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 - a large proportion of the local buildings are made from limestone and they date from as far back as the 16th century. That's no major surprise though when you consider the fact that Broadway was first settled around 5,000 years ago. 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
Among Broadway’s butterscotch houses and beautiful countryside, there are a number of shops, services and amenities patronised by residents and the tourists who visit here. 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 High Street also offers galleries, a pharmacy and a handful of clothing and gift shops. About 20 minutes’ drive away is the Daylesford estate, with its farm shop for the countryfied ‘Notting Hill set’.
For a small town in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside, Broadway has a surprising number of excellent hotels and restaurants with more to be found in the local area. Within the town there is the renowned Lygon Arms, The Broadway Hotel, Broadway Deli, an Indian Restaurant and all manner of cafes and tea rooms. On the Farncombe estate nearby, you can enjoy everything from afternoon tea to private dining, seafood to upscale bistro fare at The Potting Shed.
Broadway is surrounded by countryside on the northern edge of the Cotswolds, with beautiful walking on the doorstep which includes The Cotswold Way. Locals head up to Broadway Tower on the weekends: a short climb up to the top of the folly rewards with a view over the surrounding counties and as far as the Black Mountains on a clear day. Also nearby is National Trust-owned Snowshill, Cotswold Lavender and a number of world renowned gardens including Hidcote and Kiftsgate.
There is a wide range of independent and state-run schools in the area, including a first school and primary school in Broadway itself. Cheltenham has a number of renowned independent schools and Kitebrook Prep is approximately 12 miles away. Prince Henry's in Evesham and Chipping Campden also serve the area, both with academy status and the latter rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted.
There are several local village bus services available from Broadway running throughout the week to Evesham, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham. The nearest train stations are in Evesham (8 miles), Honeybourne (6 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (9 miles). It’s around a two-hour rail journey to London Paddington. Road links are good, with junction 11 of the M40 to the east just beyond Banbury and junction 9 of the M5 to the west accessible by the A46.