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    I’m a single woman, active, living/working in London. I’ve been considering the to move out of London for a number of years and have finally decided to do it. I love to walk/hike and am looking for somewhere quiet and peaceful, however not entirely too sleepy as I am on my own.

    I’m looking for as many recommendations as possible as I plan to spend the next 6 months figuring out where I want to live. I own and ideally will rent my flat in London, rent for a while and then possibly buy.

    I’d be interested in recommendations within the counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire, Ideally I’m looking for a village feel that has a sense of community and would be appropriate for a single woman (who doesn’t want to be single forever!)

    A direct commute into London is also a plus however I don’t have any preference for which station.

    Thank you.

    • This topic was modified 6 years ago by  Samantha.


    Hi Samantha
    I can recommend Sherston in Wiltshire – it is a thriving community with so much going on including a drama society, boules, book club, drawing class, choir, adult tap, line-dancing, salsa. There’s a couple of pubs, hairdresser, amazing village shop – the hub of the village, nursery and primary school. It’s in the heart of the cotswolds. Easy to get to – either to Chippenham or Kemble station. 25 minutes from Bath and Cirencester.
    If you do come this way, a very active Facebook page “Sherston, what’s occurring” where you can ask any question and get support from the community.
    Best of luck with your decisions. Great idea to rent first so that you can get a feel for the area.



    Hi Samantha,
    Buckinghamshire is great for walking we have the Chiltern Society a Walking Group which is very active, see link below:

    There are a variety of villages/towns around that would work for you with a short journey into London. For instance there is Amersham where the commute is 39 mins in to Marylebone and it’s the beginning of the Chiltern Hills and has beautiful walks. It is a metro town and lots of people live there who have moved out of London so you’ll not feel too isolated.
    There are lots of villages around also we run a relocation company and have a free resource of area guides you can access here. These give you area populations, facilities, eateries, schools etc they may be worth having a look.
    If you need any further help give us a call. Sharon Chiltern Relocation.


    Belinda Aspinall

    Other areas that came up for a similar discussion on our facebook group are

    Tunbridge Wells
    Winchester. Great links to London. Lovely town but very easy access to countryside – South Downs, new forest and the coast.
    Amersham, Gerrards Cross, any of The Chalfonts, Princes Risborough. Lots round here!
    Chichester! Coast, beaches, culture, shops and South Downs National Park + direct train to London (roughly 1.5h) and easy access to Southampton airport or a bit further to Gatwick.



    Thank you for your suggestions. I’ve started a list (in Excel!) and plan to start visiting/researching. This is greatly appreciated!




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