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Why you should move to a village

PUBLISHED: 15:53 05 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:24 20 February 2013

Why you should move to a village

Why you should move to a village

The lure of village life is strong. Walking through the streets near your home, stopping to chat to the people you meet, is an idyllic stereotype of living in a small community but it is one that can be found in many parts of Cheshire.

The lure of village life is strong. Walking through the streets near your home, stopping to chat to the people you meet, is an idyllic stereotype of living in a small community but it is one that can be found in many parts of Cheshire.

Some villages have a more urban feel. Places like Bramhall and Stockton Heath could be ideal for home buyers who still want to be near to large towns or cities and the facilities and convenience they offer.

But if you really want to get away from it all Cheshire has some picturesque locations in the countryside. Dotted around the countys beautiful landscapes are pretty villages that keep the heart of rural Cheshire beating. From Malpas, Dunham Massey and Tarporley to Bollington and Eccleston, there are thriving communities dedicated to preserving the history of the rural retreats they call home.

Locations around Delamere Forest are understandably popular because there are delightful places to visit. You can also expect the quality of living to be high. Home buyers wanting to balance country living with the convenience a city brings also jostle for property in one of several countryside places surrounding historic Chester.

To the edges of our county, too, prospective buyers are lured by the beauty of places in North Wales and on the Wirral.

One important factor for village life is a sense of belonging to a community. In most cases, you are more likely to know your neighbour than you would living in a densely populated area. It is possible you could live a more sociable life, despite being in a place that is more isolated.

Depending on the village you choose, pitfalls could include restricted access to facilities and services and property prices are also likely to be at a premium.

But the pay-off is being able to live in that dream home in an ideal village location - which must be worth that extra distance for a bottle of milk.

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