Cirencester Property Finder

A Taste of Cirencester

A thriving, picturesque Market town in Gloucestershire, Cirencester carries the title “Capital of the Cotswolds”, due to its position at the heart of this quintessentially English region. There’s a traditional, relaxed vibe here which blends effortlessly with current “High Street” shops, enticing boutiques, trendy interiors shops, hip deli’s and endless cafés.

Historically the town was the second largest city after London during the Roman Empire, it’s story impressively told in the town’s Corinium Museum which over-flows with  Romano-British antiquities. Today, the magnificent parish church dominates the town’s centre as it towers over the newly paved market place, where local farmers and artisans bring their products to sell twice a week. On the outskirts, Cirencester Park, home to Earl Bathurst, flanks the town and offers endless walking opportunities as well as polo matches during the summer months.

Bristol, Bath and Oxford all be reached by car in less than an hour. It’s a 25 minute drive to Swindon and Junction 15 of the M4 and 20 minutes to Junction 11a of the M5. Kemble Station is 4 miles away with hourly trains to Swindon (14 minutes), Stroud (15 minutes), Gloucester (40 minutes) and London Paddington (80 minutes). You can drive to west London in an hour and forty minutes either via the M4 or M40.

The area is also well supplied by airports. London Heathrow is just over an hour’s drive away as are Birmingham and Bristol. Alternatively it will take you two hours to get to Cardiff and London Gatwick by car.

For a relatively small town, there are a wide variety of good academic establishments to choose from. For state primaries Powell’s C of E and Watermoor C of E Ofsted scored “good”, while Stratton C of E and the secondary schools of Deer Park and Kingshill were given “outstanding”. South Gloucestershire also has a collection of great Grammar Schools; Sir Thomas Rich’s and Marling for boys (with mixed sixth forms), Ribston Hall for girls (mixed sixth form) and the co-ed Crypt and Pates Grammar – consistently voted one of the best in the country.

Parents are spoilt for choice by the range of independent schools in Gloucestershire with many in stunning locations offering diverse extra-curricular programmes and outstanding academic results. For junior schools look at Hatherop Castle School and exclusive Beaudesert and Pinewood, all co-ed. While the excellent Rendcombe and Cheltenham Colleges offer junior on through to sixth form.

Cirencester has its own non emergency hospital, with the well-equipped “A&E” Cheltenham and Gloucester hospitals both less than half an hour away.

The Cotswold Leisure Centre offers the main sporting facilities for the town with a comprehensive range of swimming and exercise classes with badminton and squash courts available and no membership fee required. In Watermoor, St Michael’s Park has it’s own collection of floodlit courts, it’s inexpensive membership including use of their crazy golf course and table tennis tables. Cirencester is also home to the UK’s oldest continually used outdoor swimming pool. Cirencester lido was built in 1869 and is still fed by natural springs today.

Out of town the Cotswold Water Park is an area of 40 square miles with 150 lakes – perfect for country strolls and sailing, windsurfing and water-skiing opportunities.

For retail therapy, Cirencester boasts the usual range of “High Street” shops from Boots the Chemist to Fat Face, White Stuff and Joules as well as attractive interiors shops, (French Grey and Parlane) and small upmarket boutiques.

Well served by large stores, Waitrose is right on the edge of town with a small M&S in the centre and a Tescos Extra, Aldi and Lidl on the outskirts.

Friendly farm shops also supply locally reared organic meat; The Organic Farm shop, just out of town and Jesse Smiths butchers in Love Lane, both with inviting cafés. The brilliant Market Garden in the town centre supplies local fruit and veg and a small but good-value array of plants, flowers and occasionally, ornamental trees.

Cirencester has plenty to choose from. Chains include the good-value, classic French “Cote” and the inevitable Pizza Express as well as one-off’s such as the reassuringly expensive, Made by Bob. At Jesse’s Bistro you’ll get a damn good steak, with upmarket fish and chips at the Malt and Anchor and delicious “cooked from fresh” curry at Indian Rasoi.

