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You really can move to the countryside and have everything!

November 10, 2020 Kate Porter

We were delighted that the cover story on The Sunday Telegraph focused on moving to the country and included Rogate in West Sussex as a village that ticked all the boxes for a successful transition from city life to country life.

Covid-19 has changed how locations are chosen. Traditionally a desirable village for city relocators was the classic image of pub, village shop, parish church and period properties beautifully positioned around the village green. Over the past six months the tick list has been expanded by a new generation of rural relocators with a more complex set of requirements. Fast broadband is at the top of their list as they settle into working from home and the office. Access to commuting networks is still essential – they still want to be able to access the cities and don’t want to feel too cut off. Being more aware of climate change and air pollution, many relocators want amenities nearby and cycle routes rather than numerous cars. With that in mind they ideally would rather walk or cycle with young children to the village school than drive.

Most relocators are still looking for the classic English village; the pub, church, village shop and community spirit is vital but so too is the knowledge that supermarkets will deliver and zoom calls never falter.

The Sunday Times suggested Rogate, West Sussex as a tick box village with The A3 easily accessible, a main line station at nearby Petersfield and stunning views over the South Downs.

The average house price in Rogate was listed at £694,996 and we have 1 Sandilands Cottage for sale at Guide price £600,000. This stunning four bedroom character cottage has been extensively upgraded by the current owners and has stylish spacious accommodation and a lovely mature garden.

So, you really can move to the countryside and have everything, particularly through The Country House Company!

Marishelle Butler