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Cotswold Christmas Fair and the appeal of Daylesfordshire

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20 Oct 2017  |   Charlotte Dover

The Buying Solution and Knight Frank are once again proud to be sponsoring The Christmas Fair in the Cotswolds at Daylesford Organic Farmshop in support of the charity, WellChild.

The highly-anticipated event takes place between November 6th and 8th. Last year, the fair raised over £90,000 for the charity which helps children living with complex health conditions from all over the country.

The annual fair is held next to the Farmshop and features over 180 stands, each specialising in selling pieces from the UK’s foremost designers and artisans covering homeware, textiles, jewellery, millinery, leather and cashmere as well as children’s toys and clothes. A highlight for this year includes a new gallery showcasing works by the sculptor Hamish Mackie and artist Jeremy Houghton. Also taking place will be various workshops and demonstrations covering AGA cooking tips, lessons from the Daylesford Cookery School as well as Christmas canapés from LoveBites and Gluts and Gluttony.

The fair hosts a special preview evening on Monday 6th November and tickets, which gain access to the VIP area where complementary canapés and champagne will be served and which also allow for return entrance to the fair on both Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th, are £40. Further information about these VIP day tickets and standard tickets can be found on cotswoldfair.com.

Daylesford Organic Farmshop has become something of a Cotswolds landmark in its own right. Lady Bamford opened the farmshop, just outside Kingham, on the Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire border, in 2002. Since that time the surrounding area, specifically the countryside that lies between Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton and Burford, has been fondly dubbed either the “Daylesford Triangle” or more recently by some as simply “Daylesfordshire”.

With ever increasing numbers of buyers searching for a house in this area, the appeal of the Daylesford Triangle shows no sign of slowing. But in a market which is extremely short of top-quality stock, many would-be buyers aren’t finding the type of property they are looking for coming to the market. In some cases, we’re aware of buyers who have been searching for their dream Cotswold house, not only for months but even for years. Our Cotswolds office is best placed to service this market as we are based in Kingham and this local knowledge and contacts has led to 67% of our client acquisitions being off or pre-market in the last year.

As a result of the scarcity of high-quality property available to buy, The Buying Solution [TBS] has witnessed an increasing trend of people who are now considering renting, either to use as a base locally or as a full-time home, while waiting for the right purchase to come along. It affords buyers that bit of extra flexibility in a challenging market. Just recently, we’ve had a client who has taken on a two-year tenancy of a rental property while they continue to search for a long term project in the area; we have others who are renting a house so that they are on standby when the right one comes up for sale.

After ten years’ experience in lettings, I have joined the TBS Cotswold team to look after both purchase and rental searches in the Cotswolds. This means TBS is uniquely placed to be able to provide expert advice to our clients on both forms of search. This, we feel, is a real added value to our service in a market that is likely to see an undersupply in sales for the foreseeable future.

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