Often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester is big enough to offer variety but small enough to retain a sense of community, surrounded by glorious countryside and some of the finest properties in the area


Often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester is big enough to offer variety but small enough to retain a sense of community, surrounded by glorious countryside and some of the finest properties in the area

Rupert Sturgis

Partner, Cirencester Office rupert.sturgis@knightfrank.com

The Knight Frank office in Cirencester specialises in all areas of the property market, from farms and agricultural estates, country houses and manor houses, to townhouses, new builds and cottages.

Cirencester is the kind of market town you visit once and can immediately imagine calling home. It’s got a little bit of everything: history, attractive buildings, a good atmosphere, interesting shops and regular local markets, a thriving food scene, and wonderful countryside right on the doorstep. Dating back to the Roman period, Cirencester derived its wealth from the successful medieval wool trade. The pretty Market Square and impressive Parish Church are at the heart of the town and picturesque streets of stunning mellow Cotswold stone buildings lead away from it in every direction.

Cirencester Park, seat of The Earl Bathurst, lies to the west of the town and is home to The Cirencester Park Polo Club and The Cotswold Show and numerous other family and sporting events, as well as providing a beautiful place to go for a walk. When it comes to property, Knight Frank Cirencester have an unrivalled reputation and expertise in the sale of best-in-class country, town and village property including traditional stone cottages, converted barns, town and village houses, as well as nearby farmhouses, equestrian properties, manor houses, farmland and agricultural estates.

Since the first lockdown, the Cirencester office has experienced a real uptick in enquiries and people looking to move out of bigger cities into places that offer a better work-life balance and value for money. With its bustling atmosphere but rural location, Cirencester and its surrounding villages are the best of both worlds. As working remotely becomes more of a viable long-term option and people want to split their time between city office bases and home, Cirencester is ideal for commuters thanks to the fast links to major cities including London and Birmingham either via road or rail.

Cirencester in numbers

The average price of a property sold by Knight Frank in Cirencester (2020)


How old are buyers in Cirencester?

(13 May to 31 Dec 2020 vs 5-year ave.)

With its picturesque Cotswold stone architecture, glorious surrounding countryside and nearby chocolate-box villages, the landscape of this area has long inspired artists and writers.

South West Gloucestershire remains a highly desirable location for both commuters and families. With its abundance of galleries and studios, Cirencester is known for its creative culture, while just to the west of the town you will encounter the Stroud Valleys, an area that has always been a haven for well-renowned writers and creatives, including Slad resident Laurie Lee, whose vivid memoir Cider with Rosie put the valley firmly on the map for those inspired by its old-England nostalgia. Picturesque, largely rural, with pretty villages tucked in valleys and traditional Cotswold stone cottages peppering the hillsides, it’s easy to see why so many people move here today in search of the good life. Our Cirencester office also covers the neighbouring countryside and villages, many of which are lively, with thriving and active communities. One of the prettiest areas is the lovely Coln Valley where the meandering River Coln weaves its ways through some of the most picturesque villages in the Cotswolds, with deep grassy valleys and villages such as Ablington, Coln St Aldwyns, Coln St Dennis, Winson, Coln Rogers, Barnsley, Calcot, Eastleach, Quenington and Southrop. Bibury is another charming, typically Cotswold village just a short drive from Cirencester. Bibury was once described by famous Cotswolds resident William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England".

Whether history is your bag, or the more active lifestyle is what beckons, Cirencester has it all…

Cirencester, first born as the Roman town of ‘Corinium’ was a Roman stronghold, along with Cheltenham, Gloucester and the famous Fosse Way Roman road. For keen historians, the Corinium Museum, Roman Amphitheatre and nearby Chedworth Roman Villa give a great context to the area’s beginnings and early history. Fast forward a few millennia and the Cotswolds was also the home of the Arts & Crafts movement founded at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries by William Morris, who occasionally lived in Broadway Tower and had a residence that he shared with Dante Gabriel Rosetti in the form of Kelmscott Manor, which is open to the public today. Thanks to its open countryside, the sporting opportunities here are excellent, with many Olympians choosing to live in the area. With premiership rugby at Gloucester, exciting cycling, breath-taking walking on the Cotswold escarpment or motorsport at Castle Combe, not to mention the diverse range of equestrian activities from world-class to grass-root competitions with the Pony Club through to Badminton International, you’re truly spoilt for choice. The surrounding countryside is home to the Beaufort, VWH, Berkeley and Cotswold hounds, who’ve crossed this stunning land for hundreds of years.

Who lives here?

Our data reveals that Cirencester is extremely popular with buyers who already live within the South West as they make up 62% of the market, while an additional 20% of buyers come from London, a higher proportion than that of nearby Cheltenham and Bath. 58% of those surveyed work within professional services, with the next highest majority, 17%, working in property.

Who lives here?

According to our buyer data, a large proportion of movers comes from internationally and London, with the most claiming to work in financial, entertainment and industrial sectors. The second largest number of movers say they're entrepreneurs.

What are Knight Frank buyers' professions?

Where buyers move from? (2017-2020)

Where do buyers come from?

• Internationally London South East South West West Midlands

What are Knight Frank buyers' professions?

• City/Finance Entertainment Entrepreneur Industry Other Professional Property

Thanks to its central location, good transport links and fantastic schooling options, Cirencester and surrounding areas have proven a popular place to live for growing families and commuters alike.

South Gloucestershire and North Wiltshire are ideal areas for those who need fast, easy access to London, Swindon, Bristol, South Wales or the Midlands. London and Bristol can be reached via the M4 or M40, the midlands and the North via the Fosseway, M40 or the M5 and the North via the M5, M40. Kemble, Swindon, Stroud or Cheltenham railway stations all offer easy access to London and other major cities, with Kemble being the nearest station to Cirencester and offering a regular service to London Paddington in just under 80 minutes.

Schooling options are plentiful in this area, with an excellent variety from both the state and private sectors, including preparatory schools such as Beaudesert Park, Hatherop Castle, Kitebrook House, Prior Park, Pinewood, secondary schools Cheltenham College and Cheltenham Ladies College, Rendcomb College, Westonbirt, Deer Park, Kingshill and The Cotswold School. When it comes to higher education, Cirencester is also home to the renowned Royal Agricultural University, delivering leading education and research in the fields of agriculture, business, equine and real estate.

What can you buy for your money in Cirencester?

Green Cottage, GL7

Guide Price: £725,000

4 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms 2 reception rooms


Yew Tree Cottage, GL7

Guide Price: £1,250,000


Corn Mill Farm, GL12

Offers in Excess of: £5,000,000

6 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms 5 reception rooms


All property has been sold by Knight Frank within the past 12 months. The guide prices shown are representative of their appraised pricing and not their final sale price.

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One Market Pl, Cirencester GL7 2PE +44 (0) 1285 897 677