Are you considering an escape to the country?
Fenn Wright have a huge number of village properties on their books, but if you’re used to town life, should you take the plunge and try out the rural idyll? Yes, says Karl Manning, Residential Manager at Fenn Wright in Chelmsford, but choose the location carefully if local amenities are important to you.
“Village life remains a very popular choice for all age groups,” says Karl Manning, Fenn Wright’s Residential Sales Manager in Chelmsford, “but this is particularly true for villages that are not too isolated and within a reasonable distance of a range of amenities.
“Transport links are an important consideration, particularly for those who are under or over the sensible age for driving, so regular buses and a train station not too far away are factors to bear in mind if you are opting for village life.
“A local shop can be a lifeline, while the vanishing village pub has always been a great place to meet up with locals. Medical facilities such as a doctor’s surgery and pharmacy are other services buyers should look out for, and of course, if you have school-age children, the quality of local schooling and ease of transport there and back is of vital importance.
“Having a vibrant local community around can be really life enhancing, but, equally, I meet a lot of former townees who find it disconcerting that half the village know all your business probably even before you do! “
Among a wide range of properties in all price brackets, an attractive and characterful cottage in a small village between Chelmsford and Great Dunmow close to the village of Great Waltham has extra space for all sorts of leisure activities for the family and visiting guests.