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Located on the southern outskirts of the Roman town of Bicester, Hawkswood is just across the road from the famous Bicester Village, the UK’s largest and most prestigious outlet shopping centre.
It can take years for new homes to really bed in, to go from development to community. Not so Kingsmere. Stroll among its elegant, tree-lined streets, drink in the Georgian and Regency inspired frontages, and you’ll soon agree that it has the look and feel of a well-established village community. How has this been achieved? Simple. By ensuring homes are well proportioned and sit comfortably with their neighbours, providing plenty of greenery (including retained woodland) and open spaces and, critically, by offering first-rate community facilities. So in addition to enjoying a stunning new home, residents have brand-new recreational and sports facilities, primary and secondary schools, a village centre with local shop, a village hall and a health centre to look forward to. This is truly a place to lay down roots.
If you see the occasional tourist wandering through Bicester looking a little lost, the chances are they can’t find Bicester Village, the incredibly chic and now world famous luxury retail outlet on the edge of town. But Bicester is so much more than bargain Burberry coats and Anya Hindmarch handbags, lovely though they are. This is an ancient Oxfordshire market town, offering residents a mix of fiercely independent shops, quirky market stalls and all the convenience of everyday household names. The relaxed, pedestrianised stretch of ancient Sheep Street sits a minute’s walk from brand-new Pioneer Square, where a Sainsbury’s, Vue Cinema and Prezzo give this ancient Saxon town a thoroughly modern buzz. And with easy access to speedy rail and road links, we’re talking about a seamless blend of old world charm and contemporary ease.
Situated on the edge of Bicester just 3 miles from Junction 9 of the M40 and 12 miles from Oxford, Hawkswood is ideally located for commuting to Oxford, the Midlands or to London.
Bicester has two train stations. From Bicester Village, half-hourly services run to Oxford in 40 minutes, while from the larger Bicester North, there are direct services to London Marylebone, from 46mins, and Birmingham Snow Hill, from 72 mins. There are plenty of local trains and bus services covering the area, for getting to schools, the shops and local attractions.
The M40 connects London and Birmingham, with Bicester about halfway between them, so journeys by car are straightforward. It’s also an easy drive to Milton Keynes and the M1 for Northampton and further north, while to the west the glorious Cotswolds beckon, for days out and weekend escapes.
If you’re travelling further afield, Luton Airport (46 miles) is the nearest, with Birmingham East Midlands Airport (57 miles) offering even more destinations.