Six Reasons I wanted to live in a village

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Reasons I wanted to live in a village
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One month ago we moved house. We moved from a town to a rural village and I honestly couldn't be happier. Now don't get me wrong we're not in the middle of nowhere, round the corner is a Tesco metro, a cash machine and a few shops etc but being in such a pretty village is a dream that me and Ben have had for a while now and neither of us can quite believe we've managed to make the move. There's so many amazing things about living where we do so here's six reasons I wanted to live in a village.

one - the quiet

I've lived in some pretty noisy houses over the years. A flat that was on a development full of students, listening to parties and constant footsteps from upstairs to our last house that suffered from the usual noise transfer through walls from a terraced house. The big reason we chose this house and this location was because its detached and has no adjoining neighbours but also because the village itself is so quiet and peaceful. Even despite living right near a train station, sitting in the garden is so quiet and I actually love the sound of the trains going past. Its lovely.

two - neighbours who know your name

I know it must sound like such a cliche but we really wanted to live somewhere where we might actually get to know our neighbours. Where we used to live we had nice neighbours but we didn't really get to know any of them that well. Within a day of moving we had been welcomed by so many neighbours, including cards and gifts. It honestly feels so nice to think we can build some real friendships with people.

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three - open space

Anyone who knows me, knows my dogs are my babies and I'll be honest our choice of house had as much to do with them as it did with us. The fact the village has a HUGE green to walk the dogs on, with plenty of space to chase the ball, trees so sniff and plants to widdle on, was a huge huge plus for us. It is literally one minute from our front door and is such a gorgeous space to wander in the evenings and so much cleaner than the recreation ground I used to walk the dogs on. Plus only 20 minutes drive away is the seaside too, so lots of open space around.

four - Community spirit.

Ok this is going to make me sound like a right old lady but I really liked the idea of living in a village and getting involved in community activities and my god does this village have a lot going on. There's groups, events, meetings and even a big village show which I'm soooo gutted I'm away for but if you want to get involved there's plenty to choose from. I love the idea of being part of a genuine community.

 
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Reasons I wanted to live in a village
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Five - Enjoying the cliches

Of course living in a village has so many cliches and I'm more than happy to partake in them. A pint in the local pub, shopping at a local butcher, saying hello to people in the street. We've already tried out the Sunday lunch in the pub and dinner at the local restaurant so ticking off the village bucket list has begun!!

 

Six - Put down roots

This is more of a long term reason for moving to a village but when we talked about where we would want to settle down it was always somewhere with a great school and a good place to have a family. Now I'm not in that place yet but buying this house was about thinking about our future and eventually if and when we do have kids I reckon a village like this will be a brilliant place for them to grow up.

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I can't wait to share more of the new house and village life on the blog but don't worry my outfits won't be going too countrified! I'm still a pink wall girl too.

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Debs

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8 Comments

  1. August 15, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Lovely post Debs – I think I would like to live in a village one day, especially for the proximity to countryside and open space. Gorgeous photos and I love the ones with the dandelion! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

  2. August 15, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Great post Debs. We live in a village although it’s a large one so we don’t know everyone, and our house is actually on the main road going through it so not as quiet as yours. We had our village festival this weekend and it was fab. It’s quite a large festival with so much going on and everyone really makes an effort. Can’t wait to see more of your new home and I have no doubt you’ll all be very happy there for years to come.
    Much love
    Steph
    http://www.pricelesslifeofmine.com

  3. August 15, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    I can really see the appeal of living in a village and yours sounds lovely! We’re moving home soon, which I’m so excited about, but I’m also a little sad to be moving away from our neighbours who are lovely. We chat a lot to our next-door neighbours, which I’m really going to miss. Living somewhere quiet is so important to me too – I hate the thought of being kept awake at night by people being loud! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  4. August 17, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    I’ve always lived in a town or a city centre and LOVE getting out of it but couldn’t have imagined actually living in a village. However your perspective on it is so lovely, especially the fact that you’re part of a close knit community. That had never even occurred to me! Lovely dress by the way :)

    Yasmin x
    The Sweet Seven Five

  5. Caroline
    August 22, 2017 / 6:52 am

    I live in a village, always have. Well, I think I spent 6 months in a flat on the out skirts of our town in my younger days and hated it.
    Village life is THE life. I can’t imagine and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
    As you said at the end, thinking long term and future, it’s a nicer life and although it’s down to parenting as much as anything, I want my child/children to be outdoorsy! Like I was. Playing in fields. Out on bike rides. :)
    Enjoy. :)

    Caroline.x
    http://www.carolineelgeywhite.com

  6. August 30, 2017 / 8:35 am

    I can SO relate to this post ! I moved (with partner and baby) about 6 months ago to the countryside from London ( I lived 18 years in London) even so it is not easy everyday to get use of the countryside life ( I dearly miss the buzz of London life and my London friends) but I do love it here ( i live near Oxford) . I have a 7 months old baby and I am glad she’ll grow up in the countryside. The only down side its that Spiders in the countryside are HUGE and I am struggling with it. haha! :)
    We also moved because we could not offer a family house in London (too expensive) but by moving we were able to buy a 3 bedroom houses with a massive kitchen and living room (the dream!!!) , a dream that would have been out of reach in London. I can also relate to the community I am starting knowing people around and that s pretty cool and the quietness etc.
    anyway great post and blog!!!

  7. Fiona
    August 30, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Hi Debs,

    Just discovered your blog and loving it! Having done the QM2 crossing, I can tell you that it will fantastic!! Is your village near train so you can get to London or airports easily? That has always been my concern (travel a lot!) but I love the idea of being in a village!

  8. September 16, 2017 / 8:40 am

    Good luck in your new home and village. I too live in a village and get all that you’re saying. Try not to get embroiled in village gossip especially on the Facebook group – there’s a lot of it in a village!! Kate

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