About this office
The Stroud office has been established within the town for over 30 years with the team having over 70 years’ combined experience in the area. Our experienced and well-established sales team offers an in-depth knowledge of the property market within the Five Valleys and is dedicated to selling a range of homes from converted flats to period cottages, executive homes and country estates, with an emphasis on the more unique and characterful end of the market. We cover a diverse area including the immediate villages surrounding the town as well as those further south in the Severn Vale and Berkeley Vale. Our approachable local team pride themselves on providing a bespoke offering centred around excellent customer service.
Why move to Stroud?
The meeting point of the Five Valleys, Stroud is located on the western escarpment of the Cotswold Hills with the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounding the town and the Cotswold Way path passing by the town to the west. Stroud provides a central hub for the surrounding small market towns and pretty villages, such as Box, Berkeley, Chalford Hill and Nailsworth. Historically known for its involvement in the Industrial Revolution, Stroud was a well-known ‘cloth town’ where the woollen mills were powered by the small rivers flowing through the valleys. Many of these have since been converted into much desired residential property. Historic buildings and places of interest are in abundance throughout and include the picturesque rolling hills of Minchinhampton and Rodborough Common, famed for their dramatic panorama over Stroud and popular for their leisure opportunities.
A little bit of history
As a cloth town, Stroud played an important part of the Industrial Revolution. Its woollen mills were powered by the river than runs through the valleys, with the wool supplied by the Cotswold sheep that grazed the grasslands on the banks of the river. The local canal network was born out a need for transport with Stroud becoming an important trading location during the 19th century. Restoration of these waterways is now underway as a leisure facility.
Architecture and property
Stroud’s community are rightfully very proud of their town centre, regularly coming together to protest in the face of development. As such, many of the town’s handsome Victorian and earlier buildings remain including the Subscription Rooms music venue, the Hill Paul building, Witheys Yard and the Brunel Goods Shed – many of them have been restored and made into a feature on the main High Street. The period housing stock is mostly red brick Victorian homes on roads such as Bisley Road and Middle Street, though there are some Cotswold stone cottages in the nearby villages of Randwick and Ruscombe. A number of former mills have been converted into very desirable apartments.
Shopping and amenities
Stroud’s varied collection of independent boutiques and vintage stores in the town centre contribute to the village-y, distinctively bohemian feel: you can find everything from delis and butchers to galleries and record shops. The town’s award-winning weekly farmer’s market is also considered one of the best in the country and is often frequented by the area’s celebrity residents. The shopping in Stroud is one of the highlights of the town and is one of the reasons why the area has been referred to as ‘Notting Hill in wellies’.
Stroud’s independent leaning extends to its drinking and dining establishments too, including a number of acclaimed Italian restaurants, cosy coffee shops and locally renowned takeaways. There are very few chain restaurants in Stroud – the introduction of McDonald’s in 2004 was met with vehement opposition from the locals! The town is also famous for its live music, with the Subscription Rooms a popular venue. There are several festivals throughout the year, including food and drink, books, theatre and the Stroud Fringe.
Stroud benefits from a stunning position among the Five Valleys, surrounded by open green space. The common lands around Minchinhampton, Selsey and Rodborough are popular for country walks, while the green areas within the town itself include the Bank Gardens behind the High Street, Stratford Park and its leisure centre, and there are lovely walks along the canal and river Frome.
Gloucestershire has many excellent schooling options, from the trio of renowned private schools in nearby Cheltenham (Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies College and Dean Close) to the schools closer to home in Stroud. Beaudesert Park is situated in Minchinhampton, while there are three academies for secondary education: Stroud High School, Marling School for boys and The Crypt.
A National Rail service runs from Stroud railway station located in the town centre providing access to London Paddington within 90 minutes. The A46 road links Stroud to Gloucester in the north and Bath to the south, with the A419 connecting Stroud to Cirencester and the M4 in one direction and the M5 motorway at Junction 13 in the other.