Date November 2018


  • From £650,000 - £1.495 million, five properties launched in the Cotswolds through Butler Sherborn with great ‘working from home’ space
  • The top benefits of ‘WFH’

Working from the comfort of your own home and with a flexible work pattern is sure to help achieve a better ‘work-life’ balance.  And having your own space for a functional home-office, study or studio is even better.

Working off the kitchen table clearly isn’t the answer, while having somewhere quiet to go to and return from will help ensure the ideal separation between home life and work.

Five properties available through Cotswold property specialists, Butler Sherborn, all offer the comfort and practical benefits of working from home, while also having excellent connectivity by road and rail to London, the Midlands, airports and beyond.

Wychwood Cottage, Swinbrook, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4EE - £650,000

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With a top floor bedroom that could easily double as an office, Wychwood Cottage is an extremely attractive detached Cotswold stone cottage in a beautiful rural setting on the edge of the popular village of Swinbrook.

Light and airy throughout, it includes an entrance hall, sitting room with period features such as small raised stone fireplace with an old wood beam and wood burner, a well-positioned conservatory and a kitchen/breakfast room.  There are three bedrooms over two floors, a family bathroom and shower room.

With a manageable garden, off-road parking and just two miles from Burford - Gateway to the Cotswolds, this quintessential country escape overlooks beautiful Oxfordshire farmland, a small stream and woodland.  The Swan Inn, 12th century church and cricket ground are nearby, as well as a network of footpaths.  Burford offers a wide range of day-to-day shopping facilities and good local schools, and the A40 good access to London and motorways.,Swinbrook
Guide price: £650,000
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325


Larks Rise, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2BH - £960,000

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Larks Rise, set on the edge of the popular village of Bourton-on-the-Water has both a study and separate Lodge, so there’s plenty of space for working from home.

The main house offers flexible accommodation, and dates back to the 1920s and includes The Wing as part of the main house but with a separate front door, while ‘The Lodge’ is a detached one storey building, both perfect for letting or ancillary use.

The main house comprises a sitting room, kitchen/dining room, family room, garden room, study, utility, and bedroom five with shower room on the ground floor.  There are four bedrooms - two with en-suite shower rooms - and a family bathroom upstairs.

The Wing has an open plan sitting area, kitchen, bedroom, dressing area and adjoining shower room.  The Lodge is located at the end of the gravelled driveway, with a conservatory, living space, kitchen and shower room.

The A429 (Fosse Way) provides links to the A40 and M40 as well as the M5 at Cheltenham. Rise Bourton-on-the-Water
Guide price: £960,000
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731


Manor Barn, Aldsworth, nr Burford, Gloucestershire GL54 3QZ - £1million

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A separate annex - which can be used as part of the house or separated for a studio, office or guest accommodation, is a very useful and flexible addition to Manor Barn, a well-executed barn conversion.

This five-bedroom Cotswold stone barn was professionally restored and converted about 30 years ago and offers period charm with all the space for modern living.  The property sits in a lovely setting on the edge of the village enjoying an elevated and private position overlooking the surrounding fields.

With a south facing aspect, the accommodation feels particularly bright and spacious, aided by the rooms being well proportioned and good ceiling heights to allow plenty of natural light to flood in.  The property has a number of period features, and a vaulted entrance hall and a galleried landing.

Aldsworth is to the west of Burford, and well placed for the A40 to Cheltenham and Oxford which both have stations, and London is approx. 90 minutes by car.,Aldsworth
Guide price: £1 million
Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740


Slade Barn, Stow Road, Hawling, Gloucestershire GL54 5RJ - £1.25m

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With both a study and a detached cottage, Slade Barn could make the perfect answer to ‘working from home’.  The main building is an impressive Grade II listed barn conversion dating back to 1770 with wonderful rural views, set in just under three acres.  The front door of the barn opens to a galleried reception hall with stunning vaulted ceiling, beams, and an original flagstone floor.  There is a dining room, drawing room with wood burner, kitchen/breakfast room, study, shower room and utility.  Upstairs includes a master bedroom, adjoining bath/shower room, guest bedroom with steps up to a dressing area which could also serve as a nursery or bedroom, a wet room and two further bedrooms.

The cottage comprises an entrance hall, kitchen, bathroom, two double bedrooms, a sitting/dining room and French doors to a timber deck with hot tub, and a separate garden.

There is a garage with loft space, gravelled parking, stone storage shed and a formal garden with lawn and stone terracing.

It is located midway between Cheltenham and Stow-on-the-Wold.,Hawling
Guide price: £1.25million
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731


The Quarry House, East End, nr Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 6QA- £1,495,000

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With a separate annex that would make a great a studio or office, The Quarry House is a spacious family home to the west of Oxford and on the edge of the Cotswolds.

With beautiful mature gardens and adjacent to the Evenlode valley, The Quarry House is set in almost two acres and surrounded by glorious Oxfordshire countryside.

Dating back to the 18th century, the house offers extensive accommodation, with well-proportioned rooms and original period features.  There are five reception rooms, five double bedrooms, three bath/shower rooms, the studio/guest cottage with a vaulted ceiling and its own access, and there is extensive parking.

Witney is well placed for the A40/M40, and there are three stations to choose from with direct access in to London.
Guide price: £1.495million
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325


Top ten benefits of ‘working from home’ and achieving a good work-life balance:

By trying to achieve at least one day a week ‘working from home’ (WFH) and a better work-life balance, the benefits are considerable and include:

  • Being more productive by not having to commute and waste time in meetings
  • Spending more time with family and friends
  • Being able to do the school run and meet other local parents
  • Parking in front of your own home - not fighting for a space at work or the station
  • Taking a break - mixing work with down time, fresh air and exercise
  • Strolling around the garden to clear your head at lunchtime rather than the office car park
  • Enjoying simple pleasures - listening to birdsong and the sound of the countryside
  • Getting to the pub when it opens - not as it is closing
  • Breathing the seasonal country smells - harvesting in summer, wood smoke in autumn, and not hot people on a packed Underground train
  • Getting on your bike and cycling the lanes, whether for exercise or relaxation


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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
  • All Butler Sherborn properties are included on and and it also has a representative office in London’s West End through The London Office.

Issued by:

Sue Hitchcock / Jeremy Clarke
LawsonClarke PR
Tel: 01285 658844

Ref: BS13/2018