The County Homesearch Company Cotswold's office provides home-finding services

PUBLISHED: 11:06 29 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:37 20 February 2013

The County Homesearch Company Cotswold's office provides home-finding services

The County Homesearch Company Cotswold's office provides home-finding services

The County Homesearch Company Cotswold's office provides home-finding services to both private and corporate clients. The primary services focus on assisting clients to purchase or rent properties but we also provide numerous additional support

I grew up in the Cotswolds and have been involved in the acquisition of properties for sale or rent for many years. I keep a close and constant eye on the market which gives me many leads and contacts that you just wont have through estate agents. Following an Army career and several years in the City of London, I moved my family back to this wonderful area and to my roots in Cirencester. The excellent schools and the sense of space, make this an excellent place to bring up a family.

The County Homesearch Company Cotswolds office provides home-finding services to both private and corporate clients. The primary services focus on assisting clients to purchase or rent properties but we also provide numerous additional support services to ensure clients settle into their new properties with minimum stress.

Private clients include those Buying a New Home, Acquiring a Second Home, Buying an Investment Property, Searching for a Rental Property. For corporate clients we can provide a full programme of Relocation Support.

What I can do for you
I am a buying agent that is to say, I act for you as a buyer which is the opposite of an estate agent, who acts for the seller.

My job is to establish what your needs, wants and priorities are for a property, and then source that property for you, and finally to undertake the negotiations on price and other factors to ensure that you get the best possible deal on the house that you have selected.
Establishing needs, wants and priorities.

I always have an initial meeting with my clients so that we get to know each other, and to establish what you need from a new property, what you would like to have, and what the priorities are. And of course, a discussion on available budget, finance sources etc will all be part of the mix so that I can get a really full picture and thus determine how I can best help you.

This is best done in person so that a relaxed conversation may continue after the first viewings, when the realities and opportunities of the market, what properties are available, local prices etc, may alter requirements and priorities and thus the parameters for the search.

In many cases finding your new property will be straightforward; in others it may be very difficult. As a buying agent I maintain constant contact with local and national agents, and may well get to hear of properties new to the market and not yet widely publicised, or indeed not yet formally on the market at all. In fact, a surprising proportion about 12-15% in my estimation of deals are done before a property reaches the market.

Additionally, I cover the whole market as a member of the County Homesearch Company, I am not aligned with any particular agent or group of agents, so I am free to work with all agents in the market. This can be a real time-saver for you as I get to review everything available, filter out those which clearly do not reach your requirements or specification, and present you with options from the others. Through that process we can work together to reduce the number of viewings you have to do before you find your ideal property.

Using a buying agent

Working with a buying agent to find your ideal property is quite different from walking into an estate agents high street shop or surfing the property finder sites on the internet. A good agent will work closely with you to determine what you need, what you want from a new property and what the priorities are. For example, proximity to schools may take precedence over commuting times. A large garden may be preferable to the number of bathrooms. A workshop, stables or outbuildings may be seen as essential. Or a specific location may be the overriding factor.

They will then use their local market knowledge, contacts and property database to match your specification with available property. A buying agent will arrange viewings, often having viewed the property in advance to ensure its suitability and to avoid wasting clients time. From viewing outcomes the specification may be revised, budgets re-examined to fine tune the search.

Once a suitable property has been found and decided upon, the agent then undertakes the negotiation on price and other terms with the seller, usually through the sellers estate agent. This is when a good buying agent can make real savings for their client, through local market knowledge, and of the individual sellers circumstances has the house been on the market for a long time, has a previous deal fallen through, etc. The buying agent will advise on offer strategy, ceiling price, and will undertake the whole process on your behalf. As a professional, the agent will be able to take the heat and emotion out of the process and thus secure the most advantageous deal possible for you.

The areas covered by this office the Cotswolds, Herefordshire, South Worcestershire and North Wiltshire represent some of the most desirable and sought-after parts of the country. With great locations, communications and mouth-watering properties available, this is a prime target area if you are looking for space, atmosphere and facilities with all the advantages of the countryside, yet remaining close to London and other major cities.

And culture is here in abundance Cheltenham offers a year-round programme of festivals, and the Three Choirs (joining Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford cathedrals) and Malvern festivals are just two examples of this regions rich cultural life. Foodies will find a plethora of exciting restaurants from Michelin-starred to gastro pubs to sample and excellent local produce, often found at the many high quality farm shops in the area, forms an exciting basis for many of their menus. There are excellent communication links by road and rail to Oxford and London (M40, M4), Bath, Bristol, and the south west (M5), Wales via the twin Severn crossings and to Birmingham, the Midlands and the North (M5 and M6).

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is one of Britain's most desirable and historic destinations, containing many areas of outstanding natural beauty. With the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) within its boundaries, the Cotswolds can offer excellent links for travel within the UK or overseas, highly desirable market towns and small village locations, breathtaking countryside and good education facilities. Gloucester, with its Gloucester Quays area, and Cheltenham the Promenade, Montpelier offer a wide range of shopping opportunities, as does Cirencester, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh. The artistic town of Stroud nestling in the Golden Valley with Painswick nearby, one of the most picturesque villages in the area with the oldest yew trees in England in its churchyard. Polo at Cirencester and Beaufort, eventing at Badminton and Gatcombe, and racing at Cheltenham make this an ideal area for equestrian pursuits.
Immediately adjacent, and within the county boundaries of Gloucestershire, lies the Forest of Dean, a deeply rural area of small hamlets, villages and market towns on the western edge of the Severn Estuary.


