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    Belinda Aspinall
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    Anoymous Post – can you help

    We are currently researching areas for a move from North London, looking for somewhere commutable to London (husband works in the city so Waterloo or London Bridge stations are good), good schools, community etc. we have a 3 year old and a 18 month old so groups for toddlers/preschools/parks etc, we’re quite outdoorsy so like the thought of access to countryside. Happy for up to an hour commute on train. Ideally it would be close enough to another town for jobs for me or have a good job market in itself as I would prefer not to commute to London for work myself. The areas we are looking at are; Oxted, Tunbridge Wells, & Haslemere. Anyone living in those areas who could comment on what they’re like would be really helpful. Thanks

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    Christine
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    This part of Kent us grea. We live in Hildenborough and love it. Regular Direct trains @45 mins for commuting into London bridge/waterloo/Cannon Street Charing x. Good mix of towns nearby ie Sevenoaks Tonbridge Tunbridge Wells. Lots of shops too.- and theres a mall in TW if tsh that suits. Nurseries and schools are good I hear too. In each of the 3 above theres a good mix independent and chain restaurants cafes etc. We probably go to sevenoaks more than the others but between all three – plus good rural pubs- all our needs are met here. Just a shame we both work in central London!

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    Shasha
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    Have you thought about Windsor? Around 56 mins to Waterloo, plus there is another route into London via slough to Paddington. Lovely town, and minutes to the countryside and windsor great park which is glorious.

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    pickymum
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    We moved to a village near Petersfield in Hampshire, which is about an hour from waterloo (some trains slightly longer) and one stop down from Haslemere. It’s right in the South Downs National Park so lots of outdoorsy things to do. The schools are all great and there are some excellent nurseries. We are only 40 mins from beach one way and an hour from London the other. It is close to Guildford, Winchester, Southampton and Chichester too for jobs outside London. Lots of young families and loads of toddler groups and a lovely big Heath with a big playground and lake. The town and surrounding villages all have amazing communities so we would highly recommend it!

    #19803

    One stone to maybe consider turning over is the Thameslink line from Peterborough which switches from Kings Cross to St Pancras in May and in so doing gives direct access to London Bridge you mention. It’s possibly an opportunity to get more for your money, nice countryside and the hour commute. Here’s an excerpt :

    From May next year this train (Peterborough, Huntingdon, St Neots, Sandy, Biggleswade, Arlesley, Hitchin, Stevenage and Finsbury Park)and others like it will start to run through new tunnels to join the cross-London Thameslink route to give passengers:
    new direct services to the following central London stations:
    St Pancras International
    Farringdon (connections with Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line to Heathrow and Canary Wharf from December 2018)
    City Thameslink (for the City)
    London Blackfriars (for the City, the South Bank, Tate Modern and Globe Theatre)
    London Bridge (for connections to Kent and south London)
    New direct links to Gatwick Airport
    A quicker and more efficient travel experience, saving passengers’ time by reducing the need to use the Tube

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    jo
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    We live in Lewes – 64 mins from London. Perhaps a little further out than you would like? I can’t recommend it highly enough though, we moved from Stoke Newington and have never looked back. It’s an amazing place and we can go to the beach after school on a summers day. Brighton is also only 15 mins away which is great and nice for the kids when they are teenagers!

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    Helen
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    Hi Belinda

    Have you considered Winchester? It’s a great place for young families with excellent schools and surrounded by stunning countryside plus the fast train from Winchester to Waterloo takes under an hour so it could be your perfect city!

    Employment is high in Winchester but many Winchester residents also have the opportunity to work in other local cities such as Basingstoke, Southampton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Newbury which are between 30 minutes and an hour’s drive from the city.

    The south coast beaches and beautiful New Forest are less than an hours drive too for active weekends cycling, sailing, horse riding, or walking with the children.

    I run a home search and school information business in Winchester and cover the whole of Hampshire. Do feel free to call for a chat or meet for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss the area further and perhaps inspire a move to this neck of the woods.

    All the best

    Helen
    http://www.mulberryhomesearch.co.uk
    07765 250953

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