About this office
The Hamptons estate agent in Cirencester is well regarded within the town, having occupied a prominent and high-profile location on Castle Street for many years. The office is staffed by local individuals with immense experience in the property market, with a friendly and approachable team on hand to offer a bespoke and reliable local service backed by the strength and breadth of the Hamptons International network.
Why move to Cirencester?
Often referred to as the ‘capital of the Cotswolds’, Cirencester is a quintessential Cotswolds market town set around a vibrant marketplace which holds frequent open air markets throughout the year. The town is well served by a plethora of highly regarded eating establishments, both in the town centre and in the delightful array of charming villages local to the town. These villages attract a great deal of tourism, including Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water and the string of villages along the Coln Valley including Chedworth, Ablington and Winson – all providing delightful homes in the classic honey-coloured Cotswold stone. The increasingly popular Cotswold Water Park provides a great range of water sports and leisure facilities. There is also an exceptional choice of both private and state schools within the area making this an excellent area for growing families.
A little bit of history
Along with the county town of Gloucester, Cirencester is known to have been very important during the Roman times when it was known as Corinium, where it had a thriving wool trade and industry. At one time, it was the second-largest city in Britain by area, when a wall was built around the city enclosing 240 acres. There are many Roman remains in the area including villas at Chedworth and Withington, and a partially excavated amphitheatre near the hospital. There is an excellent Roman museum in the town filled with antiquities. The town remained prosperous during the Saxon, Norman and Tudor periods, becoming a thriving market town at the centre of the road network.
Architecture and property
Living in Cirencester offers a fantastic choice of traditional Cotswold stone housing to be found, both within Cirencester itself and among the chocolate box local villages such as Northleach, Bibury, North and South Cerney, Somerford Keynes and Siddington. There are a variety of houses on offer, from charming cottages to splendid country homes, with demand quite frequently outstripping supply. Cirencester has seen significant investment and development in recent years, both with the town centre and the outlying suburbs, and a number of modern estates offer brand-new homes in a variety of styles.
Shopping and amenities
The Market Place in Cirencester is a great social hub at the heart of the town, with the impressive church and the colourful shops leading east providing a charming backdrop. On Blackjack Street, Silver Street and Dollar Street there are many independent stores for all types of commerce, including stationers, homewares, jewellery and clothes. Cricklade Street is mostly pedestrianised and offers more well-known names, such as Waterstones, Boots, Superdrug, banks, phone shops and opticians. Cirencester has a good number of independent clothing stores including local favourite Sue Parkinson and Barrington Ayre tailors.
After dark there are many options for dinner, including nationwide chains such as Cote Brasserie and Pizza Express. However an excellent highlight of the town is the number of acclaimed independent restaurants. These include Made By Bob in the Corn Hall, Teatro on Beeches Road, The Crown public house and The Kings Head, also a boutique hotel. During the day, coffee shops such as Keiths, Jacks and Coffee #1 offer an alternative to the chains in town, including Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero.
Within Cirencester itself there are green spaces for dog walking, including the Abbey Grounds behind the church which follow the river Churn and the beautiful parkland of Cirencester Park Estate which is very popular for weekend walks. The town is also very well placed for enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Cotswold Hills, with lovely walking in the Coln Valley around Bibury and Coln St Aldwyns, Fairford and as far as Lechlade along the river Thames, which rises just west of the town. To the south, the Cotswold Water Parks provide watersports, beaches and open water swimming.
Cirencester and its surrounding villages are well served by a number of educational establishments in both the state and independent sector. In the town itself, Kingshill and Deer Park are the two main secondary schools, though Farmor’s in Fairford serves the outlying villages to the east. Prep schools include Beaudesert Park and Hatherop Castle, with older students going on to Rendcomb College, Westonbirt and the very highly regarded Cheltenham schools of Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham College, Dean Close and St Edwards.
There is an excellent local road infrastructure with the A419 dual carriageway offering quick access to both the M4 and M5 motorways. The Fosse Way offers a direct route to the heart of the North Cotswolds and there are also good east/west connections to nearby Tetbury and Fairford. Kemble mainline rail station is approximately 4 miles away and offers a frequent service to London (Paddington) in approx. 90 minutes, with further improvements due to the service in the next few years. Swindon Station is an alternative station for commuters with services taking 55 minutes. Bristol Airport offers regular flights to many domestic and international destinations, while closer to hand Gloucestershire Airport offers a range of domestic services.