“Cotswold Homes” village description

The source document can be found on the Cotswold Homes site here.

Rissi Kart Club

Rissi Kart Club

637 VGS

637 VGS

New Town Houses

New Town Houses

Village Hall

Village Hall

Watch Tower Conversion

Watch Tower Conversion

Housing

Housing

As a highly desirable place to live, Upper Rissington is the village of choice for families in the Cotswolds

Originally an RAF base, perched high on a plain with stunning views and surrounded by beautiful countryside, Upper Rissington is a very rural place to inhabit – red kites and crows wheeling high in the sky, barn owls and bats at twilight, a host of indigenous wildlife visiting back gardens…If you wish to engender a sense of connection to a natural environment in your children, this is the place to live, and it has come into its own during the Covid19 crisis.

Said one resident recently: “We have all fallen in love with the village again. It feels like the safest place in the world to live right now. We have our own shop, our own pharmacy, plenty of places to walk in the fresh air without feeling at risk, and everyone is so friendly. We have definitely come together as a unified community during these difficult times, helping and supporting one another.”

This does feel like a village of a different, more innocent time. It is a place where children can safely walk or cycle from one end to another without using roads, go to the shop for a packet of sweets or on an errand for mum on a walk over fields, take a sledge out with friends in the snow, build dens, climb trees and play freely outdoors within sight and touching distance of home, knowing friendly neighbours are keeping a benign eye.

The original RAF homes are mostly on large plots – substantial, spacious, solid and traditionally built with fireplaces, big kitchens, roomy living spaces and great gardens. Many houses have already been refurbished and extended but there are still occasional ones with potential to do so.

The newer part of the village built a few years ago on the edge of open countryside, once the site of administrative headquarters and hangers that backed onto the airfield, is equally a great success story. Designed on the original vernacular, offering spacious interiors and decent gardens, the houses are surrounded by wide open spaces, broad leafy paths and a host of mature indigenous trees.

For a happy family life Upper Rissington presents a great choice, whether you have under £250,000 or over £1 million to spend.

Transport links

Upper Rissington sits within a “golden triangle” between Burford, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water – ten minutes to Kingham Station, Oxford in thirty minutes, London in an hour and a half, only five minutes to the Fosseway, five minutes to the A40 – peaceful isolation with great accessibility and amenities within a stone’s throw.

Things to do

The village is only a fifteen-minute drive from Kingham station, which offers fast direct rail access to London Paddington and Oxford. Meanwhile, Oxford and Cheltenham are 30-40 mins by car respectively. Day trips have never been easier! Sunday strolls are easy when you live in Upper Rissington, since field and woodland walkways are within a five-minute drive. Pub lunches await at Great Rissington’s The Lamb Inn, or in nearby Burford, Stow or Bourton.

Amenities

A host of amenities are within a minute or two’s reach, including the village square equipped with gym, pharmacy, and a Co-op supermarket. The new Village Hall also serves as a great meeting place for locals, whether for church, social gatherings or exercise. Children’s groups are held regularly along with yoga and dance classes. There’s a traditional Summer fete, a renowned Bonfire Night spectacular and even a Christmas pantomime.

Schools

The Rissington Primary school is a split site school, catering for children aged 4 – 11 at both Great Rissington and a new bespoke building in Upper Rissington, where there is also a thriving pre-school provision. As the children get older, happily Upper Rissingon sits within the catchment area for the coveted Cotswold School.