Like so many other people living in the city, I long to be living somewhere more peaceful and less stressful. I have been wanted to move out of London for years but somehow never managed to actually do it. There was always so many reasons to stay .... first of all, my work was here , then when I started my own company, I got pregnant and I wanted to be close to my doctor and then when LOs were born, I simply didn't have time to worry about it ... until now, when the LOs are almost 2 years old. Now I have so many reasons to want to leave London. More space (which is critical, as I work from home), better schools, less pollution, better quality of life for the kids etc.
We have been to Gloucestershire and surrounding areas several times in the past few months in hope of finding that "perfect" house but each time we left disappointed....and yesterday was no exception.
There was always something... either it was too expensive, or the house was not right, or when the house was right, the area was not great. We did find this wonderful farm that I would absolutely love to be living on ... but then I found out that it is more than 3 hours drive/train journey in to London. It is a bit too far, as I do need to go to London every now and then for meetings etc.
I am confident we will find something soon but in the meanwhile, it is so time consuming and tiring.... but to pay someone to do the search for us is not an option as I want the satisfaction of finding our dream home by myself !
Ps. These house-hunting trips have been so very interesting. We've met so many interesting people out there.... people we would never have met otherwise. Met old toy collectors that own a a toy museum, CID who specializes in train fatalities (he mainly collects body-parts from the crime scene !!!), crystal healer that keeps Alpacas as a hobby, Farmer that makes wallpapers that cost more than £500 a roll... the list goes on.