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  1. You're presumably Cornish. Why are you moving to Dorset. Rural in Dorset is like a chocolate box picture of niceness compared to the wilds of Cornwall. Lyme Regis very nice and v nice community but near impossible to get rentals around here. Try the Letting Factory .com

    What's wrong with moving out of Cornwall? There are other places than Cornwall. Move here and you pay a premium for a very average property. If you want to be near a beach or have a sea view then unless you've won the lottery forget it. Everything's overpriced - a rip off. You will be forever poor, struggling to exist, unless you are one of the several million on the benefit system, when everything is paid for or you are a recluse and don't get out much.

  2. Yep.

    Hereford sure does feel like a complete dead end!

    Thinking of relocating there for quality of life etc etc.

    But, when I couldn't even get a signal for my landline phone, I called it quits.

    Having said that, I slept a lot.... as there was no noise pollution. I could definitely retire here as everyone else looks as if they're just waiting to die.

    What time did you visit? Are you sure you are in the right town?

  3. I'm not offended - I'm actually an incomer from Surrey (5 years ago) so your views are interesting.

    I moved here specifically for the rural location and peace plus quality of schools. I rarely venture into Hereford, it may be a 'City' but it feels more like a market town that just happens to have an important Cathedral. The shops are mostly chain types - like most centres around the country. The 'poundsaver' end of town is looking very sad and boarded up at the moment.

    Leominster has some charm, not least because it has free parking (pet peeve of mine) and some independant shops. Most villages to the North of Hereford are pleasant and there are some excellent pubs - with darts and pool teams and even shooting leagues (in a pub !)

    It sounds like you stayed at the Starting Gate? It's at the top of a long commercial road with empty units and the usual B&Q, Halfords, Dreamland, etc.

    Buckers

    Yes, we stayed there, but only for use as a base as we had the car. Premier Inns are always consistent and you know what to expect.

    I am sure there must be an old bit to Hereford, but we didn't see it and yes, it is very generic. Truro has a cathedral, but it was only built at the beginning of the 1900s, so it is not very old and it is deteriorating rapidly because it was built of bath stone, which corrodes in the Cornish climate. Truro is very generic - full of Costa Coffee-type places and phone shops. The old Woolworths is currently a Pound Shop, which has an annoying set of speakers standing out in the street, blasting out the latest offers! We have some good restaurants, which have opened up in the last few years, but the town lacks any atmosphere and most places are empty. The majority of the population stays in Weatherspoons all night as they only have £5 to spend. The car parks are complete rip offs (alot of tourists complain). I notice when you go up country a lot of the small towns have free parking. This would never ever happen in Cornwall as this is a good revenuefor the local council along with rip off council tax. In fact, everything is a rip off. Don't visit Cornwall unless you have plenty of money to throw about.

  4. There are more pubs than drinkers around here - most pubs are shut down or being staffed by 'zombie' landlords who work the pub for a pubco until they can get a change-of-use and build on the site.

    You'd be mad to buy a house in Herefordshire even after checking floodsites - the prices were pushed up a few years ago by retiring incomers from Surrey and are now sliding back towards local wage levels.

    The best thing about Herefordshire is the total lack of people - (lack of) jobs and transport links should hopefully keep it that way for a while.

    Buckers

    ps - where did you stay in Hereford and what parts did you visit?

    Hi Buckers, sorry to slag off your home town. When we arrived at about 11.30 at night, the town was swaming with police and we got stopped by them for supposedly going through a red light. I think they were just filling in time while they waited for the pubs to empty. Luckily, he just gave us a quick pep and let us go. We stayed at the Premier Inn just outside the town, which was alright, but, sadly, the local pub was a Beefeater and so the menu was pretty basic and cheap and there were drinks promotions! Sadly, due to this, the clientele was a bit chavy. I have never seen so many baby buggies in one place! Luckily, by 8pm most had left.

    We visited Leominster, which we thought was quite a nice little town, Ledbury, Ludlow, Bromyard. I notice a lot of places begin with 'L'. Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire are all very close to each other and we did at various times drive out of one county into another. I think we went into Gloucestershire also at some point. After a while you get a bit confused as to what county you are in. We had one of the best Sunday Roasts ever at a pub called the Trumpet, just outside Ledbury. The landlords were very friendly and we thought it was a very professionally run establishment.

