This week Country Life published its Cotswolds Focus – Jonathan Bramwell, Head of The Buying Solution, discusses his thoughts on one of the key drivers for a move.
Whatever the economic weather one of the key reasons for a move to the Cotswolds is the array of good schools. Jonathan Bramwell says that the local schools provide ‘a constant source of oxygen’ for the property market.
Improvements to connectivity and the fact that some villages have Gigaclear broadband speeds (not found in the Capital) mean that those who may not have considered commuting before are making the move.
Schools that tend to draw the crowds are Kitebrook, The Dragon, St Hugh’s, Beaudesert Park and Cheltenham College Prep. Jonathan mentions that the Dragon’s day pupils can get very caught up in the Oxfordshire traffic but that it does attract the Chipping Norton crowd. The villages of Beckley and Noke on the north eastern edge are two which are worth looking at if a family is looking to quickly ‘nip in and out’. St Hugh’s has also undergone a transformation over the past few years and is seen to be an alternative to The Dragon attracting The London ‘dinner party set’.
In most areas stock remains tight. Jonathan suggests ‘trying before you buy’. He has recently negotiated a long lease of between five and ten years with the clients paying around £15,000 a month. Although it sounds like a lot…’when you consider stamp duty on a large country house some parents prefer to keep their London house and rent’.
To read the full article pick up this week’s Country Life.