Three years ago, I lived in London with my husband, three children, two dogs and one goldfish – we had good jobs in the City but we aspired to much more than living the rat race. I wanted to escape to the country where the air was fresh and my children could grow up knowing about nature and animals. We knew we would only be able to succeed in our dream if one of us remained in our job in London, and the other could start a family business up in the new location; it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something new so I was excited by the prospect of this adventure.
We started looking for our perfect place in the Surrey countryside – a location near enough to the capital so my husband could commute to work – and sure enough we found the most beautiful home. Here were our reasons for buying our home, and what the driving factors were behind our move…
Grow our own vegetables
In London, we were ever reliant on grocery deliveries. I felt as though we had no control over the quality of the fruit and vegetables we were eating, and I felt my kids were too influenced by the amount of junk food advertising at bus shelters and the like. I wanted us to get back to basics and grow our own veg, something which my kids have plenty of fun doing. I find they eat more of their meals when they know that they’ve helped to put it on the table.
Have more space
Our terraced property in London was lovely indoors but our garden space simply wasn’t big enough for the kids and dogs to enjoy. Finding a property with lots of land was an essential requirement in our property search and our kids were thrilled when they knew they would have acres to roam. Our house is also more spacious indoors, with a lovely farmhouse kitchen and a gorgeous conservatory looking out over the fields.
I have always loved animals so this was an important aspect to our search. When I was growing up I lived on a farm with my parents and I always remember the way our stables looked with the stable rugs, buckets and hay decorating the area. I decided that my new business should be to do with horses so I decided I would do riding lessons for children. My own kids have loved getting involved with the horses so I’m really pleased about this.
Enjoy more family time
We have excellent weekends in the countryside. In London we were more likely to go shopping or watch a film on TV, but we really have no excuse when there is such gorgeous land to explore. I do my riding lessons in the morning, so in the afternoon we all enjoy a walk or a bike ride together – bliss! I would certainly recommend a move to the country if you want to widen your horizons and escape the city; it’s been the best decision we’ve made for our family.