Like many people who yearn for a classic period village property as their ideal home, at first Carina had her heart set on an idealised, traditional North Cotswold home.
“I dreamed of a big farmhouse kitchen warmed by an Aga, a pretty garden, beds stocked with old cottage flowers, my friends sitting around the kitchen table at weekends, a woodburning stove in a cosy parlour for evenings, a proper muddy boot room for the dog, a separate playroom for the children, bedrooms decorated in pretty papers, lovely views over the village towards rolling hills.”
And like many people who move to the Cotswolds from a town, Carina soon realised that there were some compromises to be made in order to have all that space her family needed.
“There were just so few cottages on the market and those available in our price range were either terraced or semi-detached, had no garden or no off-street parking, or were in need of substantial work, or perfectly formed but just way too small to accommodate a family.
“Then, by chance, we read an article written by Karen Harrison about Upper Rissington where she listed ten of the best things about the village… the abundance of stars in huge night skies, glorious sunsets, the trees and wildlife, the primary school… It sounded a perfect place to bring up our family. We just decided to compromise and use money put aside for renovation work to make our modern home as close to an old country cottage as possible.”
That is exactly what they did. At the heart of the home is a family kitchen / dining room, warmed by a glorious plum-coloured Aga with lots of space for everyone to eat together and socialise, French doors open out onto a beautiful traditional English garden that has been professionally designed and landscaped.
“Funnily enough, I’ve discovered there are many benefits with a newbuild. It’s a lot less costly to run than an old house. With four large bedrooms and two en-suite shower rooms it’s far easier to have friends to stay than a cottage would have been. That’s the thing – it’s not about the age of the property you live in, it’s about the home you make and all the brilliant things that village life is really about.
“I love my dog walks through open fields, how everyone in the village gets together for bonfire night and fêtes, that the streets are quiet and safe enough for our children to ride their bikes, that there’s a great little corner shop where I will always bump into a neighbour, a coffee shop to have a catch-up with my mummy-friends after school and even yoga classes in the village hall. What more could anyone want!”
Upper Rissington occupies an elevated location between the Windrush and Evenlode Valleys and offers easy access to the A424 Stow on the Wold/Burford road as well as Bourton on the Water. Upper Rissington has a fantastic new shop, pharmacy, gym and cafe as well as a brand new village hall. There is also the OUTSTANDING Rissington Primary School. Further facilities and schools can be found in both Bourton on the Water, Stow on the Wold and Burford. A bus service links the village to the local schools at Bourton on the Water, as well as wider destinations.
Turn right out of the office of Harrison James & Hardie in Bourton on the Water and continue through the High Street to the junction. Continue straight on along the Rissington Road, proceeding through Little Rissington to the 'T' junction. At the top of the hill turn right along Barrington Lane. Go straight over the roundabout and then turn left into Mitchell Way. Continue along and just before the left hand bend turn right into Sparrows Way.
We understand the property to be Freehold. Potential purchasers should obtain confirmation of this from their solicitor prior to exchange of contracts.
Viewing by prior arrangement with Harrison James & Hardie on 01451 822977.