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Re: Thinking about moving to England - where would you live (or not live!) and why??

My vote would be for York or Knaresborough. I've been lucky enough to visit a few times and really liked both places. Will be interested to hear where you end up should you decide to move.
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Old 21.01.2015, 22:06
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Re: Thinking about moving to England - where would you live (or not live!) and why??

I've already told my husband that they only way I would move back to the UK would be to Harrogate (North Yorkshire).
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Old 21.01.2015, 22:08
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I've already told my husband that they only way I would move back to the UK would be to Harrogate (North Yorkshire).
Harrogate is gorgeous! And it has a Betty's.
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Harrogate is gorgeous! And it has a Betty's.
Indeed! I only drink Betty's Tea Room Blend! I am a native of West Yorkshire so after being in CH I think I'll fancy an upgrade
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Old 21.01.2015, 22:14
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Indeed! I only drink Betty's Tea Room Blend! I am a native of West Yorkshire so after being in CH I think I'll fancy an upgrade
… I was born in Northallerton … Not quite Harrogate, but it too has a Bettys… Mmmmm.
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Old 21.01.2015, 22:27
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Harrogate is gorgeous! And it has a Betty's.
And on the topic of Swiss moving to UK did you know that's how Bettys started?
http://www.bettysandtaylors.co.uk/ab.../our-story.php
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Indeed! I only drink Betty's Tea Room Blend! I am a native of West Yorkshire so after being in CH I think I'll fancy an upgrade
It's all about the Scottish Breakfast Tea.
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Same as all the above- depends on so many things.

If I/we moved back, it would be to the East Midlands- lovely countryside and stone villages and towns- but so close to vibrant and multicultural Leicester- fast and very regular trains to London St Pancras (1 hour, every half hour till late), excellent access to M1/A1/M11, Luton and Stansted for EasyJet to all of Europe. And of course very reasonable prices for rents and house/flat purchase. Market Harborough is a favourite.
Lots of really nice places mentioned- but again, for us, too far from London and other places we love. Forgot to mention that fast trains go to St Pancras in 1 hour, where we can pick up TGV to Switzerland and other European cities without having to change stations. Brilliant. And also the price of housing isvery high in most areas mentioned, apart from parts of Yorkshire.

Biased, well perhaps- as after a few years in London (Isleworth, Putney and Roehampton) and a few years in Staffs, I lived 35 years in East Leicestershire. Happy days.

You cannot believe how pretty the East Leics/Rutland towns and villages are- mellow stone and Collyweston or Swithland slate, as lovely as the Cotswolds but without the tourists and souvenir shops, and great butchers, grocers, ironmongers, etc.
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Re: Thinking about moving to England - where would you live (or not live!) and why??

London, I love and hate it in equal measures but it'll always be home.
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Old 21.01.2015, 23:13
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And on the topic of Swiss moving to UK did you know that's how Bettys started?
http://www.bettysandtaylors.co.uk/ab.../our-story.php
Well! There you go....it's fate...and adds weight to my cause should we ever go back! Thanks!
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I've already told my husband that they only way I would move back to the UK would be to Harrogate (North Yorkshire).
Harrogate is lovely but it is rather expensive albeit not quite Swiss levels of expensive.

I'm from West Yorkshire and would go back there but only to certain parts.
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Old 22.01.2015, 09:34
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Hmmm - I often ponder the same thing - we've been overseas for 20 years now (our son lives in the US and daughter lives on the Isle of Wight). We still have our little house in a commuter village in south west Essex which we've rented out for all these years (originally it was supposed to be an expat posting for 12-18 months and we still haven't gone home lol!).

The Guardian newspaper runs a series on 'Let's Move To......' which has been ongoing for a few years now, covers most if not all of the regions of the UK and is worth taking a look at:

http://www.theguardian.com/money/series/letsmoveto (350 results!!!)

