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Hi folks,

Mid 2011 we found a house in the countryside at 22% off original asking and decided to go for it.

Now, after living in the country for 3.5 years we have learnt a few things and heard about a few people who changed their minds and moved back into town.

Most house-buying guides do not seem specific to buying country houses or describe what country living is really like, so I have put together this website to help people considering a move to a rural area:

countrymove.co.uk

So if you, or anyone you know, are thinking of moving to the countryside for the first time, hopefully it can give some insight into lots of differences between the city and countryside, to help you make an informed decision.

This section focuses on finding a new home in the country:

http://www.countrymove.co.uk/blogs/your-dream-country-home/your-dream-country-home

This section talks about what day-to-day life in the countryside can be like:

http://www.countrymove.co.uk/blogs/life-in-the-countryside/life-in-the-countryside

(Also, if anyone has any suggestions for improvements etc, please let me know!)

Thanks!

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Ha ha the countryside isn't all it's cracked up to be as we found when moving to rural Ireland 5 miles from the nearest shop/pub/school/sewer/street lamp.

In the UK people are prohibited from living in the countryside, so they crave and imagine how good it must be. Well it is much better than living in cramped ghetto and victorian terraces, but nothing compared to well designed 70's & 80's estates.

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Sounds cliche but you cannot beat a house close to shops, rail, bus, etc etc, and if you have kids a school...like wurzel said not a sink estate, but there are so many other estates and areas well serviced and with decent people. I love spending a week in a country cottage miles from civilisation, but enjoy getting home back into our 50`s ex council house and feeling as if I belong with good neighbours and shops within spitting distance. A decent garden does help of course.

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Yes I think there are a few people around who agree with you, but find out too late after spending thousands on moving and stamp duty etc

Hopefully the site will help people make the right decision for them - as you say, just moving to an area with a bit more space and greenery could be the perfect compromise for some people.

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Thanks for giving me a laugh. One thing I learned living in the Dordogne is to never let your fuel tank have less than a fast drive to the nearest A&E. Assume 10mpg when really clogging it.

BTW can you check the site against a range of browsers. There isn't enough border round the pictures when rendered in Firefox so the words start right against the pictures.

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Thanks for this. Hope the site is a success; running a website is something you don't have to live in a town or city to do.

I have to concur with the views recommending GOOD suburban living. If you get the balance right you can have the best of almost everything. Presumably this is why it continues to be popular.

If I had to make a list it would go something like this:

  1. Good suburb
  2. Country
  3. Poor suburb
  4. City (unless you are VERY, VERY rich then it all changes)

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BTW can you check the site against a range of browsers. There isn't enough border round the pictures when rendered in Firefox so the words start right against the pictures.

Thanks Travisher I will do. Am not a programmer, so using a website builder software and how it looks when I publish it is rarely how it ends up looking! I will try to sort it out...

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I think it's a good introduction for countryside newbies - and interesting to read that perspective.

I grew up in the countryside, spent a couple of decades living in towns and cities, and am now back in the countryside. I did, however, spend a lot of time thinking about the right location when coming back - especially as I didn't want to get a car. We're 4 miles from the nearest town, 2 miles from the nearest village with a few shops, have good fibre based broadband, and 1/4 mile from a cycle path to town. That means we're still on delivery routes for couriers and supermarket shopping deliveries if we want it too. Buses run about once a hour too.

I work from home and find it just fine. But then I do head into the main office once a week or so.

The power cuts advice rang true for me. We probably get 4 a year, lasting up to a day - usually because of extreme weather (we are are on the edge of the mountains). Keeping a torch/some candles etc in a place you are confident of finding them in pitch darkness - together with having an alternative heating/cooking source close by - and a charged up laptop - can be the difference between a miserable evening and one which is hardly different from a normal one but with an adventurous vibe.

Get to know your neighbours and make an effort to stay friendly. You're more likely to get help from them than the authorities if you're in a jam.

Edited by StainlessSteelCat

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Thanks for the feedback SSCat

You are brave going without a car!

How lucky to be able to work from home, I am getting really fed up with commuting 80 miles a day but the type of job I currently do is only really found in cities.

Totally agree about the neighbours, There was an incident in our village a few years ago and a mum had to send her young son out in the middle of the night to get to a neighbour for help - fortunately he knew who to go to.

Adventurous vibe :lol:

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