to offer a personal and bespoke service and cater for Cotswolds based clients, and further afield.

For further information visit the... more

18th December 2018

This  local firm have created an exclusive development of architect designed homes set in extensively landscaped grounds at the foot of the Cotswold Hills. The current guide prices range from £620,00 for a detached 4 bedroom House to £695,000 for the 5 bedroom. The 3 bedroom homes will be released soon.

New Town Park has far-reaching views to the Cotswold escarpment and to Cleeve Hill, this well-connected Cotswold village is less than half an hour from the centre of Cheltenham, which... more

17th December 2018

Burford Woodcraft is a delightful and enchanting shop on The Hill in Burford and is celebrating its 40 year anniversary. It has always successfully promoted contemporary British craftsmanship. Pieces are chosen carefully for good design, quality of finish, originality and value for money.

The array of work is extensive, encompassing the unusual, creative and practical through carving, furniture making, sculpting, turning and more. The one-off pieces such as cabinets, sculptures, bowls... more

7th December 2018
Photography by Heather Gunn

Bramble & Gooseberry offers an eclectic mix of furniture and unique finds for the home. Rescued - Restored - Styled.

Lisa Pender’s passion for old things has been there for as long as she can remember; rummaging at car boot sales, charity shops and local auctions. Her style has always been ‘old & new’ with a passion for painting and rescuing furniture long before it was ever fashionable.

Her other creative passion is floristry with over 15 years freelance experience with Eden Flowers in Burford.

She is now using these creative passions to build a small business to help and inspire others... more

4th December 2018


It has been announced by the Government this afternoon, that the amount an agent or landlord can ask for a tenant’s deposit is to be cut from 6 weeks rent to 5 weeks – for annual rents of under £50,000.  For rents above £50,000 per annum, the maximum deposit will be capped at 6 weeks rent.

This move has been announced as part of the Tenant Fees Bill which is due to come into force in the spring of 2019.  More information on this Bill and how it will affect landlords and tenants, will... more

28th November 2018

Know some of the facts behind the debates.

Almost every article on Brexit discusses the potential impact of Brexit in its many potential guises and forms on all aspects of the economy with assumptions and speculation as to the near or distant future.

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know”

Donald Rumsfeld

Much remains... more

22nd November 2018

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 came in to effect on 1 April 2018, requiring all newly let residential properties to have an Energy Performance rating of E or above, and going forwards, all let properties to be compliant by 1 April 2020. It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that their property is up to standard before it is advertised to be let.

Since the collapse of the Green Deal, it has been considered that there is a... more

23rd October 2018

With autumn now in full swing, the countryside turning gold, copper, russet and yellow, ripe fruit and leaves starting to fall, and the hint of wood smoke in the air - it’s a wonderful time of year.

The autumn is also a classic time to move to a new house, and Butler Sherborn has launched three beautiful, well-seasoned homes on the market.

The Gatehouse, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, OX7 6DG - £775,000


This extremely rare and... more

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