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16 March 2016

King West

A Move to The Country

Moving to the country can be a daunting prospect and quite rightly. The considerations are endless, not only when purchasing the actual house but most importantly - where. Location is key. The allure of the country is as strong as ever but in a highly competitive market, it is simply not good enough to have a local butcher and a famer’s market anymore. The change of life needs to encompass so much more, from ease of commute to confirmation that the Ocado man can access the property.

 

Schooling is often a driving force behind many moves to the country and with it, a whole raft of issues. Will the children be going on the bus, driven or walking? Does the bus even go to the hamlet you have earmarked? How many other children live in the area and will the prospective country parent be spending more hours ferrying the kids about than on the train commuting to the city? Luckily the Leicestershire and Stamford areas have a plethora of high quality, leading schools to chose from and nearly all in the independent sector accommodate flexi boarding to some degree. The local Grammar Schools in Bourne and Grantham are revered and the state sector offers multiple schools reaching Outstanding on the Ofsted chart.

 

The commute is often a topic of conversation that raises eyebrows. Making your way to and from the station is something that your agent will know all about – there are hotspots that need to be taken into account and only a local agent with years of experience in the area can do that for you. They will be able to advise which villages will get you the best access to your chosen station but retain village life and beauty, where the best village pub and cricket team are and if there is a shoot, should you fancy dusting off the family Purdey.

 

This Dickensian area isn’t repeatedly voted onto lists for the best place to live, the best place to bring up children and the best commuter town in the UK without good reason; picture postcard villages, chocolate box houses, listed buildings; thriving arts and culinary scenes, great schools and a quicker commute to London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds than some London postcode tube rides to name but a few. At King West we have helped countless people make the move to our beautiful corner of the UK and continue to do so. What we do not know simply not worth writing on the back of an award winning local pubs beer mat!

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