Top places to live in Worcestershire Broadway
Dreaming of a roses-around-the-door Cotswold lifestyle? You have come to the right place. Broadway, with its butterscotch houses and rolling countryside, might not be cheap, but goodness it's worth it. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Picture-perfect with its honey-coloured stone buildings and wide, genteel high street (hence the name), Broadway is arguably one of the most beautiful Cotswold villages – indeed it’s moniker is ‘The Jewel of the Cotswolds’. It really does feel like you are on a film set here it’s so pristine and well-groomed. Located five miles west of buzzing Chipping Campden, the lovely lanes are home to artisan delis, art galleries, upmarket tea rooms, antique shops and boutiques. Whilst it gets its fair share of visitors it has a strong local community, a lovely central village green and being right on the border of Worcs and Glos (and just 20 minutes hop to Oxfordshire) you are really well placed for the best of both counties.
Welcome to a foodie’s paradise. The Lygon Arms on the main strip has a gorgeous bar and restaurant for all-day dining, or, head to the beautiful Farncombe Estate just minutes outside the village. Here you will find the boutique hotel Dormy House which has the Potting Shed, the Back Garden and MO restaurants to suit all tastes and wallets (and don’t miss a trip to the Veuve Clicquot Champagne nail bar). Next door, sister getaway The Fish Hotel does one of the best afternoon teas we’ve had (try the Tipsy Tea) plus amazing all-day dining options. Right in the centre of the village head to Broadway Deli, this amazing place is stacked with global goodies, and has a bijou cafe at the back that serves up delicious lunchtime fare.
For boutique browsing Broadway is a total joy. No big high street names but instead some great, quirky independents. Cotswold Trading is one of our favourites, it goes on for miles, stocking Alex Monroe pendants, show-stopping cookware and cashmere throws. Sue Parkinson is the high fashion boutique of the Cotswolds if you’re after a floaty Marella dress or Mulberry handbag. Also great are All of My Heart for gifts and trinkets, The Man Cave for all things retro and The Cotswold Chocolate Company which has amazing gourmet chocolate. For swanky interiors visit Mary Maggs, one of the best places here to find heavenly homeware. Don’t bypass the Sue Ryder shop, either, it has some brilliant, high fashion vintage treasures waiting to be snapped up on its rails.
Broadway Tower has to be the first stop. Take the short climb to the folly, from where you can see out across 16 counties and over to the Black Mountains. You’re also just 3 miles from Cotswold Lavender where you can wander through acres of the luscious lilac stuff every summer. The village of Snowshill, two miles south, is home to the National Trust’s Snowshill Manor, a beautiful house and garden worth exploring. Design fans will love the Gordon Russell Design Museum, off the main street, set in the original workshop of this 20th century design pioneer and furniture maker.
A posh price tag to match its desirability. Properties in Broadway had an overall average price of £496,575 in 2021. The majority of sales in Broadway during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £396,018. Detached properties sold for an average of £776,753, with terraced properties fetching £396,464.
There are a handful of great independent schools within a half an hour’s drive. Kitebrook Preparatory School is 13 miles away in Moreton-in-Marsh, an outstanding choice for ages 3 to 13, describing its tree-climbing, high-result achieving ethos as an ‘Enid Blyton experience … with ambition’. Bredon School is a co-ed for ages 2-18 in the top 1% of ‘value added’ schools in the UK. Then there’s Kingham Hill, an idyllically placed co-ed, non-selective secondary school with a Christian ethos and strong academic results, set in 100 acres of Cotswolds countryside. A little further afield in Cheltenham town centre is the high-achieving Cheltenham College, a highly regarded independent for ages 13 – 18. And the acclaimed Cheltenham Ladies’ College, with its top-class facilities. For a small church primary school (with low class numbers) the Ofsted rated ‘Good’ Willersey School is five minutes away, and Chipping Campden School nearby is popular and rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’.
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Broadway is catnip to celebs. Royalty, politicians and film stars all flock here. Famously in 1963 Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor holed up at The Lygon Arms at the height of the scandal surrounding their affair (saucy!)
20 minutes away from two major railway stations which is very handy. From Moreton-in-Marsh it will take you two hours to get to London Paddington and from Evesham station the journey time is two hours and 14 minutes.
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