Hot homes: in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has long been tempting London homebuyers with its easy commute to the capital. We take a property tour to discover charming stone cottages, vast family homes and good-value village boltholes
Buy a Cotwolds cottage for Christmas and live the dream curled up inside honey-coloured stone walls beside a roaring fire piled high with apple wood. The Cotswolds has long been tempting London homebuyers to picture-perfect villages, where a friendly hostelry is rarely far away.

Oxford estate agent Guy Shaw of John D Wood describes the medieval village of Burford as "the gateway to the Cotswolds; and Chipping Norton is now the home of the smart set and many of the movers and shakers and is much loved. It is a proper thriving little market town with an ironmonger, an independent book shop and the best little theatre. The Christmas pantomime is sold out in days."

We take a property tour, starting in Burford and celebrity favourite Chipping Norton, to discover cosy cottages, spacious family homes and good-value village boltholes.

We also head to other prime Cotswolds commuter areas to find pretty towns and villages with handy rail links to Paddington, including Charlbury, Kingham, Chipping Campden and the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh.

“People who live in the Cotswolds and commute regularly into London for work live in the villages surrounding Kemble, and in towns around the North Cotswold line such as Moreton-in-Marsh and Charlbury, as well as the village of Kingham where trains run into London Paddington," says Jeremy Briggs of local estate agents RA Bennett & Partners.

£270,000: Fulbrook, Burford
An extended period cottage tucked away on a quiet road in the popular village of Fulbrook, within walking distance of Burford. There's a cosy fireplace in the open-plan living and dining room, two bedrooms upstairs and a terraced south-facing garden with a patio. Burford is about eight miles from Charbury with trains to London Paddington taking around an hour and 20 minutes.

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