Savills Estate Agents in the Cotswolds
The South: Cirencester
Cirencester is the hub of classic Cotswold country. Dotted with picture-perfect villages and market towns, all set in a quintessentially English landscape, this is the epitome of aspirational country living, popular with Royalty and celebrities as well as families and retirees. The area is famous for its equestrian scene: it is the home of the country’s most fashionable hunt, the Beaufort, the horse trials at Badminton and Gatcombe (home of the Princess Royal) and Cirencester Polo.
Close to Cirencester itself, the peaceful Coln Valley offers prime properties including manor houses and estates: Bibury, Coln Rogers and Quenington are key locations. More bustle is to be found in the market towns of Tetbury, Northleach and Fairford, while the Duntisbournes and Chedworth offer active communities with family appeal.
The West: Cheltenham
Renowned for its elegant architecture and delightful municipal gardens, Cheltenham was one of the most fashionable centres of 19th-century society. With world-class festivals celebrating science, music, literature, and food and drink, not to mention that highlight of the racing season, the Cheltenham Festival, it is the artistic and sporting hub of the Cotswolds.
Popular with families moving from London and retirees downsizing from elsewhere in the Cotswolds, Cheltenham boasts a fine array of properties, from apartments and mews-style cottages to terraced townhouses and Georgian villas. Montpellier is the prime town-centre location: an architectural delight of Regency terraces and squares where classic townhouses represent the cream of Cheltenham property. The Tivoli area is similar in atmosphere; its smaller properties and villagey feel are attractive to young families. For greener, more spacious settings there are The Park, with its substantial villas, and Pittsville, close to the racecourse.
A major attraction for many is the superb schooling: in addition to the famous Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Cheltenham College, there are first-rate state schools and a clutch of smaller private schools that make Cheltenham a hub of education excellence.
The East: Burford to Witney
Savills Oxford office is your gateway to the Eastern margins of the Cotswolds, including some exquisite locations which, while not strictly in the Cotswolds, have attained honorary Cotswold status thanks to their definite Cotswold character. Burford is a highly fashionable small town with an ultra-prime property profile. Close by, along the River Windrush, are the archetypal Cotswold villages of Swinbrook, Asthall and Minster Lovell, while Kencot is a highly desirable village to the South.
The ‘honorary’ locations include Woodstock, a perfect small town nestling against the Duke of Marlborough’s Blenheim Palace estate; Witney, where sympathetic development has combined period charm with contemporary convenience; and Lechlade, whose Thames-side location makes it a popular boating centre. In addition to period charm and rural settings, Witney and Lechlade provide a greater choice of new-build and reasonably priced properties ideal for young families.
The North: Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold
From our Banbury office we serve the prime locations of Chipping Norton, Chipping Camden and Stow-on-the-Wold. This is not only perfect Cotswold country but also desirably outward-looking: from these northern fringes, Birmingham and the Shakespearean mecca of Stratford-on-Avon are an easy commute, offering an astonishingly rich cultural scene practically on the doorstep.
This is prime territory for commuters, with excellent rail services to London from Banbury, from where you can be at Marylebone in under an hour. There is also a station at Kingham, which thus combines classic Cotswold character with commuter convenience.
The area around Chipping Norton has become well-known as the preferred location for influential figures from politics, the media and showbusiness; as such, it has come to epitomise cosmopolitan, aspirational Cotswold society. Further west, Stow-on-the Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh are two of the most popular and bustling of Cotswold market towns, while Bourton-on-the-Water is noted for its picturesque situation straddling the River Windrush.
Among the popular villages of this area are Daylesford, Oddington and the Slaughters —Lower Slaughter is almost absurdly pretty and is among the most familiar images of the Cotswolds.