Gloucestershire Area Guide
Gloucestershire is an outdoor paradise. Home to the Forest of Dean, the Cotswolds and River Severn, Gloucestershire is one of Britain’s best country walking destinations. The Roman villas and spring attract many visitors to the region. For locals, the market towns of Cheltenham and Tewksbury offer excellent schooling, charming British country living and plenty of local amenities.
Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, North Cerney displays some of the most picturesque countryside England has to offer. The village has plenty of local amenities, including a pub, cricket club and primary school. North Cerney Church of England Primary has brought more parents to the area after its “Good” award from OFSTED in 2013.
With a population of around 209, the small village of Barnsley is centred around a church and village pub. Picture perfect Barnsley house attracts visitors to the village. The cottages and farmhouses available offer picturesque dwellings for rural village living.
Fairford is a small town, located on the banks of the River Coln. The town is built around St. Mary’s Church, which has an impressive series of stain glass windows. Cotswold Water sports also attracts visitors to try their hand at some water-skiing and wakeboarding. The town has an “Outstanding” secondary school in Farmor’s school and a primary school. There are plenty of historical, Grade II listed properties on offer. The town also has some beautiful detached dwellings built from the impressive golden Cotswold Stone.
The village of Meysey Hampton sits in the south of the Cotswolds, close to the Wiltshire border. It is home to Meysey Hampton Primary School, which earnt an OFSTED “Good” rating. Meysey Hampton has a selection of impressive barn conversions and farmhouses, with some choice of bungalows on the A417 towards Poulton.
Whelford is a small hamlet, two miles southeast of Fairford. The hamlet has plenty of large detached houses, with some limited terraced properties around Pope’s Court.
With just 1,120 inhabitants during the last census, Kempsford is a rural Gloucestershire village. The village has plenty of Grade II listed properties, including attractive Georgian manor houses and farmhouses.
Located between Cirencester and Farringdon, just off the A417, Down Ampney is a medium-sized village. It has a local village pub and hosts a Rally school and Zombie Shooting centre, which sees children and adults race around the countryside shooting zombie targets. The Cotswold stone properties bring English country charm to Down Ampney. There are also a few choices of semi-detached properties and bungalows.
Quiet and beautiful Latton sits off the A419 between Swindon and Cirencester. The River Churn flows past the village itself, which is centred around a small village church. The properties in Latton include charming period cottages and magnificent barn conversions.
Situated on the banks of the mighty River Thames, Cricklade is a leafy and green town with plenty going on. The town is home to a rugby club, cricket club and football club and three primary schools. The Cricklade Festival takes place every Father’s Day and hosts live music events, dancers and street performers, is the highlight of the Cricklade calendar. Cricklade has a variety of properties on offer. There are semi-detached properties littering the area around Deansfield and the High Street. Apartments and terraces can be found off the B4553, and bigger detached family homes in the south on the Chelworth Road.
The River Thames creeps through the elegant and alluring village of Ashton Keynes. The village has a primary school, Ashton Keynes Church of England Primary, which holds a current OFSTED rating of “Good”. The community run the local pub, The White Hart Inn and the local village shop. There are also plenty of country forest walks which take in the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. The village has splendid Grade II listed manor houses, along with more affordable semi-detached properties off Kent End.
Siddington sits just 1 mile south of Cirencester, giving residents the perfect blend of village life with the amenities of a medium-sized town within easy reach. The village primary school was rated “Good” in 2017. The village hosts a selection of stylish detached and semi-detached family properties.
Minety is comprised of Upper Minety, and Lower Minety. The village has a fantastic 15th century church and is well connected by rail to Gloucester and Swindon. The village is scattered with 18th century farmhouses with rolling fields perfect for horses and animals, mixed with contemporary bungalows and semi-detached properties.
Oaksey offers quant and tranquil village living on Gloucestershire’s border. It has a village pub, village hall and Primary School, which boasts a “Good” rating from OFSTED. Norwood Castle, an old motte-and-bailey castle is also located just half a mile outside the village. Old, historical Grade II listed properties rub shoulders with modern, stylish barn conversions and contemporary detached family homes.
Kemble has a population of around 1,000 people, with a village pub, primary school, post office and store. For a village of its size, Kemble is incredibly well connected, with direct trains to Swindon, London Paddington, Cheltenham and Gloucester. The village has splendid Cotswold stone barns, period farmhouses, and some newer developments off the Station Road.
Tucked away off the Roman Fosse Way, Coates is home to the Royal Agricultural College’s Skills Centre and the Coates Cricket Club. Property in Coates is becoming more sought after in recent years. The village offers plenty of choice of cottages and more modern detached homes.