Why move to Broadway?
As you'd expect with an area that's so heavily reliant on tourism, Broadway is home to numerous hotels, B&Bs and public houses as well as fine restaurants, independent shops and cafes. Not only does this selection of amenities ensure tourists have a pleasant stay, it also ensures that locals are well catered for. In particular, the area benefits from the nearby Farncombe Estate and its trio of luxury hotels, plus their accompanying acclaimed restaurants, as well as the Daylesford empire to the east. The location of Broadway makes it ideal if you need regular access to the UK's largest cities including Birmingham and London - it's just over two hours away from central London by road and accessible by train from nearby Evesham or Honeybourne.
A little bit of history
Broadway’s origins are uncertain, but even as far back as the 11th century it was a thriving village. Like many Cotswold towns, it grew prosperous due to the wool and cloth trade and later became an important staging post between Worcester and London. When the railway in Evesham opened in 1852, use of stagecoaches waned and the village became a popular artist’s escape; famous visitors include John Singer Sargent and William Morris.
Architecture and property
One of Broadway's most striking features is the architecture. Many of the buildings are built from the characteristic honey-coloured Cotswold stone, with thick walls and deep mullioned windows. If you crave the chocolate-box style of a characterful cottage with roses or wisteria draped around the door, you may just find it in Broadway. The Upper High Street and Springfield Lane are the most sought-after locations, with the former featuring a wide range of period cottages and larger country homes with land attached.
Shopping and amenities
There is a Co-operative store offering a cashpoint and Post Office services which serves the local community, with superstore shopping available in Evesham (including a Waitrose).
The Broadway Hotel, Broadway Deli, an Indian Restaurant and all manner of cafes and tea rooms.
Cotswold Lavender and a number of world renowned gardens including Hidcote and Kiftsgate.