Overview of the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are one of the most beautiful areas of England, and are known and loved by people across the world.

The north Cotswolds comprises an area of rolling hills and steep wooded valleys and from medieval times until the 19th century, was one of the main centres of the wool trade in England.

The area covers the northern part of Gloucestershire and extends into the neighbouring counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire.

Our offices are well situated in the centre of the north Cotswolds in Moreton-in-Marsh and Broadway.

The market towns relied on sheep and the wool trade for their expansion and many of the fine buildings and churches in these towns owe their existence to this.

The area is served by the market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold and Winchcombe, and the larger villages of Broadway, Blockley and Bourton-on-the-Water, all of which provide good shopping and other amenities for everyday needs. Other larger centres within easy reach include Stratford-upon-Avon, Banbury, Oxford, Cirencester and Cheltenham.

In addition there are many attractive villages and hamlets with houses and cottages built from the local Cotswold limestone, numerous having roofs covered with limestone slates.

The Cotswolds are now a major centre for tourism and are a wonderful place, not only to visit, but also in which to live with many opportunities to enjoy leisure time and experience the rich quality of the area while taking part in leisure pursuits such as walking, riding or cycling. National hunt racing is close by at Cheltenham, Stratford-upon-Avon and Worcester. The North Cotswolds boasts some fine golf courses in particular Broadway Golf Club and The Cotswold Club at Chipping Norton.

There is an excellent selection of both private and state schools within and close to our area.

The Cotswolds are well served by transport links with the main London Hereford railway line running through the area with stations at Kingham, Charlbury, Moreton-in-Marsh and Evesham.