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Moving to the country?

...but still have the city girl inside you? Let us tempt you to this little corner of Wilts.

As the world gets to grips with ‘the new normal’ and many continue to work from home under the latest lockdown rules, there has been a surge of people moving out of their inner-city homes and finding a more relaxed way of living in the countryside.

Without the daily commute, with fewer crowds and the opportunity for more space, the country lifestyle has tempted many a city dweller over the past few months. According to Rightmove, locations with a population of under 11,000 saw searches from prospective buyers double this Autumn, compared to the previous year.

If you fancy a move to a rural location but aren’t ready to give up the convenience of having city living on your doorstep then The Bluebells, a luxurious new development in the Wiltshire village of Allington just 8 miles from the historic cathedral city of Salisbury, may be just what you’re looking for. This exclusive collection of new properties being built by Annington comprises 17 four and five-bedroom detached family homes, at the heart of the Wiltshire countryside.

Still not convinced? Here are five more reasons why your next home could be in a rural location.

More space

If there’s one thing lockdown has highlighted, it’s the need to make your home work for you. The desire for more space has been driving homeowners out of the city, in search of larger properties with flexible living accommodation that caters to their new home-based lifestyle.

Homes at The Bluebells offer carefully considered layouts with generously sized rooms, including a spacious kitchen and family room fitted with high-end appliances, tiled en-suites and bathrooms, and a sizeable utility room with doors leading directly outside. Each property boasts a study to ensure working from home is a breeze, whilst outside space is also a key priority for many homebuyers, with properties at The Bluebells offering rear gardens, some with views onto open fields, providing both privacy and the space to entertain.

Community spirit

Countryside villages are synonymous with community spirit, so if you’d love to get to know your neighbours, a move to a rural area could be for you. A village hall is being built along with the new properties at The Bluebells. With numerous organisations, clubs and societies already lined up to benefit from it, you will be spoilt for choice with activities the whole family will enjoy. Plus, with the Earl of Normanton pub just a 10-minute walk away, there will be plenty of chances to meet the locals over a drink or two.

City life within reach

With many anticipating a more flexible working situation in the future, movers are looking for homes in locations that work for part-time commuters. Maximum commuting times have been extended as workers are willing to put up with a longer journey for fewer days a week in exchange for more space.

Despite its village location, The Bluebells is well connected, with nearby Grateley and Salisbury railway stations offering regular services to London Waterloo in just 76 or 86 minutes, respectively. The A303 is easily accessible from the development, and the M6 and M27 are just 30 minutes away.

Closer to home, the development is ideally placed between the historic cathedral city of Salisbury (eight miles away) with its farmers’ markets, cinema, theatre, museum and shops, and the picturesque market town of Andover (12 miles away), home to art galleries, cafés, and traditional country pubs.

Good schools

Schools remain one of the top priorities for families moving to the countryside, with parents paying a premium to ensure they are in the right catchment area.

Adding to the appeal of the area for families, a number of excellent state and private schools can be found locally to The Bluebells. Residents will be in the catchment area for Bishops Wordsworth’s School, rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and South Wilts Grammar School, rated Good.

Fun for the whole family

Being close to natural beauty spots, and parks is high on the list of priorities as our opportunities for indoor recreation become increasingly limited. The family homes at The Bluebells are ideally located for a range of fun days out.

Just a short drive from The Bluebells is Stonehenge, an unforgettable World Heritage Site and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Home to the historic stone circle, situated on a 2.6 mile walking route through an ancient landscape, Stonehenge is also home to an exhibition and visitor centre, which displays archaeological objects that have been discovered at the site.

Salisbury Plain is also nearby, a fantastic 300 square mile chalk plateau, and home to many species of rare wildlife including the Marsh Fritillary butterfly, Stone Curlew, and the Wiltshire county bird, the Great Bustard. The plain is a haven for wildlife, and home to two national nature reserves, whilst the entire site is a Special Protection Area for birds.

Allington lies just 15 miles away from the northernmost edge of the New Forest. With almost 220 square miles of woodland, the area is a habitat for many rare species of birds and mammals. Visitor attractions within the New Forest include the New Forest Wildlife Park, Exbury Gardens and the New Forest Reptile Centre.

Homes at The Bluebells currently start from £565,000. To find out more or register your interest, visit www.allingtonbluebells.co.uk or call Hamptons International on 01722 417939.

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