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Somerset

Why?

While known for some of the most beautiful spots in the UK, Somerset has so much more to offer than rolling hills and sleepy villages. With bustling business centres and a variety of heritage trades, Somerset is a great place for those looking to get away from busy city life.

What’s on?

Somerset is the setting of the music festival Glastonbury, and is also home to over 400 different types of apple ciders. On top of its beautiful landscapes, living in Somerset puts you in close proximity to coastlines such as Weston-super-Mare, as well as some of the best holiday destinations in the UK, such as Cornwall. There are also a myriad of museums in the county, including the Roman Baths and the Jane Austen Centre, both in Bath.

Types of property?

Somerset is home to over 100,000 listed buildings and unique homes as well as semi detached and terraced houses.

Average property price?

£420,010

Buckinghamshire

Why?

Places in Buckinghamshire including Gerrards Cross, the Chalfonts, Beaconsfield and Amersham are popular for their closeness to London, good transport links and the M4. There are some lovely villages in the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

What’s on?

Buckinghamshire is great for equestrian pursuits - ride the Ridgeway bridle path or learn to play Polo - there are several clubs that offer lessons for beginner and experienced riders. Go mountain biking at Aston Hill, or visit one of the many museums such as the Chiltern Open Air or Roald Dahl Museum.

Types of property?

Charming 17th century cottages and farmhouse conversions can be found in the villages of the Chiltern’s hills. Popular small towns and larger villages have some graceful Georgian and Victorian properties and there are also many modern mansions.

Average property price?

£417,595

Hampshire

Why?

Hampshire is a beautiful county with coastal areas and stunning countryside. It’s also home to England’s largest intact area of ancient woodland, the New Forest.

What’s on?

Hampshire has a huge amount of wildlife attractions such as Marwell Wildlife, the New Forest Reptile Centre and Wildlife Park and the Hawk Conservatory Trust to name a few. Winchester Cathedral is of course worth a visit but also Beaulieu is a wonderful family day out. It’s also full of museums such as the Museum of Naval Firepower and Submarine Museum, Milestone which is a ‘living village’ museum and the Winchester Science Centre.

Types of property?

Country Estates, Victorian detached houses as well as farm and barn conversions. You can also find a mix of more contemporary properties along the coast line.

Average property price?

£337,653

East Sussex

Why?

Home to medieval villages, patchwork countryside and gorgeous coastlines, East Sussex has a rich and fascinating history. If you are torn between the rolling countryside and the quintessential British coast, then it’s the perfect place to live.

What’s on?

For the adventurous, try hang gliding or paragliding over the Downs. Visit the site of the Battle of Hastings where an audio tour will take you through the events of 1066. A steam train ride on the Bluebell Railway in Spring is a delightful way to see the scenery. And of course take a trip to bustling Brighton for sun, sea and a bit of shopping!

Types of property?

Period country homes will be found in all sizes from cottage upwards and more recently built homes can be found too, especially in coastal areas. Expect to pay a premium for a sea view.

Average property price?

£353,820

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