The UK is a haven for scenic landscapes, rolling hills and endless stretches of green. But where can you find your perfect home here if you’re looking to take the plunge? Living on the rural side certainly comes with its benefits and whether you simply need a break from the city or you know your a village life lover spellbound by farmers markets and wide open spaces, moving to the countryside could really transform your outlook on life.
Just south of the Capital city, Surrey is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the bright lights of London life. With the Surrey Hills on your doorstep and quaint little villages that really bring out the charm, Surrey is a gem in the South of England with just about everything you want from rural life. Home to the town of Guildford, you can still get a little dressed up and hit the town when the local pub and the friendly neighbourhood warmth feels a little too small for the occasion. And you can also get yourself on the property ladder here for less with the government scheme Shared Ownership Surrey. A great little county with some enchanting scenery, Surrey is a dream for any countryside lover.
Known as “The Garden of England”, Kent is an enviably beautiful county in the South of England that is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes the UK boasts. With the Kent Downs named “An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, the scenery here can’t be overstated. Kent is home to many towns and villages all benefitting from the majestic landscape and leisurely pace of life. Shared Ownership Kent is also available here for first time buyers and you will be falling in love with just about everything this region has to offer from the long stretches of white sandy coastline to the arundel castles that pepper the landscape.
The Lake District
A muse of poets, artists and authors alike, this northern stretch of hills and lakes is under no question as to why this area has captured so many imaginations, inspirations and hearts. From thatched cottages to kooky cafes and majestic lakes that seem to span miles into the sublime chaotic valleys, there is something magical that the Lake District exudes that so many historical figures have captured. Carved out by the ice Age this area has been untouched landscape for millenia and a part from the boat rides in summer and the busy ice cream parlours on the jetty, you could walk along these cobbled streets and believe you were in the simplicity and enchantment of quite a different century altogether.
Perhaps a lesser well known region that packs just as much quirk and charm as the others, Maidstone is quintessential English Countryside town with scattered villages into the High Weald and Kent Downs boasting some sublime views of the moors and meadows just outside. Also home to some great schools, a warm community and unbeatable train links to London and beyond, shared ownership Maidstone is a real steal.