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18th October 2019

The Hare, Milton-under-Wychwood

Located in the golden triangle between Burford, Stow-on-the -Wold and Chipping Norton, The Hare, Milton-under-Wychwood sits in the heart of the Cotswolds. It is a perfect country pub with a cosy bar and oak panelled dining area, and extremely friendly staff.

Matt Dare, is a talented young chef, committed to using fresh local produce. He offers a catholic range of meat and poultry beside the Marine Cuisine board, which boasts fresh fish from the West Country, delivered daily.

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10th October 2019

‘what3words’ divides the world into a grid of nearly 60 trillion squares of 3m by 3m, each has its own identifier that can be accessed using a phones GPS.

It can often be difficult to locate places in the countryside with postcodes covering very broad areas. Many places like field entrances, stables or farm buildings have no specific address and many rural businesses, as well as emergency services are now using the technology to pinpoint specific locations.

‘what3words’ has the potential to assist in the day to day operations for rural business, directing visitors to the correct location, contractors to the correct gateway or the... more

10th October 2019

In 2018 it was €1 = £0.89281 a drop of 0.21%. BPS payments for England are set in Euros and then converted into sterling. This is calculated as an average of the exchange rates set in September. Historically the exchange rate in the past has been as low as 67p per Euro.

This rate has the greatest impact on the level of payments if there is no change in the claim from year to year. This exchange rate will be used to convert English entitlement values, greening payment and young farmer payment elements of BPS into sterling and which forms part of the calculation to arrive at 2019 BPS payments.

Despite the drop in the exchange rate, it is arguable that given the current economic and political uncertainty it is more positive than initially feared. The... more

26th September 2019

Situated in that corner of Bampton which features as the village of Downton, in the TV series Downton Abbey, this charming house was originally known as ‘The George & Dragon Inn’.

Converted in the 1990’s to a lovely village house, The Old George, as it is now known, is prominently located in the bustling village of Bampton, within walking distance of all the amenities.

Bampton is an enchanting village in the Thames Valley, between the Cotswolds and the Vale of The White Horse, and was a thriving market town throughout the 18th Century. Its wealth was founded on the wool trade, as evidenced by one of the largest parish churches in the diocese. It is this lovely... more

26th September 2019

A new allocation of farm funding, across the UK has been announced.

Following an independent review led by Lord Bew, the Government will allocate £56.59 million of new funding for farmers up to 2022, and create a more tailored funding formula going forward.

Lord Bew’s review has undertaken a detailed study of the factors which factors should determine the distribution of additional Common Agricultural Policy funding, to ensure payment rates are more equal between EU Member... more

23rd September 2019


The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 27th 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.

Let’s get together over a cuppa and cake to raise some money for Macmillan, here are the details for our Coffee Morning:

5th September 2019

Six great properties close to excellent Cotswold pubs from £450,000 - £1.5million

“Pub culture has become an increasingly strong pull for buyers moving to the Cotswolds,” says Elizabeth D’Allemagne of Cotswolds property specialist Butler Sherborn.  “The standard of food and hospitality is now amongst the best in the country, and we are spoilt for choice.  For those moving to a village with a pub, the ‘local’ is one of the best places to meet people and quickly feel part of your new community.  Holiday let investors also recognise that villages with good pubs are where... more

5th September 2019

Ben heads to Burghley this week, after an superb double win at Goring Heath Horse Trials on two of his younger prospects, So Smart and Direct Cruz.


This year, Ben rides Jocelyn Rosenberg’s Annsfort Simba in the BYEH 5 Year Old Final at Burghley, having secured an early season qualification on this talented  young horse at Burgham International in Northumberland.

In addition, Ben is an integral part of the Radio Burghley commentary team and will be covering all aspects of the Horse Trials over the 4 days. After the British team’s silver medal  success at The European Championships in Luhmuhlen at the weekend, the British... more

3rd September 2019


The Bell Inn offers good, simple, pub food together with a straight forward wine list in a charming, cosy and relaxed environment. There is a warm bar area for quiet drinking, a restaurant and delightful beer garden. Peter Creed and Tom Noest took over the pub in 2017, and re-opened, it after refurbishment, to excellent reviews and great acclaim.  

Peter ensures that the welcome received by all guests is warm and sincere. The atmosphere is consistently friendly and fun. Tom... more

3rd September 2019


Chimney Farm Barns comprises three beautifully appointed barns in the secluded, tranquil hamlet of Chimney-upon-Thames, set in water meadows running down to the River Thames.  The barns were originally the traditional barns serving Chimney Farm.  They were sympathetically converted in 2007-2009, taking full account of their unique position within the Nature Reserve of the Berks, Bucks & Oxford Wildlife Trust, and their proximity to the ancient water meadows on this reach of the... more

22nd August 2019

A primary residence with a cracking little earner – This lovely family house has a superb, detached cottage run as highly lucrative luxury holiday let. Guide Price £1,250,000.

