Property Blog

6th March 2020


Butler Sherborn wishes all local trainers, jockeys and owners a successful, and safe week of action packed steeplechasing at this year’s, Cheltenham Festival. The glorious Cotswolds plays host again to the greatest national hunt racing  of the season, with 4 days racing top class racing against the backdrop of Cleeve Hill.

Despite the weather, Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course and his exceptional team have the course in perfect condition. Local trainers Ben Pauling, Fergal O... more

27th February 2020


A customer’s review of this charming Cotswold pub –

‘The menu was interesting, and tempting with lovely variation and a good choice. We could have chosen any 4 of each course, and had difficulty making up our minds.  It was refreshing not to be over faced with a huge choice. The presentation of the food was excellent, and the bream’s skin superb!

Good choice of beer, Bishops Finger, my old Kent brewer’s Shepherd Neame, as well as the local independent Hooky.

The... more

19th February 2020


In March 2015 the government introduced the above regulations, bringing into force energy standards for all private rented properties.  In essence, the regulations make it unlawful to let properties with an energy performance rating of F or G.

What is an EPC

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required whenever a property is built, sold or rented. The certificate contains information about a property’s energy use, costs and suggested recommendations to reduce... more

13th February 2020

Health, wellness and mindfulness - instructors, studios and spas for all Four great Cotswold properties to relax in from only £795,000

There’s no shortage of research about the beneficial effects of going for a walk in the countryside and spending time amongst the trees - country living is good for the soul, body and mind.  And if you are looking for further relaxation or honing, the Cotswolds is well served with spas and studios offering a wide range of courses across disciplines such as Reiki, Tai chi, meditation, yoga and Pilates - see below. 

Whittington Manor, Whittington, Gloucestershire, GL54 4HB - £1.5million... more

11th February 2020

Overwhelmed by Probate?


There is a lot to deal with when someone close to you dies and the process can be slightly overwhelming.

To briefly summarise, probate is the judicial process of authenticating a last will and testament, if the deceased made one. It includes locating and determining the value of the deceased's assets, paying final bills and taxes, and distributing the remainder of the estate to the rightful beneficiaries.

Where... more

3rd February 2020


The second version of the Agricultural Bill, introduced last month, proposes amendments to tenancies in England that are governed by the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. These proposals are summarised below:

Restrictive Clauses

Tenants to be able to object if Landlords refuse consent for changes necessary to enter new financial schemes or comply with new regulations If a Landlord refuses consent, then there may be the ability for tenants to apply to arbitrators or third... more
27th January 2020
Agricultural Bill 2020

How will it impact farmers?

The government published a new version of The Agricultural Bill last week which is expected to go through without amendment and become an act of parliament. The original bill fell by the wayside last autumn amidst the Brexit and political chaos at the time.

The key points of the bill are:

The 2020 BPS payments will remain unchanged. The phasing out of direct payments (BPS) from 2021 to 2027.  The % deductions for 2021 have been set at 5% for... more
24th January 2020

Banks, agents, solicitors and accountants will be familiar with red book valuations, but often their clients are not.  We thought it would helpful to give an explanation.

Formal valuation reports are always needed for bank security valuations, divorce and litigation and are very often required for capital gains tax, inheritance tax and probate.

These formal valuations are carried out by Registered Valuers who are... more

23rd January 2020

The Five Alls is a charming Cotswold stone pub right at the heart of the village of Filkins, near Lechlade. It has a warm, friendly atmosphere with a large bar, two restaurants, a big garden and nine beautifully appointed bedrooms, all en -suite.

Open 7 days a week, The Five Alls only closes on Sunday evenings. It offers a comprehensive range of menus for brunch, a la carte and set menus for lunch and dinner, a children’s menu, party menu and buffet menu, all in addition to bar snacks... more

20th January 2020

The New Authorisation regulations came into force on 1 January 2018, meaning that those with previously exempt abstractions now require an abstraction licence. The Environment Agency has announced a six-month extension to the application window for previously exempt abstractions, with the deadline being extended from 31 of December 2019 to the 30 June 2020.

