Sunday Times reveals 15 top places to live in the South West - we want to know the best places to live in the Cotswolds!

Oxfordshire town of Witney made it on to the list of the best places to live in the South West

Oxfordshire town of Witney made it on to the list of the best places to live in the South West

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WITH 15 towns in the South West of England making it onto the list of the 101 best places to live in the country, we want to hear your views on the top 10 places to live in the Cotswolds.

Leave your suggestions in the comments box below and the team here at the Standard will put together a list of the top 10.

The Top 15 South West Towns

  • Branscombe, Devon
  • Bruton, Somerset
  • Chagford, Devon
  • Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • Combe, Oxfordshire
  • Falmouth, Cornwall
  • Fowley, Cornwall
  • Frome, Somerset
  • Harbourside, Bristol
  • Nailsworth, Gloucestershire
  • Sherborne, Dorset
  • Summertown, Oxford
  • Totnes, Devon
  • Wadebridge, Cornwall
  • Witney, Oxfordshire

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1:04pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

Why hasn't Cirencester made it on to this list? This is simply the case that Cirencester is no longer the "Jewel of the Cotswold" and both CDC and Cirencester Town Council have failed over far too long a period to do anything to raise the standard and environment in our once beautiful and historic town.

Cirencester is no longer a fine example of a beautiful Cotswold Market Town, it has become tired, shoddy and dirty, and as a result, it is failing to attract visitors and shoppers, and maintain its role as a key Market Town.

Yes it is a real shame that Cirencester hasn't made it on to this list, but i think we can, and must, blame our council's for failing to take proactive and radical steps over the years to stop this rot.
Why hasn't Cirencester made it on to this list? This is simply the case that Cirencester is no longer the "Jewel of the Cotswold" and both CDC and Cirencester Town Council have failed over far too long a period to do anything to raise the standard and environment in our once beautiful and historic town. Cirencester is no longer a fine example of a beautiful Cotswold Market Town, it has become tired, shoddy and dirty, and as a result, it is failing to attract visitors and shoppers, and maintain its role as a key Market Town. Yes it is a real shame that Cirencester hasn't made it on to this list, but i think we can, and must, blame our council's for failing to take proactive and radical steps over the years to stop this rot. Geoff66
  • Score: 6

3:49pm Fri 14 Mar 14

jw2lc@btinternet.com says...

Cheltenham….along with Bath…is mainly slums with many social problems.

Behind the "NAICE" frontages of buildings in both places, it is awful….back walls built using rubble (a long time ago).

Everyman Theatre excellent, tho' in Cheltenham. Bath's Theatre Royal is good (except for easy parking nearby).

Cirencester HAS changed, but still reasonably OK for shopping. Must serve local population as well as visitors. The hospital's Accident and Emergency Department is first-class.

Tetbury, not only good for antique browsers, also now, better for local shopping.

Malmesbury is absolutely the very BEST town. Of note is first, Malmesbury Abbey (also its excellent cafe). "Abbey Gardens" near to but not part of Malmesbury Abbey grounds, River Walk and much more for the enjoyment of visitors and local people alike. Dyson (of vacuum cleaner fame) has its Research and Development department on the very outskirts of town. A lovely "Hilltop Town" to be enjoyed by all.
Cheltenham….along with Bath…is mainly slums with many social problems. Behind the "NAICE" frontages of buildings in both places, it is awful….back walls built using rubble (a long time ago). Everyman Theatre excellent, tho' in Cheltenham. Bath's Theatre Royal is good (except for easy parking nearby). Cirencester HAS changed, but still reasonably OK for shopping. Must serve local population as well as visitors. The hospital's Accident and Emergency Department is first-class. Tetbury, not only good for antique browsers, also now, better for local shopping. Malmesbury is absolutely the very BEST town. Of note is first, Malmesbury Abbey (also its excellent cafe). "Abbey Gardens" near to but not part of Malmesbury Abbey grounds, River Walk and much more for the enjoyment of visitors and local people alike. Dyson (of vacuum cleaner fame) has its Research and Development department on the very outskirts of town. A lovely "Hilltop Town" to be enjoyed by all. jw2lc@btinternet.com
  • Score: 4

7:43am Mon 17 Mar 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

I had the misfortune of having to pop into Ciren yesterday.

What a **** hole ..... Poundshop/Poundland, boarded up frontages, The Kings Head, beggars, ....... a dreadful experience

Jewel of what?

Cotswold Areas of Social Deprivation ..... (of which Watermoor, Beeches and Chesterton rank highly).
I had the misfortune of having to pop into Ciren yesterday. What a **** hole ..... Poundshop/Poundland, boarded up frontages, The Kings Head, beggars, ....... a dreadful experience Jewel of what? Cotswold Areas of Social Deprivation ..... (of which Watermoor, Beeches and Chesterton rank highly). Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
  • Score: 1

12:17pm Tue 18 Mar 14

jcawte says...

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum wrote:
I had the misfortune of having to pop into Ciren yesterday.

What a **** hole ..... Poundshop/Poundland, boarded up frontages, The Kings Head, beggars, ....... a dreadful experience

Jewel of what?