Cafés too abound with Jacks and Coffee# 1 topping the list. Further afield there are a plethora of traditional Cotswold pubs, think log fires, low ceilings, exposed brickwork, squidgy sofas and menus boasting local meat and fish served with organic vegetables. Some of the best include the Village Pub at Barnsley, Bell at Sapperton, Wheatsheaf at Northleach, The Potting Shed at Crudwell and The Keepers Arms in Quenington.

Cirencester’s highlights include its glorious Church, one of the largest in the UK, the Corinium Museum with its beautiful Roman mosaics and the Brewery Arts Centre (local artisan wares, workshops, café and shop). The towns Roman Amphitheatre, once seating 8,000 people, is little more than a mound now but a pleasant walk, as is the majestic Cirencester Park with its tree-lined avenue. Summertime brings Polo here and a chance to spot the princes playing for the club.

Further afield the delights of Cheltenham Spa, Bath Spa, Oxford, Tetbury, Bibury, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Westonbirt Arboretum, Berkeley Castle and Sudeley Castle, Slimbridge Wild Fowl Trust and Cotswold Wildlife Park can all be reached in under an hour.

There are plans for a new cinema in Cirencester, but both Cheltenham and Swindon have good cinema complexes and popular theatres which can be reached in around 20 minutes. Bristol’s Old Vic and Bath’s Theatre Royal both attract West End shows and are less than an hour away by car.

The list is endless but key events include Badminton Horse Trials, Fairford Air Tattoo, Kemble Air Show, Cheltenham Races, Cheltenham Literary Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, Cirencester Polo and WOMAD music festival.

What will a Stacks buying agent in The Cotswolds (South Gloucestershire), Cheltenham, South Oxfordshire, Bath, Wiltshire & Cheltenham do for you?

Professional Expertise

Craig Fuller is the buying agent covering all of Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Bath and South Oxfordshire. Craig has an great knowledge of the whole area – with an intimate knowledge for the areas around the South Cotswolds and North Wiltshire. 

Finding a Property

Craig can help you find your perfect property by using his relationships to your advantage. Estate Agents will inform him of property they have valued or that is being marketed quietly and allow him an early viewing or details, immediately giving you a head start and putting you ahead of the competition.

Saving you Money

Time is money. Craig can save you considerable time during the search process only showing you a selection of properties that match your requirements. From Craig’s evaluation of the property he can give you his professional opinion on its true value in the current market and submit a serious offer accordingly.

Trouble Free Completion

A price agreed does not necessarily mean a property secured. Craig is there to steer the purchase as smoothly as possible through to Exchange and Completion by liaising closely and maintaining a constant dialogue with the solicitors and estate agents to overcome any problems along the way.

Call  Craig Fuller for free advice or to discuss what you are looking for.
Tel:  +44(0) 7767211707

How We Do It

“You showed fantastic attention to detail, anticipated all eventualities, and provided timely and practical help and guidance every step of the way.  Above all, you supported me in making my own considered decisions, and I am so grateful to you for all your help in getting me to where I am now!”

“We firmly believe that without Rachel and her skilled negotiation we would not have secured the property.”

“We felt they genuinely wanted to help.”

“Stacks’ performance on this assignment has been absolutely outstanding and more than met my expectations. Her understanding of the brief and the ‘after-find’ service set a standard of professionalism that I have not met before.”

“It is not often that one is pleased to part with money but I can truthfully say that I am on this occasion. You have earned every penny of this cheque and what is more, you have done it with great courtesy and good humour. It has been very pleasant working with you. You really did take most of the stress out of our house hunting.”

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“Finding a plot not yet on the market and persuading the developer to enter into an exclusive contract with me to build to my specification.

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“I have been delighted with the service I have received from Stacks and will not hesitate to recommend Stacks in the future.”

 
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