Ramsbury is an extremely pretty, pre-medieval village steeped in history and tradition, set in the picturesque and unspoilt Kennet Valley in the heart of the Marlborough Downs.
We consider it to be one of the best villages in Wiltshire for several reasons: it has a good number of attractive period village houses, it’s well connected for trains to London (from Hungerford, Newbury or Swindon stations) and it’s almost equidistant between the two market towns of Hungerford and Marlborough. The M4 motorway (Junction 14 or 15) is within a 10-minute drive; Heathrow Airport is a little over an hour. Unfettered by traffic noise (there is one B-road running through the centre), the countryside around the village is rural and tranquil with those interested in country pursuits having the opportunity join one of the local shoots or fish in the River Kennet.
It has many of the elements that today’s buyers look for in a village: a thriving primary school, a large modern surgery, shops, a post office and a wide range of clubs, societies and services. There are two pubs, the best of which is The Bell, an excellent country pub serving a range of Ramsbury Brewery ales and vodka amongst other things, and where visitors can also get a bed for the night. The Bell has also recently opened a coffee shop, Café Bella, at the back of the pub. There is also an excellent farm shop (Cobbs), just ten minutes’ drive away.
Importantly, the village has a thriving community spirit which is due to come together at the end of next month for Ramsbury Week (21 to 29 May) with various activities including the Ridgeway Walk, where local resident (and lead organiser of the event) Tim Eliot-Cohen, his wife, daughter and their friends will be taking part in a 50-mile walk along Britain’s oldest road, the Ridgeway, in three stages (18, 19 and 20 May). The Buying Solution are sponsoring the walk which is raising funds for a new pre-school in Ramsbury.
The week will culminate in the Ramsbury May Ball on 27 May held at Hilldrop Farm, by kind permission of Tim and Emma Eliot-Cohen. The evening, which The Buying Solution is also sponsoring, will start with a cocktail party, followed by a three-course dinner and dancing. Tickets are £95 per head for tables of ten and available from Ian Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org). Again, the event is raising money for the village’s new pre-school.
Need to know: buying information
Properties in and around the village are attractive to potential buyers due to the schooling and easy commutability. There are plenty of quality schools to choose from for children of all ages including Ramsbury Primary School, Stepping Stones, Pinewood, St. Gabriel’s, Cheam and Horris Hill.
Many of the properties in the village of Ramsbury are Listed with a predominance of period and unspoilt houses which are centred around the village square. The core of the village boasts mainly Georgian properties, with a sprinkling of Victorian houses, on the outskirts you will find more of the new builds which do not damage the old and traditional aesthetic.
The profile of buyers in Ramsbury has remained constant over the years consisting mainly of local families with children and a few weekenders at the top end of the market. However, the one fairly transient group of buyers are the families who have children at Marlborough College who tend to remain in the village for the 5 to 10 year educational period and then move on again.
Prices in the Ramsbury area generally hold as there is an undersupply with plenty of demand to be in one the area’s most sought after villages; the best houses seldom come to the market. If you are looking to build then be prepared for strong competition for plots or knockdown rebuild opportunities where you create your dream home.
General guide to prices:
3+ bed cottage – £500,000 to £700,000
4/5 bedroom period house with a garden – £1,500,000 to £2,000,000
A substantial country house with 5+ acres and outbuildings in excess of £2,500,000 to £3,000,000 and usually more.