Why Broadway continues to delight
Broadway, known as the gateway to the Cotswolds, offers the irresistible combination of the tranquility of village life and access to a multitude of places of interest. These include an offsite project of the world-famous Ashmolean museum and The Broadway Tower, a Victorian folly, offering the best views of the region from the second highest point in Worcestershire.
Broadway is a lively and vibrant village, steeped in history and more popular than ever with buyers looking to settle in the Cotswolds. No longer do buyers seek the backwaters. Trends have changed and the majority see the benefits of being part of a larger community where their everyday needs can be met without travelling.
Initially visitors are seduced by the honey coloured stone properties and rolling countryside on the doorstep. However more practical needs are also well catered for – the village is served by two small supermarkets, a chemist, a library, a bank (with ATM), a quality butcher, a delicatessen, a health centre, a dentist, a post office and churches of various denominations. There are places to lunch and have coffee with friends.
Leisure activities also play a big part. Both the Lygon Arms (undergoing a significant renovation programme to return it to its former glory) and the Dormy House Hotel have excellent spa facilities. There is golf at Broadway Golf Club, cricket and a thriving bowls club. Other popular pastimes including walking the beautiful Cotswold Hills, horse riding and clay pigeon shooting are also available nearby.
Broadway has emerged as a centre for the arts, attracting luminaries including JM Barrie, Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar and American artists Edwin Austin Abbey and John Singer Sargent. Later the village played an integral role in the development of the Arts and Crafts movement. The artistic influence remains today; Broadway is home to numerous artists, several nationally well regarded galleries and they are just about to lift the curtain on the 2016 Broadway Arts Festival. Actors, writers and others from the art world are also attracted to this place.
With all this demand Broadway remains what it always was, a stopping place (originally for Stagecoaches). Some people stop for 50 years and enjoy this unique village, others stay just a short while.