There is speculation that some Americans may be thinking it’s high time to head back to the
old country. Election jitters perhaps, but so too the very favourable value of the pound
against the US Dollar in the post-Brexit period.
Americans heading to the UK have long favoured the Mayfair area of central London. They
are also attracted to Wentworth and Sunningdale in Surrey where there are many excellent
large houses, several very fine golf courses and an extremely good American school.
But one rural area of the UK that has consistently hit the spot with Americans is the
Cotswolds. This region of rolling hills and pretty valleys with picture postcard cottages in
honey coloured stone draws American visitors and home buyers like no other of England.
And the Cotswolds has perhaps benefited from Americans like no other region in England.
Since the beginning of the twentieth century Americans have played an important part in the
revival of country houses in the area.
Consuelo Vanderbilt married the 9th Duke of Marlborough in 1895 and brought a fresh
injection of cash to Blenheim Palace. Lawrence Johnson, son of Gertrude Johnson, settled into
Hidcote Manor in 1908, building an influential garden there, and celebrated Virginian and
iconic interior designer, Nancy Lancaster, transformed Ditchley Park and Haseley Court in
the 1930s. But these are only the tip of the iceberg. Down the years many Americans have
been seduced by the romantic Cotswolds vernacular, large or small.
So what might tempt an American in the Cotswolds today? In the pretty village of Broadway,
estate agents Hayman-Joyce have the perfect answer – a wonderfully restored late 18th
century house. It has it all, yellow sandstone elevations, a canopied entrance door, dressed
and carved limestone fireplaces, oak flooring and sash windows with window seats. It is such
an important house that it has been nationally registered as being of special Architectural and
Historic Interest. But it gets even better. While many Americans in earlier days had to fully
update their homes as they were often in dire condition, the current owners of this house
have beautifully restored and refurbished the property. It has been cleverly adapted to today’s
living requirements while retaining many original period features.
Set in about a quarter of an acre of delightful landscaped gardens the house has reception hall,
drawing room, sitting room, kitchen, garden/dining room, utility, cloakroom, master bedroom
with en-suite, four further bedrooms and two bathrooms.
So whether it is an escape from politics, a currency/property investment or simply the answer
to a lifelong dream, this impossibly beautiful house in an impossibly beautiful location is the