    We had thought about moving there, but, as you say, it is very remote and so quiet, but the properties are nice and affordable and we looked to see if we could spot the white water lines from the floods of recent times. I would like a bit of piece and quiet, after all, you expect that in the countryside, unlike the hectic connurbation of Cornwall, which is what it has now become. Every Tom, Dick and Harry wants to live here! Not sure why, there is not a lot of work, very sad wages, the poorest county, too many bungalows and ridiculously overpriced property. I could go on. We have a great village pub, but we could do with some more decent pubs. Most of them are either empty or dives.

  5. We'd like to move to Dorset and rent something like a 3/4 bed detached house with a garage.

    Can anyone recommend an agent in the area, and even advise on an area with a decent community spirit?

    Preferably something rural.

    I'd like to move within striking distance of a navigable waterway. I fancy buying a boat whilst waiting for house prices to collapse.

    Thanks,

    Nick

    I too am thinking about moving to Dorset from Cornwall. Wareham is very nice, right on the river. There are some nice cafes, pubs and restaurants there and it is quite upmarket, but prices reflect that. I personally don't think property prices are going to drop anymore. In my part of Cornwall, prices are still strong and rising.

  6. Have just returned from spending a few days away in Shropshire and Herefordshire, staying on the edge of Hereford. Hereford is terrible - a bit like Reading only much worse. Police everywhere and drunken youths littering the streets.

    We visited Ludlow, but couldn't find anywhere to park (there is a massive parking problem there), so gave up and decided to return the following day (Sunday), when it was still difficult to find a parking space. A very pretty little town, but I have been told it floods. On driving about, I noticed that Herefordshire is absolutely empty. There are only a few houses dotted about, like hamlets and there don't appear to be any proper villages. One thing I noticed is that there are tons of pubs, like every couple of miles and they appear to be in a sparse area. How on earth do they survive? I know that Herefordshire has a serious flooding problem and I am guessing this is why there is not much in the way of houses or people living there.

    Can anyone tell me the areas of Herefordshire that don't flood as I know there is a flood plain, but not sure where exactly that is. Apart from Ludlow, are there any other areas of Shropshire that flood?

  7. Have just returned from spending a few days away in Shropshire and Herefordshire, staying on the edge of Hereford. Hereford is terrible - a bit like Reading only much worse. Police everywhere and drunken youths littering the streets.

    We visited Ludlow, but couldn't find anywhere to park (there is a massive parking problem there), so gave up and decided to return the following day (Sunday), when it was still difficult to find a parking space. A very pretty little town, but I have been told it floods. On driving about, I noticed that Herefordshire is absolutely empty. There are only a few houses dotted about, like hamlets and there don't appear to be any proper villages. One thing I noticed is that there are tons of pubs, like every couple of miles and they appear to be in a sparse area. How on earth do they survive? I know that Herefordshire has a serious flooding problem and I am guessing this is why there is not much in the way of houses or people living there.

    Can anyone tell me the areas of Herefordshire that don't flood as I know there is a flood plain, but not sure where exactly that is. Apart from Ludlow, are there any other areas of Shropshire that flood?

  8. So let me get this straight, you're advocating that we should encourage physical fitness and training in military techniques among the "ill-mannered, aggressive lowlifes" of the UK.

    Doesn't sound like a bright idea to me. You might want to re-think your strategy on that one.

    National Service didn't involve military training did it? It doesn't matter what they have to do, it's just a discipline. It will make them think that there are things in life far more important than swigging cans of beer in front of their Wii and playing computer games until they are deranged. It will give them a sense of well-being and pride and a reason to get up in the morning.

  9. I had the misfortune of doing my weekly shop in the Seacroft (Leeds) branch of Tesco this week. I'm not really sure what I was thinking but I was passing on my way back from a family visit.

    This supermarket is hilarious. It's the biggest Tesco store I have ever been in, absolutely enormous. I've never seen such a high concentration of chavs in one place. This store must be one of the chavviest locations in the country. I noted the following bazzer territory markings:

    - a large number of modified cars in the car park. This ranged from mis-badged E36 3 series BMWs (M3 on a 318) to full on body-kitted corsas etc.

