What is Banbury like?
We cover prime areas of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, within a radius of about 40 miles from Banbury. Our patch includes such towns as Burford, Leamington Spa and Stratford-on-Avon, but our core area is between Banbury and Chipping Norton, and Banbury and Towcester.
There are few places in England that boast such a happy combination of rural living and sophisticated culture. To the west, the Cotswolds, around Chipping Norton and Burford, are the epitome of country chic. Parts of Northamptonshire offer extremely pretty countryside supporting unspoilt communities and numerous traditional country pursuits. There are handsome market towns such as Towcester, Brackley and Moreton-in-Marsh, and vibrant shopping destinations such as Bicester Village and Daylesford organic farm shop. In addition, there is now also Soho Farmhouse in Great Tew.
Property in Banbury
Although we offer some property in the area’s classic towns, such as Chipping Norton, Leamington Spa and Warwick, we predominately concentrate on village and country property, ranging from cottages to manor houses, with a specialist rural team dealing in farm sales.
The property in this corner of central England is characterised by its beautiful stone: the mellow Cotswold limestone in the west, the rich hues of the Northamptonshire ironstone in the east. The area retains numerous privately owned estates, whose associated villages have a well-maintained and constant charm.
There is a wealth of architecture to choose from. Apart from the timeless vernacular of village buildings, Banbury itself provides a handsome mixture of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian property, whilst Leamington Spa is noted for its exquisite Regency villas and townhouses. Contemporary houses may be found around the more urban centres of Northampton and Milton Keynes.
The local scene
This stylish country lifestyle is enhanced by the proximity of Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. Stratford is, of course, the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which offers a world-renowned, year-round programme of classic drama. Oxford provides a range of museums and galleries and its New Theatre and Oxford Playhouse present a varied programme of opera, drama, musicals, comedy and family entertainment. Birmingham is within easy reach for classical concerts at Symphony Hall and large-scale concerts at the LG Arena.
The M40 provides fast access to London and Birmingham, along with links to the national motorway network.
Mainline rail services from Bicester and Banbury reach London Marylebone in about 40 and 50 minutes respectively. Stations at Rugby and Milton Keynes provide a fast and frequent service to Euston, whilst Kingham and Charlbury serve London Paddington.
Heathrow Airport and Birmingham International Airports are easily accessible via the M40.
Schools in Banbury
Families are attracted by the area’s great choice of state and private schools. The popular state primary schools include those at Shenington, Kingham, Great Tew and Culworth.
The leading independent schools include Carrdus (Overthrope);Winchester House (Brackley); Beachborough School (Westbury); Bilton Grange (Dunchurch); Arnold Lodge, Sibford School and The Kingsley School (Leamington Spa); Kitebrook (Moreton-in-Marsh); Bloxham School and Tudor Hall (Bloxham); and the public schools of Stowe, Warwick and Rugby.
Leading secondary schools include King Edward VI School and Stratford Girls Grammar (Stratford-upon-Avon), Chenderit (Middleton Cheney), The Warriner School (Bloxham) and the Royal Latin Grammar (Buckingham).