Property Blog

15th February 2022

Six properties new on the market: a modern two-bed apartment, four-bed family home, and four development opportunities from £525,000 - £925,000

“Demand continues to outstrip supply across the Cotswolds by a very high margin,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn, the Cotswold property specialist.  “One property recently attracted 65 viewing requests within 48 hours of being launched; this resulted in eight good offers and consequently sold very quickly and over the asking price.

“We aren’t expecting demand to diminish any time soon, so now might be a particularly good time to move.”

5 The Old Brewery, Priory Lane,... more

11th February 2022

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) confirmed last week that the Rural Payments service is now available for transferring land and entitlements online, in preparation for this year’s Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications.

The BPS application window is due to open online on the 15th March and the 2022 application deadline closes at midnight on 16th May.  This year will be the second year of BPS progressive reductions, as part of the phasing out of Direct Payments to 2027.

If you would like any assistance with a Basic Payment Scheme application this year, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Negus  01285 883740


8th February 2022

Having previously been a part of the Butler Sherborn sales team for 7 years I suppose my love of gardens blossomed through being fortunate enough to sell some beautiful Cotswold properties with beautiful gardens.

Having a great love of the outdoors and a passion for gardening once I got my own garden, a career is garden design was inevitable.   

One of my first gardening jobs, I was lucky enough to work in the wonderful gardens at Oxleaze Barn nr Lechlade where I learnt the trade from the brilliant Chipps Mann.  I then attended the Cotswold School of Gardening to obtain a distinction in professional garden design.  From then on it has been full steam ahead with projects across the... more

3rd February 2022

The Lettings Market has had a hard twelve months, with a shortage of properties coming to the market.

The increasingly strong residential sales market has inadvertently contributed to this, as landlords have decided to take advantage of the unprecedented demand in the Cotswolds, and sell properties they commonly let.

The desire to have a bolt hole in the country, which was further fuelled by the pandemic, and consequent travel restrictions, has remained strong. Coupled with the lack of supply, the insatiable demand has contributed to a healthy increase in rents for landlords.

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1st February 2022

In this strong residential market, we need three more members of the Butler Sherborn Team. We are looking for a Business and Finance Manager and a Sales Negotiator in the Cirencester office, and a Lettings Negotiator in the Burford Office. These positions are Full time.

All opportunities will suit dynamic, hard working individuals with some experience in residential property, a commitment to dealing with people and a desire to work as part of our enthusiastic, motivated teams in our Cirencester and Burford Offices, respectively.

To find out more about either of these job opportunities, please follow the link here for a full Job Description in each case, and details of to whom you should send your applications, depending on the position for which you... more

25th January 2022

The Lamb free house is an 18th Century country pub and restaurant just outside the West Oxfordshire market town of Witney. Located in the small village of Crawley, within very easy reach of the beautiful Cotswold countryside and villages. Blenheim Palace, Cornbury Park, Great Tew Estate and Oxford City are nearby.

The pub was purchased by Sebastian and Lana Snow in 2018 after which they embarked on a complete makeover resulting in stylishly cosy, warm interior spaces with a series of very cosy interconnecting rooms. There’s a huge fireplace in the bar, low beamed ceilings and some very well sourced art and artefacts.

Outside are beautiful terraces spread over 3 levels with pizza ovens, BBQ, an outdoor restaurant, (heated and covered for year-round alfresco dining), a suntrap of a beer... more

21st January 2022

George grew up on a farm just north of Hook Norton, surrounded by some of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire’s’ most dramatic landscapes, therefore it is no surprise that this environment soon became central to his practice.

We have asked George to submit a piece that helps us to understand how he worked over the last two years towards his latest exhibition. 

‘ I think a lot about how best to capture the spirit of a place. We all have some positives that came out of those dreadful lock downs, and for me it was realising the creative value of embarking on long walks. Often at dusk when the light is rapidly changing, walking through valleys, fields, woods and soaking up the endless variety of light and... more

20th January 2022

Partner & Head of Residential Sales

What brought you initially to the Cotswolds? 

I was born and bred in London, but my sister and I came to the Cotswolds whenever we could to spend weekends and holidays with my grandmother and aunt in Bourton-on-the-Hill who were both legendary women where we grew up with dogs, chickens and horses. It was a very different place, a lot quieter with a shop in most villages, no supermarkets and very traditional pubs. I then returned later in life and never left. 

How did you become... more

10th January 2022


Despite national availability of farmland being at its lowest level for years, during 2021 Butler Sherborn had its most successful year ever selling farm and equestrian property.

The combined value of all farm and equestrian property that we sold was the highest in our 30 years of trading, with guide prices being exceeded in most sales.  Our share of the market had grown with more sellers coming to us as the Cotswold Property Specialists, and as an alternative to using a... more

7th January 2022

Secretary & Administrator to Rural Department (Full Time)

Role: An important and diverse role, providing secretarial, administrative and PA support to the Rural team based in Cirencester as well as providing wider support throughout the office. 

