Springhill Cohousing
Properties for sale or to rent

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Visiting Springhill

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5 bedroom house
for sale

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Pictures of Springhill

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Pets policy

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More about Springhill

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CoFlats Stroud

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Latest revision date: 5th December 2021 First Publication Date: 11 May 2005

Springhill Cohousing has been designed to foster a sense of community whilst retaining individuals' needs for privacy. All 34 homes have their own kitchens and private living spaces and an equal share in the 3 storey Common House; there is also one workplace studio. For more information about the community see the home page or look at the photos.


All queries about individual properties to the owners please. Contact details are shown in the appropriate place.
If you would like to put your name on the Interested list for future properties, or wish to enquire about the process then please contact us by email. The address is
interested @ gl51tn.co.uk [omit the spaces].

Before you buy or rent

Please bear in mind that if you are seriously considering moving to Springhill you should be fully aware of the way the community works, your rights and responsibilities, the common house, cooking and eating, lawn mowing and all the other enjoyable and important aspects of cohousing. If you have, or intend to have, any cats or dogs it is essential you ask about the pets policy before making any decisions. Ask your prospective vendor or landlord to tell you exactly what your responsibilities will be and ask them to arrange for you to come and eat with us at one of the common house meals. The best way to find out about Springhill is to come on one of our visitor days. Caroline Harmer [email: visit @ gl51tn.co.uk -omit the spaces] currently arranges visits.

To make sure you are kept informed when properties are for sale, you will need to put your name on the Interested list for future properties, see above.

Houses and flats for sale appear below. Once you have had your offer accepted by the seller then you should read this letter to buyers and most important make sure that your solicitor sees it and reads it thoroughly. Our experience is that this prevents many problems and hitches.

Houses for sale and to rent

House for sale

Springhill Cohousing

Springhill is an intentional community that operates under cohousing principles. Living here and being part of this special community is very rewarding. The common house is a focus of the community, but having your own private space enables you to live with the advantages of both private and communal life. Being situated 5 minutes from the centre of Stroud, Springhill is also a very outward looking community with many of its residents involved in the wider Stroud community activities.

The House

15 Springhill is a substantial family house offering light, open plan living and spacious accommodation. One of the largest houses at Springhill, the house is arranged over two split level floors.

  • The accommodation is entered from the pedestrian "street" into an entrance hall, off this is a generous utility storage room/toilet, a separate door leads to the main accommodation consisting of a large open plan family room with dining area, conservatory area and 14' kitchen with separate small balcony. Stairs lead up to the first split level comprising an open plan sitting room with wood burning stove and separate snug/study (bed 5).
  • Double doors lead onto the private rear garden space. The garden is mainly decked with log store and bin store, raised flower beds and pergola with vine with seating under.
  • Open plan stairs lead up to 2 further levels with four bedrooms, (master en suite) family bathroom with bath and shower and a galleried storage area and drying cupboard above. All bedrooms have a mezzanine storage/work area accessed from within the room. The interior is complemented by a large south facing balcony, accessed from the 2 south facing bedrooms, enjoying an outlook over the community and along Slad valley.
  • The house also benefits from triple glazing, warmcell insulation, photovoltaic roof tiles and solar thermal hot water panels which all keep running costs to a minimum.
  • The property has an allocated parking space in the communal car park. There is also a nearby garage which could be purchased by separate negotiation.

Guide price: £675,000

Shared Community Facilities

  • You will be part of a community which shares the communal areas, including the green, secret garden, outside work space and the "common house" which is central to the cohousing ethos. There are work days to keep the site maintained, which include coffee and lunch in the common house. Various residents also look after other specific areas of the cohousing, including the common house, flower beds, general maintenance etc.
  • Decisions which affect the day to day living at Springhill are made at the residents meetings, at which all households can attend. Decision making is by consensus.
  • The common house is a 3 storey building with access from the carpark on the 2nd floor and access from the "street" on the ground floor. It is wheelchair accessible and has a lift.
  • The top floor has the dining area and communal kitchen where communal meals are a regular part of life at Springhill. The middle floor is a large lounge with sofas, projector and screen, but can be used as a large open space. The ground floor has a laundry, work area and games room, including table tennis and a pool table.
  • As an intentional community there is a requirement for all residents to commit to actively being part of cohousing. Specifically, all residents over 18 are expected to take part in the cooking rota for communal meals, and each dwelling to commit a number of hours to maintaining the site and its facilities.
If you are interested in living at Springhill it is vital that you fully grasp the intentions and additional requirements of cohousing, so you should spend time researching and coming to Springhill to gain further knowledge.

Lease/freehold details

All properties on Springhill are sold with a 999 year lease with a start date of 2003 or 2004. The freeholder is the Springhill Cohousing Community Ltd. whose shareholders are all owners of properties on Springhill. So when you buy a property you join the company as a shareholder (a single share can be in the name of 2 people) and when you sell your property your share is transferred to the new buyer. This arrangement is designed to safeguard your investment in your own property. The lease is very similar to that which would apply if you were buying a flat in a block of flats, but it has additional clauses specific to Cohousing.

A service charge is levied based on nominal house sizes at the time of build. This fee supports communal activities and costs of maintaining the communal areas. It also includes the buildings insurance for the whole site. This service charge is currently £68.05 pcm for Number 15

When a property changes hands at Springhill, the lease specifies that a levy of 0.5% of the purchase price is paid to the Springhill Cohousing Community by the purchaser. This levy goes straight to the Residents' budget and is used for the benefit of the community as a whole.

Expressions of Interest

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Peter Joy estate agents in Stroud website email: stroud@peterjoy.co.uk or phone 01453 766333.

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Flats for sale and to rent

None for sale or to rent at present

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Lodgers

From time to time, Springhill residents have rooms to let, short or long-term, in individual houses. Typical monthly rent is currently (January 2019) between 350 and 550 pounds including bills and use of cohousing facilities. If you would like to hear about any vacancies, then you might like to put your name on the Interested lodgers list. The address is:
lodgers @ gl51tn.co.uk
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Any tenants will need to sign a tenancy agreement including the principles of cohousing and will need to come for an informal evening meal in the common house on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday before signing that agreement.

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Visitor Days

Our visitor days this year have been suspended until further notice because of the COVID19 pandemic.

For times and further details and if you wish to visit Springhill for research or with a view to living here, then please contact our visitor coordinator at:
visit @ gl51tn.co.uk
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Getting in touch with Springhill Cohousing

All queries about individual properties to the owners please. Contact details are shown above.
If you would like to put your name on the Interested list, or wish to enquire about the process then please contact our new members coordinator by email. The address is:
interested @ gl51tn.co.uk
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If you wish to visit Springhill then please contact our visitor coordinator at:
visit @ gl51tn.co.uk
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CoFlats Stroud

If you are looking for a flat you could also look at CoFlats Stroud. This project is not connected with Springhill but has been set up by David Michael who founded The Cohousing Company which managed the development of Springhill.

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