Painswick Property Finder

A Taste of Painswick

Often known as “The Queen of the Cotswolds” for its attractive, pale-grey stone buildings, the picturesque, sleepy, “wool market” town of Painswick nestles quietly on the edge of the Cotswolds between Cheltenham and Stroud. As well as its traditional charms – a pretty church, bowling green (reputedly Britain’s oldest), its celebrated Rococo Gradens and one of Britain’s earliest post offices – Painswick has practical attractions. There is a good local primary school in the town and two good grammar schools in nearby Stroud.

The town’s popular “Art Couture Fair” attracts thousands of visitors each year and there is now a permanent “Art Couture” gallery in the centre of town. Painswick, it seems, is definitely beginning to wake up. Cath Kidston has her home here, there is an award winning delicatessen, fantastic little cake shop, a community library and some great pubs.

It takes 15 minutes to drive from Painswick to the nearest M5 junction, 10 minutes to drive to Stroud, 20 to Gloucester and just under an hour to Bristol. The nearest train station is at Stroud with trains taking 1 hour 40 minutes to London.

The nearest airports by car are; Bristol (60 minutes), Birmingham (75 minutes) or Cardiff (90 minutes).

Craig has established professional relationships with the estate agents in the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire region and they know and trust him.

Craig can help you find your perfect property by using these 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.

Craig is often the recipient of privileged information from individuals wanting to sell their property or of someone they know who does. In addition, if a client has a small defined search area, Craig is able to effectively use mail-shots to target houses that they may be interested in.

Nearby Stroud has a small General Hospital and 20 minutes away, Gloucester’s large NHS Hospital has all the usual services plus maternity unit and state-of-the-art Children’s Centre.

Painswick is served by Brockworth Leisure Centre, Virgin Active and David Lloyd all situated 20 minutes up the road in Gloucester. Nearby Stroud also offers a handful of sports and leisure facilities.

The town also has its own rugby club which, formed in 1872, is the oldest village rugby club in England. Out of town you’ll find an 18-hole golf course, squash club, riding stables and tennis courts.

When the M5 bypassed the town in the 1960’s Painswick lost almost three quarters of its shops to homes. Today however, the town has some quaint shops and galleries to uncover when exploring its little streets. There’s a famous fabric shop, Painswick Fabrics, Kate Rich Antiques and Olivas, an award winning deli and coffee shop, to name but a few.

Every Friday there’s a country market on the ground floor of the Market Hall. Here you can find local home baked and locally grown produce – but get there early or you’ll miss out!

Painswick has a handful of nice places to eat out. The restaurant at the 16th century Falcon Inn serves seasonal European dishes while the Royal Oak is a more rural, real-ale pub serving hearty fare. Olivas Café, Restaurant and Deli offers a taste of Colombia (the owner’s home country) and serves great tapas and paella as well as native dishes. For a cuppa and some excellent fresh baked cake, try The Patchwork Mouse café and Art Gallery.

Wander around the towns meandering streets and enjoy the mellow hues of houses built from stone quarried nearby. 14th century houses in Bisley Street include a couple with “Donkey Doors“, which once would have been wide enough for a donkey with panniers to pass through carrying wool from the numerous mills along the valley.

The town is the backdrop to some popular TV series and it is not hard to see why. The memorable church yard of St Mary’s is home to 99 yew trees. Planted in 1792 it is said that every 100th tree planted will die!  If you take a short walk from the centre you’ll come to the flamboyant, Rococo Garden, famous too for its blanket of snowdrops in late winter and early spring. The gardens are the last sole survivor from the brief early 18th century period of English Rococo Garden Design.

Above the town sits the Painswick Beacon which affords spectacular views of the Severn Valley and the clusters of nearby Cotswold towns and villages that inhabit the beautiful surrounding countryside. The famous Cotswold Way Footpath runs through the town, and don’t miss the two mile walk to Laurie Lee’s Slad Valley where he lived and wrote “Cider with Rosie”. You should also visit the architectural masterpiece, the eerie, unfinished Woodchester Mansion.

Both Stroud and Gloucester have cinema complexes, and theatres can be found in Cheltenham (The Everyman), Cirencester (The Sundial Theatre) and The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury.

In early July, Painswick puts on the Art Couture Festival when fantastic costumes are paraded and stalls line the streets. The Painswick Arts Festival also runs for six weeks every summer when dozens of local artists display their works in several locations throughout the town. For music lovers, The Painswick Music Society arranges chamber music concerts every spring.

Painswick is something of an architectural anomaly. The streets are lined with large limestone buildings, built in 17th century by wool merchants competing to own the grandest house in town. You’ll also find cottages, hidden between these larger houses, many retaining key features from bygone eras. Outside Painswick, the neighbouring valleys are smattered with Cotswold stone farms and picturesque villages. If you’re after something new, you’re probably better off heading to the suburbs of nearby Stroud or Gloucester.

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.”

“Encouraging me to think creatively about what could work for me.”

“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.

“I was impressed by the efficient, kind and courteous service provided by Stacks”

“Stacks were a tremendous help and we would never have found our home without them. She is a lovely person with a great sense of humour which was essential during some of our tricky negotiations

“You gave a much-valued ‘younger’ perspective on our situation, which was a real asset”

“We found the service extremely helpful and professional at all times”

“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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