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June 2014 - Opportunity to Run your Own Café or Shop Within the Heart of a Vibrant Oxfordshire Community

If you’ve ever dreamt of running your own café or shop, a fantastic opportunity has arisen to do just that at Cholsey Meadows, a vibrant new community development in historic parkland, adjoining the River Thames in Wallingford.


VSL & Partners is currently marketing 800 sq ft of retail accommodation formerly the stables in the heart of the Fair Mile, Cholsey Meadows community development, which sits within a 100 acre park.

Conceived by Charles H. Howell over 140 years ago, Cholsey Meadows is a Grade II Listed former hospital site comprising a wide range of beautiful Victorian buildings that are currently being sensitively transformed to create 358 new homes. 

Working sympathetically to maintain the historic fabric of the buildings, Thomas Homes is creating a scheme that stands as proud as it did in 1870, transforming the site into a sustainable and vibrant community including a good mix of commercial, community and leisure facilities.

Thomas Homes director, Chris Brotherton says: “We are encouraging people who have the ambition to set up a café or shop to come forward to realise their dreams. Working with the right person who has a great idea and robust business plan, we have the potential to transform the historic buildings to suit their requirements.” 

“We understand the importance of community engagement, so it is our aim to achieve a real communal feel for the development.  We are looking forward to creating a high quality retail environment to compliment the scheme. We believe that once complete, we will have created a very positive environment which achieves a good balance between housing, heritage and regeneration.”

Thomas Homes has recently been shortlisted for the House builder of the Year award at the Thames Valley Property Awards 2014 and won the award for Refurbishment of the Year for the work completed at Cholsey Meadows in the Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards 2013.

Tom Barton, director at VSL explains: “This is a rare opportunity to acquire retail premises in the heart of an award winning community development.  As well as having an established customer base on its doorstep, the stables buildings are close to the main road providing passing trade and access to serve the wider Cholsey area.”

For further or call Tom Barton on 01865 848488 or email

About Thomas Homes: Established in 1974, Thomas Homes is one of the largest privately owned residential property developers in the south of England.

Earlier this year the company acquired Broadfield House in Cowley formerly the office HQ for McMillian Publications and is now converting to 58 apartments, which have all been sold.  They are also working on the most exciting redevelopment project underway in Swindon, bringing new life to the historic former GWR railways works that have previously been derelict for a number of years. This is a mixed scheme of residential and commercial accommodation incorporating 326 flats in the heart of Swindon’s historic district.

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