    - a abnormal number of white vans

    - an extremely fat man collecting his "missus" from the front of the store by parking on a zebra crossing and blocking the road. When tooted at by another customer on their way in to the car park he responded with a "****** off".

    - two pregnant teenagers smoking adjacent to the doorway

    - absolutely massive queue at the lottery/fag kiosk. It was virtually snaking out of the shop

    - upwards of 60% of the men in the store with tattoos on their forearms

    - upwards of 60% of the women with tattoos on their cleavage or lower back - one in particular stood out for me, a rose with the word "Tony" entwined in the stem. Nice.

    - a lot of people in sportswear. Maybe they had been to the gym or running?

    - particularly aggressive parents. Pretty much mandatory to tell your kids to "****** off" or "shut the ****** up" at regular intervals.

    - happy hardcore (I kid you not) playing from the store's music system in the upstairs CD/ DVD/ TV area.

    - about three people walking out with large LCD TVS!

    - very little fresh meat/ veg - for the size of the store the fresh veg section was tiny.

    - the beer area had huge amounts of special brew and frosty jacks cider

    - and on leaving I noted trolleys everywhere in the car park. Very few in the trolley park things.

    And all this is noted by a regular Bradford Tesco shopper! Much nicer store with an excellent "World foods" selection and loads of fresh veg.

    Anyway - my advice is don't move to Seacroft.

    Time to bring back National Service or start up some kind of army boot training camps and round all the revolting, fat, smelly, lazy, ill-mannered, aggressive, pierced and tatooed lowlifes off the streets. Let's get this country back to the great country it once was. Have I missed anybody out?

  10. I've stated before on here, unless you want to pay over the odds for property you'll never escape the chavs, I have found, for me, the most ideal place, not a chav in sight in any lingo, that place is A............. I can't say, I honestly don't want too many ex pats there, that's how crap this country is!

    Andover? The land that time forgot.

  11. There are no chavs in my village because they can't afford to live there. Actually, thinking about it. there are one or two. They live in rented council houses and, strangely, are next door to one another and their gardens are refuse tips. Luckily, they are nowhere near me.

    Wherever there are rented council housing, there will be chavs living there and every village in the country has some kind of local authority housing doesn't it? I guess some chavs are better than others, but at the end of the day, they still all behave, talk, act and look the same way.

  12. Bridport is a good call. Look at Dorchester and surrounding villages too. The good news about Dorchester is the schools which are fantastic, from bottom to top. It also has the benefit of having the faciities of a county town, in a small and friendly town. It is also not to far from the rest of civilization.

    I was in Dorchester recently and I am sure there were chavs there too.

  13. In the summer I used to get caught up with the A30 traffic from Bodmin ... 3 hours it took me to drive the 50 miles home one night, parked up on the A30 a lot of it, some accident.

    Then another time, I had something important to get to in Plymouth, on a Friday. Left in plenty of time, but trapped before I got to the A30 at Indian Queens... there I was parked up, waiting to join the long queue that would eventually wend its way through what was the old A30 under the iron bridge. One hour and I'd gone 8 miles, had to phone up and cancel my interview. My plan (to beat the traffic) had been to drive to St Austell and get the train the Plymouth, to avoid the traffic.

    As for Callington, it's always been cheap, where cheap means "because nobody ywants to live there even though it's Cornwall". As for Liskeard, I was warned off even looking there back in 1997-1999, it was cheap for a reason.

    Lostwithiel was always strangely expensive, but last time I looked it seemed 'affordable' in some respects.

    It's a changing/churning market across the county.

    Lots of holiday homers and over-stretched people trying to shift stuff ... and others clinging onto 2007 prices like grim death.

    Alot of people just think Cornwall is Cornwall and it doesn't matter where you live. Of course, if you know Cornwall well, then you will be aware of the good and bad places to live. Visited Lostwithiel the other month and took a proper look around the town - I normally just pop into the antique shops, have a sandwich and leave - but I went on the train, so was there most of the day. It is so quiet (am used to the hectic Falmouth/Truro corridor) and there is really attractive property. I have discovered that I could afford to live there if I wanted, but I don't suppose there is much to do in the evenings.

