A fresh approach to the weekend; family walks and muddy boots, autumn leaves that are kicked and rustled by young feet, log fires and hot chocolate with just a dusting of cinammon, cuddling under a blanket watching lazy dogs…enjoying your new life in the country.
Properties in the Countryside near Bath
Surrounding the beautiful Georgian city of Bath is rolling countryside with stunning villages including Castle Combe in Wiltshire which is regularly featured in films and television period dramas. If you are looking for a village life or a quieter market town then there is a choice of outstanding locations a short drive from Bath allowing an easy commute. If you prefer you can opt for one of the villages on the train line to Bradford on Avon such as Freshford or Avoncliffe which would give you the benefit of a short train ride into the city.
Bradford on Avon
Bradford on Avon itself provides excellent facilities though not on the same scale as Bath but has major supermarkets and many quirky shops as well as restaurants and eating houses to suit many budgets.
Frome is another market town conveniently connected by the train which is thriving at the moment and has a lovely period feel to the town centre. Babbington House is nearby which brings the occasional celebrity to town including David Beckham on one occasion. There are lovely villages close to Chippenham where you can easily catch the mainline train into London or further north you can venture into the Cotswolds which is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has some lovely property in some stunning scenery both of which is world famous for you are prepared to pay a little bit more for it.
There are different considerations when thinking of a move out of a city and of course one of these is the price to pay for your home. In the current market in general you are going to be able to purchase a larger property for the same amount outside of the city of Bath. Other points might be the lack of neighbours which can be a good thing and a larger garden to occupy your time. There is a good choice of varying size houses available in the market; though the most popular are probably the family sized houses of four to five bedrooms, often period farmhouses which can be in short supply being normally only one per farm!
Bath and beyond
Just a short drive out to the surrounding countryside you can find many peaceful villages and hamlets. A lot of these being built in the same honey coloured stone as that of the city. Not far and you are crossing the border into Wiltshire on the eastern side with its own special charms and providing a short, commutable, distance into town. Much of the countryside is crisscrossed by footpaths and bridleways with plenty of opportunities for leisure activities or equestrian pursuits. You can find that many villages have active sports and social clubs and it is always, if possible, to get involved. This is also a particularly good way to integrate into village life, and don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the village yearly fete! It is equally possible to get away from it all in a secluded valley or a hamlet off the beaten track where just about all you can hear are birdsong and the occasional cattle. These can of course wake you very early in the morning during the summer months, this being probably the best time to be in the countryside of course. Country pursuits can be a big part of life out of town if you want them to be. The Avonvale hunt are quite active in the area plus there is plenty of opportunity to join local shoots and some excellent river on the River Bourne.