Top places to live in Gloucestershire Tetbury
If you want your rural idyll with a right royal flavour then Tetbury is famously on-point. Pretty lanes jam-packed with antique shops and a thriving market town vibe, put it on your list for a top contender. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
One of the most stylish postcodes in Gloucestershire, Tetbury is a small market town with big appeal. But don’t just take our word for it, TRH’s Prince Charles and Camilla are fans, their country pile Highgrove sits on the town’s outskirts. Tetbury may have a mightily posh rep but there’s nothing stuffy about it, it’s an eclectic and lively place to live. With four main streets of shopping, there are scores of antique shops, indy interior and fashion boutiques, and foodies will be in seventh heaven.
The Snooty Fox is a quintessential English pub that does great Sunday roasts. Cafe 53 is the local go-to for flat whites and lunch bites, and Blue Zucchini with its colourful interior is also a popular haunt. Don’t miss the newly opening KNEAD bakery here too, which does the best doughnuts in Glos, we think. We also love The Royal Oak, which has Balearics-vibe DJ sets by the Tofty Club in its pub garden at the moment. Head to the Calcot Hotel and Gumstool Inn with its cosy nooks and sunny terraces, or Veloton – a cycle and coffee shop where you can pick out your next fancy set of wheels over a flat white. We love the award-winning House of Cheese and Hobbs House Bakery (the chocolate and walnut sourdough loaf they sell is legendary).
Retail rocks here. Tetbury has four long streets for browsing – and it’s antiques heaven. Make time for the The Highgrove Shop, HRHs’ official gift and gardening store packed with royal-crested goodies to impress your mates with. Pick up all your quirky retro and vintage homewares at cool interiors and lifestyle heaven Domestic Science. At last count there were 25 antique shops. We like Top Banana for its ever-changing mix of collectibles, Artique, a treasure trove of antiques – from jewels to furniture – sourced from all around the world and Brownrigg, three floors of glorious European antiques and collectibles. Fashionistas will love trendy Moloh and Jigsaw and the town has a regular weekly market in the main square.
Tetbury Goods Shed is an arts venue in a converted Great western Railway hangar. Catch emerging jazz, rock and folk talent here all year round. The Whistle Stop Cafe here is also a lovely pit stop. Put Westonbirt Arboretum at the top of your list to visit with more than 15,000 trees to admire, and a sky walkway that lets you see it all from up high. HRH Prince Charles Highgrove Gardens do beautiful seasonal tours. Catch the famous Tetbury Wacky Races on May Day – madcap homemade go-karts that hurtle down Chipping Street to be crowned the fastest and wackiest car.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Pretty pricy but it’s got royal connections. Properties in Tetbury had an overall average price of £419,756 in 2021. The majority of sales in the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £414,602. Detached properties sold for an average of £517,267, with terraced properties fetching £335,287.
Westonbirt, minutes outside of Tetbury, is highly regarded. Westonbirt Prep offers co-ed learning from 2-11 years and adjacent Westonbirt School caters for seniors. Just 10 minutes away the nurturing and dynamic Beaudesert Park School – coed for ages 3 – 13 – is a popular choice for many families moving to the area looking for an inspiring, independent education. The award-winning Rendcomb College is 25 minutes north – a day and boarding school for ages 3 to 18 – for stellar education in a fairytale setting. St Mary’s Church of England Primary is well regarded for a state option as is Sir William Romney’s for ages 12-18 and rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. For gold-standard grammars for 12+ Marling and Stroud High Girls School are 20 minutes away.
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Larkhill Vineyard is Tetbury’s first vineyard (eat your heart out Bordeaux!), and this family-run wine wonderland will be launching its first ever vintage in 2022. Royals Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall live at Gatcombe Estate nearby and the dreamy Chavenage House nearby has been used in many a famous film and TV show from Wolf Hall to Dracula, it’s also Trenwith, Poldark fans, and on Thursdays and Sundays you can do guided tours.
Kemble station is the nearest mainline option seven miles away, and from here it is 90 minutes into London Paddington. It’s a smidge over two hours drive by car, straight up the M4.
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