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Oxfordshire: Herringcote, Dorchester-on-Thames

Two bedroom retirement cottage - Guide Price 380,000

Herringcote is smart, stylish and characterful, somewhat like Dorchester itself. A traditional brick dovecote marks the entrance to the estate, which is built around a pretty courtyard garden dotted with trees and marked with herbaceous borders. The cottages have conservatories and two bedrooms, like the apartments, and all have a garage. A short walk takes you to the village shops.

Set at the confluence of the Thames and the Thame, Dorchester is famous for its Abbey, built by the Normans on the site of a Saxon cathedral, which is the focus for many cultural events. The high street remains virtually unspoilt and, due to its historic charm, has been the location for several films and TV series such as Poirot and the Midsomer Murder mysteries. The village has a small supermarket, delightful tea rooms and three inns, each with its own distinct character. The Thames flows nearby and there are lovely walks along the Thames Path, and the National Trust properties of Nuffield Place and the Priory Cottages are within easy distance.

For further information telephone 01491 821150


Oxfordshire, Woodstock, Upper Brook Hill

Two bedroom apartment with underground garaging - 350,000

Upper Brook Hill is set in an outstanding location with lovely views over the Glyme valley yet only yards from the centre of the town and is in reach of the shops, local amenities and magnificent Blenheim Palace. There are 11 town houses and 16 apartments, all with garages or carports, set in their own private grounds and built in natural cotswold stone.

The mellow stone built town still retains much of the appearance and atmosphere of its historic past; from the middle ages survive the broad central streets shaped to accommodate busy markets and fairs. From the prosperous 18th Century survive the tall coaching inns, the Georgian town hall, the church tower and elegant Park Street leading to one of the finest landscapes in England.

The town itself was founded by Henry II who, for the love of ‘Fair Rosamund‘ (his mistress Rosamund Cifford), allegedly made such regular visits to Woodstock that extra lodgings were needed for his retinue and guests. So new Woodstock was laid out on vacant land at the park gate. Trade flourished through the royal connection and Woodstock, a market centre, prospered and expanded. A charter was granted by Henry VI in 1453. In time, as other towns recieved royal patronage, Woodstock‘s castle and park became neglected and the decline facing the town was only averted in 1705 when Queen Anne presented the park to the nation‘s military hero, John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, recent victor over the French at Blindheim in Bavaria.

For further information contact Anita Pemberton at The Beechcroft Trust on 01491 821022



Suffolk - Hassells Courtyard, Long Melford

Two bedroom end cottage with patio and garage Guide Price 250,000 - 275,000

Hassells Courtyard is on the road to Clare by the Westgate, a short walk from Long Melford‘s beautiful ‘cloth‘ Church and Village Green. It is one of English Courtyard‘s smaller schemes with the courtyard manager‘s cottage just across the road from the development. Altogether there are nine two bedroom cottages.

Long Melford is an exceptionally attractive village with a number of good shops along its wide street nearly a mile in length. There are some very good restaurants and hotels. Before the conquest the manor of Melaforda, the mill on the ford, was held by the Abbey of St Edmundsbury and no mention of sheep has been found before 1066. Interestingly, the Domesday description records 300 sheep and ultimately Long Melford became one of the country‘s richest villages. As a result the village is now famous for having one of the finest parish churches in the country. It is set on a ridge above the green overlooking The Hospital of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. Today The Hospital is still managed by a board of Trustees and is able to house ten people -all of whom must be born within the Long Melford district.

The village is about four miles north of Sudbury long by-passed by the A134. It is about thirteen miles south of Bury St Edmunds. Trains from Sudbury to London (Liverpool Sreet) take a little over an hour and a half.

For further information telephone: 01491 821022

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