Property Search - Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire - A very rural county which is split in two by the Severn Vale. To the west is the Forest of Dean and across the other side of the M5 lie the Cotswolds and South Gloucestershire. Most of the county to the east is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cirencester is the centre of this region.

To the north/north-west of Cirencester – out towards Painswick and Birdlip – the countryside is a myriad of deep wooded valleys. Houses here tend to be remote rural and isolated. The area is popular with the weekend buyer looking to \'get away from it all\'. Prices remain sensible as this is beyond reasonable commuting distance from London. However this area – like many parts of west Gloucestershire – is now much more accessible thanks to the opening of the A419 dual carriageway from the M4 to Cirencester which takes 15 minutes off the journey time from Swindon. Cirencester can now be reached from London in 1 hour 45 minutes trains from Paddington to Kemble (just west of Cirencester) take between 1 and 1 1/2 hours.

Stroud to the west and the surrounding villages of Woodchester Nailsworth and Amberley have unfortunately developed into an industrial sprawl. Many attractive houses were built by wealthy wool-mill owners but these usually suffer from a lack of land and views can be blighted by factories and other development. Inevitably this development brings with it some degree of road noise. The guide prices usually reflect this.

The land south of Cirencester is flat. As a consequence of the topography it is dominated by the large RAF base at Fairford and the flight path of RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. This together with the ongoing gravel extraction around the Cotswold Water Parks and the new dual carriageway between Cirencester and Swindon rather blights the area for the country house buyer.

North-east of Cirencester lies the high Cotswolds with pretty market towns villages and attractive rolling countryside. Unfortunately these villages do pay a price for their beauty and can be swarming with tourists in the summer.

Stow Broadway Bourton-on-the-Water and Burford are particularly popular. Transport links to London are focused on Kingham station south of Stow with journeys to Paddington taking about 1 1/2 hours. This is prime Gloucestershire. The houses are predominately Cotswold stone and as the county is so rural there is always a shortage of good-quality country houses.

This lack of supply coupled with the best transport links to London within the county means that buyers will often have to pay a premium here.

South Gloucestershire sandwiched between Stroud and Bristol is the least attractive part of the county and is largely residential and industrial. Many of the Government\'s target of new homes to be built by 2016 will be accommodated in this area.

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Grade 2 star Country House with 50 acres

Grade 2 star Country House with 50 acres
Gloucestershire, HR1
Grade 2 star Country House with 50 acres of parkland and lake, additional accommodation, Long private driveway and only 2.5hrs from London

Large Georgian country house set in 7 acres

Large Georgian country house set in 7 acres
Gloucestershire, GL10
Large Georgian country house set in approx 7 acres, with additional income potential

Cotswold stone property with 5 acres

Cotswold stone property with 5 acres
Gloucestershire, GL7
Cotswold stone property with 5 acres and equestrian facilities. Located within the centre of its own land, in a very quiet and private location.