Previously exempt abstractions include:

transferring water from one inland water to another in the course of, or as the... more
10th January 2020

If you believe in ‘location, location, location’ - the Cotswolds wins on so many levels Five superb homes from the Cotswolds property specialist Butler Sherborn - £610,000 - £3million

By any yardstick, the Cotswolds continues to be one of the most desirable places to live - great houses, good value, beautiful countryside, excellent education, wonderful pubs, safety and security - and with easy access to London, international flights and other parts of the country especially the Midlands, South West and Wales.

“The Cotswolds wins on so many levels,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn, “so if you want to be sure of making the right move in 2020, take a good look. ... more

2nd January 2020

Cotswold District Council (CDC) has developed The Long-Term Empty Property Strategy to ensure long-term empty properties are brought back into use to provide quality affordable homes to residents in housing need.

It is designed to identify homes that have been vacant for more than six months and support owners in making them available for occupation.

At the end of August 2019 Cotswold district had 648 properties classed as being empty for more than six months. Cllr Lisa Spivey... more

19th December 2019


Leaving aside the equestrian eventing escapades of Ben Way and his superb team of good horses, Sam Butler and Richard Greasby have led the way in Butler Sherborn with their sporting endeavours in the past year.

Richard trained for many months to run his first Ultramarathon in June from Bath to Cheltenham, along the Cotswold Way. The race was over a distance of 100kms, and took place on the hottest day of the year, in June, with temperatures soaring to 35 degrees.  Conditions... more

17th December 2019


The Burford office was where Sam Butler and his team originally started Butler Sherborn. As the business has grown and evolved, this riverside office by the bridge in the bustling town of Burford, has been part of the landscape for nearly 30 years.  With a fresh team in Lettings, and some new faces, we have enjoyed a fantastic year, with some great results for our clients, In the second half of the year we saw an increase overall of 60% in sales transactions. Elizabeth D’Allemagne... more

5th December 2019


As of 2nd December, farmers started to receive payments for their 2019 Basic Payment Scheme Applications

Once a payment has been made a remittance advice will be sent in the post, confirming the amount paid. Claim statements will follow at a later date, explaining how the payments have been calculated.

Claimants are reminded to remain vigilant against fraud, and should remember:

Your bank, police or the RPA will never ask you to reveal your online password, PIN or... more
2nd December 2019
Land Valuation Service

How We Can Benefit You

Valuation is a key part of our professional service at Butler Sherborn. We are lucky to have a talented team with varying specialisations which enables us to provide advice over a range of different property types, for a wide variety of reasons.

Valuation forms part of many a life decision, whether you are looking to buy, sell, diversify or perhaps looking to the future, to succession or the division of assets or assessing potential tax liabilities. 

Whether you have a house,... more

26th November 2019


Real fires, log burners and inglenook fireplaces – all essential for warding off the worst of winter and ideal for roasting chestnuts and marshmallows or toasting hot buttered crumpets and teacakes, plus the perfect spot for placing that glass of sherry for Santa and a carrot for his reindeer!

And of course, a cosy cottage or farmhouse kitchen with an Aga is just the job for beating the seasonal chill with a slow cooked stew, some baked potatoes, an apple crumble or a few drop scones... more

21st November 2019


‘2019 has been a really good season for Team Way Evening. The arrival of our daughter, Millie, at the start of the season has been an amazing change for us, and she has loved coming all over the country (and Europe), with Sarah and me, during the season. 

Eventing, as a sport, is so dependant on horsepower. With horses taking a minimum of 6 years to produce to the top level, it is very  hard to keep yourself in a position to be able to compete at the very top, especially as... more

12th November 2019

The Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure grants are now open to new applications. You could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.

There are 3 types of grant:

Business development Food processing Rural tourism infrastructure

Total funding is limited meaning grant applications are competitive as per Round 1.

The grants are funded by... more

6th November 2019

If you are approached by a Developer or a Promoter they could help you unlock significant value in your land BUT make sure you take the advice needed to protect your position.

If you are lucky enough to own land that has potential for future residential or commercial development the increase in land value is likely to be significant.  However, the time, costs and skills incurred in obtaining the necessary planning consent is often too great for the landowner to contemplate themselves.

Landowners are often approached by developers or promoters offering terms for Option Agreements or Promotion Agreements in order to help achieve a planning consent and an... more

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