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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION…

NEW or OLD, TOWN or COUNTRY? Following a wonderful holiday in the Cotswolds we are determined to move here permanently but have to content ourselves with a second home for the next few years. We have a budget around £550,000 but we can’t agree on what to buy. My husband favours a new build property in Moreton in Marsh, something close to the train station that we can lock up and leave, but I am desperate for a period cottage with open fireplaces and loads of character, roses around the door, the whole works! Can you help us to compromise? Tom Burdett and Lucy Driver of Harrison James & Hardie have been affectionately called the North Cotswolds’ answer to Kirstie and Phil, and are undoubtedly experts in the second home market place. Both born and raised locally, Lucy was the company’s first employee when it launched fifteen years ago whilst Tom left the Cotswold School after his ‘A’ levels to become an apprentice with the firm - ten years later, he is Senior Branch Manager at the offices in Moreton in Marsh. Lucy Driver says: “Interestingly, most decision-makers are women when it comes to choosing the family home, so without wanting to perpetuate the argument I am going to offer something that will fulfil your heart’s desire, and suggest to your husband that you simply get a taxi to and from the station at Moreton, just a couple of miles away! “West Cottage is simply delightful. Tucked at the bottom of a long driveway, with plenty of off-street parking, it is a perfect hideaway enjoying peace and tranquility within the heart of Bourton on the Hill. West Cottage forms one half of a pair of semi-detached cottages, a typical Cotswold idyll with an abundance of characterful features including open fireplaces and exposed wooden floorboards. Rich in history, it also offers the opportunity to update the existing accommodation to create a home more suited to modern day living, and would be equally ideal as a main home or a weekend retreat. 118 Cotswold Homes Magazine

“Stepping into the cottage you will find an inviting dining hall, currently used as a second sitting room, with an impressive inglenook fireplace. Off the dining hall is the kitchen, large enough for a dining table, enjoying a beautiful view of the well-tended cottage garden, whilst the more formal sitting room also has an open fireplace and exposed wooden beams. On the first floor there’s a double aspect - and therefore beautifully light-filled - master bedroom, and a second smaller bedroom with built-in storage, both served by a large bathroom and separate WC. Leading up to the second floor are two separate staircases to two further double bedrooms,

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both enjoying high ceilings and exposed beams, linked by a spacious landing and another large bathroom, ideal for when guests are staying. “Undoubtedly one of the main draws of this property is the stunning mature cottage garden, a view that all of the main rooms look out onto, and which enjoys a westerly facing aspect, thereby getting the most of the day’s sun. This has been lovingly cared for by the present vendors with manicured lawns, a wide variety of plants and shrubs and a large vegetable plot, bordered by traditional stone walls - you couldn’t be offered a more perfect slice of country living!”

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