Fresh air, open spaces and a little bit of peace and quiet – it's easy to see why so many people dream of owning a rural property. Away from the busy and noisy city streets, the countryside beckons with its small village communities and natural green areas where kids can play.
However, not every day is fun on the farm when you own a rural property. Before you buy that dream countryside property for sale, here's a quick list of things to consider.
What are the pros of rural property?
The biggest pro has to be space – especially big gardens and surrounding fields. Being outside the city means far fewer parking regulations (although there might be some in your nearest village). Families with kids as well as runners, cyclists and dog walkers will appreciate the open areas and the ability to exercise without having to dodge crowds.
What are the drawbacks of country living?
Your castle in the country may be peaceful, but it sure doesn't make nipping to the shops any easier. If you love going to gym classes, visiting the cinema, and having a big selection of restaurants and takeaways on your doorstep then you might feel a little cut off. You'll definitely need a car, as countryside bus services can be quite infrequent. This can make it difficult to head into the city to visit friends, or for them to pop out and visit you.
How are the amenities?
Before you buy your dream rural property, check to see if there are good public transport links, and do some research into the nearby schools. It's also worth checking how far away your local amenities will be – a forty-five minute drive to your nearest shop will be novel at first but will soon grow tiring. If you enjoy going out for dinner or after-work drinks, check that there's a pub within walking distance so that you don't need a designated driver. For remote areas, it's also a good idea to check the quality of the the internet connection.
If you find the perfect rural property for sale, our buying guide will help you with the next steps.