Date: September 2018


Cotswold property specialists, Butler Sherborn, is expanding its lettings department in Cirencester on the back of strong demand from the town and surrounding villages.

Lettings team 2018: l-r: Karen Felstead - Lettings Assistant, Vanessa Carter, Head of Lettings, Emma Abbott - Lettings Assistant
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The company has run its lettings business across its three offices for many years, but the increase in demand makes the expansion of Cirencester an obvious step, as Vanessa Carter, head of lettings based in Burford explains: "Over the last year there has been a particular increase in the number of young executives and their families moving into the area, and either working locally or commuting to Cheltenham, Oxford, Swindon or Bristol.

"We have established a good reputation with landlords and tenants alike, and provide a first class lettings service with a wide range of properties - from one bedroom apartments in town, country cottages and village houses, through to large manor houses with stables and land."

The Cirencester lettings business will now be run by Emma Abbott, who as an established member of the Butler Sherborn lettings department has lived around Cirencester for many years and knows the area well.  She will be developing the business within the town and local villages.

Commented Sam Butler: "Home buyers often see renting as a way of getting to know an area before eventually deciding to buy their ideal home in this part of the Cotswolds - where demand nearly always outstrips supply.

"Sometimes the only way people can have the opportunity to acquire a property, particularly in a popular village, is to rent close by so they are on the spot when something suitable comes on to the market.  We work very closely with our sales team so we can alert tenants who are looking to buy.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the business, and takes what we have nurtured over the years and further expands our geographic presence, without compromising the service our clients have come to expect."

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Note to editors:
The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are located in the heart of England and within the counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Wiltshire.  It is the largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales, and very roughly starts to the east of Gloucester and Cheltenham in the west, runs up to just below Evesham in the north, includes parts of West Oxfordshire where Burford is known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds, and south to the Cotswold Water Park a few miles beyond Cirencester, the former Roman city and Capital of the Cotswolds.

With excellent road and rail communications - London, Bristol and Birmingham are all within an hour by train - the area has become popular with those moving out of the city or wanting second homes to escape at weekends.

  • For further information about Butler Sherborn, please visit  or telephone the relevant office:
  Cirencester 01285 883740
  Burford 01993 822325
  Oxford 01865 510000
  Stow on the Wold 01451 830731
  Wantage 01235 772299

Issued by:

Sue Hitchcock / Jeremy Clarke
LawsonClarke PR
Tel: 01285 658844

Ref: BS10/2018