Your new home in the country

More and more people are searching for their new home in an idyllic rural setting and Millgate have a range of homes in just such locations.

The desire to escape the city for the countryside has been all over the press in recent weeks. Statistics from agents and online property portals alike report huge increases in searches and enquiries about homes in small towns, villages and rural locations.

Favoured locations cover the length and breadth of the country, from Devon and Cornwall to the Home Counties and Scottish fishing villages.

According to Rightmove, there’s been a 78% increase in enquiries from people living in the major cities, with particular interest from urbanites wanting a home in a village.

Why country life is right, right now

Pre-pandemic, the dream of a country home was often something for the future and major life changes, perhaps for when starting a family, or retiring. Now it appears that many of us have realised that our current lifestyle can adapt easily to living outside a big city. Working from home has proved to work, but there’s more to it than that.

One large agent who specialises in country properties, cites a slower pace of life, more outdoor space, a bigger garden and more engagement in community life as reasons for making that city-to-village move.

Make a country move with Millgate

One Millgate development that can help to fulfil the rural dream is Lark’s Hill Green. This collection of houses and apartments has an idyllic setting in the hamlet of Newell Green in the Berkshire countryside, close to the larger village of Warfield. With its pubs, cricket club, farm shops, good local schools and village get-togethers, this location pretty much ticks every box.

Garden village living at Victory Fields

If you like the sound of a garden village rather than just a village, Victory Fields could be of interest. Here we are building 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes as well as 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in Arborfield Green, near the market town of Wokingham. Arborfield Green is a newly created garden village that brings together the best of town and country living. Amongst its 95 acres of green space, there are sports pitches, footpaths, school, leisure centre and community centre. It’s a new community but already a flourishing one, with plenty of activities to join. Breedon Place, in the ancient village of Pangbourne, about six miles from Reading, is another Millgate development that has already proved very popular with village lifestyle aficionados. Launched last year, only one of the 3, 4 and 5 bedroom family homes now remains – so perhaps we were ahead of the curve!

Sources: The Guardian, May 2020, Metro, The Independent, August 2020