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Under the skin of the letting market

Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.


“The cocktail belt”: Rural properties with easy access to cities are proving popular


Have you heard of The Cocktail Belt? Featured in this week’s Bricks and Mortar section of The Times, the term is used to describe an alternative to the commuter belt: clusters of villages where residents benefit from the country location but with a city’s cultural amenities nearby. Ideal for those who are still working from home (or working flexibly), the idea is they get more bang for their buck.

The Cotswolds featured in the article, with the well-known Daylesford Organic and Soho Farmhouse mentioned, and we are finding that west Oxfordshire villages are just as popular with tenants. Indeed, our Witney office has recently let three properties that would likely qualify as being in a ‘cocktail belt’:

Charlbury
A charming, two bedroom cottage in the centre of Charlbury village was listed at £1,500pcm. The property has a wood-burning fire in the living room and a lovely view overlooking the village church. It let on the first viewing to applicants who had missed out on another property with us.

Combe
A stunning, five bedroom detached house in a village near Woodstock listed at £5,500pcm. The property has plenty of space, with three reception rooms plus a large kitchen/family room. The property let on the first viewing to applicants moving out of Oxford but who still need access to the city.

Chadlington
A beautifully refurbished three bedroom cottage in Chadlington village listed at £1,800pcm. The property offers flexible living space and let promptly to a single professional who liked the stylish property and its rural location.

If you are considering letting your property, talk to us about our local, expert letting and property management.

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Published November 2021