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Please help me find a lovely area to live in within relatively easy reach of London.

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fizzyelderflower Thu 16-Jun-11 15:54:20

DH needs to get into London once/ twice a week and ideally would like a direct train no more than an hour and half away (would do more if the perfect locations). Would like to be westish/north of London so we can get to family easily.

Need somewhere semi-rural, maybe costal in a pretty area where we can rent a 3/4 bed house for less than £1200pcm.

Any suggestions?

MummyDoIt Thu 16-Jun-11 15:58:38

North Hertfordshire is lovely. Hitchin/Letchworth/Baldock and surrounding villages.

LovingTheSunshine Sun 19-Jun-11 21:37:27

We live in Hertford (county town of Hertfordshire) & love it. We are Northerners & have been here 11 years now & it is home smile

LovingTheSunshine Sun 19-Jun-11 21:38:06

P.S. trains into London (Moorgate/Kings Cross/Liverpool Street) 45 mins approx.

neenewps Tue 21-Jun-11 14:39:23

What about Leicestershire? Villages just outside of Market Harborough are nice and a direct train from M.H.

Or Lincolnshire... just saw this

gettingeasier Tue 21-Jun-11 14:55:44

Another vote for North Herts I am in Welwyn Garden City , nice town with lots of lovely countryside on our doorstep. Trains into Kings Cross 20 mins but you would only get a 3 bed semi for the money you mentioned

Suncottage Tue 21-Jun-11 14:57:13

Bedfordshire - only 40 mins to London with some beautiful villages.

Quenelle Tue 21-Jun-11 15:00:26

Another vote for North Herts.

I also agree with Suncottage about lovely villages in Bedfordshire.

Neither is very coastal though.

Niecie Tue 21-Jun-11 15:11:36

If you want to go westish, how about heading out to Winchester? You can get a 3/4 bed house for what you are prepared to pay and you can get the coast quite easily from there too - approximately 30 minutes drive. It is within 1.5 hr commute too. Lovely place - also has the new forest within a short drive.

If you want to go North of London, there are some very pretty villages around Chelmsford or a little bit further north there is Saffron Walden which is very picturesque. You aren't too far from the coast there either. Probably Chelmsford is within 1/2 hour of the coast too.

fizzyelderflower Fri 01-Jul-11 16:34:14

Thanks everyone for your reply. I think we're sold on Hampshire/Wiltshire/North Dorset. Lovely area, pretty villages and cost not too far.

very excited now.

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