11th June 2019
On the 1st June 2019 the above Act came into force across England and introduced fundamental changes to the fees and charges that landlords, and/or letting agents, can seek to recover from a tenant.
In essence, the Act bans all payments from a tenant in association with renting a residential property, unless they are expressly permitted by the Act. We have highlighted the main points from the Act below.
To which Tenancies does the Act apply, and from when?
The Act applies to all new Assured Shorthold Tenancies, student accommodation and licences to occupy private residential property in England from 1st June 2019
The Act will also apply to all existing Assured... more
31st May 2019
FLAMING JUNE - HOPEFULLY! - AND THE PLEASURE OF EATING ALFRESCO - SIX NEW PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET WITH BUTLER SHERBORN from £950,000 - £1.375m
Eating out in your own garden in the summer is one of the true pleasures of living in the country. Listening to birdsong and with the smell of freshly cut grass, whether reading the papers over breakfast, enjoying a mid-morning coffee, an early evening sundowner or entertaining family and friends, it is all so much more enjoyable for being outside.
Cotswold property specialist, Butler Sherborn, is launching six houses on the market that combine being great homes with the perfect... more
30th May 2019
Derry Farm House is a sympathetically restored and beautifully presented Cotswold stone and tiled detached farmhouse, complete with five bedrooms, attractive landscaped gardens, tennis court and paddock, all set in approximately two acres.
Offered to the market for the first time in 28 years, this wonderful family home has been lovingly and sympathetically maintained by the current owners and offers versatile and flexible living accommodation, whilst retaining much of its period charm... more
24th May 2019
Four new on the market properties from £375,000 - £1,020,000
It’s a good life for families in the Cotswolds, and one of the joys of summer is a visit to Giffords Circus. This magical, traditional village green circus has been touring the area for the past 19 years, and returns for its summer season from May through to September.
Independent and specialising in the Cotswolds, estate agent Butler Sherborn has a number of great properties available close to many of the Giffords show venues. Prices range from £375,000 for a two property... more
23rd May 2019
The Butler Sherborn Residential Agency Team in Cirencester has recently welcomed two new members. Olly Symonds has joined as Head of Residential Agency from Pegasus, where he led the marketing and sales division. Sophie Keogh is a dynamic and integral part of the team with a wealth of residential agency experience both in London and Gloucestershire.
Should you wish to have a confidential sales appraisal, or simply an idea of the value of your property, or any other property... more
8th May 2019
Richard Greasby is attempting his first ever Ultra Marathon along 100km (62miles) of The Cotswold Way. He starts in Bath on Saturday 29 June and finishes in Cheltenham at some point in the early hours the following day. Richard’s aim is to run it all in one go!
Richard is running this Ultrachallenge for two reasons: to push himself far beyond the half marathons, marathons and mountain runs he has previously run, and to do something extraordinary (or perhaps mad!). Most importantly however, Richard is running to honour two great mates Adam and Jon. Adam Turner died of a sudden heart attack in 2018, the same year as Jon Edwards developed Motor Neuron Disease, which he is so bravely fighting.
It would be great to use this Ultra run as a way to... more
25th April 2019
6 The Mansion, Northwick Park, Gloucestershire, GL56 9DS - £850,00Once owned by Captain George Spencer Churchill, Sir Winston Churchill was a frequent visitor Ideally suited to those living in London or overseas wanting a ‘lock-up and leave’ apartment in such an impressive building, or parents with children at boarding school nearby
Northwick Park offers a rare fusion of lifestyles - the opportunity to live in a particularly fine Jacobean building surrounded by formal gardens and a deer park, yet set within the glorious Cotswold countryside.
16th April 2019
Promoting Butler Sherborn’s properties in London - The London & Country Property Show Tuesday 14th May 2019
In conjunction with our associate London Office, headed by Bob Bickersteth, we are taking a Stand again this year at the Show in Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3 5EE between 2-7pm.
It is a lovely opportunity for Londoners considering moving to the country to look at each area of the UK, and see exactly what properties are available. They also get the chance to discuss in detail the benefits of the areas in which they are interested.
In turn, the Show offers an... more
5th April 2019
Whatever the extent of your manor, Butler Sherborn's country house consultancy can assist with all related matters
Country Houses range in size and character, from farmhouses to larger manor houses up to mansions, often (but not always) with some additional land, buildings and other property.
Butler Sherborn’s 25 years expertise in property, land & asset management, has allowed us to help many Country House owner fulfil their aims and objectives for the management of their rural assets as well as gaining maximum enjoyment from their country retreat.
Owning a country house, whether on its own or part of a wider rural estate, often involves dealing with complex and unique issues. Each needs to be resolved sensitively, cost-effectively and efficiently. Butler Sherborn can... more
2nd April 2019
Four Cotswold properties new on the market from £695,000 - £1.2 million through Butler Sherborn Easter weekend: Friday 19th - Monday 22nd April
With bright yellow daffodils in profusion and the green buds of Spring bursting through, the Cotswolds is emerging from winter and showing off its cream coloured stone cottages and houses to their glorious best!
What better time to get out and about and enjoy the first Bank Holiday weekend of the year, and if you’re thinking of moving, recce some of the towns and villages you could soon be calling ‘home’.
Independent and specialising in the Cotswolds, estate agent Butler... more
21st March 2019
A lovely village house in Bledington - Barn Cottage and Cotswold stone barn with planning permission
Barn Cottage is an elegant village house with a separate Cotswold stone barn with planning permission.
Originating from the 1600’s, Barn Cottage has recently been the subject of a complete bare wall renovation, and extended by the current owner to a high standard with enormous style and character, to create a wonderfully elegant village house.
The accommodation, which is well appointed and flexible, is arranged over two floors with good ceiling height, creating a light and airy living space. Beautifully presented throughout, high quality fittings and underfloor heating are complimented... more
21st March 2019
Team Way Eventing has been running horses for some weeks now since the season started at the beginning of March
As a warm up to some of the stiffer challenges at Intermediate and Advanced level, Ben is now giving 3 of his older horses runs at Gatcombe this coming weekend.
Galley Light, his ex Badminton and Burghley campaigner, will have an easy return to competition, along with two other younger horses Hullaballoo and Ballybreach Quartz, who will be run at Intermediate / 3* level later in the season.
Ben Way, Head of Butler Sherborn Equestrian, together with his wife Sarah, have some 26... more
6th March 2019
The Basic Payment Scheme 2019 online window is due to open on Wednesday 13th March, 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, there are a couple of points to note, as... more
5th March 2019
Six great properties in the Cotswolds close to some perfect places for lunch or afternoon tea - prices from £450,000 - £1.25million. Three with the perfect ‘granny annexe’. Mothering Sunday 31st March
And whether you’re looking for a house for mum and dad, you and your family or even somewhere large enough for everyone to live all together, Butler Sherborn has a wide selection of prime Cotswold homes new on the market.
Warwick House, Burford, West Oxfordshire OX18 4RN - £1.25million
Warwick House is an elegant Grade II Listed town house on three floors, and located at the lower end of Burford’s famous High Street.
A family home for many years and boasting an array of... more
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
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. 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:
Table taken from FWAG https://... more
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 www.thefestival.co.uk 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 www.pointtopoint.co.uk/events/5701.
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