Date: June 2018

‘DOER-UPPERS’ - FOUR GREAT PROPERTY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COTSWOLDS
From £350,000 - £3million

The opportunity to ‘do-up’ a property to improve it, tailor it to one’s particular requirements or to make an investment and increase the value, are drivers that property owners are always on the look-out for.

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In areas such as the Cotswolds, these gems are increasingly hard to find, but Cotswold property specialist Butler Sherborn currently has four properties for sale which provide just such opportunities: from a ‘knocker-downer’ to create a complete new-build on the footprint of an existing bungalow through to the chance to create a magnificent rural estate.

Quarry House, Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire, OX7 6SD - £350,000

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More of a ‘knocker-downer’ than a ‘doer-upper’, Quarry House is a rare opportunity to demolish an existing bungalow and replace it with a modern, spacious family home with some 2,800 sq ft of living space. Planning permission has already been obtained, and would enable you to create your own individual home. The design includes an entrance cum dining hall, a kitchen/breakfast room, a snug, family room, sitting room, study, utility room and cloakroom. The master bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom and dressing room, and there are two further en-suite bedrooms, a fourth bedroom and a family bathroom.

This rare opportunity also comprises a mostly south and west facing garden, plus off-road parking. Nether Westcote has a lovely community atmosphere, and is home to the award winning Feathered Nest pub and restaurant, so perfect if you’re a ‘foodie’. About 5 miles from Burford, ‘gateway to the Cotswolds’, it is also handy for Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Norton.
http://www.butlersherborn.co.uk - Quarry House
Guide price: £350,000

Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325

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Keyneton Hayes, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire, GL54 2JG - £750,000

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This classic Grade II Listed Cotswold cottage dating back to the 17th century has been well looked after over the years, but would now benefit from refurbishment, offering scope to update the interior to exactly your style.

Fusing contemporary colours and other upgrades with period features such as the stone mullion windows, flagstone floors, beams and an Inglenook fireplace, would create a beautiful home in the country.

Accommodation features a sitting room, dining room, kitchen & conservatory room plus a utility. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, and there are two further bedrooms and a shower room.

The property also includes a stone barn annexe which is currently used as an office and shower room and could easily be converted into additional guest accommodation.

There are tranquil  private gardens, and being on a no-through lane adds to its peaceful location. Idyllic Upper Slaughter is in a Conservation Area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the River Eye and its ford being a highlight of this very special village. The Michelin starred Lords of the Manor Hotel is in the village, while Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are nearby.
http://www.butlersherborn.co.uk - Keyneton Hayes
Guide price: £750,000

Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731

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Poulton House, Poulton, Gloucestershire, GL7 5HW - £1,500,000

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Some five miles east of Cirencester you will find Poulton, a quiet yet vibrant Cotswold village centred around its community shop, primary school, active village hall, church and popular owner/managed pub, The Falcon. 

Poulton House is a classic five-bedroom Cotswold stone family home that also includes additional accommodation in an annexe and stable cottage. There are beautiful gardens, stables and out buildings, all within about 1.4 acres. 

Perfect for refurbishment, the house features a reception hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room/snug, kitchen/breakfast room, office and a boot room/bathroom. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, and there are four further bedrooms and two bathrooms. The annexe offers two more bedrooms, a shower room, sitting room, kitchen and hall, and the stable cottage has two double bedrooms, a shower room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and cloakroom.
www.butlersherborn.co.uk - Poulton House
Guide price: £1,500,000

Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740

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Field Farm, North Leigh, Oxfordshire, OX29 6TX - £3 million

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A rare opportunity to buy a property in an enchanting, edge of the Cotswolds location and create a discreet country house, equestrian centre or sporting estate. Set in just over 88 acres, Field Farm comprises several elements:

The Farmhouse - entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, study, utility room and cloakroom, six bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The Little Cottage - entrance hall, kitchen, sitting room, bedroom and a bathroom.
The Old Bakehouse - kitchen, dining room, sitting room, two bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms.
Barns and stables - a Grade II Listed Cotswold stone barn, 23 stables, a range of traditional stone outbuildings and modern portal framed farm buildings.
The land: 10 principal fields, mainly permanent pasture, and approximately 10 acres of woodland and wetland.

Easily reached from London (M40 & A40), the village of North Leigh is around 12 miles beyond Oxford.  Chipping Norton is some 11 miles, Witney 3.5 miles with Burford further towards Cheltenham. The village has a primary school, post office/shop and two village pubs with the mainline railway station at nearby Long Hanborough providing trains into London Paddington.
http://www.butlersherborn.co.uk - Field Farm

Guide price: £3million

Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740

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Top tips to achieving a successful building project

  • Find a good architect who specialises in the sort of property you want to create.
  • Builders - look at the sort of work they have done elsewhere, and talk to their clients.
  • Consider appointing a project manager unless you are available to oversee everything on a daily basis
  • Visit your local planning department.  Talk through what you have in mind, and work with them, not against them.
  • Is your building listed?  You’ll need to consult the local Conservation officer.
  • Set a realistic budget.  Converting an existing building will cost much more than starting from scratch, and the latter will be VAT free.
  • Agree a realistic time scale for the works, and include a penalty cause for late completion.

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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  butlersherborn.co.uk  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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