Garrington Central has detailed knowledge of the Cotswolds and are well placed to assist those with a requirement for a Cotswolds home search. We have spent over a decade nurturing an extensive network of contacts in order to be able to help you find that elusive, perfect country property.
While everyone is familiar with the general term “Cotswolds”, the region actually consists of several distinctly different areas with names such as the North Cotswolds, the South Cotswolds and the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The area as a whole is defined as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and extends from Chipping Campden in the north east towards Bath in the south west. The bulk of the area lies within the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, but also extends into Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Wiltshire.
Each area is quite distinct and often characterised by its landscape and perhaps the town at the centre of the area. Micro-markets therefore surround towns such as Stow on the Wold, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Tetbury, and Stroud. Garrington can assist buyers to focus specifically on the facilities offered by each “hub” town and the value for money obtainable in the property market, which can differ dramatically from area to area.
In the North Cotswolds:
Broadway is a perfect golden Cotswolds village with a long, wide high street lined with beautifully restored old houses.
Burford is not a typical golden Cotswold village, but instead is a collection of mixed styles of historic buildings on a hillside sloping down to the River Windrush.
Chipping Campden is the perfect golden Cotswold town set in a beautiful valley.
Chipping Norton, on the north-eastern edge of the Cotswolds, is not a tour bus destination and feels more like a “real town”.
Stow-on-the-Wold is the centre of the Cotswolds and one of the most visited towns. It is historic and beautiful and sometimes a bit crowded.
Winchcombe is not a typical Cotswolds town. The main street is lined with an eclectic mix of historic building styles and a beautiful church with grotesques looking down at you from the roof.
In the South Cotswolds:
Cirencester, the “capital of the Cotswolds”, has its roots in Ancient Rome (you can find some remains in this area); it is larger than the other market towns and is busy with locals and tourists.
Lechlade is a very non-Cotswolds town at the south-eastern edge of the region where the Rivers Coln and Leach join the River Thames.
Stroud and the Five Valleys was an industrial centre in the 18th and 19th centuries. Stroud has retained some of that industrial “grittiness” and is more of a town for locals than visitors.
Tetbury, in the southernmost part of the Cotswolds, is known for its antique stores and the Royals who live nearby. It is a very upscale and beautiful Cotswold town.
Wotton-under-Edge in the south-western corner of the Cotswolds, is too far away from the centre of the Cotswolds to be a tourist destination, so it has retained a “real town” feel.
Garrington has bought for clients throughout the region, the properties including classic Cotswold cottages, family homes, country houses and even an historic 17th century coaching inn, which our clients totally transformed into a very contemporary boutique Cotswold hotel.How can we assist you?