House Hunting in … the Cotswolds, England

The cottage’s layout and its proximity to good schools, as well as Bristol and London, make it “ideal for a family,” Mr. Russell said.


A four-bedroom cottage in the Cotswolds is on the market for about $1.3 million.

Andy Haslam for The New York Times

Ms. Duff described Biddestone, which has a population of about 500, as “a lovely sort of old-fashioned, proper English village, which hasn’t been spoiled at all.” There is a supermarket about 10 minutes away. Bath, which is between 10 and 15 miles away, has excellent schools, Ms. Duff said. Chippenham railway station, which has train service to Paddington Station in London, is five miles away; the train trip takes about 75 minutes. The international airport in Bristol is just under an hour’s drive, and Heathrow is less than 90 miles east.


The Cotswolds, an area about two-thirds the size of Rhode Island, attracts a variety of buyers from outside the region, agents said.

About half are commuters from London who move to cities along the train line, and the rest are second-home buyers smitten with quintessential English villages, said James Mackenzie, head of Strutt & Parker’s national country house department.

“Everybody wants rolling hills and a view,” Mr. Mackenzie said.

The north, he added, is frequented by “media types” and politicians, including the former prime minister David Cameron, while the south is favored by some of England’s nobility. The Soho Farmhouse, a private club that opened several years ago, has been drawing international clientele to the Cotswolds, he added.

While home prices across London dipped about 5 percent compared with the same period last year, other parts of England, including in and around the Cotswolds, have fared better, according to a September report on England’s residential market by Knight…

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