Cotswold Areas of Social Deprivation ..... (of which Watermoor, Beeches and Chesterton rank highly).
What a shame that you think like that of Ciren; jumping on to the tired old bandwagon of Poundland and The Kings Head (where development work is ongoing). We might as well discount the fantastic developments such as the Old Post Office site, the Corn Hall, renovation of the parish church and New Brewery Arts. Add in a large number of independent coffee shops, and traders and the Friday and farmers' markets and there is a lot going for Ciren. Yes, there are areas that are more socially deprived than others, but that's the case with any town in the country and I'd rather live in a town with a good social mix. If people actually took time to consider the positives, rather than always looking for faults and people to blame, they'd realise that Cirencester is a very good place to live.
[quote][p][bold]Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum[/bold] wrote: I had the misfortune of having to pop into Ciren yesterday. What a **** hole ..... Poundshop/Poundland, boarded up frontages, The Kings Head, beggars, ....... a dreadful experience Jewel of what? Cotswold Areas of Social Deprivation ..... (of which Watermoor, Beeches and Chesterton rank highly).[/p][/quote]What a shame that you think like that of Ciren; jumping on to the tired old bandwagon of Poundland and The Kings Head (where development work is ongoing). We might as well discount the fantastic developments such as the Old Post Office site, the Corn Hall, renovation of the parish church and New Brewery Arts. Add in a large number of independent coffee shops, and traders and the Friday and farmers' markets and there is a lot going for Ciren. Yes, there are areas that are more socially deprived than others, but that's the case with any town in the country and I'd rather live in a town with a good social mix. If people actually took time to consider the positives, rather than always looking for faults and people to blame, they'd realise that Cirencester is a very good place to live. jcawte
  • Score: 1

1:22pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

We have lots of beautiful villages across the Cotswolds to live in. The only problem is that for the majority of us, we would never be able to afford to move into one of these villages, yet alone find an affordable house to move in to.

It's strange to think that CDC Councillor's don't seem to want to look at developing these villages (small scale development clearly), yet alone help secure the long term future and sustainability of many of these village, or to enable young people who grew up in these villages to buy-in.

Should we be concerned that our "Chocolate box villages", may become only affordable by the super rich, or perhaps become museums of the past??
We have lots of beautiful villages across the Cotswolds to live in. The only problem is that for the majority of us, we would never be able to afford to move into one of these villages, yet alone find an affordable house to move in to. It's strange to think that CDC Councillor's don't seem to want to look at developing these villages (small scale development clearly), yet alone help secure the long term future and sustainability of many of these village, or to enable young people who grew up in these villages to buy-in. Should we be concerned that our "Chocolate box villages", may become only affordable by the super rich, or perhaps become museums of the past?? Geoff66
  • Score: 4

9:12pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Col Mustard says...

"Oxfordshire town of Witney made it on to the list of the best places to live in the South West."

Witney has multi storey free parking for up to 6 hours.Cirencester does not !

Ps the survey was done by the Sunday Times, owner Rupert Murdoch friend of Cameron who is MP for Witney and good chums with Rebekah Brookes who is good chums with Murdoch .... is there a pattern emerging?
"Oxfordshire town of Witney made it on to the list of the best places to live in the South West." Witney has multi storey free parking for up to 6 hours.Cirencester does not ! Ps the survey was done by the Sunday Times, owner Rupert Murdoch friend of Cameron who is MP for Witney and good chums with Rebekah Brookes who is good chums with Murdoch .... is there a pattern emerging? Col Mustard
  • Score: 2

10:07am Wed 19 Mar 14

Iansky says...

Unfortunately a lot of the properties being built around Ciren are for the affluent rich who live and work in London and need a "Bolt hole" in the country to escape to at weekends.

This also has an impact on Ciren and other towns as the shoppers arrive at weekends and during the week the town is quiet, my wife (a shop owner) and many other shop owners are finding trade has fallen by 65% over the past 5 yrs and a lot of that is due to a fall in footfall, visitors come see parking charges and pay the least for the shortest time, come into the town and see the poor state of it with a plethora of estate agents(trying to attract more rich out of town buyers) /phone shops/coffee shops & charity shops and very little else to encourage them to return.

Until the issues around fair parking charges are resolved and small businesses are encouraged back into town by fair rents we will never recover the prestige we once had, we are a town on a slow demise and that is very sad.
Unfortunately a lot of the properties being built around Ciren are for the affluent rich who live and work in London and need a "Bolt hole" in the country to escape to at weekends. This also has an impact on Ciren and other towns as the shoppers arrive at weekends and during the week the town is quiet, my wife (a shop owner) and many other shop owners are finding trade has fallen by 65% over the past 5 yrs and a lot of that is due to a fall in footfall, visitors come see parking charges and pay the least for the shortest time, come into the town and see the poor state of it with a plethora of estate agents(trying to attract more rich out of town buyers) /phone shops/coffee shops & charity shops and very little else to encourage them to return. Until the issues around fair parking charges are resolved and small businesses are encouraged back into town by fair rents we will never recover the prestige we once had, we are a town on a slow demise and that is very sad. Iansky
  • Score: 6

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