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I am a search agent and I help people buy property south of Bath and I would say you would really enjoy Frome as a place to live. There are lots of cafes, individual shops and a great Art scene. If you want something more rural there are some lovely villages around Frome where there is a great sense of community. Lots do enjoy Mells primary school as it attracts people from all around and Mells is a beautiful village but not much comes up for sale there. All Hallows is a fantastic private prep school nearby. Wells is also lovely with lot’s going on, as is the area known as Chew Valley which is equidistant between Bristol and Bath so you can have a double city fix! There’re lots of cycle paths in the Chew Valley and also a sailing club, great primary schools and a choice of two good secondary schools in the area. It’s a matter of doing lots of talking to people and having a drive about.
There is too much to say in one reply but I hope this helps.
Amanda Ake Stacks Property Search
I have lived in the Chew Valley area for 15 years and love it.Firstly Blagdon and then Litton. In my opinion it has the best of both worlds. It’s close enough to Bristol and Bath but you feel like you amid beautiful countryside with all the benefits that has to offer. My three children had the fortune of attending local toddler groups and schools. The Chew Valley is made up of lots of different villages all with their own community. It’s just working out which villages you prefer the feel of. It’s worth looking at the primary schools as the school years come round very quickly and it’s better to be close to your preferred school so you are in the catchment area as you can travel about to toddler groups and it is a relatively short period that you will use them comparative to school. East Harptree, Chew Magna and Wrington are all lovely villages commutable to Bristol. Chewton Mendip towards Wells is a lovely area with a great school. The villages South of Bath can have higher priced property due to the ease of access to Bath city centre ie only 7/8 miles as opposed to 13/16 miles from the Chew Valley but are also extremely nice. I do love Wellow but it is pricey! You can’t go wrong with either as both are really sought after areas. Hope that helps.December 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm in reply to: Property wanted for new life in the country – Somerset or Devon #6453
I live in North Somerset and help people relocate this area or work with my colleagues at Stacks Property Search to cover a much larger search area of Somerset and Devon. I think you are right pool all your advice and talk to as many people as possible. There are some fantastic properties on the Mendips that I have come across overtime that would be a perfect alpaca home and offer your wife some superb riding country. There are some lovely villages in North Somerset that offer all the benefits of rural living with the convenience of being close enough to Bath and Bristol to get in and out relatively easily. I could go on.. You will have to decide whether it is the property that will dictate where you move to or if the location is more important. You will find the amount of new properties coming to the market is very low at the moment in the run up to Christmas. However there will be lots of agents valuing in January so hopefully you will see a property that suits early next year. Good luck!