Moving out, or out out?

Are you thinking about swapping the city for a more rural setting, but not sure how far you want to go, or how willing you are to give up on your urban ways? Well, we are going to look at the benefits of moving to a smaller city VS a town VS a village, and what you can expect from living in each.

Smaller Cities

If you can’t imagine a life without Uber, Deliveroo and the general buzz of a city, then moving to a very rural area might not be right for you. But, London isn’t the only city in England where you can meet friends spontaneously for cocktails after work on a Friday, or get your favourite curry delivered to your door. There are lots of other smaller cities that are really popular, and not too far from London for you to pop in and go to your favourite lunchtime spot!


Bristol is known for its art scene and culture, but another reasons to consider this popular city is the transport links, with direct trains into London taking just over an hour and a half. Additionally just a short drive outside of the city is beautiful countryside and even beaches. Situated in the highly sought after Royal York Crescent, this two bedroom apartment is available to rent, and could be your perfect home to test out Bristol.


If you were hoping to be closer to the salty sea air, an easy commute into London but still want that buzzy metropolitan lifestyle then Brighton might be worth considering. Prospect Cottage is a three bedroom townhouse, in Rottingdean, which is just a short bus ride into central Brighton.


A town might be the perfect answer for you if you are wanting some extra space, but still want to be able to go for your morning coffee run. Living in an English countryside town, you will have plenty of choices when it comes to schooling, restaurants and shopping, but you will also be close enough to rural countryside to get outside and into the fresh air.

Tunbridge Wells

Royal Tunbridge Wells is a popular spa town in Kent. With direct trains into London taking less than an hour and a wide choice when it comes to schooling, restaurants and bars, Tunbridge Wells is very popular with commuters. This five bedroom family home, close to the station is ideal if you still have to commute into the office several days a week.


Windsor might be best known for its castle, but this beautiful market town has a lot more to offer than just that, with a range or schools, local attractions and beautiful architecture it’s a wonderful town to call home. And, this three bedroom period home might be the perfect place to rent and see how living in Windsor works for you.


Moving from a big city to a small village, can feel like a giant leap, but if you are yearning for green space, fresh air and more of a quiet life, then nothing else will do. You might not be able to get your daily coffee so easily, but there is something about the culture of most villages that just can’t be replicated; neighbours know one another, everyone supports local and if you go often enough the village pub will start to remember your order.


Bloxham is a village in North Oxfordshire on the edge of a valley. With primary, secondary and a public schooling, three pubs and several shops including a Post Office and local convenience, it is the perfect village for family life. And, this beautiful two bedroom thatched cottage, in the heart of the village is the perfect first family home here.


Bray, sometimes known as Bray-on-Thames is a large suburban village in Berkshire. Bray is well known for housing two of the five, three Michelin starred restaurants in the UK. This one bedroom cottage is in the heart of the Thames side village, and is the perfect property for a first time buyer, looking to move out of the city.

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