Belinda Aspinall

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  • in reply to: Single, 42, active, ready for the countryside #17528

    Belinda Aspinall
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    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.
    Cambridge!
    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.
    Bath
    Christchurch.

    in reply to: Cheam vs Ewell village #17465

    Belinda Aspinall
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    We moved to West Ewell (Ewell Village’s less pretty sister) from Wandsworth Town just over a year ago and haven’t looked back since.
    Like other people have mentioned, it’s astonishing how much more house you get for money in this area than you do in SW18/19, and that was a major draw for us. West Ewell is cheaper than Ewell Village, and is less ‘villagey’ and more commuter belt but I love it nonetheless – it’s a short walk into the village so best of both really. Steer clear of the Watermead side of Ruxley Lane if looking in West Ewell, but other than that, Ewell Village and west Ewell are both lovely.

    I don’t know how old your children are but the local primary schools are all good/outstanding and it’s much, much more likely that you will get into a school that you want around here than in Wimbledon. My daughter started at West Ewell Infants today so can’t really say much about it and I don’t know a huge amount about the local secondaries other than to say that Nonsuch Girls Grammar and Tolworth Girls are always highly rated. Ewell Castle (independent) is also excellent. I have a couple of friends with children there and they are very happy with it.

    Ewell Village is lovely, but small. Cheam definitely has more to it, but personally I like that it has the little independent shops and it has a lovely village my community feel. It’s also close enough to London that you still get Amazon same day delivery! The shops are somewhat limited but it’s close enough to Epsom, which has a bigger choice and is very lovely, that it’s not problematic. Also only 15 mins drive to Kingston.

    Loads of outside space too – also very close to Nonsuch Park, and there is a huge nature reserve which runs along the Hogsmill River from Ewell Village to West Ewell.

    My husband and I catch the train from
    Stoneleigh, which is one stop closer to London than West Ewell (which is the closest station to the Village), into Waterloo and there are trains about every 20 mins. Trains go through Wimbledon and Clapham Junction so it’s pretty handy.
    Ewell East goes into Victoria. I’ve never caught the train from there so can’t comment on that.

    I love living around here. I’ve found Ewell to be a
    really friendly place, and we’ve had no problems settling in easily. We’d lived in Wandsworth for about 10 years and thought it would be really hard
    to leave but haven’t found that at all. Even if we did though, a very quick dash up the A3 and we’d be back! Road connections are really handy if you travel a lot.

    Basically, both Cheam and Ewell Village are lovely places and I would recommend both as good places to come and look at. Join us!

    I hope that’s helpful. I’m very happy to try and help if you have any other questions.

    in reply to: Cheam vs Ewell village #17453

    Belinda Aspinall
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    Hi Belinda, we moved to Cheam 6 months ago so still finding our feet a bit. We moved from Earlsfield and the main reason for moving was the space. What you can get for your money compared to Wandsworth or Wimbledon is quite substantial. My husband works at London Bridge and the train from Cheam goes straight to London Bridge which is great for him. It also goes to Victoria via Clapham Junction. With all the works at London Bridge the train has got slower but supposedly once the works are completed it will speed up again to 35 mins and be more frequent…..fingers crossed! My 4 year old started reception this week at St Dunstans C of E primary school in Cheam village so can’t really comment on what it is like yet but first impressions are good. All the local primary schools are rated good or outstanding by ofsted. There is also some good senior schools for boys and girls, Nonsuch High School for girls, Sutton Grammer for boys and plenty of prep schools and private schools if you want to go down that route. Cheam village isn’t huge but it has a number of coffee shops, hairdressers, a little waitrose, butcher, bakery, greengrocer, Cook, Pizza express, Prezzo and a Wildwood Deli has just opened up. There are also a number of independent shops and restaurants, one thing it is lacking is a good pub. It has some great parks with Cheam Park and Nonsuch Park and a brilliant kids playground and cafe on Cheam rec. If the traffic is good it can take me less than 20 mins to get to Wimbledon so I like the fact that it really isn’t that far/difficult to get back to my old stomping ground and friends. Hope that helps, if there are anymore questions just let me know.

    in reply to: 50+, single and sporty. Where after London? #17309

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    Another response from Carrie B

    I moved to East Sussex in my 60s and wished I had come before.
    Bexhill, and Cooden is ideal for this person – there are sea walks, cycling paths, and lots of other activities but is nowhere near as touristy or busy as Brighton while still offering plenty –
    I like Bexhill for its independent shops, cafes, selection of restaurants. Easy to get into the country as well as being by the sea. Buses to Eastbourne and Hastings in the opposite direction. I have never regretted moving here.

