Living in Stow on the Wold
Stow on the Wold area guide:
Handsome Cotswolds property, breathtaking countryside, excellent schools and great hospitality make Stow-on-the-Wold a sought after place in which to live and work
A quaint, bustling Cotswold market town surrounded by rolling countryside, good transport links, excellent state and private schools, beautiful stone architecture and peppered with a wide selection of commanding properties, Stow continues to attract those seeking a laid-back quality of life and value for money in relative proximity to the capital.
The town has a good track record in terms of conservation and, apart from a few small, modern developments, has managed to preserve its historic and architectural heritage.
Most of the ancient Cotswold stone cottages and houses are, generally, 'Grade II' listed and reside within designated 'Conservation Areas'.
Period 16th-century Cotswold limestone properties command higher prices as these are perennially in high demand and come to market less frequently, but equally as popular are contemporary properties/estates which are spacious and offer all the ‘mod cons’, which older Cotswolds properties lack.
Cotswold estate agent, Knight Frank is regularly instructed to market both on and off-market luxury Cotswold property. To discuss your property requirements or potential relocation to Stow-on-the-Wold please get in touch with a member of our team who will be happy to assist in your property search or offer advice.
House prices in Stow-on-the-Wold
Cost of living (guide prices): One-bedroom flat from £200,000, two-bedroom Cotswold-stone cottage from £400,000, four-bedroom period town house from £500,000 four-bedroom house in an surrounding village from £600,000, five- to six-bedroom country houses with extensive grounds from £1m.
Property for sale Stow-on-the-Wold
The Stow-on-the-Wold office markets property for sale in Chipping Campden and Shipston-on-Stour in the north, to Northleach and Burford in the south, Hook Norton and Chipping Norton in the east to Broadway and Winchcombe in the west.
Who lives in Stow-on-the-Wold?
The most significant influx to the area in recent years has been by young, urban professionals with families. Stow is also popular with holiday makers (the town is packed with tourists in the summer months), second home owners and those that have retired.
The town's centre is concentrated around a large, 18th-century market place peppered with places in which to shop, eat and drink. Branching off from the central square, there is good selection of independent high-street shops, art galleries, restaurants, atmospheric pubs, wine bars and coffee shops.
Stow-on-the-Wold provides good motorway and railway access to London and Oxford ( hourly trains to Oxford - 25-44 minutes) and to London every one to two hours (90-106 minutes) Driving, with no traffic, you can make London in 75 minutes.
Getting to Stow-on-the-Wold by Train
Regular trains from Moreton-in-Marsh, four miles away, to Oxford (35 mins) and to London Paddington (90 mins).
- Primary schools: According to Ofsted, Stow-on-the-Wold, Swell CofE and Bourton-on-the-Water have been ranked as ‘good’.
- Secondary schools: The Cotswold School at Bourton is "outstanding" and "exceptional".
Stow-on-the-Wold, originally called Stow St. Edward or Edwardstow after the town's patron saint, is said to have originated as an Iron Age fort. Given its exposed spot on the top of Stow Hill, the town is often referred to with the couplet "Stow on the Wold, where the winds blow cold and the cooks can't roast their dinners".
In 1330, Edward III set up an annual 7-day market to be held in August. As the fairs grew in fame and size, the town grew more prosperous. Stow has always catered for visitors and travellers hospitality can be found . Stow is the location of the oldest inn in England with a history reaching as far back as 987AD. At one time it was said that just about every building on the square was either an inn or sold food and drink. The tradition continues today with Stow offering some of the best Cotswold hotels, inns and restaurants.
Things to do in Stow on the Wold
A starting point for walking the Cotswolds countryside, at weekends Stow attracts ramblers and tourists keen to get slice of the great outdoors. The wider region also offers golfing, fishing and horse riding.
Within 30 minutes of Stow-on-the-Wold are:
- Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon,
- Warwick Castle
- Oxford (40 minutes)
- Bath ( 1 hour)