Top places to live in Gloucestershire Chipping Campden
Yearning for roses-around-the-door charm and a quaint high street full of galleries, bijou boutiques and tea rooms? Chipping Campden isn't cheap, but it's the quintessential Cotswolds. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
With an elegant High Street described by historian G.M. Trevelyan as ‘the most beautiful village street’ (once the centre of the Arts and Crafts movement), Chipping Campden is one of the most sought after towns in the Cotswolds. Packed with history, its lovely lanes go back to the 7th century. The honey-hued buildings are now home to indie boutiques, cafes and artisan eating establishments. The town has a lively calendar of events year-round including the world-class Music Festival, so you’ll never get bored. Plus, there are plenty of hotels, pubs, B&Bs and holiday cottages for when (pretty much guaranteed) you get deluged by friends and family wanting to stay. Be prepared to share it with the tourists, but still less than you’ll find in nearby Broadway or Moreton-in-Marsh. Once one of the most important wool towns in Europe, with a 400-year-old, Grade I listed Market Hall at its heart, and miles of lush Cotswold countryside on your doorstep (yet well connected back to London still) it’s no wonder it’s hot property.
There’s a great range of typical Cotswold pubs in and around Chipping Campden.Try the popular Eight Bells, or venture out to the Ebrington Arms, five minutes from the centre of town. This award-winning, welcoming pub does superb food. Badger’s Hall Tea Room is a quirky and eccentric place in the centre for tea, cake or a soup and sarnie. Haven’t had your fill? Get a taste of the Mediterranean at Michaels on the high street, a fabulous Greek eatery with a tasty menu.
The family-run Dove Country Lifestyle opened its doors in December 2020 and will have you stacking up your basket with their beautifully curated range of home and lifestyle gifts. Covent Garden Academy of Flowers is a gorgeous interiors store with flower workshop that runs seasonal classes throughout the year. Or if antiques are your thing head to Stuart House Antiques packed with vintage cups, saucers, porcelain and more.
Located in the North Cotswolds, Chipping Campden is a great base for day trips. You are spoilt for choice for tourist-catnip villages to visit, including Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. Nature lovers should put the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor Gardens and Kiftsgate Gardens (created by three generations of women gardeners) on their list. Take a brisk stroll up nearby Broadway Tower for the killer views from the top. You can also access the 104-mile Cotswold Way here, which starts in the town.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Eye-wincingly not cheap, unless you can pick up a rare renovation bargain. Expect an average house price of £818,770. The majority of sales in 2020 / 21 were detached properties, selling for an average price of £1,003,375. A semi-detached property is slightly more affordable at £614,750.
Chipping Campden School is the kind of school people move to the county for. This popular and high-achieving academy is for pupils aged 11 – 18. For primaries there’s the Ofsted ‘Good’ rated Mickleton Primary School, or if you’re going the independent route Kitebrook Preparatory School in neighbouring Moreton-in-Marsh for ages 3 – 13 is highly regarded. For state primaries, St James’ & Ebrington Church of England and St Catharine’s Catholic are both rated ‘Good’.
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The Cotswold Olimpick Games. No… really. Since the early 17th Century, the town has been home to these games, held every summer on Dover’s Hill. Peculiar to the Games is the rather terrifying sport of shin-kicking. Hay stuffed down the trousers can ease your passage to later rounds, or that’s the locals’ tip anyhow.
Whilst Chipping Campden doesn’t have its own train station there is one in Moreton-in-Marsh in the south, and Honeybourne over the border in Evesham in the north, both little more than 15 minutes drive. Trains into London Paddington take around two hours and 20 minutes.
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