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June 1, 2016 at 11:49 am in reply to: Country/farm living for family ..still commutable to london #16950
We moved to High Ham 15 years ago. A little village with a sort after primary school, church, village hall and pub on a 300 foot hill above the levels between Langport and Somerton. We are mostly surrounded by countryside, views and SHEEP!You can get the Paddington line from Castle Cary or the Waterloo from Yeovil. However there is talk and an action group including MPs to reopen either/both Langport and Somerton stations. My children had the opportunity to roll in hay meadows, chase butterflies, pond dip, ride ponies keep ducks chickens sheep and a variety of dogs. They’ve been involved with lambing, bottle feeding and generally getting muddy. They all went to the village school https://slp5.somerset.org.uk/webs/highham/SitePages/Home.aspx and then on to the local secondary now an academy http://www.huishepiscopi.net/ My eldest Guy went on to UWE and now lives and works in Bristol, he brought his prospective in-laws to see us last weekend and show off where he grew up! Georgia went to Falmouth Uni and is now a design intern at Clarks HQ and youngest Phoebe is off to Brighton Uni in September. Theyre still friends with the children they met and grew up with in the village, though scattered all over the country/world, a few remain in the village. We made friends through our children at school and threw ourselves into village and school life, always something going on! Parent governors, pta & then parish council, I even got on the church flower rota and I dont go to church. Whereever you go its what you put into it that creates community, not everyone wants to, each to their own, but children are fabulous icebreakers! I’m being cheeky, our house/farm went on the market last night,(my husbands job has changed and we need to move closer to Bridport) I wont push my luck and post the link as will rightly be told off by Belinda, but search Rightmove there are several houses there to look at.
Apologies would’ve replied sooner, but had problems logging in as changed email.
Bee of life After London tweeted asking locals for advice. Moved to Somerset 15 years ago without a backward glance, wherever you go South West, you will wonder why you didn’t do it before. IntoSomerset did a survey and found that the average commute is 25 mins, though there often tractors, horse & riders and flocks of sheep on the road, they’re rarely at rush hour. There are many accountants and financial advisers throughout the region, just google for the towns like Taunton, Yeovil, Exeter, Yeovil, Dorchester etc Yes loads in Bath too, but if you want a change of pace, no parking or commuting issues look at the towns. Old Mill Accountants & Financial Planners have offices in Exeter, Melksham, Wells and Yeovil, they have these vacancies currently http://www.oldmillgroup.co.uk/careers/ as I could only reply earlier on Twitter I mentioned @OldMilAFP in my reply to Bee, they saw it and asked for your CVs! Go for it & good luck
Having lived in Shepperton and Weybridge I understand your concern. By summer 2016 Bristol Airport will have 10 million passengers a year, how exactly that will impact on air traffic pollution over Chew Magna I’m afraid I can’t tell you, but it certainly won’t be on the same scale as Heathrow. There so many more positives in moving to Chew Magna to outweigh additional air traffic in comparison to Surrey/Middx http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Chew-Magna-best-village-Britain-according-new/story-11248104-detail/story.html
To be certain you may have to delay your move to next year, or if relocating for work reasons rent initially to see how it impacts on your enjoyment of the area.
So many: Langport, Somerton, Charlton Adam*, Kingston St Mary*, Curry Rivel, North Curry*, Fivehead, Blagdon to name but a few, but check broadband levels as they vary hugely
Have just moved a family to Angersleigh.They have a toddler which is a handy way of making new friends, second best is getting a dog, which they are about to do. Theres a rescue centre at West Hatch, there are so many lovely walks and have found http://www.blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/Volunteering.html where there are lots of events throughout the year, and make like minded outdoor friends + the WI at Hemyock. There are excellent pubs in the area too with pub quiz evenings and skittling etc
If Sophie, my client finds any other interesting ways of meeting locals, I’ll come back and let you know.
Dont worry found an extensive list of pre schools in a 5 mile radius for you here http://www.schools-search.co.uk/school-search.php?Soutcode=TA16+5PT&type=Pre+School&radius=5&btnSubmit=Submit
Good luck with your move
Both areas are great places to bring up a family. The closer you are to Bristol the greater the house price and shorter the commute. You’d probably want to look off the A37 though as leads to Bristol, whereas A36 quicker to Bath. Chew areas lovely and panoramic and ideal if you are very active for walking, sailing, cycling etc. Norton St Philip and Wellow great villages too. Have you considered Mells (very popular village offering all you want above though a longer commute), Vobster or Kilmersdon? Illustreets is a v handy tool for school info and demographics. Choose a village with a shop and village hall and you cant go wrong. They’ll have a toddlers group in the village hall and with the shop too you’ll get to meet locals quickly.
From Taunton to Paddington yes they do http://www.thetrainline.com/train-times/taunton-to-london-paddington times vary hugely.
