About this office
Our team at Hamptons’ estate agents in Painswick has a combined experience of over 50 years, with each member proud to be professional, friendly and approachable. As well as Painswick, the office also covers a range of the surrounding neighbouring villages such as Sheepscombe, Upton St Leonards, Edge, Pitchcombe, Cranham, Brookthorpe, Birdlip, Great and Little Witcombe and Slad.
Why move to Painswick?
Painswick is often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’ and benefits from a thriving community nestling in a delightful Cotswolds setting. Constructed of mellow locally quarried stone, the town has many beautiful buildings dating back as far as the 14th century. The Painswick Churchyard is famous for its impressive array of table tombs and its 99 yew trees, about which folklore holds that if a 100th should grow the devil will pull it out. The elevated position overlooking the rolling hills means that many properties have stunning far-reaching views, though cosy chocolate-box charming cottages are just as popular. Under the quaint veneer there is a surprisingly active and cool events calendar including Art Couture Painswick (like London Fashion Week in wellies) and many workshops, exhibitions and classes at the brilliant Painswick Centre. Locals can keep up to date with community goings-on in the local newspaper, the Painswick Beacon.
A little bit of history
Painswick grew, as many Cotswold towns did, from the wool trade – in fact, many of the period buildings in the town feature south-facing attics which were formerly used as weaver’s workshops. The local monastery, Prinknash Abbey, dates back to the 11th century, while the famous St Mary’s church features in the Domesday Book. The Post Office occupies a listed building dating back to 1478, making it the oldest building it Britain to contain a Post Office.
Architecture and property
Painswick is home to a number of beautiful Georgian properties, many of them listed townhouses, though there are some earlier half-timbered examples dating back to the 1400s. There are larger detached properties with generous gardens off the Cheltenham Road and a few more modern developments, while bijou terraced properties can be found on the outskirts of town such as Vicarage Street. The satellite villages such as Sheepscombe and Ruscombe are mostly Cotswold stone cottages and small farms.
Shopping and amenities
There are several local shops, galleries, tearooms and restaurants in the village along with a pharmacy, doctors’ surgery and dentists whilst the surrounding towns provide a good range of social, recreational and retail amenities to suit all tastes and budgets. Recreational opportunities in the village include tennis, rugby and bowls clubs with many other groups including badminton and amateur dramatics meeting at the Painswick Centre. In the wider area, events include polo at Edgeworth and Cirencester Park, racing at Prestbury Park, eventing at Gatcombe and sailing at the Cotswold Water Park, together with shooting and fishing on local estates and golf at Gloucester and Painswick Golf Clubs.
Painswick has a surprising number of restaurants and pubs for a small town. Part of the Calcot Manor collection of hotels (including Barnsley House and Calcot Manor), The Painswick is a Palladian boutique hotel with a Gary Rhodes-trained chef cooking for guests and locals alike in a restaurant, snug and afternoon tea room. There’s also Cardynham House with its attached bistro, St Michael’s restaurant and rooms which overlooks the famous yews, a dog-friendly coffee shop and a handful of pubs. Cheltenham and Stroud offer more options and are both a short drive away.
Painswick is enveloped in rolling countryside, set on the western edge of the Cotswold Hills and with excellent access to green spaces. Within the town, the famous churchyard of Grade I-listed St Mary’s provides a lovely space for a walk and admire the 99 yews. Just outside of town the Painswick Beacon has lovely views across the Severn Valley to the Welsh Mountains. Also nearby is the famous Rococo Garden – the only surviving example in the UK, and the Cotswold Way long distance path which runs from Chipping Campden to Bath.
There are a number of excellent schooling options around Painswick, including the internationally renowned Wycliffe College which is three miles from the centre of Stroud. There are plenty of additional options in nearby Cheltenham including Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies College and Dean Close, plus Pate’s Grammar. The village primary school, Croft, is a friendly, small village school which benefits from modern facilities.
Commuting from Painswick is easy, with the town being set between Stroud and Gloucester. Both have mainline stations with commuter services to London in about 90 minutes. From Painswick, there are good road links to junction 12 of the the M5 in about 20 minutes and junction 15 of the M4 in about 45 minutes.