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Top places to live in Gloucestershire Stow-on-the-Wold

Yearning for roses-around-the-door charm and a quaint high street full of galleries and cosy country pubs? Stow-on-the-Wold isn't cheap, but it's the quintessential Cotswolds. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

Cottages in Stow on the Wold

WHY?

If you want rose-garnished cottages, wonky rooftops and great tearooms but with an easy route back to London, Stow-on-the Wold is a top choice. You get the full-on Barbours-and-Archers package here – it’s not a bucket-list Cotswold destination for nothing. Within easy reach of neighbouring Moreton-in-Marsh and the lively bars of Chipping Campden, charming Stow has a high street that’s incredibly characterful, full of indy boutiques, antiques and art galleries, and some really good gastro-pubs right on the doorstep.

EAT

Cotswold carb-heaven ‘Huffkins Stow’, and Lucy’s Tea Room hit the spot for afternoon tea, and we highly recommend heading to The Porch House – recently refurbed, and one of Britain’s oldest pubs, with wooden beamed ceilings and deep leather chairs. Its sister pub The Sheep – opposite on the high street – does a great seasonal food menu too.

SHOP

If you love Farrow and Ball-hued shop doors that open with a delicate tinkle, you’ll adore Stow. No brash high street behemoths here, it’s indy heaven. Law and Company is a great go-to for hot, boho fashion. The Stow Flower Shop, run by two sisters, is glorious and The Cotswold Chocolate Company and Roly’s Fudge Pantry are as good as they sound. A brand new opening is Sorelle Country – a beautiful interiors shop with handpicked antiques and vintageware. Or head to Rosie B Interiors for more interiors and homewares. And of course, how could we not mention the hallowed halls of Daylesford, with its to-die-for foodhall, swanky homewares and fashion rails, just three miles away.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Batsford Arboretum is perfect for a wander and don’t miss its national collection of Japanese Cherry Trees (an amazing sight in Spring). Nearby are the National Trust’s Arts and Crafts-inspired Hidcote Manor and Chastleton House and the delights of stream-paddling and Birdland at Bourton-on-the-Water. Take a 15 minute hop across the border to the Rollright Stones, 5000-year old Neolithic stones which you can walk amongst (perfect for days out with kids and dogs). And Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is nearby and brilliant family fun.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

£482,742. Detached properties sell for an average of £645,320, in short, it’s premium real estate around here. Good local estate agents include Taylor & Fletcher, Savills, and Knight Frank.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

Kitebrook Preparatory School in nearby Moreton-in-Marsh is an outstanding choice for ages 3 to 13, describing its tree-climbing, high-result achieving ethos as an ‘Enid Blyton experience with ambition’. The award-winning Rendcomb College – a day and boarding school for ages 3 to 18 – sits in a fairytale setting, has a brand new £3m theatre, and is just 25 minutes south. Or, check out Kingham School, an idyllically-placed, co-ed, non-selective school with outstanding academic results, and it’s just a hop over the border in North Oxfordshire. You’re also in the catchment for The Cotswold School – an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ 11 to 18 Academy that’s highly popular.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Local lore says the quirky tree-framed door of St. Edward’s Church inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. And the original village stocks, once used for public shamings, still exist in the square – a great spot for lunch ​on one of the surrounding benches as you watch the world go by.

COMMUTE

Moreton-in-Marsh train station is four miles away, whisking you back to London in less than 90 minutes. And, it’s only a 30 minute nip to the M5.

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