If you’re ready to escape and relax, wanting to spend your days out in the countryside, walking or cycling, you may want to move to a picturesque village or town. There are villages that are extremely small, with few amenities, but others are more bustling with much more going on.
Homes in villages in London’s commuter belt are the most expensive in the UK. Other villages where homes regularly sell for over a million pounds include Bowdon and Hale in Greater Manchester, Alderley Edge in Cheshire and Shiplake in Oxfordshire. More modest areas include North Lincolnshire and Ribble Valley, which are not only ranked as affordable places to live, but also where residents are happiest.
If you have a growing family, making sure the village you choose is in the catchment area for good schools will be important, and if you or your partner has to commute to work, you need to be realistic and decide whether you want to leave early and get home later every day. The countryside also provides great opportunities for families to enjoy time outdoors, whether that’s playing sports together, walking or exploring the greenery of local parks. Even better if you’ve got a pet dog!
One of the benefits of living in a village is that there is often a good community spirit, and you may get to know your neighbours quicker than you would do in a town. While there might not be as much to do socially, as there would be in a city or town, there will still be clubs and societies you can join.