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Somerset Village - Nice ones to live in

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Frenchda

Original Poster:

1,115 posts

157 months

Wednesday 27th September
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Thinking about a big lifestyle change.
We are toying with the idea of selling our beautiful Thameside house in Reading and upping sticks to a Somerset village.
I would weekend commute, with a Wednesday night/ Thursday morning commute as well (excuse for another bike!)
We know very little about Somerset but would appreciate any input in where to be looking.
Criteria:

2 hours from Reading
Rural/semi rural
MUST have a pub
Ideally within 30 mins of coast
Active village community

Any idea’s?

Thanks.

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funnycar

38 posts

133 months

Saturday 30th September
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Look at Bruton
V popular with London types right now
Good pubs, good food, burgeoning music scene
Mainline station to Padington if the commute gets to be a drag
Handy to the 303 so 40 mins to Thruxton, 40 mins to Dorset coast.

nej606k

147 posts

72 months

Monday 2nd October
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I would recommend Wedmore.

It's got 3 pubs , brilliant Indian ,post office , 4 women's clothes shops (sadly) and lots of other stuff going on , including a Real Ale Festival and an Arts Festival.


Chris71

21,320 posts

166 months

Tuesday 3rd October
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Frenchda said:
We know very little about Somerset.
Then the first thing I'd suggest is get down here, have a look around, meet some people, see if you actually like it. smile

A house in one of the neigbouring villages to ours was bought by a couple from London who didn't even bother to view it. They moved in, hated the reality of living in an old, damp thatched cottage miles from the nearest Costa and left within three months.

Grahamdub

445 posts

67 months

Tuesday 3rd October
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Long Ashton ? Village feel,on the edge of North Somerset, but only 4 miles from the centre of Bristol.
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Nick928

76 posts

79 months

Tuesday 3rd October
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Not sure I'd class Long Ashton as a village any more. Maybe fifty years ago but it's got to be getting on for 7-10k residents now.
Moving from a Thameside idyll to a slightly grubby, crime ridden suburb of Bristol is likely to be a bit of a shocker.
I'd suggest one of the villages between Bristol and Chippenham. Not Somerset admittedly but probably more in keeping with the OPs vision of a cutesy village with a pub and village shop.
Have to put up with the tourists though.
Personally Thameside sounds pretty good to me, I'd stay put.

Edited by Nick928 on Tuesday 3rd October 21:37

Grahamdub

445 posts

67 months

Wednesday 4th October
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Apologies. I didn't realise I lived in such a st hole

Pulse

10,421 posts

142 months

Wednesday 4th October
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nej606k said:
I would recommend Wedmore.

It's got 3 pubs , brilliant Indian ,post office , 4 women's clothes shops (sadly) and lots of other stuff going on , including a Real Ale Festival and an Arts Festival.
Wedmore is lovely, but as I found out in the middle of the night when staying there once, it's on a main trucking route... throughout the night!

RemaL

24,167 posts

158 months

Wednesday 4th October
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Axbridge a mate and his family lived there for years. Lovely little place close to Chedder. 1 miles from it. lovely views, and in the country but close to weston and Bristol. About 10-15 mins from the M5. Nice pubs and the locals are nice.

Worth looking at

PorkRind

2,048 posts

129 months

Thursday 5th October
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funnycar said:
Look at Bruton
V popular with London types right now
Good pubs, good food, burgeoning music scene
Mainline station to Padington if the commute gets to be a drag
Handy to the 303 so 40 mins to Thruxton, 40 mins to Dorset coast.
Yeah thats whats kinda Ruining Bruton !

SantaBarbara

3,244 posts

32 months

Thursday 5th October
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Frome

scorcher

2,989 posts

158 months

Thursday 5th October
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SantaBarbara said:
Frome
When did Frome become a village???

RemaL

24,167 posts

158 months

Friday 6th October
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scorcher said:
SantaBarbara said:
Frome
When did Frome become a village???
when the poster does not read the question

captainzep

13,263 posts

116 months

Friday 6th October
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I don't live in Zummerzett. But my old man does, in Langport which is about 10 miles SW of Glastonbury, -we visit fairly regularly.

I have to say, whilst the Levels are a bit flat and drab for me in terms of landscape, the skies are big and it's a fascinating part of the UK. If his village is anything to go by, a nice, welcoming place to be. There seems to be a micro-climate there which is a bit dryer and warmer, (could be just be me). Transport links and access to M5 is pretty good. House prices are rising but not insane. Much prefer it to landlocked Hereford where he was before.

Not much help in terms of the original question, but I think it could be a very good move. All the best OP...

Stuart J

931 posts

181 months

Saturday 7th October
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Contemplating the same move from overcrowded Winchester

Wedmore is I think a good call, lovely area and I agree the levels are so so different . Shepton Mallet area I think is on the up although the centre of town has a little way to go .
Frome I gather is on the up and there's a village near there called Mells ( not Wells ) that and the close area are very attractive but houses aren't the cheapest in Zomerzet

You need to spend some time there , find a few areas you think you may like and get some long weekends away


FrenchSpider

44 posts

14 months

Sunday 8th October
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Clevedon.

On the M5, great pier and views on the Bristol Channel, about 1.5 hrs from Reading, close to Bristol (25 mins), nice surrounding countryside AND you have Alfaholics on your doorstep.

scorcher

2,989 posts

158 months

Monday 9th October
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Frenchda said:
Somerset village.
FrenchSpider said:
Clevedon.
Clue was in the OPs thread title and opening post. Go and sit on the step with Santabumbrains!

df76

1,589 posts

202 months

Monday 9th October
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We're about to move from deepest Wiltshire to deepest Somerset due my wife's new job near Glastonbury. Think we've come to the conclusion to rent for a while and suss it all out.. can't see us living in Glastonbury itself.

liner33

6,363 posts

126 months

Monday 9th October
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Sandford ? Not the Hot Fuzz one

South of Bristol , good roads , edge of Mendips etc

Yertis

13,657 posts

190 months

Tuesday 10th October
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Grahamdub said:
Apologies. I didn't realise I lived in such a st hole.
Cheer up. LA has a very nice off-licence. beer