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Spotlight on… in Bishops Cleeve

Nestling at the foot of Cleeve Hill - the highest point in the Cotswolds - and surrounded by glorious countryside, Bishops Cleeve is every homebuyer’s dream location.

This hugely popular and lively village really does have something for everyone with a wide range of independent shops on Church Road, big-name supermarkets, pretty thatched pubs and family-friendly sports facilities right on your doorstep.

You’ll also find cafes, take-aways, banks, a library, youth centre, two dentists and a octors surgery. A new, state-of-the-art Medical Centre is also being built in the Cleevelands area to the north of the village.

Getting around

Situated just three miles north of Cheltenham, Bishops Cleeve is ideally located for access to all of the main ‘A’ roads as well as being conveniently close to the M5 giving you fast, direct routes to Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Worcester and beyond. With mainline stations in both Cheltenham and Gloucester, travelling by train is hassle-free too and Paddington can be reached in around 2 hours.

The perfect place to live and learn

Families moving to Bishops Cleeve will find two popular primary schools, Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy and Grangefield Primary School which have both been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Cleeve School is the popular secondary school and it’s here that you’ll find Cleeve Sports and Arts Centre with its numerous sports pitches, clubs, classes and gym.

In nearby Cheltenham there’s even more choice, including the highly regarded Pates Grammar School and, in the independent sector, Dean Close, Cheltenham Ladies College and Cheltenham College. The University of Gloucestershire is also based in Cheltenham, offering cutting-edge facilities to students from all over the world.

Out and about

With the Cotswolds AONB right on your doorstep, you’ll never be short of a breathtaking view or a fabulous walk in the countryside. There are countless clubs, societies, activities and sports to enjoy in Bishops Cleeve and nearby Cheltenham plays host to an even wider range of activities and events including the Science, Jazz, Music and Literature Festivals and, of course, the world famous Gold Cup.

Top 10 reasons to live in Bishops Cleeve

  1. Cleeve Hill - Bishops Cleeve is overlooked by Cleeve Hill,the impressive and highest point of the Cotswolds. Beautiful walks across Cleeve Common are recommended for the magnificent views.
  2. Schools - Bishops Cleeve offers two great primary schools Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy and Grangefield Primary School. Furthermore, Cleeve School is a large popular secondary school all within easy walking distance of the village.
  3. Cheltenham Racecourse - Whilst technically not in Bishops Cleeve, the impressive and vast racecourse does spill down right to the outskirts of the village. With regular festivals and the world-famous Gold Cup, this venue certainly brings a touch of vibrancy and glamour to Bishops Cleeve.
  4. Ease of access - Bishops Cleeve is only a few miles from Cheltenham and Tewkesbury. If you want to venture a bit further, it's only a short drive to the M5 and M50 providing easy access up and down the country.
  5. Great local shops - Bishops Cleeve boasts a huge choice of shopping options within the village centre. With two large supermarkets and an abundance of independent local thriving businesses all your shopping needs will be catered for. If you're looking for something different for a birthday or Christmas present, check out the Cats Whiskers,  a beautiful gift shop with unique greeting cards and gift ideas.
  6. Pubs and Eating out - Bishops Cleeve offers a great selection of pubs, restaurants and take-aways - whether you fancy a Chinese, Indian or steak and chips in one of the local pubs, there really is something for everyone. Perhaps most popular is the fish and chip shop in the centre of Bishops Cleeve - just check out the queue on a Friday evening!
  7. The Tithe Barn - Bishops Cleeve's original village hall. This venue has become increasingly popular for musical events in recent years thanks to the hall's great acoustics. The Tithe Barn has been host to Gareth Gates, Martin Kemp and Jason Donavan is due to appear here in 2018.
  8. Sports - Bishops Cleeve is home to not one but two local sporting teams:  popular rugby club, Cheltenham North RFC and Cleeve Colts, where senior and junior football matches can be enjoyed.
  9. Bishops Cleeve Street Fair - This is quite possibly the highlight of the village social calendar! Having just celebrated its 10th year, the  main road in the village is transformed into a huge fair every June.   With fun rides, a variety of stalls, food and entertainment this is certainly one to pop in your diary and a perfect way to meet the locals
  10. Community - Bishops Cleeve has grown significantly in size over the past 25 years yet it still retains its small, village community feel. Perfect for families of all ages, there are plenty of societies and groups to get involved in including Bishops Cleeve Players and Cleeve Chorale amongst many others.