Escaping to the country - but where?(16 Posts)
Hi - I'm moving out of London to East Devon soon and was hoping to hear from other mums living in the area. Thinking about the Ottery St Mary area. Anyone got any hot tips about where to live and what life is like there for families? Feels like a big step with three children, so any help or ideas would be fantastic. Thanks
Hello! I currently live in Exeter, but i am about to move to Sidmouth, which is a few miles from Ottery near the coast. Ottery is lovely - the secondary school is one of the best around this area. Life for families is great. There is so much going on for kids of all ages, and the countryside is wonderful. East Devon is one of the safest places to live in the UK and really is a mixture of retired folk and families. I have lived in London with my two little ones, then Exeter and now taking the step further into the countryside. Go for it! Jenna x
Hi. I live a few miles from Ottery in a village, Whimple. I've really grown to like Ottery, it's a small town but has a large variety of shops and several good eateries. Surrounded by lovely countryside, lots of places in the area to take kids and most places have season tickets that are really good value if you go back more than twice eg. Bicton, Crealy. Depends if you want a village location or town, Ottery and nearby villages seem pretty good value; Sidmouth more expensive. Sidford a bit cheaper but I feel it misses any village feeling. Depends what you are looking for of course! Let me know if you want more info. I've moved down from Oxfordshire in the last year and it certainly feels a slower pace of life (in a good way).
I live in East Devon and I think is a great place to bring up children. I hope when mine grow up they remember their childhood full of picnics on the beach. If you move into the catchment area of a good school you are pretty much guaranteed a place as well.
This is very interesting. DH and I are planning to move from London near Exeter in the next year or so and I didn't know where to start finding out about what the different villages are like.
We're looking for a lively village/small town close to the coast - somewhere with a bit of life to it, but also want to be somewhere small/close to countryside.
We're both keen windsurfers so being close to a beach would be perfect.
Any more thoughts from local MNers?
East Devon is lovely, as is Ottery - a word of warning thoough, as some of the houses are only available to buy for people who have lived/worked in Devon for 3 years.
Bicnod, the towns/villages on the Exe estuary ie Lympstone & Topsham might suit you. Exmouth is a funny ol' town but kite & windsurfing v popular - living within easy distance might be perfect for you. Everywhere round here is pretty close to countryside!
We've recently moved from London to Devon. We're in exeter at the moment but are planning to move to east devon soon - it hasn't been easy everyday but it's so worth, we can go to the beach in 20 min! I probably couldn't even go to Sainsbury's in 20 min when i lived in London...
There's sooo much to do with children here and although I missed my friends at first and still miss them now, I've met lovely mums here and I don't feel lonely anymore.
Hi, we are looking to move to the South East and considering the Sidmouth area as a location (as we are currently land locked in Nottingham!). Can anyone give an insight to living in Sidmouth or villages nearby such as Newton Poppleford? We have a 5 & 9 year old, so need to consider primary (and secondary in the near future). Is Sidmouth College a good school? I know it's results aren't great, but it gets a good ofsted, so a parents' honest opinion would be great. We have made a brief visit to the exeter area and although ottery st. mary has the good secondary school, we didn't love the place. As we're moving from a big inland city, we've decided that we would like to be as near to the coast as possible, but we have to consider keeping the children happy and not be too remote as we want to be near amenities/sports clubs etc. Any insight would be most welcome!
Hi I know this thread is probably dead, but have just moved to East Devon from Suffolk and wanted a touch base!
Glad you've commented as hubby and I want to move down Exeter way this year from London. How did you find the move?
Hi Joby and AdoraBelle,
I'm so pleased you've resurrected this thread!
Joby, where have you moved to?
I have an interview this week and we would move to Exeter - we're looking East of Exeter but there's not a lot on Rightmove. If we can decide on location, we would rent to start with I think.
But I'm getting so worried about getting my DDs into school - we'll need a reception and year 1, and it seems a bit catch 22 (can't apply until we have an address, but I don't want to move somewhere where they won't get into the school). Sounds like a village would have a more flexible school in terms of getting them in??
That said, living in the city (south of Pinhoe) to be close to work would make life very easy, but I want to convince DH that village life can still be bustling
we did a big reccie in January and found Horicon ticked a few boxes. 20 mins train into central and if you move to Fenton its got a good primary and is in the catchment for the kings school. Not got kids yet myself nut we're trying to plan.
Horicon = Honiton and Fenton = Feniton. Autocorrect fail!
Good that you've found some areas you like! Feniton does look nice, but not a lot for sale on Rightmove....
We're planning a reccie over Easter - Feniton will be on our list!
After years of deliberation, traveling down, speaking to schools we are just about to make the make the move from up north down to east Devon.
Having built up knowledge of the area we are opting for is Sidmouth. Ottery has a great school but the specific area doesn't really appeal visually and dare I say looks a little tired, a local said the only thing exciting about ottery is Saintsbury's. I'm sure its lovely and it was a tongue in cheek remark.
Sidmouth is visually nice, seam's plenty to do and is near various beaches. The people are so nice( like they are everywhere here ) and everyone says hallo with not a spot of rubbish on the streets. I have had conversations with people who I bumped into and made the move and although all initially apprehensive non have regrets. schools are rated good so on balance I think it has everything.
Just put a deposit on a rented property so its full steam ahead.
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