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Hi there, for many years I have been helping families like yours in this area. From your initial message I am not sure what you are trying to achieve ie the ‘country’ living or a town. A lot of this search will depend on schooling for your young – are you going down the private route or state. If the later being close to Stratford upon Avon would be a big plus due to the very good grammar schools both boys and girls. Stratford upon Avon would also give you the Cosmopolitan feel you would like.
If I can be of help get in touch
I have been helping people move into this area for the last 6 years. I suggest you look just outside of the Cotswolds in towns like Shipston on Stour (In the Times’s top ten places to live!) in South Warwickshire / North Oxfordshire – you will get much more for your money. Very good large villages like Tysoe, Brailes, Ilmington. I suggest you keep West / South of the M40 and away from HS2.
Do get in touch for further info if required – hope this helps
Good luck with search
George BarkesJuly 15, 2013 at 10:44 am in reply to: Where to go in reach of London – inspiration required #5710
A lot of the areas mentioned are expensive – not only the house but also the commute!
You must think hard about this. What do you need in a house, budget?
Banbury to Marylebone on the Chiltern Line is a good bet. If you require help this is what I do daily. See http://www.stacks-warwickshire.co.uk
Emily, We can help at Stacks! Have a look at our website http://www.stacks.co.uk
I look after the North Oxfordshire & Warwickshire part of your search area (firstname.lastname@example.org) while my colleague Rachel (email@example.com) looks after the Northamptonshire part.
This is what we do day in day out – finding houses for our clients. Our service includes introducing and recommending schools, lawyers, builders etc – everything you may need when moving to a new area – We don’t, however, unpack your boxes!
Do get in touch – I am sure we can help
If anyone needs help finding a house in this area then get in touch. I have just found a house for a client that is not on the open market within 5 miles of Bicester. Also looking for another house up to £2.5m for another client just further north around Brackley – Any ideas?