My wife and I are both wanting to move to the uk, I am a first generation Canadian with my mother being born in Stock port. I am considering any number small villages in the cheshire or lancashire areas. We have to children in primary school and are hoping to find a balance of good schools closeness to a larger metropolitan area but still have that in the country village feel. any input would be helpful to help us start out search of our new home.
its where my mother was raised and i have heard nothing but good about it from her. I'm hoping to find a place around 200k or less. even if suggestions are not in those regions I would be happy, just want to get a feel for what locals think of their home villages and towns.
If you have primary school aged children it's worth getting a list of schools with places available in their years from the council. The last thing you want is to find the perfect home then realise you can't get a place in the village school.
You would have to contact councils to find out about school places.
I'd suggest tbh your best bet is to pick a town with some school places and rent for a while, accept that you may end up moving the kids to a different school again when you decide on an area but you can't really choose a permanent home from abroad. If you choose a medium sized decent town with several outlying villages then it gives you a bit of choice and the possibility that if you move to an outlying village you can still manage the school run to the town until you get places in local schools for your children.
Perhaps look on facebook for local groups or the local boards on here or, dare I say it, netmums which has a more active local side for opinions of schools and nice areas for families.
I live in a village called Brinscall which is beautiful. It has 2 village pubs, a shop, post office and a fabulous Victorian swimming pool next to a lovely playpark and lodge. Fantastic woods to explore.