Date: January 2017


  • Sensible pricing and being well prepared - the key to ensure a swift, smooth sale this year
  • Four great Cotswold properties from £395,000 to £2.55 million

“As we head into 2017, the property market is no different from any other sector.  There is inevitable uncertainty surrounding Brexit and things are going to be difficult to call, politically and economically,” says Sam Butler of Butler Sherborn, “but whatever happens, life goes on.

The Old Almshouse, Shenington - £395,000
Kimbers Cottage, Salford, Chipping Norton - £550,000
Lodge Cottage, Shipton-under-Wychwood - £1.5m
The Walled Garden, Bibury - £2.55m

“The availability of good quality properties for sale will remain restricted - although we did see this beginning to ease towards the end of 2016 and into 2017, and people will remain disinclined to pay more stamp duty than necessary.  This will keep the focus on properties under the £1.5million threshold, and especially those up to £925,000.

“Some people will want to sell their home, either to move up to something larger for their growing family, downsize, or move to another part of the country for whatever reason, so being sensible on pricing and well prepared is the best advice we can offer clients to ensure a swift, smooth sale.”

Here are Sam’s seven ‘top tips’ for selling property successfully this year:

  • Prices are unlikely to rise by much, if at all, so sensible pricing is essential if you want to attract a keen buyer and secure a sale.  Buyers will have done their homework and know if your property is priced to sell, or priced to speculate!
  • Encourage viewings by making your home attractive; get any decorating completed to make the house look homely and ready to move into.
  • Tidy up the garden - remove the discarded Christmas tree, sweep up any remaining autumn leaves, clear moss from roofs and paths, take down the washing rotary, hide the bins and store the garden furniture out of sight.
  • Tidy the kitchen ahead of viewings - no one wants to see what you had for breakfast, and keep cats and dogs under control and not upstairs in bedrooms - not everyone is a pet lover.
  • Ensure the lights and heating are on to make everything warm and welcoming.
  • Make sure prospective buyers can park and leave the driveway safely and easily.
  • Get all your paperwork completed, and if there are any outstanding legal matters, planning issues or neighbourhood disputes, ensure these are resolved.

Meanwhile, Butler Sherborn is looking ahead, and to assist buyers and sellers, has invested in a new website -

The fresh looking site is designed to make locating Cotswold properties easier, while also providing full information about all the company’s departments including Residential & Land Sales, Lettings, Rural Management, Valuations, Equestrian and Renewables & Energy.

A selection of Cotswold properties currently available:

The Old Almshouse, Shenington, Oxfordshire, OX15 6NQ - £395,000


A traditional Grade II Listed stone cottage, situated in a quiet lane just off the village green and located in a Conservation Area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The cottage has been recently refurbished and retains period features including exposed stone work, stone tiled flooring, an Inglenook fireplace and wooden beams.  Outside there is a partly walled garden to the rear with a garden room and views onto open countryside.  Accommodation comprises a kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room/dining room, master bedroom, two further bedrooms, bathroom and shower room.

The Old Almshouse image
The Old Almshouse brochure

Guide price: £395,000
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731

Kimbers Cottage, Salford, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5YW - £550,000

   A charming, Cotswold stone cottage originally two premises and one time village shop.  The property has been sympathetically renovated using windows and a wrought iron stair case thought to have come from the Chipping Norton Brewery.  Other features include leaded glass windows, a vaulted ceiling in the sitting room, minstrels’ gallery, inglenook fireplace, beams and lintels throughout.  There is a kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room with gallery, snug, dining room, boot room, three bedrooms and a family bathroom.

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Kimbers Cottage brochure

Guide price: £550,000
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731

Lodge Cottage, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, OX7 6DG - £1.5 million

   Located on the edge of this award-winning Cotswold village, Lodge Cottage, formerly two cottages, now comprises a two bedroom house and a self-contained one bedroom flat.  Set in 8.5 acres with stables, paddocks, outbuildings and ample parking, it offers plenty of scope to be returned to a four or five bedroom family home.  The main accommodation comprises kitchen/breakfast room, dining room and sitting room both with open fires, two double bedrooms each with their own bathrooms, conservatory, boot room, utility room, a study, boiler room and cloakroom.  There are two entrance halls, one of which provides private access to the first floor flat.  The flat has a bedroom, kitchen, sitting room and bathroom.

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Lodge Cottage brochure

Guide price: £1.5 million
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325

The Walled Garden, Bibury, Gloucestershire, GL7 5NT - £2.55 million

  Located in a spectacular setting, The Walled Garden is a substantial, detached Georgian style family house in the iconic Cotswold village of Bibury.  Accommodation is on three floors, with large sash windows overlooking the terraces and gardens, and comprises a drawing room with fireplace and wood burning stove, a kitchen/breakfast room with a four oven electric Aga, dining room, study, utility/boot room, cloakroom and further utility room.  On the first floor there is the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a further four double bedrooms, and two bathrooms.  The second floor includes an office area, double bedroom, playroom and further attic rooms.  The gardens and grounds provide a balance of formal and informal gardens, lawn and a terrace.  Large wooden gates lead to a gravel parking area and double garage, which could be converted into an office, studio or accommodation.

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The Walled Garden brochure

Guide price: £2.55 million
Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740

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Note to editors:

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are located in the heart of England and within the counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Wiltshire.  It is the largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales, and very roughly starts to the east of Gloucester and Cheltenham in the west, runs up to just below Evesham in the north, includes parts of West Oxfordshire where Burford is known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds, and south to the Cotswold Water Park a few miles beyond Cirencester, the former Roman city and Capital of the Cotswolds.

With excellent road and rail communications - London, Bristol and Birmingham are all within an hour by train - the area has become popular with those moving out of the city or wanting second homes to escape at weekends.

  • For further information about Butler Sherborn, please visit or telephone the relevant office:
Cirencester 01285 883740
Burford 01993 822325
Oxford 01865 510000
Stow on the Wold

01451 830731
Wantage 01235 772299

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