South Cerney Area Guide
Situated just a few miles outside Cirencester, South Cerney is a quaint and idyllic Cotswold village. The village can be found in the Cotswold Water Park region, made up of 140 lakes, created by an ice sheet which melted thousands of years ago. You can fish, sail and kayak on any one of the nearby lakes or walk the surrounding hiking routes. The region is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, with people flocking to the area in the summer to take advantage of the natural beauty and recreation activities on offer. As a result, South Cerney has emerged from Cirencester´s shadow to become a thriving and prosperous village.
South Cerney Property
South Cerney has a large choice of impressive lake-view properties, ranging from modern dwellings, to period cottages and New England style wooden lodges. The centre of the village, around Broadway Lane, offers terraced and semi-detached townhouses. The region around Bittern Close also has a selection of detached Victorian developments with woodland countryside views. Drifting further out of the village, you can find grand country properties dating back to the 1930s.
Ann Edwards CofE primary school serves the heart of the South Cerney community. Centrally located on Berkeley close, the voluntary controlled school achieved a Good rating in their 2013 Ofsted Inspection. North Cerney CofE also achieved their Good rating in the same year. Nearby Ashton Keyes Primary School in Ashton Keyes is also a popular choice and was also awarded a Good rating in 2012. With Cirencester within commuting distance, some residents opt to send their children into the town for schooling.
The secondary options for South Cerney are all located in Cirencester. Kingshill School Academy on Kingshill lane is many parents first choice. The co-ed comprehensive achieved an Outstanding rating from Ofsted in 2007 and specialises in sports and science subjects. Deer Park School is another Academy with an Outstanding Ofsted rating. In 2011, Paternoster School on Watermoor Road also achieved an Outstanding rating. The local independent schools include Beaudesert Park School and Westonbert school. The standard of secondary education is high in Cirencester and school buses run to the town from South Cerney.
The Cotswold district council and the local parish council have both thrown their support behind a planning application for developing the Harrow Estates site into 150 homes and several public green spaces and woodland. The abandoned brownfield site in the centre of the community has generated a real buzz in the town and looks set for approval shortly.
The nearest rail station to South Cerney is Kemble. Kemble station can be reached by a local bus service and the train station provides 24 direct trains a day to London Paddington. The journey takes around an hour and twenty minutes.
The main coach station is located in Stroud and provides direct services to London, Bristol and the North. Local bus routes are available to local towns and villages, including regular services to Cirencester, Stroud and Swindon.
Eating and Drinking
Images of the Cotswolds conjure up cosy village pubs with roaring, welcoming fires. South Cerney doesn´t disappoint in this regard, boasting an impressive selection of traditional British public houses with a homely atmosphere and excellent food. The Eliot Arms is one such pub. The 16th century architecture is steeped in history and character and their Sunday carvery is not to be missed. For good beer, the Old George Inn at Clarks Hay has a varied real ale selection and is situated in an intriguing 17th century coaching inn. The Lakeside Brasserie provides food with a serene and tranquil view over the lake, they also have regular live music events. For a lighter bite give Coffee at Fenton´s a try. The café is tucked away in Fenton community centre and dishes out some tasty organic soups.
Things to Do
The Cotswold Water Park has a seemingly endless selection of outdoor activities guaranteed to keep the whole family enthralled. The lakes themselves are the perfect location for water-skiing, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding and fishing. The region is also home to a diverse range of wildlife including waterfowl, which descend on the region every winter to breed. There is a huge choice of countryside walks in the surrounding areas to choose from. There is also a full 18-hole golf course near the South Cerney Airfield. The Corinium Museum in nearby Cirencester also has a remarkable selection of Roman ruins and is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with all the family.