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7 great places to live near Rendcomb College

Rendcomb College’s reputation as a leading private day and boarding school is spreading far and wide. We are often approached by international and UK-based parents willing to move closer to our wonderful buildings and grounds.

Some are keen that their son or daughter benefits from a high calibre education and personal development, but prefer that they attend independent school as a day pupil. Alternatively, a number of our families are seeking places to live in the Cotswolds to make weekend and holiday trips home easier for their children; also allowing the parents a much needed escape from city life.

Possibly, you may be considering moving to the Cotswolds anyway, and being close to a top-performing independent school is a happy additional benefit!

Investing in Cotswold property makes sense

Fortunately, this whole area is one of the best places to buy a home in England.

This long-held view was cemented in a survey by the Halifax, announced in 2019. Their research into health, wellbeing, life expectancy, employment, crime rates and even the weather found that the Cotswolds scores highly across all measures!

The area’s popularity as a place to live is being further enhanced by increasingly swift journey times to London, Bath, Bristol, Oxford or Birmingham for anyone who needs to commute while enjoying village life.

The Cotswolds are scattered with pretty rural hamlets and unspoilt countryside, gently undulating hills and lush woodland. Yet, it does offer a reassuring degree of sophistication in its larger market towns, such as Cirencester and Tetbury, and in its proximity to Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud. This provides ample retail and cultural opportunities, as well as access to mainline transport.

Choosing a location to be near to the Cotswold’s leading independent school largely pivots on what you most desire in a property to buy or rent.

Here are seven great places to live near Rendcomb College.

Bourton on Water

This pretty village has been given the nickname ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ due to its meandering waterways, low bridges and picturesque buildings.

It is a popular place for holiday rentals too, as it is home to such tourist attractions as Cotswold Motor Museum, the Model Village and the fabulous Birdland.


This is another lovely location situated on the beautiful River Windrush. One of its distinctive features is a much-photographed medieval bridge across the river.

The town is also blessed by stunning 17th and 18th-century buildings along its characterful streets, and Burford is considered one of the best antique hunting grounds in Central England!


Village life is not for everyone. You may be looking for a livelier place to live to in the Cotswolds to benefit from the area’s abundant beauty and proximity to superb private education!

Cirencester is the ‘capital of the Cotswolds’ but still retains a wonderfully calm atmosphere as well as its own rich heritage. It was built where three Roman roads meet and is still a popular place to gather for shopping, café culture and leisure time in abundant green spaces such as the Cirencester and St. Michael's Parks, and the lovely Abbey Grounds.

Coln St Aldwyns

This is another thriving village that can be lively and welcoming, but also the perfect location for a quiet and peaceful way of life.

As it boasts a wide range of highly sought-after properties in the Cotswolds, prices tend to be on the high side in and around Coln St Aldwyns.


As with other locations in this list of places to live in the Cotswolds, Painswick has a nickname. It is known as ‘Queen of the Cotswold’, possibly due to the regal nature of its splendid properties and timeless beauty.

Painswick is a popular place to put down roots for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors, as you are on the doorstep of some of the best rural walks in England.

Rendcomb Village

The rural area around our stunning, historic buildings and extensive grounds has much to commend it as an excellent place to buy property in the Cotswolds.

Rendcomb village enjoys uninterrupted views of the area's breathtaking countryside, yet it is only 6 miles from Cirencester and 12 miles from Cheltenham.


As with many others in the list, Tetbury is one of the best places to buy second homes in the Cotswolds, if you want to be surrounded by like-minded property owners!

Yet, it has still managed to retain a lovely community atmosphere, largely thanks to independent shops, eateries and pubs in the heart of the village. It is also a beautifully maintained and stunningly attractive place to put down roots.

If you want to live – or buy a second home – amidst rolling hills, and the timeless flow of Cotswold village life, the office team at Rendcomb College would be delighted to assist you with further advice and support.