    Carrie B.
    Carrie Beeson FCIPR
    Independent PR and Marketing Consultant

    in reply to: 50+, single and sporty. Where after London? #17308

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    this reply came from one of our members

    Rye is a beautiful place – one of the original ‘Cinque Port Towns’ created by Henry VIII with pretty cobbled street and medieval buildings. There is a strong arts community in Rye with lots of galleries and artistic and cultural events. There are a good selection of day to day shops and individual boutiques. It is much quieter than Brighton, that’s for sure! From Gail

    in reply to: 50+, single and sporty. Where after London? #17266

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    Our facebook group have been sharing their ideas on your move! You can read the thread here or see some of the ideas below

    Tunbridge Wells

    Winchester. Great links to London. Lovely town but very easy access to countryside – South Downs, new forest and the coast.

    Cambridge

    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.

    Bath

    Christchurch

    in reply to: where to live in Amersham? #17261

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

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    There are very few areas in Amersham that are bad and the industrial estates would obviously have higher levels of traffic during the week but then be quiet at the weekends. They are not as far as i know heavy manufacturing estates so noise shouldn’t be too bad. The Scholars Way estate does back onto a block of flats which used to have a bad reputation but I think it is much improved now. You need to bear in mind that even though you are in the catchment for St George’s you may well not get in as it is very popular. As for nurseries there are several good ones. Maryland Preschool in Chesham Bois is excellent and there is also Henry Allen and Linfield. May be worth visiting them and seeing which one is the right one for you. As regards budget you may get more for your money in Chesham. Let me know if you need any more information.

    in reply to: where to live in Amersham? #17260

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    We posted this question on our facebook group and this was a reply. If you’d like to be put in direct contact with this recent move either join the group or let me know and I’ll connect you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/lifeafterlondon/

    Hi like you we moved out of London to Amersham and whilst I can’t comment on the developments you have named, can let you know that we are right on the edge of Amersham (rather than in the thick of it) and really like it. I liked Chesham Bois alot but a house in the right price range didn’t come up but really like it here (we are just off London Road East).

    With regards to our move – So far so good although it has only been a month. People are friendly and it is a good balance of busy/quiet. Kids have joined a few local clubs and seem to be settling well 🙂

    in reply to: Moving to Chalfont St Peter #17251

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    A reply from a nearby resident

    CSP is a nice village/town. Though obviously not as good as CSG! The village school is one of few academies at infant/junior level in the area and is well regarded. Don’t know about specific baby toddler groups but there will be some as there are in all areas around here. Most of the village is pleasant but Leachcroft isn’t where I would choose to live.

    in reply to: Counties reconnaissance #17212

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    We will send this question to out to all our members in Surrey but I wanted to post an instant reply to say yes! It is so worth visiting the areas. Whilst you might not get to know them well you’ll get a feel for a place and perhaps you’ll be able to strike it off the list, or firmly decide you want to find out more. It’s worth popping in to a few estate agents too, getting a feel for your budget and doing a bit of school research too. All of this should be done in the early stages to help you build a picture. I’d also recommend getting a decent map and keeping notes – it’s easy to assume you won’t forget your thoughts but the more research you do the harder it is to remember your thoughts on everywhere.

    in reply to: Marlborough surveyor #17174

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    Other options

    Geoff Hunt 07983 674232 Check http://www.geoffrey-hunt.com

    Woolley and Wallis – Chris Powell – based in Marlborough

    Phillip Nicholson at Carter Jonas in Marlborough

    in reply to: Moving to Claygate needing advice on Nurseries #16993

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    Andrew dewar from Curchods here. Below is some info on nursery schools from my Esher office manager.
    Bright Horizons in Hinchly Wood (walking distance from Claygate (on one side of the town anyway!) and feeds the best local schools)
    OR
    Horseshoe Day nursery, Sandown, Esher (next to Esher station and used by LOTS of Esher/Claygate residents who commute – for obvious reasons).
    Good luck If we can help on anything else feel free to contact me

    in reply to: Moving to Claygate needing advice on Nurseries #16988

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    Claygate Mums have a facebook page which you might like too.
    The link is here

    in reply to: Moving from W1 Central London to TN4 (Twells) #16978

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    I’m so sorry I’ve only just seen your follow up question – what is happening at the moment? How can we help now? Did you make a decision?

    in reply to: Commuting from Banbury #16977

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    A post from our facebook group –

    I know Banbury well as I was brought up in South Warwickshire and went to school in Bloxham, just a couple of miles from Banbury. North Oxfordshire is a beautiful part of the country and the commute to Marylebone is now quick and easy, especially during peak times. I have been lucky enough to conduct several property searches in the area for clients moving from London. I believe that the quality of life that the move would offer would be really worth it!

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