May 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm #18521
Hi all, considering the big move from London to Bath and seen two houses one in town on borders of Landsown / Charlcombe and the other in a village called Bathford. We hadn’t considered a village before but you certainly get a bigger garden. We are a mixed race family so not sure we’d fit in to village life, am I wrong? Everyone talks about the terrible traffic into Bath so would it be better to be in the city with a smaller garden and perhaps a more diverse set of people? Does anyone know anything about Bathford primary or do lots of kids go to the schools in Bath? Thanks!May 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm #18532
Toby @ ResideMember
Hi Lynn. You certainly get a bit more for your money the further out of the city centre you go. If outside space and/or allocated parking is your priority, you’ll find more joy looking on the outskirts of Bath in areas such as Batheaston, Bathford & Bathampton, all of which are only about 10 minutes from the city centre.
However, outside space isn’t impossible to find in more central areas such as Lansdown, Larkhall, Combe Down & Widcombe, so it’s worth considering both; but these areas will be more expensive than the villages surrounding Bath.
In terms of diversity, I think that the city and villages are fairly similar. Bath & its surrounding areas are very welcoming, and I hope you would feel at home in either location.
I don’t have first-hand experience of Bathford Primary, but I see it has an Outstanding OSTED rated and although it only has 183 pupils (relatively small) it was not over-subscribed in 2016.
Good luck with your house hunt!May 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm #18533
As Toby has mentioned the Bath area is quite diverse and therefore this concern shouldn’t have a bearing on where you decided to live.
In regards to traffic, it really depends where you’re traveling too, the time or day etc. Outside rush hour it’s generally quite easy to get around.
Bathford is a lovely village but only has a primary school, so you might want to consider if you have kids who are about or will move in the next few years to a secondary school how this will effect your mornings/afternoons and whether this might add time pressures you don’t currently have. As for schooling in general, Bath a great mix of highly rated options, including both private and public.
Depending on budget do look at Coombe Down, Weston, Lansdown in addition to villages like Bathford, Corston and Kingsdown.
I hope that helps you? I’d be delighted to answer any other questions you have.
Ashley J. Saunders
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