June 9, 2014 at 9:27 am #11089
Hello, my husband and I are currently living and renting in Hong Kong, but we’re hoping to move back to the UK early next year. Renting with dogs in the UK is tricky, I’ve heard, so we might just go ahead and buy somewhere, but that means we have to make the right decision as soon as we come back! Feeling the pressure, a little…
My doggies are fairly well-behaved but they do bark occasionally, for this reason we’d like to live somewhere rural, preferably detached, with a good-sized garden (the size of the house doesn’t matter so much to us), but more importantly we also need to be within an hour’s train ride of London where we’ll no doubt be working.
Can anyone recommend a dog-friendly area, or specifically villages/towns outside London that offer a few more isolated homes? We were originally thinking of Brighton but most of the houses there are terraced with very small backyards…
Comments much appreciated, thanks! 🙂June 10, 2014 at 10:37 am #11366
You are correct, renting with dogs can be tricky, but not impossible. You just need to keep a very open mind!
As far as buying is concerned, if Brighton is too built up for you, why not try looking further up the train line at places like Hassocks, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath. As long as you don’t mind driving to the station there are some super rural areas around these towns (Horsted Keynes, Danehill, Lindfield, Cuckfield, to name but a few). Alternatively, some of the villages near East Grinstead or Horsham which both have good train links to London. If you are prepared to look in Kent, Tunbridge Wells is worth considering and the high speed rail link opens up numerous options for you.
It is likely that your decision will be based on your budget to some extent, but there are many possibilities.
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01428 652660June 10, 2014 at 11:06 am #11372
There are many places you can go with your dogs…nearly everyone seems to have dogs these days and so almost anywhere out of town is dog friendly. Not only that but there are great networks for people that will walk your dog whilst you are at work or look after them for a few days a week and endless fabulous dog walks.
You mention work and hoping to move within an hour from London, the area that I specialise in is Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells and all the many surrounding beautiful villages and countryside. This includes a little slice of East Sussex such as Crowborough, Wadhurst, Rotherfield etc.
Do have a look at my website if you have a second http://www.kenthomefinders.com. I would love to have a chat with you.
It’s not easy for you trying to do everything from Hong Kong but I can help you with the current market and everything to do with your move. If you would like to Skype at some point to chat through your thoughts and see if you think I could help you, that would be great.
Best regards, Louise 07771 723 807June 10, 2014 at 12:47 pm #11478
Another area to consider is Surrey. We live just outside Guildford, and there are so many places to walk with your dogs. We have dogs too and i think you can do a different walk everyday of the week.
Most villages in and around Guildford are classified as ‘areas of outstanding natural beauty’ and we often comment how lucky we are to be in touching distance from London but with hills, woodland and heaths to explore at our leisure with the dogs. With to name a few: Elstead Moats (near Elstead) to the Devils Punchbowl, (near Hindhead), to Newlands Corner (Near Merrow) to numerous commons and heaths minutes from the centre of Guildford, you are spoilt for choice. It takes about 35 minutes from Guidlford to London.
If you do consider Surrey and need some help on the ground, we are http://www.propertypotentialsurrey.co.uk and we can help you look on your behalf and hopefully find you something that suits all your needs.
JenJune 10, 2014 at 8:39 pm #11500
Another vote for Kent! Even though I live in east Kent, there are now fast connections on the Javelin HS1 – everything from Folkestone towards town is less than 1 hour to St Pancras, now a rather delicious and shiny station which = dangerous shopping opportunities (or simply mucking around on the station’s piano after a shandy or two). There are some lovely rural areas between Folkestone and Ashford around the North Downs and towards Romney Marsh. Well worth exploring.
Good luck with your house hunt!
JuliaJune 12, 2014 at 1:27 pm #11512
I am in Oxfordshire between Newbury and Oxford in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – just 12 mins drive from Didcot Parkway where trains are 45 mins to London (just stops at Reading) into Paddington. Road links of M4 (east/west) and A34 (north/south) are very close. Lots of lovely rural villages with houses / gardens of all ages, shapes and sizes and plenty of places to walk dogs. Would definitely recommend.
RosanneJune 18, 2014 at 7:50 am #11584
We moved from France to the UK 5 years ago and rented a house. We have two dogs. I know many families in my area Gerrards Cross, Bucks who are renting with dogs, mainly detached houses. There will be extra cleaning/disinfection charges but apart from that we did not find it to be a problem. The key for us, giving our adventurous pooches was to find a house with a well-fenced garden. We did although the dogs took themselves for a walk on a few occasions. After a couple of years we bought our own place and had a sturdy fence installed around the property with a net going a 2 feet down the ground to avoid their digging practice. Oscar, our German Short Hair Pointer promptly showed the gardeners where they had missed a spot ?. Since the hole was repaired no more escapes.
If a property is advertised as “dogs welcome”, having a look at the fencing conditions may be a worthwhile exercise. Wishing you best of luck with your move.
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