Property Blog

4th December 2018

TENANCY DEPOSITS TO BE CAPPED AT 5 WEEKS RENT FROM SPRING 2019

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

23rd October 2018

As we come into the autumn, our competition season is drawing to a close. Our last event of the season is a trip to the south of France this week, where my wife, Sarah, will be competing a little horse called Dassett Cooley Dun at the Pau CCI 4*.

At 15.1 hands, Dassett Cooley Dun is one of, if not, the smallest horses in the world currently competing at 4*, the highest level in eventing. Most of our competition horses will now have a holiday for 6 to 8 weeks, however the yard remain busy through the winter, with the hunters coming. We also use the quieter time in the winter to break in the 3 year olds, ready for next season.  

On reflection, we have had a very positive 2018 season, with an exciting line up of 4 year olds... more

2nd October 2018
cows

After nearly half a century of our farming landscaped being governed under EU rules, the new Agriculture Bill, introduced into Parliament earlier in September, sets out how farmers and land managers will be paid in the future. 

There will be a fundamental switch to “public money for public goods”, but there is no detail on what the support budget will be for farming in the future, which is a significant omission.

The emphasis for future funding will be for provision of public goods such as:

Managing land in a way that protects the environment –  eg air and water quality, soil health, flood mitigation Improving animal welfare standards and the health of plants Supporting public access to the countryside... more
21st September 2018

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. 

Having a Coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa, enjoy some gorgeous treats and help Macmillan be there for people facing cancer.

https://donation.macmillan.org.uk/wbcm/payin

20th September 2018

Karen Horne of Beltaine Designs features just a few of her choices from this autumn’s new Collections and her past commissions

As a nation, we Brits are, to say the least, obsessed with our homes, and as a result, our Interior Design industry is one of the best in the world.  Personally, I think nobody does it better!

As we enter the latter part of the year, we are into the Autumn Collections – time to be delighted and inspired by the wonderous new interior furnishing goodies coming our way in the world of Interior Design.

Yes, it is Focus / 18 – the world-class event at the Design Centre in Chelsea... more

18th September 2018

Four great Cotswold properties new on the market this autumn from £795,000 - £1.25m and 10 highly recommended gastro pubs across the region

Whether you’re looking for ‘just a pint’, a good meal or to get to know the local area, the Cotswolds is peppered with some excellent and award winning pubs.

“You don’t have to go far to find exceptional food, a roaring log fire and a warm welcome, and if you’re new to the area, there’s the opportunity to meet new people and quickly feel part of the community,” says Sam Butler of Cotswold property specialist Butler Sherborn. See below for our ‘10 great gastro pubs across the Cotswolds... more

10th September 2018

Lynwood & Co have recently opened a new cafe in the centre of Burford, and it is already very popular.

The first Lynwood & Co Cafe opened in Lechlade-Upon-Thames in 2015. The owners, Rob & Kats Broadbent have continued to build on its success, opening another cafe in Fairford and now, due to customer demand, yet another glorious café on The Hill in Burford.

Their coffee is organic and hand selected, and they are now producing their own large quantities of sourdough bread. Lynwood pride themselves on sourcing local ingredients, and their breakfasts are simply irresistible. Their... more

4th September 2018
Stayts Farmhouse, Church Westcote

Katy Campbell, House Hunter in the Cotswolds, chose Stayts Farm as one of her top 10 properties on the market in the Cotswolds -

'Church Westcote is the quintessential Cotswolds village, perfectly peaceful and packed full of beautiful houses built from honeyed, Cotswold stone. Stayts Farm is one such house. The interior needs updating but it's nestled in the middle of the village and has its own little orchard. Best of all, it's walking distance from The Feathered Nest pub in the... more

4th September 2018

Cotswold property specialists, Butler Sherborn, is expanding its lettings department in Cirencester on the back of strong demand from the town and surrounding villages

The company has run its lettings business across its three offices for many years, but the increase in demand makes the expansion of Cirencester an obvious step, as Vanessa Carter, head of lettings based in Burford explains: “Over the last year there has been a particular increase in the number of young executives and... more

28th August 2018

Sponsorship Opportunity for Cotswold RDA Horsebox

 

HORSEBOX APPEAL UPDATE!   

Due to the generous donation of £8,000 by the trustees of The Sir Peter O’Sullevan’s Charitable Trust the appeal has achieved it’s target!

The Cotswold RDA are delighted and extremely grateful to all who donated, in addition to the Trust.

Cotswold Riding for the Disabled is so much more than just a riding school – they are a supportive community of riders, families, carers, schools, colleges, trustees, staff, volunteers, other... more

28th August 2018

Ben is Heading Back to Burghley next week with one of his top horses Galley Light a 15YO, TB gelding owned by himself and Elisabeth Collins. Burghley is undoubtedly one of the toughest 4* tracks in the world and by the look of the course preview Captain Mark Phillips who designs the course, has once again created a proper Burghley cross country test.

23rd August 2018
Eagle Talons - original pastel £150

 

Butler Sherborn were delighted to sponsor an exhibition earlier this year of Lesley- Anne’s recent work.  Now moving studios, Lesley- Anne is prompted to have a Sale at Kingham Village Hall, OX7 6YJ

Originals and prints will be available from £150.00.

 

FRIDAY 7th September        5- 8.30pm

SATURDAY 8th September 10.30-8.30pm

SUNDAY 9th September     10.30-5.00pm

 

www.ladoole.com    

 

 

14th August 2018

 

Walking across open countryside is something that many people enjoy and the availability of footpaths, bridlepaths and open byways allows the public access to areas that would otherwise be retained for the benefit of landowners alone. Landowners have a duty of care to members of the public on their land which they need to be fully aware of.  Rights of way can influence how farming operations are managed and leave landowners liable for the safety of the public, and these liabilities... more

9th August 2018

Further expansion of the rural and professional department, residential agency and lettings

Mike Canby has joined Butler Sherborn to head up the rural and professional department’s farm and estate management work, and help further develop the estate management and country house consultancy.  He has extensive estate management experience from working in Dorset and Yorkshire, and has recently moved to the Cotswolds with his wife Ella.

As part of its planned expansion and following several years of growth, the department has also appointed Hennie Hargreaves, a RICS... more

31st July 2018

Come to The Member’s Marquee, and join Butler Sherborn for Cotswold Distillery Gins and Goffs Distillery Beers on Saturday 1st September 11-5pm

We will be delighted to see you. Simply make yourself known as Butler Sherborn Guests at the Member’s Enclosure entrance.

https://goffsbrewery.com/

www.moretonshow.co.uk

 

 

 

30th July 2018

Four superb Cotswold properties with pools to cool-off in - from £1.3m - £2.45m

“As the long hot summer makes its way into the record books, buyers of country house properties are including swimming pools in their list of ‘must haves’,” says Sam Butler of the Cotswold property specialists, Butler Sherborn.

“And rather than do battle with everyone at the airport, our superb summer is also favouring those who have opted for a ‘staycation’ this year where the English countryside really can’t be beaten,” he adds.

... more
26th July 2018

The Cotswold Conservation Board is undertaking a review to assess what the likely advantages and implications would be if the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was ever designated as a National Park.  This is in response to the Glover Review, which will report to DEFRA during 2019, reviewing the overall National Park resource within the country, whether any existing National Parks need to be expanded or whether new National Parks ought to be created.  If National Park... more

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