Wigwam looks at the Cotswolds’ cool capital – Cirencester

With amazing countryside all around it's perfect for movers from the South East, says Perry Bishop.

With breathtaking, caramel-hued buildings and acres of historical landmarks and history, it’s no wonder Cirencester is high up on the list of dream places to live.

Being a truly stand-out Cotswold market town that combines history with coolness and perched on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cirencester is crammed with pretty butterscotch lanes, outstanding schools, bustling boutiques, exceptional restaurants and a chilled café scene.

Famed for being ‘well heeled’, it’s in fact a wonderfully friendly town with a strong community spirit and warmth that makes it an ideal place for families.

The Abbey Grounds play host to the Phoenix Festival every year – the Cotswold’s free music and arts festival which will no doubt be back post-Covid. The ‘Cotswolds Capital’ gives you historic architecture, fantastic bars that are ‘chomping at the bit’ to re-open, as well as pretty pastel shops, and galleries that make it a place you like to go to, even just to stroll around.

Women who lunch!

We all love food and a lot of businesses will need support when they re-open, so it’s worth taking note of some of the most popular places to eat such as The Malt and Anchor, which won Best Fish and Chip Shop in the UK last year and the King’s Head Hotel with its rooftop bar for cocktails for a truly Regal experience. Other favourites are the pretty-in-pink Luxe coffee and cake shop and Pretty & Pip coffee shop and walled garden.

Gladrags and handbags

I for one cannot wait until the shops re-open and ‘Ciren’ as it’s known to locals, is a great place for shoppers to revisit. Head to Crew, Joules and The Danish Wardrobe Company (owned by comedienne Sue Parkinson) for high-end fashion and for homeware try, Biggie Best and French Grey.

Roman Cirencester

On the outskirts of Cirencester are the massive earthwork remains of one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in Britain. It was built in the early 2nd century, when the Roman city of Corinium was second only to London in size and importance, with a population of over 10,000. The amphitheatre could hold about 8,000 spectators.

Things to do

If you ever did think of moving to the area of Cirencester, the Abbey Grounds is lovely for picnics, or head 10 minutes south and discover the Cotswold Water Park with 170 lakes to walk around, a pop-up beach, pedalos, and water sports galore.

Average house price

According to Zoopla the average house price in Cirencester (March 2021) is £476,551, which is a fall of 1.17% in the last three months and a rise of 6.87% over the last 12 months.

“Cirencester has long been a very well regarded and sought-after location,” says Phillip Bishop, managing director of Perry Bishop estate agents in Cirencester. “It’s beautiful, well placed with excellent road and rail links and having a great community but even more so now. The market place is very appealing, and with amazing Cotswold countryside all around it fits the bill for many people moving out of the South East. It’s a small town with great activity, everything you would need day to day locally with larger towns within easy reach.”

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