You may have lived in the rolling hills for decades, or you may be obsessed with Escape to the Country and dreaming of upping sticks, but one thing is for certain, the rural living dream is real, and one which isn’t going away. If you’re thinking of moving from the big city to the quiet countryside, you’re not alone - the rural population is set to grow by 6% over the next decade, according to government figures.
There are plenty of articles out there citing some perceived negative aspects of rural life (lack of mobile signal and coffee shops on your doorstep featuring heavily) but for those brave enough to take the leap - what are the benefits you can discover by relocating to the country?
Britain is an urban country and about four fifths of the UK population lives in cities and towns. City life has its advantages and disadvantages and so does country life, however, there seems to be an increased interest in the country, especially among young families.
For those of us who love the peace and quiet, slower pace and more considered travel, the country is a very different way of life than the city. Yes, you may now have to drive a few miles to the nearest superstore, but if you are truly passionate about living the country life, I would urge you to drive to the local high street instead and discover the items you wouldn’t normally find in in your supermarket - local meat and cheese for example, small indie traders and local crafts. You will be pleasantly surprised!
You may think you will miss the blockbusters, theatre, exhibitions and concerts, but don’t be so pessimistic! We may not have a multiplex cinema down the road, but the talent within the rural community can be breathtaking, you just have to know where to look for it. Explore your local art gallery, craft centre or farmers market to really discover what’s happening in your local area. Our carefully selected directory and events listings are a good place to start! If you are trying to cut down on your screen time, the best adventures will now be available right on your doorstep, so grab your boots and get outside to explore the best entertainment nature has to offer.
3. Cost of living
Cities are expensive to live in. It’s well-established that living in the suburbs is cheaper than living in the city, and the cost of living drops even further for rural areas. Many have reported lower insurance premiums, and lower costs on public transport (though of course, we do have less of that available!). If you are thinking about moving home, one thing the country has is a lot of space and so you will have better chances of having the size home you want in the country. Larger properties are more readily available, and you will likely easily find a bigger garden at a much cheaper price.
There is often so many people in urban areas, it can be difficult to develop those deep and meaningful connections, as life is whisked along in the hustle and bustle. In contrast, in the countryside there’s a good chance your nearest neighbour won’t be directly next door, and you may not even be able to spot their home at all. Of course, that means that if a sense of community is important to you, it is essential that you discover your local groups, libraries and networks. They may be smaller and less busy than the city ones, but this means that they come with a genuine caring interest in looking after the local community and providing mutual support for those living in the area.
5. Healthy Lifestyle
Of course, I couldn’t write an article about country living without mentioning the health benefits! The benefits of country living have been well researched and documented, and science shows that living in the country is beneficial for both your physical and your mental health. Out in the country, life moves a little bit slower and the space here means you can grow your own fruit and veg (why not go organic), or buy direct from local farmers. You’ll be able to own animals you may have always wanted, but couldn’t in a town or city, such as horses, hens, cows or adorable alpacas! The fresh country air is lovely and of course the general slower pace will melt that stress away!
Are you planning your get away or are you already living the dream? What tips can you share for those that are planning to relocate to the country?