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Gloucestershire: Allcourt, Lechlade-on-Thames

Guide Price £375,000 - £475,000

East and West Allcourt sit either side of a traditional wildflower meadow with a small pond. Its two- and three-bedroom properties are built of local stone, as is the modernised 17th-Century cottage on the estate, and all offer excellent views of the serene and beautiful pastoral setting.

The centre of Lechlade-on-Thames is but a few minutes’ walk away. An ancient market town with Georgian houses clustered around the market place, it is dominated by the slender, elegant spire of St Lawrence’s church, one of the great Gloucestershire wool churches. It has a good range of shops, as well as restaurants and pubs. It is also the highest navigable point on the Thames and from here you can walk the Thames Path or take to the water with a boat hired from the local marina and chandlery. Nearby possibilities for days out include the Mill and Trout Farm at Bibury, the 15th-Century ruins by the river in Minster Lovell, or the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. The bustling market towns of Cirencester, Stow-on-the-wold and Burford are also within easy reach.

For further information telephone 01491 821150



Oxfordshire, Stanford-in-the-Vale

Three bedroom cottage with conservatory, patio and garage - £425,000

Attractive two and three-bedroom cottages set around a courtyard some with fine views and all with spacious with well proportioned rooms. The 22 properties are designed and finished to a very high standard and are therefore comfortable and easy to maintain; economical and convenient to live in.

Stanford in the Vale was originally in Berkshire and mentioned in Domesday as Stanford with two mills. There was a small Romano British settlement within the present village though the earliest reference is as 'Sanfordinga' in a charter to Shellingford in the 9th century.

Its name probably derives from 'stone ford' and was a small market town in the middle ages and in the seventeenth century the size of a large village. Today it is a thriving community with many active clubs and societies, two churches, two public houses, shops and various businesses.

For further information telephone: 01491 821170


Somerset - Hayes End Manor, South Petherton

Two bedroom cottage with patio and garage - £325,000

Hayes End is a fine example of an ancient Somerset farmhouse, dating from the end of the 14th century. The estate is based on the old farmhouse with its pretty, secluded courtyard and its beautiful stone Flax Barn and Granary - all listed buildings. South Petherton has all the amenities of a small town with bank, library, doctor‘s surgery, hospital, post office and a good range of shops, all gathered under the shadow of the beautiful octagonal church tower, a short walk from Hayes End.

South Petherton lies just to the north of the A303, six miles east of Ilminster. Yeovil is eleven miles away and it is sixteen miles to Taunton and the M5.

Legend relates a visitation to the old house by Dick Turpin on a Sunday morning. Finding the house occupied by defence-less women, he was persuaded to leave them unmolested. Better attested is the connection with Thomas Coke, well known divine and disciple of John Wesley. When curate of the parish he was forcibly ejected from the church and given shelter by the Edmonds family at Hayes End.

For further information telephone Cognatum Retirement Property 01491 821170

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