“Pre-election, the market is quieter than we’d usually see at this time of year however there are a number of committed buyers waiting for the right thing,” says Claire Owen (firstname.lastname@example.org), senior buying consultant for the Cotswolds region for national agency The Buying Solution.
“There is a demand for sites in Gloucestershire, either with an existing dwelling to extend or knock-down or with planning permission for a new build. The location and situation of the site tends to be very important, and anything that is road/rail/noise affected will not appeal.
“Gloucestershire is a beautiful and diverse county. It’s made up of part of the Cotwolds Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean. There are several members of the Royal Family living here, and it is commonplace for TV and film production companies to utilise the stunning views and scenery, and the impressive and historic properties – most recently Chavenage House as seen in Poldark.
Lovell – The Paddocks, Minchinhampton
Recently seen in the television adaptation of J K Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy, the hilltop town of Minchinhampton is just over three miles from Stroud and nine-and-a-half miles from Cirencester.
“Located between two valleys, Minchinhampton is surrounded by glorious countryside and common land,” says Lovell field sales manager Julie Bowen. As part of the scheme, Lovell is also building the first new council homes in the Stroud district for over 30 years creating much-needed affordable homes in this rural location.
There is a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes for sale. The four-bedroom ‘Chelmsford’ house style is available at £429,995 (£343,996 with a Help to Buy equity loan); the three-bedroom ‘Northwood’ house type – with a single garage – is available at £309,995 (£247,996 with a Help to Buy equity loan) ; and there is a selection of two-bedroom semi-detached homes available from £237,995 (£190,396 with a Help to Buy equity loan).
Find out more at www.lovellnewhomes.co.uk ; 01453 557297
Lewsey Court is a forthcoming development of 38 one- and two-bedroom Retirement Living apartments on London Road in Tetbury.
The development is located just 0.2 miles from a large supermarket which has a bus stop inside the entrance providing routes to the beautiful town centre where local amenities and the town's famous antique shops can be found.
The development is conveniently located near the M4 and the local train station at Kemble is only a short taxi ride from Tetbury – ideal for those interested in further travel. Prices start from £199,050.
Find out more at www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk ; 01425 322116
Taylor Wimpey – Kings Copse, Kingsway Village
Charlie Joseph, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “The fantastic selection of high-quality homes at Kings Copse has attracted a lot of people to the development. Now is a great time for purchasers to buy a new home, with reduced stamp duty for many and the Bank of England keeping the base rate at an historic low of 0.5%.”
Among the plots available is the ‘Dovedale’, a two-bedroom coach house apartment priced from just £132,500, the final three-bedroom ‘Aston’ townhouse priced at £187,000 and a range of other three-, four- and five-bedroom designs starting at £173,000.
Kingsway Village lies on the banks of the River Severn and is three miles south of the centre of Gloucester. Kings Copse is positioned just off the A38 and junction 12 of the M5 is only 10 minutes away.
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01454 628484
Bell Homes – Hudson Drive, Cinderford
This collection of five four-bedroom homes is situated on the outskirts of Cinderford, in the Forest of Dean.
The properties come with good-sized gardens and their own private parking. On the inside, all properties boast built-in wardrobes to bedrooms 1 and 2, a utility area and a downstairs cloakroom. All properties have a large living area to the rear, along with a separate dining room to the front of the property. The master bedroom has an en suite shower room with WC and wash basin.
Cinderford offers a wide range of local amenities including a large leisure centre, several schools, a good range of shops and a cinema. The town also offers good transport links to Gloucester and access to the A48 for links to the M5 and M50.
Find out more at www.bellhomes.com ; 07974 578091