Where to retire to

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countrygirl99 Thu 14-Oct-21 14:29:33

We will both retire in about 4 years. Neither of our children live locally so we aren't tied to this area long term. Plan is to downsize and free up some cash should we need help/care as we age. We are currently being run ragged by 4 parents who aren't local but need a lot of help but won't admit it and we have no intention of doing that to our DC. Ideal location would be a smallish market town surrounded by nice countryside. We don't like the fens, too flat for our taste, would prefer something more up and down but doesn't need to be mountainous. Hobbies are horseriding (though won't replace my elderly gelding), flyball, walking and bird watching. We like good restaurants. We would like to plan a few trips to suitable areas before focusing on 1 or 2.
Any suggestions? Budget would be around £400k for 3 bed.

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Defiantly41 Thu 14-Oct-21 14:34:25

Monmouth, Ross on Wye, Chepstow. Some of the villages around Cheltenham (Cheltenham itself is lovely but pricey).

countrygirl99 Thu 14-Oct-21 14:58:14

That's an area on our possibility list. We've had a few holidays and weekends in the Herefordshire/ Powys border/Shropshire area and love it.

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Granllanog Thu 14-Oct-21 15:39:01

Consider how far away you want to be from various amenities, particularly healthcare..........local transport network..............shops. Visiting an area and living there are very different realities.

Finfintytint Thu 14-Oct-21 15:43:47

Came on to say Shropshire/Powys border but you beat me to it.
I retired there ( but have since relocated again to Scotland).
Transport links are quite poor though. Beautiful part of the country.

MrsPsmalls Thu 14-Oct-21 15:44:57

By far the most important thing is being on a good regular sustainable bus route,
and near hospital, chemist and GP. My parents between them visit one of these places every day. You won't be driving forever. Good WiFi networks, and near the supermarket also good.

countrygirl99 Thu 14-Oct-21 15:47:44

Granllanog that's why we want to give it a few years consideration - plenty of time for decent research. It's also why we are looking at a small town rather than a village, much as we love village life where we are. We love North Norfolk but those considerations are big downsides there. Definitely don't want a city though.

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countrygirl99 Thu 14-Oct-21 15:49:11

What I'm looking for is suggestions for places. Dealing with 4 olds I'm pretty clued up on what is needed practically, it's where to find it.

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Finfintytint Thu 14-Oct-21 15:52:01

Oswestry? You’ll get a lot for your money there.

lots33 Thu 14-Oct-21 15:54:57

Stroud, Frome, Bradford Upon Avon.
Or Bridport/ West Bay

myheartskippedabeat Thu 14-Oct-21 16:02:54

My aunt is in a similar position she lives in London with her partner and wants to retire to the country she keeps having weekends away her shortlist is

Sleights or Filey near Whitby
Lincolnshire in a village somewhere
The Lake District

countrygirl99 Thu 14-Oct-21 16:38:27

Love Dorset but wonder how far yhe budget would stretch. Also love the Yorkshire coast, DH could certainly indulge his bird photography passion there.

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TheSuperbOwl Thu 14-Oct-21 16:52:54

Dorchester!! - here's a an idea of what you can get for £400k ish

countrygirl99 Thu 14-Oct-21 16:56:08

Sorry, not my sort of thing I want a garden - love my outdoor space and we have 2 dogs.

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CoddledAsAMommet Thu 14-Oct-21 18:40:22

Lewes or Rye?

countrygirl99 Thu 14-Oct-21 18:51:33

Interesting that the suggestions are mostly areas we already have as ideas. Suggests we aren't likely to be missing any gems 😊

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Sprig1 Thu 14-Oct-21 18:54:25

Devizes or Pewsey.

hotmeatymilk Thu 14-Oct-21 18:55:34

I think Lewes would be a stretch on £400k, ditto Rye. And both eventually going to be underwater – seek higher ground! Nottinghamshire? Somewhere near Sheffield?

LaurieFairyCake Thu 14-Oct-21 18:57:52

Skipton is lovely (the villages around are pricey though) - calendar girls filmed there, I think Rylstone

Some good places in Derbyshire- loved Bakewell (market really good) - went to Chatsworth lots, it's really good - you can get a yearly pass - we took the dogs, was fab. If I lived there I'd be there all the time.

Hedgesfullofbirds Thu 14-Oct-21 19:03:53

Tring, Hertfordshire, plenty of birdwatching available at the nearby Tring Reservoirs, wonderful hacking locally in the Chilterns, 30 minutes from the Euston by train, many positives.

Budget may be a wee bit tight, but possible

ICouldHaveCheckedFirst Thu 14-Oct-21 19:04:32

Bakewell? It's heaving with tourists in the summer, parking is impossible etc. I speak as a tourist ... grin

MMAMPWGHAP Thu 14-Oct-21 19:07:01

This thread might contain some useful info OP.

exexpat Thu 14-Oct-21 19:10:38

Crickhowell or Abergavenny? Abergavenny has the bigger shops (Waitrose!), hospital and train station; Crickhowell more independent shops and small town atmosphere. Great countryside and lots of choice for eating out round there.

mdinbc Thu 14-Oct-21 19:25:18

hello, you will get some good replies if you go onto gransnet. Lots of helpful people there as well, an more likely in your situation, even if you are not yet a grandparent.

countrygirl99 Thu 14-Oct-21 22:16:44

Thanks. No, not a gran yet. DS1s partner can't have children and DS2 lives abroad.

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