West Barn & West Barn Cottage offer the unusual opportunity for one’s main asset to earn it’s keep easily.

Set in mature and established gardens, West Barn was originally converted from a traditional agricultural barn, constructed from Cotswold stone and subsequently extended. It offers a spacious and attractive family house, arranged over two floors with 4 double bedrooms, two en-suite shower rooms, and a family bathroom. On the ground floor doors open to adjoining terraces on to... more

6th August 2019

‘I know a bank where the wild thyme blows. Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows….’

Mill Hill Farm is a magical Cotswold stone house, with traditional stone barns around a courtyard, set in an ancient orchard with fields running down to the Sherborne brook. Unique in an age of intensive modernisation, Mill Hill Farm is remarkable for its enchanting setting and bewitching Cotswold house with original farm barns, from an earlier time. 

Until it was recently acquired by the current owners, Mill Hill Farm had not been on the market for some four decades. In 1976, Sir... more

6th August 2019

Gloucester-based developer, Newland Homes has been named as one of the top '1000 Companies to Inspire Britain' by the London Stock Exchange Group.

The initiative is designed to recognise the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the country.

Companies selected represent over 40 sectors and span every region of the UK. To be selected, businesses had to demonstrate positive revenue growth over the last three years and outperform their industry peers.

Newland Homes was established in the county in 1991 and has grown from strength to strength across the South West, having been... more

26th July 2019

Butler Sherborn is delighted to be the Sponsor of The Members Marquee & Enclosure again this year.

With it’s superb ringside viewing, the Cotswold Distillery Gin Bar and new caterers, the Members Marquee will be the place to be, and from which to see the main attractions in The Grand Arena. This year these include the Broke FMX  motorbike Stunt Team and The Six Bar Knockout Show Jumping Challenge, together with many others. 

The Members Marquee & Enclosure are for the exclusive use of Moreton Show Members ONLY, unlike last year, when Butler Sherborn Guests were admitted even if... more

22nd July 2019

The Old Farmhouse, Whitehouse Farm, Idlicote, Warwickshire, CV36 5DN - £1.35million

The Fossett family have been training and racing their camels for almost 20 years from their Warwickshire farm at Idlicote, together with a number of racing pigs! The property has been a happy home to the family and its other animals, and has just come on to the market, without the furry friends!

The Old Farmhouse is an imposing 18th Century Cotswold stone farmhouse that’s known locally as ‘where the camels live’, admittedly within a well fenced paddock! (See note below). 

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16th July 2019

Ben Way, Head of Butler Sherborn has a new ride in Gold Port, owned by Equestrian Ltd. This scopey young horse had a double clear at his first event at Solihull Horse Trials last weekend. 

Ben also had horses running at Stafford Horse Trials, where he qualified two other young horses, So Smart and Delphi’s Oracle for the Young Horse Championships in Osberton Horse Trials in the Autumn.

For all your Equestrian property needs  -   Call  Ben Way 01451 830731 


1st July 2019
richard greasby ultra marathon

Richard ran 100kms in temperatures over 35 degrees across country from The Royal Crescent, Bath to Cheltenham last Saturday, to raise money for The British Heart Foundation and Motor Neuron Disease in memory of his two close friends, Addie and Jon respectively.

Richard began his attempt at 8 o’clock on Saturday morning, climbing out of Bath and feeling comfortable over the first 25 kms. He was on his target time at this stage.  

However, the swiftly rising temperatures were... more

1st July 2019


Ben Way had a successful weekend recently at Farley Hall, Berkshire with two horses belonging to his owner, Sarah Van Vegchel.  Ringwood Madras ran well in his Advanced Intermediate Class to come 10th with a dressage of 37.1

He also ran her other horse, Ballybreagh Quartz, whose test was a solid 31.2 and came in 15th with 8 faults in the show jumping.

Do contact Ben Way for any equestrian property matters on 01451 830731


27th June 2019

Five properties new on the market from Butler Sherborn: from £495,000 - £2.4million

Cricket on the village green has been at the heart of country life for years, and today the sport continues to involve thousands of enthusiastic amateur players.  Whether watching or playing, looking after the grounds, helping with teas or involved in the many social activities, it is a wonderful way to be involved with your local community and get to know everyone.

Living in the Cotswolds, you’re never very far from your nearest club, while competitions and tournaments mean you get... more

25th June 2019


On the 29th June at around 8.00 a.m. I will be starting my 100 km Ultra Marathon attempt along the Cotswold Way between Bath and Cheltenham.

Huge thanks to those who have sponsored me already. I’m hoping to smash my initial targets for both the British Heart Foundation and Doddie Weirs Motor Neuron Disease Foundation so any other donations anyone can spare would be absolutely amazing.

Take a look at my summary page through the link below and you can navigate to either... more

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