NICK CROALL

Nick Croall
Brilliant Badminton
3 May 2018

It’s that time of year again – one of Britain’s greatest sporting traditions, Badminton Horse Trials, which runs until Sunday. One of the biggest equestrian events in the calendar, there is added interest this time around with Britain’s Oliver Townend in line for the Rolex Grand Slam – a $350,000 bonus to any rider who wins Badminton, Burghley and the Kentucky Horse Trials over a 12-month period.

Badminton is the competition all event riders dream of winning and it helps that it happens to be set on one of the biggest and most beautiful of estates in the country. The Badminton Estate is in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside and with Country Life launching its much-heralded Cotswolds edition today, the allure of this part of the world is as strong as ever.

Although the weather has been questionable of late, the start of Badminton usually means Spring is well and truly upon us. This is being reflected in the housing market, which is entering its traditionally busiest time of year. Unfortunately, there is still less new stock than we would like to see. The weather has been so bad that gardens are still far from their best, making it tricky to take the stunning photographs that are required to show houses off to their best advantage. Many would-be sellers have delayed putting their property on the market as a result.

However, the longer days and promise of better weather around the corner means the situation is improving. For those looking for property in the area, an experienced and professional buying agent is worth considering. With 40 years’ combined experience in the Cotswolds, Prime Purchase are a natural choice and with limited stock on market, we can help you access those off-market opportunities where you may find a hidden gem.

There is a lot to look forward to at this wonderful time of year. The housing market is picking up, as is the weather, and we look forward to some wonderful riding at Badminton over the next few days.

 

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