Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries a string of literary luminaries and artists called The Cotswolds home – The Mitford sisters, John Singer Sergent and Laurie Lee to name but a few. Nowadays with the festivals, galleries and cultural hubs it continues to attract a certain crowd. Country Life highlights that 70% of the UK’s film and TV industry professionals own a house in the Cotswolds.
Jonathan Bramwell Head of The Buying Solution says; “The Cotswolds provide that cultural fix for those moving from other areas in the UK, particularly Londoners who are used to having world class exhibits, festivals and culture on their doorstep. The area is home to some of the most famous ‘creators’ – for example Damian Hirst has a home between Broadway and Winchcombe, Toddington Manor. His workshop and gallery near Stroud, the ‘Science Studios’, is a real draw for locals and visitors alike. The sculptor Hamish Mackie is also based close-by in Hook Norton, near Banbury.
The many festivals in the Cotswolds tend to draw the crowds – the popular Longborough Opera festival, near Stow On The Wold, is a summer spectacle in June. Cheltenham is also home to an array of events such as the Literature Festival in October and Jazz Festival in May attracting some world class names to the stage. Bath too, positioned in the northern tip of the Cotswolds, is a cultural hub with its links to Jane Austen and also boasts a fantastic theatre.
Stroud is an area which tends to draw an array of homeowners interested in immersing themselves into the locality. There have been calls for it to be a ‘town of culture’ from local MP’s. The fringe festival in September, popular organic farmers market and position as a meeting point between the five valleys make it a very attractive choice. House prices close by also represent excellent value when compared with villages in the North Cotswolds.”
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