If you're looking for rural living with a stylish twist, then the Oxfordshire market town of Banbury has a lot to offer. Around 40,000 people call Banbury home.
The area is famous for Cotswold stone and many of Banbury's picturesque older houses are built from it. There's a choice of pretty cottages, as well as more modern housing beyond the town centre. The area is a property hotspot and this is reflected in the house prices. You may find, too, that flats and apartments are in relatively short supply. Well-heeled Waller Drive and the Broughton Road are the more expensive areas of Banbury, with more moderately priced homes to be found in places such as Queensway, Bodicote, the Bloxham Road and Oxford Road. If you're looking for cheaper accommodation, the modern estate developments to the north and east of the town may offer some possibilities. Check out Bretch Hill, Hardwick or Grimsbury -- all areas where housing is more competitively priced.
In the villages and countryside around Banbury, you'll find larger, detached houses as well as quaint cottages. If you're after village life, try Adderbury, Deddington, Horley, Hornton or Twyford.
The Banbury area is well-connected, via the M40 and a rail link to London Marylebone, with journey times of around 50 minutes. Heathrow and Birmingham International airports are within easy reach.