    The new A30 bypass is a godsend, but there is still a problem at Temple, although this is not so bad as it was before. You have to be careful though if you are bombing along and you hit a tailback on the hilly bit.

  14. Everybody on this board lives in Cornwall Pat, even Bart who pretends he lives somewhere called Sheffield and Mr Parry who has invented somewhere called Thailand, when he really lives in St Stephen. The one exception is Aunt Jess who lives in Devon.

    I'm further west, Callington is terra incognita to me.

    IMHO you can't go wrong with Cornwall. Most places are really nice, even the "bad" places are fine. And you get the options of the sea or the countryside. Rush hour doesn't really exist (outside Truro).

    I wouldn't live anywhere else in Britain.

    Next week now T... no rush.

    No serious rush hour, but if you want to go anywhere in the summer, forget it (unless you travel between midnight and 6 am. If you go to Liskeard though, you will be ok, but expect gridlocks on the way there.

  15. S/He's obviously wantng to commute to Callington! Some people do work there.

    I would agree Callington seems a bit of a nowhere Town. It's a place you drive through to get somewhere else. But can't say much more than that. The town centre seems quite small for the size of it.

    I know people who live near Tavistock, but choose to shop in Launceston as they feel Tavi is too snobby. It's the most gentrified of all the places you're mentioning. Green welly brigade, but very nice.

    Launceston is a bit rough around the edges, but the castle gives it a bit of character and there's a reasonable town centre.

    Depends what you want really. Tavi secondary school's reputation has slipped in recent years. Kids going to Plymouth grammar instead if they've got the option. Not sure about Launceston college.

    As for Liskeard, had a mate who grew up there and she turned out alright.......

    Visited Liskeard last Saturday. The place was dead. No-one around. No-one on the streets, no-one in the shops. No one in the pubs, no tourists, no locals. The weirdest place I've ever been. Nice Georgian houses on the town fringes though.

  16. Most town and cities have areas where there are no chavs, but your budget probably won't stretch to that.

    Look abroad.

    Don't they have ex-pat chavs abroad? I've seen them on telly - the ones that buy up the crap that no-one else wants and then complain two years later that they made a mistake!

    Imagine moving to a nice place abroad and then visiting your neighbour and discovering they're a chav! :huh:

  17. Only properties that haven't sold in so many years have no estimate value. My cottage has not sold since 1983 and so hence no estimate. I logged in and told them what I thought it was worth, adding a photo and other details. The estimate is now going up and up. Great, cos, now when I want to sell, I can just refer any buyer to Zoopla! The estimate I gave them was very fair. It's one of the those properties that is quite hard to value because there is nothing else like it in the immediate area.

  18. Hi all, this is my first post on here.

    I'm looking to buy a house within the next three months and have been searching properties online. I find it time consuming and any that I have found online turn out to be unsuitable when i've went to view them. I work long hours and can't devote much time to house hunting. My friend told me about property locators which find suitable properties for you and I'm considering hiring one.

    Has anyone got experience of using this service or know of anyone who has used it and if so, would you reccommend using a property locator?

    Ps. I currently rent a one bed in London, and I'm looking to buy similiar.

    Thanks.

    I am thinking of moving soon too and after looking at sites like Rightmove and Prime Location, find myself getting incredibly frustrated by not being able to find exactly what I want. Maybe what I want isn't available, who knows? Contact the agents, but all they send you is property you are NOT interested in. I would use a property locator, as long as they had a good reputation

  19. We seem to have been lucky that they didn't identify our house as being old enough or interesting enough to list. As far as we can tell it does date back to at least 1690 so should probably have been listed 25 years ago with the others in our village ;)

    How lovely to live in such an old house! I really do think it's important to list it for generations to come. I am sure, though, that you are quite happy that it isn't yet, but I am sure it will get listed at some point.

    I always thought that it was only properties in prominent areas that get listed, but they also list those that are hidden away. Where I am in South Cornwall, there appears to be no pattern. As we are dominated by modern bungalows, I would have thought that anything over 100 years old would be listed automatically as they are few and far between.

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