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Where is a nice rural place to live?

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missyfafa Mon 21-Apr-14 22:23:04

We want to move from the dirty old city, we want a nice house with a wee bit of land in a pretty village or nearby.Due to the fact my husband works from home we can just about live anywhere, this has given us TOO much choice and we can't seem to make a decision so... If you could live anywhere where in the country would it be?

Thegoatprophecy Mon 21-Apr-14 23:04:25

Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire? Somewhere with good broadband and mobile signal if working from home! I live in a rural area and my broadband is slow and only one mobile phone company provides a signal. Also look for a good micro climate.

hiddenhome Mon 21-Apr-14 23:17:41

The Durham Dales are nice. Inexpensive too.

WestmorlandSausage Mon 21-Apr-14 23:19:24

whats your budget?

WestmorlandSausage Mon 21-Apr-14 23:20:13

missyfafa Mon 21-Apr-14 23:22:10

Small Budget! £200,000 to £250,000. So needs to be cheap and beautiful! ;-)

hiddenhome Mon 21-Apr-14 23:23:55

You'll get a big house for that in the NE. Northumberland is nice too.

WestmorlandSausage Mon 21-Apr-14 23:25:06

WestmorlandSausage Mon 21-Apr-14 23:26:34

or more room for your dosh

missyfafa Mon 21-Apr-14 23:27:56

I like the idea of Northumberland, parts of it are very beautiful and the coast is lovely there. :-)

hiddenhome Mon 21-Apr-14 23:28:08


WestmorlandSausage Mon 21-Apr-14 23:28:09

WestmorlandSausage Mon 21-Apr-14 23:29:15 ooh this has an attached workshop/ office for all that home working!

hiddenhome Mon 21-Apr-14 23:30:09

Northumberland is lovely, but stay around Alnwick, Hexham etc. Don't look at Blyth, Ashington, Cramlington etc.

WestmorlandSausage Mon 21-Apr-14 23:30:55

I like northumberland too

missyfafa Mon 21-Apr-14 23:30:55

How funny! We have a caravan right near this place in Maulds Meaburn! :-) It is lovely round there.

missyfafa Mon 21-Apr-14 23:31:54

OK hiddenhome, that's good to know. x

BikeRunSki Mon 21-Apr-14 23:32:27

Penistone, near Sheffield
Holmfirth, near Huddersfield
And the countryside inbetween, around Denby Dale/Emley

Nocomet Mon 21-Apr-14 23:37:45

Herefordshire is beautiful, mid Wales is beautiful, cheap, but rains far more. The 50 miles between my old house and Hereford makes a huge difference to both house prices and the weather.

All the welsh borders, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Ross, Monmouth are pretty. Broad band and Mobile signals are very variable.

I'm not especially in the wilds compared with a lot of Shropshire and Herefordshire, but I'm on the end of a lousy long bit of copper.

Nocomet Mon 21-Apr-14 23:40:26

Cornwall is pretty, unfortunately cheap is grotty inland bits. Would check what the schools are like too as high unemployment sadly exiles many brighter Cornish people upcountry. (I'm married to one).

inmyshoos Tue 22-Apr-14 07:49:15

The Highlands? Argyl and Bute? So many lovely areas and plenty for your money! Plus good schools if you have dc.

NearTheWindymill Tue 22-Apr-14 07:54:55

Buy a flat within the M25 and use the rental to fund a property elsewhere in the country. At least for two to three years until you know this arrangement works for you. Then you have the option of coming back if the business dries up or if you don't like it.

SunnyL Tue 22-Apr-14 08:01:09

What about the Scottish Borders? They're building a railway from Galashiels to Edinburgh so soon there will be excellent transport links to the rest of the world for a truly beautiful area. Lots of English folk up here who are v well integrated. Peebles isnot on the new railway line but is 30mins from Edinburgh and gorgeous.

mrsbucketxx Tue 22-Apr-14 09:21:25

Worcestershire is lovely well connected etc, but it can be pricey.

Welsh boarders seems to get you loads for your money.

missyfafa Tue 22-Apr-14 13:39:15

Are you in the Highlands? I have always fancied it round there, any suggestions of villages/towns if so? Would be great to be near the coast.

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