The cathedral city of Hereford and the surrounding county is one of Englands most quintessentially rural areas, mainly made up of dairy farming, fruit farming and great estates, and offers some of the most striking scenery to be found in England. Herefordshire offers tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of city life, amidst rolling English scenery where hop farms and apple orchards abound. The county is full of attractions and beauty spots, and with a direct rail link from Hereford to London, offers an ideal lifestyle for those seeking a quieter existence. Not that theres nothing to do quite the opposite, as Herefordshire is host to arts festivals and Hay-on-Wye has the largest number of bookshops and book fairs of any town in England.

South Worcestershire

Within easy travelling distance of Birmingham, Britains second city, Worcestershire can offer a wonderful combination of the charm of the countryside coupled with the convenience of the city. With the city of Worcester at its heart, and with smaller market towns and villages in abundance, Worcestershire is a wonderfully civilised place to live far from the hum-drum of the city yet close enough to enjoy all the facilities of a major urban centre.

North Wiltshire

This area centres on the commercial and industrial city of Swindon and the educational centre of Marlborough, and contains a plethora of wonderful towns and villages such as Chippenham and Wootton Bassett. Lacock Abbey and adjoining village is a reminder of the history of the area, and luxury hotels such as Lucknam Park between Bath and Chippenham and Whatley Manor near Malmesbury are examples of the hospitality on offer here. North Wiltshire also enjoys close proximity to the major centres of Bath and Bristol, where there is an international airport, and excellent communications via rail and road (M4) to London

This section highlights just a few of the many great locations within each of the areas covered by this office. Contact us for further ideas and information.



South Worcestershire

North Wiltshire

There is a wide selection of private and state schools available in the areas covered by this office, and if you are considering a move to this part of the world, educational facilities will be a powerful argument in favour.

In the independent sector are world-famous schools such as Marlborough, Malvern College, Cheltenham Ladies College and the like, with feeder prep schools located throughout the area. The Independent Schools Council maintains a comprehensive database of schools in membership.

Information about the excellent state schools in each area can be found by using the linksprovided below.Note that Gloucestershire County Council covers the Cotswolds area.

Useful Links
Good Schools Guide
Cheltenham College
Cheltenham Ladies' College
Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester
Cirencester College
Marlborough College
Malvern College
Gloucestershire Education Department
Herefordshire Education Department
Worcestershire Education Department
Wiltshire Education Department
Westonbirt School
Westonbirt National Arboretum

The areas covered by the County Homesearch Cotswolds office are well served by road, rail and air links.

The M4, M40 and M5 are key arterial routes serving the area, and, together with strategic routes such as the A417, A38 and A46 provide a high quality network leading to and from the region. Cities such as Birmingham, Oxford and Bristol, as well as towns such as Bath, Newbury, Reading and elsewhere are within easy travelling distance.

The area is served by First Great Western rail routes to and from London Paddington, as well as other rail operators routes via Cheltenham and Oxford to the Midlands, North and South west regions of the country. Click for details of First Great Western, Cross Country Trains and other routes.

As well as being within reach of London Heathrow Airport with its five terminals serving worldwide destinations, Birmingham and Bristol International airports are within easy travelling distance and offer an increasing varied selection of destinations in Europe, America and beyond.

Useful Links
First Great Western
Cross Country Trains
National Rail Enquiries
Bristol Airport (BRS)
Birmingham Airport (BHX)
Gloucestershire Airport Staverton, Cheltenham (GLO)
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Nic Mills was very helpful in our search. It was necessary for us to move from our first residence due to unforeseen issues with the landlord. Nic was sympathetic to our needs, responsive to our requests, and very helpful in mediating our discussions with the landlord and real estate agency.

Nic Mills was extremely helpful and responsive during my entire 2 years in the UK. In my opinion, he went far beyond the call of duty during my repatriation activities, from supervising the cleaning of the flat, negotiating the return of the entire security deposit, to even returning the keys to the landlord for me after my departure. His services (and the care and quality he puts into his work) was invaluable to me.

We are enjoying exploring Cheltenham - have been very impressed so far. We met with Nic this morning, and have made a choice regarding a home for the next 12 months or so. I found the property search experience to be very professional, informative and comprehensive in the sense that the property was put into perspective in terms of the surrounding schools, shops, and other amenities. In the end, my family are happy with the choice. Thanks to you and Nic for turning this otherwise daunting experience into a pleasant, enjoyable one.

Nic was a wonderful guide and did a fabulous job showing me the area and ensuring that I did notpick the wrong house. He also did a fine job negotiating for the house I wanted.

Nic Mills was a great person to work with and he did an exceptional job of finding the property we wanted.

Nic is outstanding - great to work with and understands the needs of the employee very well.

The provider was very responsive, helpful, knowledgeable and offered honest opinions and observations. When queried, responses were rapid and thorough. The provider went out of his way to help move along the process and assist letting agents when necessary to help the process.

Nic Mills provided an absolutely outstanding service in helping us find a home and moving to the Cheltenham area. On numerous occasions he went well beyond the call of duty to provide his services to attend our needs and help resolve issues. He was extremely well organised and prepared for the days events.

Cotswolds Tourist Information
Cotswolds District Council
Gloucestershire Country Council
Stroud District Council
Cheltenham Borough Council
Gloucester City Council
Forest of Dean District Council
Tewkesbury Borough Council

Herefordshire County Council
Hereford City Council

South Worcestershire
Worcestershire County Council
Worcester City Council

North Wiltshire
Swindon Borough Council
North Wiltshire District Council

General Links
Private Finance
Michelmores Solicitors
GB Liners Removals


County Homesearch Company Ltd
63 Albion Street
Stratton, Cirencester

Telephone: 01285 656 310

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