Cotswold homes "highly sought after" among people wanting to escape city life
SCENIC Cotswold cottages have been showcased as the ideal getaways for people looking to escape the rush of city life.
BBC programme Escape to the Country focused on three Gloucestershire properties on this week's show, with couple Andrew and Brenda looking to relocate to the county from Horsham, in Sussex.
Among the properties inspected by the pair was a 17th century semi-detached cottage just outside Winchcombe valued at £700,000.
While they were there, they spoke to members of the town's Greening Group – a band of volunteers who keep the town's flowers spruced-up.
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Town council clerk Terry Willett said: "It was great to see Winchcombe appear on Escape to the Country.
"I enjoyed watching it and thought it showed the town in all its glory.
"The Greening Group does a terrific job in keeping the area looking nice. They have done three projects with us and run regular litter picks.
"It's a group of volunteers who care about the area they live in and their work really helps to make a difference."
After perusing the Winchcombe cottage, the couple headed on to check out a £750,000 barn conversion in Tresham, near Wotton-Under- Edge, and a "mystery" property in Rockhampton near Thornbury which was on the market for £645,000.
They also had time to sample some local delights, stopping in to find out how Tewkesbury mustard was made and visiting the historic Roman Villas in Chedworth.
A spokeswoman for Chedworth Roman Villa said they were pleased to be featured on the show. "We are popular with tourists but we are also here for residents who want to come and find out more about the area's heritage," she said.
In the end the couple did not plump for any of the properties – instead deciding to continue their search for a dream home.
Nevertheless presenter Aled Jones said for those willing to spend, the Cotswolds was one of the country's premier destinations.
"Property in the Cotswolds is highly sought after," he told viewers.
"For an average detached cottage you are looking to spend in the region of £500,000 – that's double the national figure.
"There are also some property hotspots in the Cotswolds itself.
"If you want to live in a desirable village like Lower or Upper Slaughter you'll pay a minimum of £750,000. But all is not lost.
"If you head west towards Stroud or Nailsworth properties are a little bit cheaper and for a similar house you'll spend something in the region of £350,000."