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    Judy
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    For the SW, I’d suggest Bath, or Cirencester (railway station at Kemble – fab housing around lakes at South Cerney),

    Oxfordshire villages – Chiltern Railways not a bad service into London. Some lovely villages – Kings Sutton has a good rail link with a direct service to Marylebone.

    Hertfordshire – anywhere around Hitchin has good links to London, yet some quaint villages about.

    Good luck!

    #5678

    Moyra
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    Hi Anna
    If you are thinking about moving west towards Bristol, you should look at Salisbury and the surrounding villages. There are some truly spectacular villages, the benefits of being close to a “city” (Salisbury), wonderful cathedral, yet small enough to be warm and friendly.
    Good luck!

    #5710

    Anna,
    A lot of the areas mentioned are expensive – not only the house but also the commute!
    You must think hard about this. What do you need in a house, budget?

    Banbury to Marylebone on the Chiltern Line is a good bet. If you require help this is what I do daily. See http://www.stacks-warwickshire.co.uk

    Speak soon
    George

    #5788

    Rachel
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    Few more suggestions for you Anna :

    In the first instance, where do you want to get into London particularly – you can spend longer getting ‘across’ than ‘in’. Perhaps you can do away with the Tube completely – it removes a level of potential delays if you can ?

    Chiltern Line into Marylebone is a good commuter line, and the #SecretShire Northamptonshire is easily reachable from Banbury or Bicester stations. South Northants villages are pretty and incredibly friendly, good pubs, etc. Sites like the http://www.commuterguide.co.uk/ don’t mention it particularly as the stations are technically in another county, but you get far more for your money. (Eg Rough and ready comparison done two months ago : Between the Commons is about £875 per square foot, Northants £300+ /sqft – and for that you get land as well)

    If you want less rural, how about Buckingham – Lovely town, with character and culture. you might also commute from Milton Keynes into Euston from there, which is an easy and quick option into Town.

    If you want to get into the City, look at First Capital Connect trains that go all the way into Farringdon – easily done from Flitwick for example – lots of nice places to live that way too.

    Hope that might help ?

    Rx

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