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Old Jan 21st 2014, 3:11 am   #1
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Default Countryside with London commute ?

Our reccie is this year and I'm getting nervous.

The thing is, we don't have to be anywhere in particular... but we'll be trying to cater to three sets of different wants and needs.

We'll be looking around for an area which is no more than an hour from London, has countryside and has entertainment and social opportunities for a young adult.

I'd like to avoid a large City but would like to be an easy distance from one.

If any BE's can please advise of towns and villages (they like) which fit this bill, I'd love to hear about them.
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Old Jan 21st 2014, 5:07 am   #2
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I'm on the Liverpool Street line from Cambridge - takes about 1:15 from here and we have all the other boxes ticked. You can't beat Cambridge for young adult stuff to do - you don't have to be a Uni student to access most of it. I think you will be spoiled for choice really - check out the line down from Oxford too. Only downside is that those sorts of places tend to come with quite a hefty price tag!
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Old Jan 21st 2014, 6:05 am   #3
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Brighton. Just over an hour to London. Britain's coolest city.
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Northamptonshire has some pretty stunning countryside and Northampton is approx 1 hr to Euston on the train.

This website Commuter Guide has some pretty good information.

Realistically, it will depend on your budget. There is a big difference in housing costs between north and south and you will most likely get more for your £ if you look north of London (think the Midlands)
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What's the rationale for the 1 hour from London requirement? If it's in order to get to London to work, then I think you have to determine exactly where in London you will be working, so you can pick the right train line etc.

We live in East Dorset (right on the border with Hampshire) and this is a lovely area. When we go to London we drive about 30 mins to Southampton Airport and then it's just over an hour into Waterloo. That's great for weekends, or the odd day trip on business for my husband, but not something we would want to do every day.

This area would tick your other boxes too - good countryside and plenty of social opportunities.
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Our reccie is this year and I'm getting nervous.

The thing is, we don't have to be anywhere in particular... but we'll be trying to cater to three sets of different wants and needs.

We'll be looking around for an area which is no more than an hour from London, has countryside and has entertainment and social opportunities for a young adult.

I'd like to avoid a large City but would like to be an easy distance from one.

If any BE's can please advise of towns and villages (they like) which fit this bill, I'd love to hear about them.
Chichester? I was there on business at the university last year and it seemed to have all of that. Not too far from the sea, either.
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Look around Marlow, Buckinghamshire nice small town with excellent schools and easy commute to London and the Cotswolds on your doorstep plus the river Thames.
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Thank-you all for the suggestions and links. We will check these places out.

Arriving in Spring, short term accommodation prices will be going up but, at this stage, we think the best option will be to spend some time 'town hopping' to have a look around before deciding where to settle.

I wonder if anyone else has done this?
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We're moving to Staffs and was looking at flexi jobs where I need to be in the office for 2 days a week.
Just checked the prices and times to get to Richmond office!!
2 changes and almost a 3 hour commute at 70+ pounds!

its only 1.15 to Euston but its the changes from Euston that take the time and effort.
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Believe me, nobody commutes from Staffs to London. When we first moved to Staffs, I still had an office in London, and I was only able to get up to Staffs for the weekends. I had to keep my flat in Docklands pro tem. Then during our last year in Staffordshire, my husband was working at UCL, and only able to get up to Staffs at weekends.
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Believe me, nobody commutes from Staffs to London. When we first moved to Staffs, I still had an office in London, and I was only able to get up to Staffs for the weekends. I had to keep my flat in Docklands pro tem. Then during our last year in Staffordshire, my husband was working at UCL, and only able to get up to Staffs at weekends.
Thanks for the advice.
I thought it would be easy. Well if your office was next to Euston.
Lichfield trent valley direct line into Euston but ... to Richmond or Heathrow is a different ball game.
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Start with your place of work and work backwards. No point looking at places which are on the wrong side of London and would add an extra hour to your commute.

So if your office is in Richmond you are already a fair way out and you have Richmond Park on your doorstep so you may wish to live in or nearby which would give you access to green spaces and the tube for central London.

The other major factor would be cost. Property in the South-East isn't cheap but then neither are rail season tickets.
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Start with your place of work and work backwards. No point looking at places which are on the wrong side of London and would add an extra hour to your commute.

So if your office is in Richmond you are already a fair way out and you have Richmond Park on your doorstep so you may wish to live in or nearby which would give you access to green spaces and the tube for central London.

The other major factor would be cost. Property in the South-East isn't cheap but then neither are rail season tickets.
we're starting with a place close to family and a safe, clean, good school area.
Then we're going from there. Its close to Birmingham so no shortage of jobs there.
Had possible job prospects at Heathrow, Richmond and Farnsborough but all too far from my family.
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we're starting with a place close to family and a safe, clean, good school area.
Then we're going from there. Its close to Birmingham so no shortage of jobs there.
Had possible job prospects at Heathrow, Richmond and Farnsborough but all too far from my family.
Sorry, managed to confuse your posts with the OP's.

If it's two days a week in Richmond then driving may be a possibility if you're looking to get a job close to home. Depending on where you are exactly it might be quicker than taking the train. Not something you probably want to do everyday but twice a week for the short term wouldn't be too terrible. Otherwise it'll the train to Euston and then 40 minutes on the tube via Victoria.
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have found this site useful
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