Have you ever dreamt of swapping the city life’s hustle and bustle for meandering country streets, rolling hills, and crisp fresh air? Many town slickers chose to give up their urban lifestyles year after year in search of something a little bit more scenic. We are searching for the UK to find ten of the best rural locations to turn a new country leaf around.
- Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire
Around four miles from Huntingdon is Hemingford Grey village and civil parish, one of the most sought-after addresses in Cambridgeshire. The venue, while idyllic, lacks nothing in convenience, according to Laura Thompson of Fine & Country St Neots. “The Hemingford Pavilion is situated in the heart of Hemingford Grey and Hemingford Abbots, with sporting facilities, clubs and classes, meeting rooms, small cinema, and bar.
Hemingford Grey also boasts ‘The Egg,’ Gastro Bar, the 2017 Cambridgeshire Dining Bar of the Year award, and 2018 in the Top 10 UK Pubs. Other drawcards include the Parish Center hosting the monthly ‘Hemingford Village Fair’ as well as the Manor House and Gardens open to the public and housing an open-air theatre. Hemingford Grey is more expensive than St. Ives, with a total average price of £ 407,262, but is cheaper than Hemingford Abbots.
- Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
So what happens to Bury St Edmunds? Richard Meyerowitz of Fine & Country Bury St Edmunds said: “The Bury streets are an architecturally interesting catwalk. Suffolk-pink painted cottages dating from the 16th century, knapped flint, half-timbers, weatherboards, Georgian townhouses, and orange brick walls burning in the light. Perhaps one of my favourite things about the area is that it still has a traditional market on Wednesday and Saturday with plenty of local produce from butchers, fishmongers, and grocers.
In Bury St Edmunds, the estimated average home price is £320,888. So, estimate your budget travel destinations around this price.
- Rossendale Valley, Lancashire
Tucked away north of Bury and Rochdale in the rolling hills, Rossendale is the place to be if you want to get away from it all. Peter Farrow, from Fine & Country Rossendale, said: “Rossendale Valley is a secret gem on the outskirts of Greater Manchester, less than 40 minutes from the City Center and with an express bus route that also offers a great public transport connection.”
He adds that the area has a wide array of facilities along with some excellent natural settings and many reservoirs, with walks and bridleways lined with views from elevated viewpoints on the hillside. There is plenty to do with the Rossendale ski slopes, numerous swimming pools, parks, and excellent restaurants and pubs to add to that.
- Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire
Henley-in-Arden is also known simply as Henley and is a picturesque village in Warwickshire. According to Martin Grant of Fine & Country Solihull, Henley offers the ideal country home with stunning views over the hills and fields leading towards Worcester for around 26 miles. “You also get fantastic transport links to Birmingham and London via road and train alongside the beautiful surroundings,” says Grant. Most property transactions in the area last year included detached homes that sold an average of £657,598 for.