If money were no object I'd love to live in the Cotswolds as it is so easy to get to Oxford and London for the 'big city' cultural fix. However on trips back to the UK in the last 3 or 4 years I've had short stays on the coast in north Norfolk, a stable conversion near Dartmouth, Devon and a week in a flat (originally a huge house) in Buxton, Derbyshire (a lovely Spa town, large well kept houses - I saw no litter or graffiti, very inexpensive and beautiful parks and countryside...it is the Peak District of course.

I greatly enjoyed exploring the local areas and obviously the further you are from London commuters and 'weekenders' with second homes the more bang for your buck with property prices. If you need to be near London for work (especially if just for a couple of days a week) then Thaxted in Essex is an ancient market town and very nice indeed.

My late parents-in-law lived in Wilmslow, Cheshire (although my spouse and his siblings grew up in Bristol) and it is also an attractive area, apparently the 'stockbroker' belt of the Manchester area....quite a few TV celebs based in Manchester (Granada studios) and football players live around there.

Wow that's probably the best post I've seen in months!

That link you posted has gone to the top of my bookmarks list ha ha
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Old 22.01.2015, 09:42
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Re: Thinking about moving to England - where would you live (or not live!) and why??

How about the Wirral? We lived there for 6 years before we moved to Switzerland. Bought a house just outside Ellesmere Port so was very easy to get to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester as well as plenty of countryside (Cheshire Plain and nearby Wales). People seemed more friendly and not such a hectic lifestyle as you get down in the south.
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Re: Thinking about moving to England - where would you live (or not live!) and why??

Thank you everyone who replied with their suggestions, I would have individually thanked people but i don't seem to have the "thanks" button at the moment.
I have been looking at a lot of them, and the links provided and it has certainly introduced me to some places I would not have thought of!
It's interesting how alot of people would go back to places they come from or have previously lived.
I realise that I didn't really give enough info to start with, and as a lot of you pointed out, everyone likes different things and Hirzel is not for everyone (how did you remember I had lived there Glendyn?!!) I know a lot of people love the country (including some of my family) but I would be the first volunteer if the BBC ever make a programme called "Escape from the country"!
So still internet looking for houses with schools not too far away, I'm leaning towards south Manchester/Cheshire, maybe as far south as Crewe - so if anyone has any opinions on anywhere in these areas and would like to share them I would be grateful.
Thanks again everyone, appreciate you all taking the time to answer.
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Old 01.03.2015, 19:35
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Re: Thinking about moving to England - where would you live (or not live!) and why??

I spent most of my life in Cheshire if you have any questions.

Don't live in Crewe, it's a dump. But Sandbach, Holmes Chapel, Congleton, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Knutsford are all beautiful.
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Re: Thinking about moving to England - where would you live (or not live!) and why??

Thanks for the response, and the offer to answer questions. Which places have you lived in?


Here's my first question, after the "Crewe is a dump" tip!


What about south of Crewe, just from rightmove.com there seem to be some nice houses, and not too expensive, but I don't know that area, and I'm not sure if it's small villages, and I don't particularly like small villages!


I've been looking at most of the other places you mentioned, except I forgot about Congleton. I'll check that out later!
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Re: Thinking about moving to England - where would you live (or not live!) and why??

My Sister lives to the South West of Crewe, near Nantwich, that's quite nice. To the East of Crewe, Haslington is ok and Alsager is nice. Just stay out of Crewe itself, also if you have kids, make sure you are not in the catchment area for Crewe schools. It's all small villages around there, even the towns Nantwich and Sandbach aren't very big.


Edit: I grew up and went to school in Sandbach. After that I've lived in Mobberley, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Congleton.
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Lived in Brentford, Isleworth, Roehampton and Putney, in West London. Then Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-u-Lyme, later East Leicestershire in 3 separate locations, latterly in Market Harborough. I'd happily go back there- as said, not far from London, Peak District, Norfolk, Cotwolds- great Mway and rail connections- and fabulous shopping and eating in Leicester. And relatively reasonable prices.

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TIP: trainspotters live in Crewe; truckspotters in Sandbach.
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