Where in the UK is beautiful for a little holiday home
Tootles Posts: 1,469
After a lot of soul searching and a really tough year, I've decided to sell my flat and invest in a little holiday home. Trouble is, I've no idea where. I know the Cotswolds are nice but a bit predictable.
Would really appreciate any suggestions for nice friendly little villages in the UK. We're in Nottinghamshire so ideally within a couple of hours drive.
Any ideas from your travels or when visiting gardens?
How about North West Shropshire? Small house with 1 acre or so of spectacular garden.
Two suggestions Tootles Rutland or North Yorkshire
Not "Sand Banks" unless you are a millionaire.
Holiday homes put up house prices in these tourist areas due to the demands on the available property from more wealthy "outsiders". This prevents the local people having no any affordable homes to live in.This adversly affects the local people. Most of these second homes are in rural areas where agricultural wages are low and seasonal and full time work is never guaranteed.
To be blunt second homes and investment in holiday letting properties allows the richer people to taking advantage at the expense of those with much less income and nowhere convenient to live near to family. Rural transport is poor in many areas.
A notable incidence of this is the North Yourshire coast areas around Robin Hood .
Sorry for the rant.
'You must have some bread with it me duck!'
Have a look in this area of Suffolk https://www.halesworth.net/ ... a real community and close enough to the coast to enjoy Southwold and Aldeburgh and the other lovely coastal places and also within half an hour of The Broads, but without the sky high prices of property in those places.
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Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.
LONG TIME NO SEE.
YOU DON'T SAY WHETHER IT IS FOR YOURSELF TO LIVE IN OR TO LET OUT OR HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO SPEND.
WHILE I SYMPATHISE WITH IAMWEEDY'S SENTIMENTS SOME PLACES HAVE BEEN ABANDONED BY THE LOCALS WHO WOULD RATHER LIVE IN NICE WARM MODERN HOUSES CLOSE TO SHOPS AND SCHOOLS.
THE PEAK DISTRICT IS STUFFED FULL OF PICTURESQUE HOVELS WHICH ARE NOW LET OUT TO CITY TYPES WHO WANT TO GET BACK TO NATURE BUT, LIKE MARIE ANTOINETTE, NOT FOR TOO LONG OR TOO SERIOUSLY.
PLACES SUCH AS STONEY MIDDLETON ARE BEAUTIFUL BUT ARE NOW WITHIN COMMUTER DISTANCE OF SHEFFIELD. SO, ALTHOUGH THE HOUSES ARE LIVED IN THEOUGHOUT THE YEAR THE VILLAGES ARE DEAD FROM 7-7, MONDAY TO FRIDAY.
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A NICE, EASY TO RUN HOLIDAY LET TYPE PROPERTY IN A PRETTY PEAK DISTRICT VILLAGE WITH A GREAT PUB, A NICE FISH AND CHIP SHOP, A ROMAN BATHS AND A TINY SHOP OR TWO.
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
I do understand iamweedy's post about pricing out the locals, which causes hardship for for young local buyers trying to get onto the property ladder.
I can't make any personal recommendations Tootles, but came to say that my parents (in their 70's) benefit greatly from their holiday home. It's not a country cottage, but a lodge style static caravan in a cul-de-sac of 9 with other retired owner occupiers. This like minded group have an active social life, and often organise day trips out on the free minibus (courtesy of the campsite).
They are away from "home" for the majority of the summer months, with the occasional visit back for medical visit's as necessary. They are far too busy enjoying themselves most of the time.
If you can find a little gem that works for you, go for it Tootles.
Good luck in finding your little bit of paradise ??
I agree with iamweedy. Especially when the second home owners arrive with a carload of groceries and a tankful of petrol from their local supermarket rather than use the village shops which can't compete with the supermarket prices or offer as wide a range. They put as little as they possibly can into the rural economy.
Thank you for the suggestions. I can't wait to start researching these.
We're in Broadstairs for the weekend so might have to de-tour on the way home.
How about East Yorkshire?
When it comes to Holiday Homes indeed, rentals in general there's a balance to be had. Holiday homes create jobs to a point, then there are too many of them and owners of these holiday homes can't find reliable, affordable employees because there are no younger residents able and capable which means they do badly and then the owners stop trading and or sell up.
Perhaps it should be compulsory to apply to change the use of a building into a holiday home. Councils should perhaps be able to restrict the number of properties being used as a holiday hone / let to get a balance. Some councils do while others don't.
The number of lets in a given area do self regulate to a degree. But in some areas it fails because some owners get trapped by falling house prices, lack of local employees and poor income brought about by the saturation of the market and the properties get left empty. Can't afford to sell it and can't afford to let it at a loss.