Job Description:


The Ideal Candidate will be: -

Confident, ambitious and resourceful Technically proficient with an excellent attention to detail Confident communicator Bright, energetic and... more
6th January 2022

Four additions to the Cotswold property market from £545,000 - £2.8million

“The Cotswolds ticks all the boxes: an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, good train and motorway links to London, excellent schools and some exceptional properties, so it will always be sought-after,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn.

“I really cannot see demand for good country property abating.  Due to shortage of stock, we were only able satisfy 50% of those who registered with us in 2021, and we know many of these people are still looking.

“Covid has changed for good... more

9th December 2021

Temple Guiting and Guiting Power are two quintessential English country villages, situated in a beautiful and rolling region of the Cotswolds, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Guiting Power, with a busy community including an history society, has a beautiful 12th Century Church, village hall and playing field. It also possesses a village shop with post office and a café, and superb delicatessen and caterer, The Cotswold Guy.


There are two good pubs in the village, The Farmers Arms and The Hollow Bottom. Both are popular with the locals and both quite different in terms of style. The Hollow Bottom has recently been refurbished, and together with a... more

9th December 2021

I really cannot see demand for good country property abating,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn.

“Due to shortage of stock, we were only able to satisfy 50% of those who registered with us in 2021, and we know many of these people are still looking.

“The Cotswolds ticks all the boxes – an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, good train and motorway links to London, excellent schools and some exceptional properties, so it will always be sought-after.

“Covid has changed for good the way a lot of people work, and while some are having to return to their offices, many are now... more

7th December 2021

In our 30th Anniversary year, Butler Sherborn is delighted to have had a hectic and successful twelve months.

The residential property market in the Cotswolds, both in terms of Sales and Lettings, has remained buoyant, with demand outstripping supply. 

However, it has been for many, an extremely difficult and challenging period, as the pandemic has affected everybody. The Butler Sherborn team would like to wish all our clients, friends and contacts a Happy Christmas, and best wishes for 2022

22nd November 2021

Sophie Keogh - Life as a Senior Negotiator for the Cotswolds Property Specialist - Butler Sherborn - Cirencester office

'Having worked for highly regarded Estate Agents in Prime Central London and the Cotswolds, Sophie understands her client’s needs and offers wonderful client care, whilst being passionate in matching buyers to their dream home. She has a fabulous understanding of the property market and detailed local knowledge of the area.

‘I was lucky enough to grow up in a small village on the outskirts of Cirencester, and have always loved The Cotswolds and everything it has to offer. You'll often... more

16th November 2021

Four reasons why Dog Day Care is so beneficial to your dog -


1. Socialisation – If your dog is not exposed to other dogs in a natural off-lead way, regularly, they can become anti-social, which presents as dog reactivity, anxiety and aggression toward other dogs. Dogs are born social and crave contact with other dogs; a dog who doesn’t like other dogs is very un-doglike.

Early and consistent socialisation is the most important thing you can do with young puppies and is critical for their healthy development. 

2. Learning Social... more

11th November 2021

This enchanting tale of love and rescue is set on the Greek island of Ithaca during World War Two.

It charts an unusual friendship between an Australian- Greek girl, Nandi and a flying fish, through which Nandi discovers the extraordinary story of her great-aunt, Elena. Stunningly illustrated throughout by George Butler, and full of magic, myth and mystery, ‘When Fishes Flew’ is a classic Morpurgo novel for all ages, and combines the hallmarks of the Master Storyteller, with these exquisite illustrations by George.

George is the eldest son of Sam Butler, senior partner of Butler... more

11th November 2021

Interesting properties new on the market through Butler Sherborn - £1.5million, £1.65million & £2.95million

1-3 Dollar Street & 1 Coxwell Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2AJ - £1.65millio


While the term ‘unique opportunity’ can sometimes be a little overused, it certainly applies to these three interlinked Grade II Listed properties close to the centre of historic Cirencester.

With the potential to create an impressive home, small hotel or mixed use residential/commercial venture with an Airbnb or retail outlet, this combined property on the corner of Dollar... more

5th November 2021

Bledington has always been a popular place but increasingly so over the recent years. One of the most picturesque villages, with a variety of lovely houses overlooking the green it offers its residents a quintessential Cotswold environment.

However, most importantly behind the charming exterior is a village with an inclusive and active community across all age groups. At a time when the traditional village shop has become a rarity, Bledington boasts one of the best stocked café and shops in the Cotswolds. Run by a team of volunteers and being community owned, it has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. It goes from strength to strength supplying a wide range of products, many fresh and local, with a fine... more

21st October 2021

Vanessa Carter started working at Butler Sherborn on the 16th October 2000, in the flagship office based in Burford. Vanessa is now an Associate Partner, Head of the Burford office and the Lettings Department for Butler Sherborn.

What brought you to Burford?

I was born and grew up in Scotland.  In 1998 I travelled South, on holiday, to visit my husband’s family and it was then that I fell in love with Burford.  The pretty high street, the eclectic shops, quirky period buildings and the beautiful surrounding countryside.  I made a flippant comment ‘one day I will live and work here!’   2 years later a chance browse on a recruitment company’s website, led to a job offer as a lettings administrator.  Flippant... more

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