GigiDecember 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm in reply to: Property wanted for new life in the country – Somerset or Devon #6445
I am a property search agent and I cover the whole of Somerset. You didn’t mention desired price you wish to pay. There are several equestrian properties and farm houses with annexes, some established B&B’s or with holiday lets or consent for holiday lets between £600k-£975k in South Somerset, Quantocks and North Somerset. They range from ~ A 4 bed equestrian property with planning permission to extend and a range of outbuildings with consent to create holiday lets and 5 acres GP £595k ~ A 7 bed medieval house with 2 annexes and outbuildings + 11.3 acres £875k ~ or 5 bed farmhouse with 2 holiday cottages and former piggery with pp to convert to a third holiday cottage, stabling and 3 acres £975k.
Somerset has lots of market towns with a vast wealth of local produce. Wells and Glastonbury are popular tourist attractions with many very pretty Mendip villages nearby, ideal for holiday lets/B&B and not far for day trips to Bath or Bristol. Bristol airport is fabulously convenient and civilised, last trip back landed and was in car in long stay within 15 mins!
From the stunning Quantock Hills you have near by Exmoor (popular destination for riding holidays) as well as the Somerset coast, with the very pretty village of Dunster which has shopping by candlelight nearer Christmas, a castle and steam railway line.
Are you interested in alpacas for their wool? They are as expensive as horses to buy mind you and although not suicidal like sheep are quite sensitive and do require well drained land to avoid foot problems (sedge in paddocks is a giveaway to being waterlogged in the colder months). They hate foxes and make good poultry protectors, but beware they are huge time wasters, as its very easy to lose hours of the day simply enjoying watching them!
There was a most lovely article in the Telegraph Travel section this week about Somerset, where I live and work as a property finder, heres the link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/9777438/Somerset-Levels-a-winter-wildlife-spectacle.html sold it to me and I’m already passionate about Somerset, been back here 12 years after a long break in Middx & Surrey, won’t be moving anywhere else again!
Once you’ve decided where you want to be, you need to contact a couple of the property finders specialising in that area (so they can familiarise you with the area and ‘help you find your feet’ not so easy if they cover vast areas of the country) and see who you get the best vibe from.
Hi sorry to come in so late, you seem to be sorted, but did find these, there are 2 in Yetminster –
Lower Covey Montessori 01935 872544
Wriggle Valley Preschool 01935 873830 (at St Andrews C of E School)
& 3 in Sherborne-
St Pauls Playgroup 01935 815897
Holwell Nursery 01963 23368
Kaleidoscope Nursery 01935 812424
We moved to Somerset 11 years ago, the children went to the village school and preschool. Through the children we met and made friends with their friends parents, children are great ice breakers.
Good luck with the move.
Blandford Forum is a long way from Bath. I wonder with 3 other sporty boys requiring a large garden have you considered other large towns where you can buy more for your money, yet not have to spend quite so long in the car to pick your son up at weekends/hols? Villages around Salisbury, Dorchester and Sherborne are lovely. Otherwise would suggest Frome as close to Bath not as far to drive to Bryanston and a very hip and happening town and the greater likelihood of finding the house and garden to suit your family. Frome also has super fast broadband!
Jo is right about Paragons approach, its part of the Prior Park College foundation and acts as the junior school. It has specialised education programmes for autism spectrum disorder and Aspergers syndrome. It believes education should be fun, the head describes it as not a grey school, but at the same time he emphasises the importance of good behaviour.
If you have daughters The Royal High School in Bath is fantastic, where girls are free to be themselves, whether brandishing blow torches/rowing for gold/ reliving Shakespeare or unravelling algebraic equations. Also the Stonar School near Bath in Melksham girls 2-18 boys 2-7 again they pride themselves on their pastoral care, with superb sporting, music & theatre & renowned equestrian centre.
But quite frankly your best bet is http://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk where you enter the location and radius and then it comes up with the list and reports on each.
If you would consider weekly boarding Millfield sounds exactly what you are looking for.
Mells is my 1st thought v pretty tightly nit proper villagy village., 5 mins from Frome which has fab shops and lots to do and 15 mins from Bath. Or Chewton Mendip or Chew Magna and possibly Norton St Phillip all approx 10 mins from Bath.
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Am sure you’ve registered with all the agencies but have you tried Beacon Lee Ward 01823 662234? Also worth trying the private rental ads in back of local papers, I think theres Somerset Gazette out Taunton way. Richard (Nutcombe Chocs) can tell you Dunster/Minehead paper, am sure you can look em up on line. Also have you tried National Trust/ English Heritage/similar estates who may have cottages that they let?
Not ideal I know, but there are a lot of tourist camp sites in the area, to help get bearings and be in the right place right time when something becomes available, tis of course busiest time of year. Luckily woodburners will not be needed till autumn I HOPE!
Luckily my in laws lived in Dorset when we were hunting 11 years ago, so had a 1/2 way house. Its a frustrating time but once you are here it will all be worth while. Good luck.