About this office
The Hamptons International Stratford-upon-Avon estate agents is located in a handsome double-fronted building on Union Street in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon. The sales and lettings teams amount to seven members of staff, with both teams having a wealth of experience in property in the local area. Many members of staff have enjoyed lengthy careers within Hamptons.
Why move to Stratford-upon-Avon?
Stratford-upon-Avon and its surrounding villages are quintessentially English and best known as the birthplace of England’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, whose influence presides over the town to this day. Sitting on the edge of the Cotswolds to the south and Birmingham and Coventry to the north, the location offers not only outstanding countryside but also commuting distance to major employment centres with excellent road access via the M40. Stratford is a cultural place with excellent amenities. There are a great many quality restaurants, public houses and dining pubs, not to mention the iconic Royal Shakespeare Theatre in its picturesque riverside location, all within walking distance of the town centre. There are state, private and grammar schools in the area to suit most requirements, making the town and its immediate surrounds very popular with growing families. Sporting facilities nearby include racing at Cheltenham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Worcester and there are golf courses at Stratford, Bidford, Welford and Chipping Campden.
A little bit of history
Stratford-upon-Avon is an ancient market town founded by the Saxons in the Middle Ages, later made famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare in 1564 – it’s still possible to visit the half-timbered house on Henley Street where the Bard was born, which is now a museum.
Architecture and property
The town of Stratford has a friendly, community feel and offers everything from elegant period homes to large bespoke new-build homes. Stratford-upon-Avon has grown in popularity over the last 20 years with those looking to both live and work in the local area whilst being surrounded by green open spaces for weekend walks. The general area caters well to the family market with an abundance of larger properties for sale. The surrounding villages have a lovely atmosphere, with an enviable selection of local amenities on your doorstep and a vibrant café culture. The town and surrounding villages of South Warwickshire have their own distinctive vernacular architecture that clearly defines the development of the area through the ages. Stratford-upon-Avon has always been best known for its timber-framed houses and properties backing onto the river Avon.
Shopping and amenities
Stratford-upon-Avon has a good mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, both independent and national chains. Shops range from essentials such as opticians, pharmacists (Boots), post offices and supermarkets (Waitrose and Marks & Spencer) to more specialist shops like Bonds and local favourite, Barry the Butcher. Residents are also spoilt for choice with a good selection of individual clothing boutiques and an abundance of gift shops.
Eating out in Stratford-upon-Avon offers a wide choice of fine dining, brunches, casual lunches, sweet treats and artisan coffees. Local favourites include Salt, Loxleys, MOR Bakery and the popular wine bar Veeno. Stratford is also home to the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre, a beautiful building full of rich history where you can watch the all the classics of the great playwright and his modern contemporaries.
Stratford has an enviable location on the eastern border of the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is located on the river Avon, which offers a lovely riverfront panorama and pleasant walks. The Recreation Ground on the east bank of the river provides open green space for walking and leisure activities, while there are other green areas around Shottery Field.
The choice of schooling is a strong attraction of the area with an excellent range of state, independent and grammar schools in the area including The Croft Prep School, boys and girls grammar schools in Stratford-upon-Avon, Alcester Grammar School (co-ed), Warwick Kingsley School, King’s High School and Warwick School in Warwick. In Worcester there is The Royal Grammar School and the King’s School.
Transport links around the local area are excellent with junction 15 of the M40 just seven miles distant and providing fast road access to Birmingham to the north and west London and the M25 to the south. Birmingham International Airport is 23 miles with a good mix of domestic, European and international destinations. There is a convenient rail service from Warwick Parkway to London Marylebone.