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To ask where you live if you can't hear your neighbours in your garden

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SEsofty Fri 07-Aug-15 21:01:22

I know that everyone is entitled to enjoy their own garden but was really looking forward to a quiet glass of wine in the garden this evening. And all I can hear is children playing all around.

So is it possible to live anywhere, that's not the highlands, and guarantee some peace and quiet

Missdread Fri 07-Aug-15 21:13:39

Just be glad the kids aren't yours and you don't have to try and get them to bed after a day of too much excitement and sun despairs of my three terrors wink

LooksLikeImStuckHere Fri 07-Aug-15 21:15:45

I would love to know the answer to this.

My neighbours have all the other families and their kids round in the garden all the time. They also have a chain link fence so I can't escape.

Missdread Fri 07-Aug-15 21:17:15

I should add to that I live in a naice part of a town, 1980s small estate with tweeting birds and woodland all around. And my children SCREAM (sometimes with glee, sometimes with menace) and make huge amounts of noise whenever they're outside. I CRINGE for my poor neighbours, both elderly couples trying to potter in their gardens with all the racket. They must hate us!!! sad

CrapBag Fri 07-Aug-15 21:18:32

I'd rather that than the noisy drunk adults making a huge racket in my neighbours garden (DS can't sleep in his room because of it) or the frequent group of vandalising bored teenagers we get hanging around at the school near the back of our house. Then they walk around the street making even more noise.

I have a thread about noise and neighbours at the moment grin.

Basically you need to live in a field, surrounded by fields to get some peace and quiet. And I'd be too scared of the dark so that wouldn't work for me. grin

Salmotrutta Fri 07-Aug-15 21:22:09

I live in a small town in Scotland and we are in a pretty quiet street.

The kids round here are few in number (mine grew up here) and are generally not that noisy anyway.

They cycle round the road on their bikes etc. but they aren't shouting and shrieking.

I didn't allow mine to make a huge racket either when they were in the garden with friends because we had older neighbours.

EgyptianSnow Fri 07-Aug-15 21:26:23

Only if you are super rich and can buy large land or maybe a village in Cornwall or something.
Summer time is annoying when children live around you but you're lucky you don't live on an estate, I use to and i had kids who use to run down the pathway where my bedroom/living room patio doors were and ndn use to hold barbecues there so I couldn't even have my window open in the heat angry

BeaufortBelle Fri 07-Aug-15 21:29:59

We decided we were tired of hearing other people and living cheek by jowl. We have not yet heard our neighbours in our new home but we, and they, have big gardens. When I sit in my garden, I cannot see my neighbour's houses (flora rather than just space). It's bliss and not that far from London.

SEsofty Fri 07-Aug-15 21:35:17

Beaufort can you reveal the secret location

CheekyMaleekey Fri 07-Aug-15 21:37:44

Detached house, large gardens, not surrounded by young families.

BeaufortBelle Fri 07-Aug-15 21:38:28

Somewhere in Surrey. That's as far as I'll go.

Jellykat Fri 07-Aug-15 21:52:23

I live in rural Pembrokeshire. 10 mins drive to nearest village, and fields all around smile.. hard work in Winter though!

TheHouseOnBellSt Fri 07-Aug-15 21:57:07

My sister lives in North Wales...very rural. All she can hear is birds and foxes.

fourtothedozen Fri 07-Aug-15 21:58:34

I rarely hear anything from neighbours, never hear kids although I know they live around here- I see them going to school. I live just outside Edinburgh on an estate of around 250 houses, but the houses are spaced well apart and lots of trees around, it's very quiet. It's my first summer here- no-one even seems to have a BBQ although I have seen my neighbours sitting at a garden table having lunch .

southeastastra Fri 07-Aug-15 21:59:17

i like noise, we have religious neighbours who do a religious knees up once in a while. it's good. i'd hate to live with no (human) noise

HearTheThunderRoar Fri 07-Aug-15 22:00:51

Rural New Zealand grin Probably not the answer your looking for!

Murfles Fri 07-Aug-15 22:02:42

I live in Scotland and we are semi rural. I can hear children all the time as DH has an animal medical facility near the house I often take my bottle of wine and iPad up to a waterfall nearby to get some peace

hollieberrie Fri 07-Aug-15 22:03:49

Dead quiet here (London suburbs). I think its luck really though - neighbours are mainly elderly, or families with kids in their teens or 20's who never seem to venture outside! Probably they sleep through the day ;-)

LavenderRain Fri 07-Aug-15 22:05:34

My neighbour is a childminder...........need I say more hmm

ziggyziggy Fri 07-Aug-15 22:07:33

wish i had a garden (sob), none of my neighbours do either... but it is nice and quiet!

missmargot Fri 07-Aug-15 22:08:14

Rural Warwickshire, farms on every side. We can't see another house from ours and tractors are as noisy as it gets. Our house isn't huge and we could barely afford a flat in London so it can be done easily if you don't mind having to get in the car to get a pint of milk.

OrangeVase Fri 07-Aug-15 22:08:26

Small London garden. Too small for kids to play in so they go to the park - mine used to too. No parties or loud music - neighbours have occasional drinks /dinners with family but all very civilized.

Live under the Heathrow flight path, (NO to third runway!!) so roaring jets every thirty seconds. Also live 5 yards from the railway so not exactly quiet - but I like it.

YouMakeMyDreams Fri 07-Aug-15 22:08:39

I do actually live in the Highlands still have plenty kids around but can't honestly say I'd have ever called them noisy though. They tend to roam a bit freer here so no gardens full they go to the park or the field usually.
I'd take the kids playing over that bloody owl though. I remember the first time I heard it hooting away. How lovely thought I. 2 and a half years after moving into this house I could happily throttle it's hooty, screechy neck some nights.

nemo81 Fri 07-Aug-15 22:09:52

All i can hear is yet another drunken party from my neighbour with them all trying to sing and sounding bloody awful and the token drunk woman that has to squeal along. Just shut up!

Bunbaker Fri 07-Aug-15 22:12:38

"Detached house, large gardens, not surrounded by young families."

We have small gardens, but the houses are detached, the neighbours are nice and quiet and there are no small children. I love it here grin

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