If you’ve taken the decision to move to the Cotswolds from the city then you’re not alone. The demand for properties in the Cotswolds has rapidly increased over recent years and with more people than ever in search of the country idyll, the number of properties available to buy is falling.
However, with an area just less than 800 square miles, the Cotswolds has plenty of opportunity for everyone no matter your taste, lifestyle and budget.
Consider the North if you need the best rail links to London and the South East and good motorway access. You’ll also be close to swish celebrity hangout, Soho Farmhouse and the organic mecca that is Daylesford Organic Farm.
Although properties are generally more expensive, it is also home to some of the best examples of Cotswold chocolate box, picture post card villages (Broadway, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water.)
Head to the south and you’ll find equestrian country surrounding the likes of Cirencester and Beaufort, leaning towards the historic spa town of Bath. The towns and villages are no less picturesque than the north, take Bibury with its infamous Arlington Row of cottages that have played a starring role in many blockbuster films.
The area is also home to Highgrove, home of the Prince of Wales, and its gardens that are often open to the public.
Here are our tips for finding your dream Cotswolds home:
- Check out Cotswold Life property pages
- Use a property hunter who can source unlisted, unpublicised or so called ‘off market’ properties. For example, Katy Campbell is a local expert who has a high profile for property searching.
- Use a reputable local agent – Butler Sherborn and Hayman Joyce serve the North Cotswolds area
- National agents – Savills and Knight Frank, Strutt and Parker
- Check social media – the likes of Instagram often feature luxurious properties for sale
- Use online websites like ‘The Modern House.com’ for lusting after dream homes
Top tips for buying a luxury home in the Cotswolds
- The future of the area - Is there local development in progress and/or options for developing the current property. For example outbuildings may be suitable for converting for business or leisure opportunities.
- Architecture and space layout – What look are you going for? The traditional style of honey coloured stone is synonymous with a smart Cotswold residence or are you looking for a modern build, sympathetically designed for the landscape?
- Facilities – What local facilities do you need? For some places in the Cotswolds, it can be a long way to a sports or leisure complex. Do you require a swimming pool, tennis club or golf course to keep up with your hobby? Have a think about the services around you.
- What attracted you to the Cotswolds? A lot of the charm of the Cotswolds comes from the proliferation of organic farm shops and quaint coffee houses, boutique clothing, homeware and gift shops alongside high-end countryside brands such as Holland Cooper, based in Moreton-in-Marsh. If this is for you, find an area that ticks the boxes then look for a local property.
Or if you’re selling up..
Top tips for selling your luxury home
- Bring in professional stager – There’s nothing like a perfectly styled home to entice a buyer (and provide inspiration of your own!)
- Photography – Great quality shots and plenty of them will be sure fire way to get views
- Be realistic on pricing – Find a middle ground but bear in mind the demand in the region
- Top quality marketing materials – Why not have your own marketing book made?
- Ask a marketing expert to develop a brand for your property – This will give it an exclusivity beyond an address
- Offer some perks – Include the garden accessories in the sale, particularly if the property goes to market in the summer season