ELLE Decoration’s six top countryside spots to buy a house, from bustling market towns to quiet coastal villages
1 Gardenstown and Crovie, Aberdeenshire Scottish seaside properties are highly covetable, and none more so than those in Gardenstown and Crovie, just an hour’s drive north of Aberdeen. This pair of higgledy-piggledy, neighbouring fishing villages are set into the old red sandstone cliffs above the sea on the Moray Firth. Galleries, potteries and craft shops attract a healthy number of tourists, so this is second-home territory with a good rental market, too.
2. Hambleton Hills, North Yorkshire Anyone thinking of relocating to Leeds or Harrogate should take a hike in the stunning Hambleton Hills, which lie between Thirsk and the North York Moors. Only a 50-minute commute from Leeds due to the A1 link, the location is worth consideration, especially if you’re after a stone farmhouse.
3. Uppingham, Rutland England’s smallest historic county, is home to a clutch of pretty market towns with glorious honey-coloured period homes. Uppingham also has a lively antiques and arts scene and is the location of the renowned Uppingham School.
4. Aylsham, Norfolk If Georgian architecture is your thing, then there are plenty of fine examples in the market town of Aylsham, which grew rich on the proceeds of the cloth trade, which means character properties such as merchants’ houses, cottages and alms houses are the norm. Boutiques and tea shops attract tourists visiting the nearby Blickling Hall, so homeowners do their bit to keep the place picture-perfect.
5. Polruan, Golant, Lerryn, Mylor and Flushing, Cornwall These pretty, unspoilt villages are set to rival Cornwall’s fashionable Fowey, because unlike the harbour town itself, where Daphne Du Maurier once owned a home, these villages contain waterside properties with reasonable price tags.
6. Llyn Peninsula, North West Wales This is a daring, but rewarding, choice for anyone relocating – 80 per cent of residents on the Llŷn Peninsula speak Welsh as their first language. There are no castles or mountains here, so the area attracts few foreign tourists. What it does have is 60 kilometres of glorious coastline. Farmhouses, rectories and cottages make up most of the housing stock. And according to Chris Chown — who owns restaurant-with-rooms Plas Bodegroes – Llŷn is unspoilt because, ‘for a long time the rules here have been stricter than in other parts of Britain. Now we’re reaping the rewards, as we haven’t had people building bungalows wherever there are nice views.’
Find the full story by Sarah Hartley in ELLE Decoration Country Volume 5