Locations that combine the best of country and convenience – a peaceful setting, good amenities, an easy journey into the city, and great community spirit - are top priorities when it comes to home-hunters wish lists.
That is why small towns such as the pretty Oxfordshire market town of Deddington are ticking all the right boxes.
Here, a much-anticipated collection of new homes from housebuilder Burrington Estates has just been launched onto the property market - available to purchase off-plan.
Hempton Gate is a bespoke collection of new homes on the edge of Deddington, surrounded by the rolling Oxfordshire countryside.
The 14 traditional Cotswold style homes come in a mix of two, three and four-bedroom layouts incorporating timeless design and high-quality interiors.
With a fantastic lifestyle to suit a range of buyers, the sought-after Deddington location is just six miles from the historic town of Banbury, from where direct trains into London Marylebone take less than an hour, making it convenient to travel for business or leisure.
John Scott of Burrington Estates commented: “We are delighted to have launched our new homes off-plan at Hempton Gate in Deddington.
“The appeal of living in a semi-rural location continues to grow as more and more people want to be closer to nature and the great outdoors, without compromising on amenities, shops and transport links.
“Not only will they have the beautiful Cotswold countryside on the doorstep, but also the friendly community of Deddington offering excellent day to day amenities, and they can still live the high life at local hotspots such as Soho Farmhouse, Bicester Village and Daylesford.
“We have received unprecedented interest ahead of the launch with many purchasers keen to get in early and buy off-plan as they recognise that this development is something special.”
Burrington Estates has made its name, creating homes of distinction in South West England. Hempton Gate is its first development in Oxfordshire, but the specification and build have all the hallmarks of the developer’s design ethos.
The homes are individually designed, blending traditional materials, including locally sourced ironstone, heritage brick and slate. Other timeless architectural features chosen to complement the style of the village include chimney stacks, pitched porches and painted joinery.
The classic feel of the exteriors is complemented by luxurious, contemporary interiors, carefully planned to meet the needs of modern living.
Layouts are light and airy, filled with natural light and include Burrington Estates’ signature specification, with the option for early purchasers to personalise their look with a choice of finishes.
Making homes energy efficient is a priority for Burrington Estates, so features such as energy-efficient underfloor heating, superior insulation, and the option for electric car charging points will help residents live greener lifestyles.
For a small town, Deddington offers a good range of day-to-day facilities, including local shops, cafes, two pubs and Deddington CofE Primary School rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, as well as an excellent monthly farmers’ market.
Community spirit is strong with many local clubs, groups, a community centre and a playground, meaning new residents can easily feel at home.
The town can be easily reached from Hempton Gate via a new footpath link that also provides direct access to walks in the surrounding countryside.
Living this charmed country lifestyle doesn’t mean missing out on the attractions of urban living.
A commute to London is simple, with trains from Banbury Station taking just 51 minutes into Central London on the reliable Chiltern Line, and for travel by car, the M40 is just a few miles away.
For shopping, Oxford, Chipping Norton and Bicester Village - Europe’s largest designer factory outlet - are close by, while there are numerous choices for eating out in Oxford and the area’s many country gastro pubs.
Prices for the homes at Hempton Gate will start from £410,000. Visit https://www.burringtonestates.com/ for further information and to register an interest.