Idyllic market towns are amongst the most sought-after locations in the UK, with property prices in 70% of market towns being higher than those in neighbouring areas,according to research by Lloyds Bank.For buyers in search of a home in one of the Cotswolds’ oldest and prettiest market towns, Spitfire Bespoke Homes will be launching a second show home at their popular Crossways development in picturesque Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, on Saturday 18 March.
Market towns are popular because they are so quintessentially British, offering excellent amenities, character and charm, in beautiful rural surroundings.Dating back to the 18th Century, Stow-on-the-Wold epitomises the very best of English market town life, boasting an elegant mix of fashionable restaurants, boutiques and galleries,nestled in the magnificent Cotswold countryside.
Part of Spitfire’s Cotswold Collection, Crossways is a bespoke development of 20 three and four-bedroom properties, located in the very heart of Stow-on-the-Wold. The homes have been designed to replicate the distinctive honey-coloured stone streets around them, integrating seamlessly into the historic market town.
Mark Johnson, Partner at Knight Frank, comments: “Research has consistently shown that market towns are one of the most desired residential locations in the country, and it is easy to see why. They provide a balance between modern upmarket amenities and quiet country life that can be hard to come by, and are usually steeped in character and history. Crossways has proved as successful as you would expect given its fantastic location, with more than 50 per cent of the homes sold already.”
All of the homes at Crossways boast an individually designed, hand-painted solid oak kitchen, with quartz worktops, glass splashbacks, and Siemens integrated appliances. Meanwhile the bathrooms are fitted with contemporary white sanitary ware by Villeroy and Boch, with high-quality polished chrome fittings by Hansgrohe. Every property also benefits from parking space for two cars, within a timber clad car barn.
Situated in the centre of Stow, Crossways is brilliantly positioned for residents to enjoy the town’s fantastic amenities. Stow attracts a sophisticated clientele, owing to its mix of chic restaurants, delis, boutiques and galleries, as well as cosy country pubs, tea shops and antique stores. The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, and as the highest town in the Cotswolds, Stow offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
Stow is an ideal place to raise a family, with a superb selection of primary, secondary, public and state schools nearby. The Cotswold School, for 11-18 year olds, is conveniently located just a few miles from Crossways, and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for its last four consecutive inspections. The development is also within easy reach of the highly-regarded Cheltenham Ladies School, Cheltenham College and Kirkbrook School.
Crossways is only a short drive from Moreton-in-Marsh train station, from where services into London Paddington take around 90 minutes. It is also served by excellent links to the M4, M5 and M40 for Bristol, the Midlands, and the South.