It is a beautiful part of the country, for some the area is their home and the place of their main residence, for others the area serves as a country retreat.
Whether you’re looking for a property in the Cotswolds as your next home or a home from home in the countryside there are many areas to consider.
The northern area tends to be popular with those who need to reach London frequently, whereas the south is more popular with those who don’t need to leave quite so often, it’s also more popular with those interested in equestrian.
A Cotswolds escape from London
For those seeking a retreat in the form of a second home in the Cotswolds, allowing them the ability to take a break from their busy London lives, the northern Cotswolds villages are likely to appeal greatly.
There are direct train services from Banbury to Marylebone take around an hour with the journey from Kingham Station to London Paddington taking an hour and a half, also a direct service.
By road the M40 offers an easy route to the northern part of the Cotswolds from London.
Villages in the Cotswolds
Agents in the area have coined the term ‘Daylesford Country’ for the area located within a triangle drawn between Burford, Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold.
Villages such as Woodstock, Witney, Chipping Camden and Moreton-in Marsh are all popular places to live, there are many pretty villages, some less known which allow residents peace away from the visitors drawn to the most popular spots.
Living in the Cotswolds
The favoured Daylesford organic farm located near Kingham is popular with Cotswolds visitors and residents alike.
Chipping Norton is home to the Soho Farmhouse which is a hotel and members club set within 100 acres of Oxfordshire Cotswolds countryside.
There are several restaurants on sites that local residents often visit, many choose to be members and enjoy full use of the facilities.
Residents in the northern Cotswolds area benefit from having easy access to Oxford, which offers a full range of amenities including museums, galleries and theatres and for those moving to the area with their family the schools in Oxford and its surroundings are exemplary.
In Oxford top schools include Summer Fields, Oxford High School and the Dragon, further into the Cotswolds schools such as Tudor Hall near Banbury and preparatory school Kitebrook near Moreton-on-Marsh.
For many looking to buy a home as their main residence the southern Cotswolds area, within the Gloucestershire borders appeals greatly. Whilst less of a tourist attraction the properties and villages are often just as pretty.
The southern area is also more popular with those interested in equestrian, with Polo clubs at Beaufort and Cirencester.
Cheltenham is often referred to as the ‘cultural centre of the Cotswolds’, it has year-round events and festivals to suit every taste and interest.
The town is a local shopping destination with a wide array of chain stores and independent shops. There are many places to eat and drink throughout the town.
Property in Cheltenham ranges from characterful townhouses set on pretty squares to large detached homes on wide, tree-lined avenues.
Family home in the Cotswolds
For those looking to move to the southern part of the Cotswolds with their family, the schooling options in Cheltenham, wider and Gloucestershire and further south in Bath are all excellent.
Cheltenham has Dean Close, Cheltenham College and Cheltenham Ladies College which are all well-regarded independent schools. Within wider Gloucestershire, there are many other schools such as Beaudesert Park Preparatory School in Stroud.
Families often consider a move to the Cotswolds drawn in by the peaceful village life, fresh air and surrounds of the beautiful countryside whilst still being within easy reach of several towns and cities for work, schools and more extensive amenities.
Property in the Cotswolds
Many of the properties across the Cotswolds are listed, particularly those built in the iconic stone, which is something to keep in mind when considering a place to buy particularly if it’s unmodernised and you’re thinking of renovating as there will be strict guidelines in place.
Whilst there are properties throughout the entire Cotswolds area which are set in quiet, quaint villages and those that are entirely secluded, large period properties and small pretty cottages alike; which area of the Cotswolds would be the best place to live or own a second home varies according to the individual.
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