There is nothing as wonderful as being surrounded by nature and fresh air, especially if you can keep the modern-day conveniences of the town. It does not mean you are subjecting yourself to feeling isolated, suffering from a poor internet connection or sacrificing your children’s education for the move. Do your homework, think carefully, and choose the best rural living location for your needs. 

Moving to the countryside can be an incredible adventure. You’ll break away from the stress, noise and pollution of the city and be able to live a healthier, more sustainable life. If you like, you can even grow your own veggies, spend more time outside and enjoy what really matters. 

However, if you have never lived the country lifestyle, there are sure to be surprises along the way, which is why you should get clued up before you make your move. 

Here are the most common misconceptions about country living, along with the truth. 

1. You’ll have to live completely off-grid

When many people think about country living, they may imagine living in the wilderness and having to fend for themselves completely. Living a rural lifestyle means they will need to chop their own firewood, generate their electricity using solar energy and use a composting toilet. 

Whilst this is indeed what life in the countryside is like for some brave souls, it certainly does not have to be. Most rural properties have all the regular connections you would expect from a home in the town or city including electricity, WIFI and, in some cases, great transport links, especially if they are located closer to a thriving village centre. 

If you want to reduce your environmental footprint, you can take a step further and install solar panels or switch to a plastic bunded heating oil tank, or even switch to an eco-friendly energy provider. The choice is yours!

2. You will be miles away from everything

Living in the countryside does not automatically mean that you will feel isolated (either happily or unhappily) or have to drive for miles before you get anywhere. As with any part of rural living, you can ‘choose your own adventure’ these days. 

If you want to enjoy nature, yet be within walking distance from villages and towns, there are so many developments that offer just that.

3. Your internet connection will be terrible

Many rural locations in the UK have a better digital broadband connection than those living in the city. Surprised? The reason is that, despite the lack of infrastructure and longer cables, there can be fewer people eating up the bandwidth and, therefore, more for you. 

Having said that, you will want to do your homework before you move, especially if you plan to move to an isolated property somewhere remote. Some places are notoriously slow and there are holes in the national network that could prevent you from watching your favourite series on Netflix. 

That being said, there are always options. According to independent broadband experts, Broadband.co.uk, the following alternative options could be worth investigating if this is an issue for you: 

● Fibre broadband

● Standard broadband 

● Mobile broadband

● Satellite broadband

● Fixed wireless broadband

● Bonded broadband

4. You will have to homeschool your children

If you are thinking that sending your child to a rural school would involve hours of travel or be a nightmare, think again. There are many fantastic rural schools around the country that can offer closer attention to students than larger schools and even help them achieve better grades. 

“Overall levels of attainment for pupils living in rural and urban areas are broadly the same at Foundation Stage,” said Somerset County Council Website, Somerset Intelligence“However, rural students increasingly outperform their urban counterparts through the school system.”

Many modern rural developments and properties are located close to schools, making them ideal for growing families. 

5. You’ll love every second

The biggest problem about living in the country is the romanticised vision that you will stroll through wide-open fields, watch your children frolic in fields of wildflowers and perhaps even try to live a more sustainable life. 

As incredible as living in nature can be, it can be tough if you are far from family and friends and are unable to see them, or you are struggling to renovate an older property. By being aware of this transition, you can be better prepared for any temporary ups and downs as you get settled into your new dream home. 

6. You will immediately be welcomed into the community

It is true when they say that you will feel much stronger community ties when you move into the countryside. People will greet you as you pass them on the road, they will invite you to the local quiz night and if you are lucky, they might even bring over some excess home-grown veggies as a welcome gift. But it won’t happen automatically and immediately. 

As with living anywhere, you will have to make the effort to become part of your local community and build these links. Attend community events whenever you can, make conversation, and try to help out whenever possible. It will soon feel like you have lived there forever.

people and horses near cottages in the village of Stanton, Cotswolds district of Gloucestershire.

For any further information about the properties featured in this blog post, or to discuss the properties we have available across the Derbyshire countryside, please contact us on 01332 973 888 or, derbyshire@fineandcountry.com

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