Cheltenham itself is characterised by the marvellous array of Georgian, Regency and Victorian property that make it one of the most elegant towns in England. The core market is for Regency villas or Victorian terrace townhouses, the epitome of sophisticated style and period charm, priced between £500,000 and £1.5 million. There is also a good choice of new-build apartments and conversions from around £300,000.

Cheltenham sits on the threshold of the Cotswolds, England’s most fashionable rural location; the area’s highly desirable villages offer a great variety of cottages, village houses, rectories and manors. More traditional country living is to be found in Herefordshire.

For perfect Regency villas, try The Park and Park Place.

For grand Victorian townhouses, look in Montpellier, Cheltenham’s prime location that includes such smart addresses as Imperial Square and Bayshill Road.

For new-build properties in Cheltenham, try Century Court or Ashfield House.

For classic Cotswold villages, head to the Slaughters, Shipton Oliffe, Cowley, Naunton or Broadway.