Property for sale in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire
The local area guide to living in Stonehouse
Stonehouse is a pretty town in Stroud, close to Gloucester and the beautiful Cotswolds. In fact, it’s sometimes referred to as the gateway to the Cotswolds and offers easy access to Cotswold Way – the popular national trail. However, despite its rural feel, it offers the best of both worlds with good access to a number of nearby towns and cities too, as well as the M5.
Once home to one of William the Conqueror’s cousins, Stonehouse was even mentioned in the Domesday Book. History buffs can still visit the site today. Once a manor house, the site is now Stonehouse Court Hotel – a popular location for tourists and weddings. Another historic spot loved by locals is The Woolpack Inn, a 17th century public house, which was once the coaching hostelry for Stonehouse.
The town is also renowned for its community feel and has a number of community activities and events. The Stonehouse Community Partnership, a local initiative, is behind much of this – making the town a great place to live, learn, work, shop and play.
Information about the local residents
In the 2011 census, the population here was recorded at 7,725. 60% of residents said they were Christian, while others listed Buddhism, Hinduism, or Sikhism as their religion.
Residents lived across 3,193 households – the majority of which (40%) were semi-detached properties. Census data also revealed that 21% of the properties in Stonehouse were detached properties and 25% were terraced.
Of the residents, nearly 70% were employed at the time of the census and just 3.3% were unemployed. Residents worked in a number of industries, some of the most common being manufacturing, construction, wholesale and retail trade, and human health and social work.
There are a number of school choices in Stonehouse and the surrounding area. Park Infant and Park Junior School are located within the town itself and cater for children aged between 4 and 11. Park Infant School, a smaller than average infant school received good feedback in its 2013 inspection by Ofsted. Assessors marked the school’s ‘overall effectiveness’ as ‘good’ and the ‘behaviour and safety of children’ as ‘outstanding’. The junior school performed just as well in its 2012 inspection, where its ‘overall effectiveness’ was also assessed as ‘good’.
Other schools in the area include Maidenhill School, a comprehensive secondary school for children up to the age of 16, and The Shrubberies, which caters for children and young people with special educational needs.
Getting around Stonehouse and the surrounding towns and villages is easy. There is great bus transportation, provided by Stagecoach, which takes residents to Gloucester and Stroud – two of the popular shopping spots. Rail services are available too – with a station located at the heart of the town. Here, residents can even hop on a direct train from Stonehouse to London.
Motorists will be able to get in and out of Stonehouse easily, with the town being just a couple of miles away from the M5. From here, drivers can easily navigate the road network and access the nearest airport – Bristol Airport -which sits 35 miles away.
Stonehouse High Street is centrally located and offers a wide variety of shops and facilities, including a butcher, doctor’s surgery and dentist. There’s a Co-op as well as a Londis for all your day-to-day needs. Larger supermarkets, like the Tesco Superstore, can be found just a few miles away in Stroud.
Stroud is also home to a number of popular high street shops, as well as a Saturday farmers’ market, which takes place in the centre of Stroud. Here, you’ll find independent food stalls, jewellery, gifts and much more – along with a bustling market atmosphere. You could also head to Gloucester or Cheltenham, both located within 30 minutes of Stonehouse. Both spots offer great shopping - plus Gloucester Quays and its popular outlet mall is also located here.
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