Suggestions for good areas to settle, to work-from-home in the UK?
I’m wondering if anyone has any advice to offer on good places to live in the UK with a view to working from home.
I’m a freelance web developer, I’ve been living overseas for a spell and due to move back soon . Most people people I know live in London or the South East, and that’s where I’ve mostly lived in the past, but as I’m going through the hassle of moving anyway, I’m thinking about a whole new fresh start, solo, somewhere a bit cheaper and more rural.
Has anyone does this kind of thing before and regretted it?Posted 3 years agobinnersSubscriber
Note: industry and commerce actually exists outside London and the South East.
You’d never know though. We keep it quiet on purpose.
I live in East Lancs, in a fantastic little place, have fantastic trails from my front door, while within easy reach of Manchester (or the Lakes, if I head in the other direction), and i work in a town that for the last couple of years has been having a quiet little boom of its own – Burnley
Have a look at more rural outskirts of any northern city, look at the quality of life, cost of living, and leave yourself baffled as to why people head to the south east as a default?Posted 3 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
Depends what else you want from life? Assume biking so good riding country… Anything else? What kinda house? Land? Anywhere close to friends/family? If I had to choose it’d either be Devon/Cornwall for surf and biking or the Lakes/Scottish Borders for top notch riding.Posted 3 years agoStefMcDefSubscriber
The Isle of Wight. Just like the South East only with relatively sane house prices. I work from home living in Cowes – BT Infinity broadband up the wazoo. Cowes and Ryde are handy enough for getting to civilisation – although you have to go via Southampton and Portsmouth.
One thing I would say is that moving to somewhere new, from scratch, and working from home, it does take a long time to get any kind of toe-hold in the place socially. If you move somewhere for work, you get to know people through your work – but you’ll have to be pretty pro-active about carving out some kind of niche for yourself.Posted 3 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Some lovely places near Derby, easy access to London and the Peaks and pretty much everywhere else from the middle of the country. Internet speed in villages may be an issue. Long way to the seaside though
Do it soon, before HS2either makes properties unsellable or unbuyable……Posted 3 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
I reckon we need a bit more to go on. I work from home just over the south west border of the Peak District. I have fibre optic broadband, great riding/walking/climbing on my doorstep, relatively cheap house prices, superbly central location for pretty much anywhere in the UK, major airports in all directions, plenty of peace and quiet a short pedal from my front door and – if required – I can be in central London for a 9am meeting and still have a decent sleep the night before. The downside? I live in a small town that is not exactly the most exciting place in the world. Do you need nightlife? Do you need to meet someone? Do you want to be somewhere vibrant? That’s where my town might fall short.
I’m a Dad with 2 young kids and another on the way, so it suits me.Posted 3 years agohot_fiatSubscriber
Not totally rural northumberland works for me. The outskirts of Morpeth or Rothbury (which is getting community fibre). Deeper into the moors and the speeds will drop off dreadfully. You can fly to anywhere from ncl (via lhd, ams or dxb). Property’s cheap and the tidings awesome.Posted 3 years agocheekyboyMember
Have a look at more rural outskirts of any northern city, look at the quality of life, cost of living, and leave yourself baffled as to why people head to the south east as a default?
I saw someone clutching a Guardian in Uppermill t`other day, the commer inners are here !
Runferthills aah say, runferthills !Posted 3 years agoStonerSubscriber
The right parts of Worcestershire is a good call. Keep to the western half of the county to avoid the Chipping Norton contamination pouring off the Cotswold escarpment 😉 And dont stray too close to the Hereford border without regular tetanus shots and armed guard to keep the orcs at bay.
M5 runs N/S through the middle of the county bringing Birmingham and Bristol within 1hr and A419 linking you to M4 for London within 2hrs.
Direct train service to paddington I use from pershore in 2hrs05mins.
Broadband in the villages is a sticking point. I work from home most of the time and have to deal with 2Mb for simultaneous document work & video calls. It can get a little flaky but it works surprisingly well. However, Malvern and most other medium sized towns and larger are now on superfast Fibre – Qinetic in Malvern and surrounding high tech employers rely on the backbone. One day we might get 50Mb out to the green box in the village and then 20Mb onto us – they’re promising something by 2017, but we’ll probably have some kind of wireless system at higher speeds by then.
I was brought up in the county, but moved back here after 7 years in London nearly 10 years ago. I missed it too much. It’s a wonderful place that few people know exists. It’s very well connected too – Wales thattaway < (Coed Y brenin < 2.5hrs), London thattaway >, Even Gretna Green ^ in < 4.5hrs and Portsmouth <3hrs. But we dont have many sushi restaurants 🙁Posted 3 years agoandylMember
Picked up a leaflet for europasat in Mole Valley last time I was there. It’s up to 20mb broadband for remote locations (ie farms). £28.90/pm for 20GB, £54.90 for 50GB.
Given your OP my first thought was Brighton area. I love being able to get to the sea easily and you can get to London easily.Posted 3 years ago
The topic ‘Suggestions for good areas to settle, to work-from-home in the UK?’ is closed to new replies.