All eyes are on Glastonbury this month as the town's famous music festival enters its 46th year. During the last weekend of June, thousands of people will descend on its fields, but what's it like to live there for the other 360 days of the year?
Today we're shining our online estate agent spotlight on Glastonbury.
Who's hunting for property in Glastonbury?
Glastonbury attracts an eclectic and bohemian crowd. The music festival (which local homeowners get discounted tickets to) isn't the only attraction. The town's numerous myths and legends also attract a hippie crowd. The nearby tor is said to be home to fairies, the abbey is thought to have been founded by Joseph of Arimathea and the ley lines attract plenty of spiritualist pilgrims. The high street is filled with quirky independent boutiques selling paraphernalia such as carved crystals.
What buyers are looking for
Glastonbury is not a commuter town. Bristol and Bath are both nearly an hour away by car, while central London is three hours away in quiet traffic. The nearest London main line train station is 25 minutes away by car, along country roads. The train to Waterloo takes more than an hour and a half. Most buyers will be looking for a second home to use at weekends and for holidays. Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage is one of them: he has a cottage in the town and can sometimes be spotted out and about. Other buyers will be making the move permanently, escaping the London rat-race for the peace and quiet of the Somerset countryside.
Why homeowners love Glastonbury
If you're selling a property in Glastonbury, there are plenty of unique features to highlight to buyers. As well as legends about King Arthur, fairies and the holy grail, Glastonbury also has a practical side. There are six schools rated 'good' by Ofsted and house prices are pleasantly affordable. There are lots of green spaces to enjoy, including the tor. Climb to the top for fantastic views across the surrounding countryside. The bohemian nature of Glastonbury means there's an excellent arts scene, with plenty of live music and theatrical performances throughout the year.