With last week’s topic focused on the beautiful northern county of Cumbria, this week we are almost 300 miles away in the south west of the country in Somerset.
With all the beauty so often associated with the west country, Somerset is the perfect location to get away from it all but still close enough to some of the major towns and cities in the south west of England. Home to seaside retreats such as Weston-super-mare or the south west city of Bristol makes Somerset a wonderful location to set up home and has some of the most idyllic villages in the country.
Wrington is just a 10 minute drive from Bristol airport and really is a sight to behold so close to the region’s largest city. Located just 9 miles east of Weston-super-mare and has a population of 2,633 recorded in the 2011 census. Wrington has been a popular place to live for centuries and the village itself has a quaint Georgian high street, a number of specialist shops and a weekly country market. Also the village primary school was established in 1857 and is located in a Grade II listed building.
Cheddar is a large village in Somerset on the southern edge of the Mendip hills with a population of 5,755 in the 2011 census situated just 9 miles north west of the cathedral city of Wells. Cheddar is home to the largest gorge in the United Kingdom which is located on the northern edge of the village. The village has a number of community organisations including sports, religious and cultural groups.
Glastonbury is a small town located in Somerset on the low-lying Somerset levels in the Mendip district with a population of 8,932 in the 2011 census. Steeped in history, Glastonbury has evidence of being inhabited since the Neolithic times, and is also noted for a number of myths and legends, including those surrounded Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Grail and King Arthur. Both Glastonbury Tor and the abbey bring tourists into the area, with Glastonbury Tor a distinctive feature in the usually flat landscape and at the summit is the tower, which is a partially restored remains of an old church, while Glastonbury abbey is a grade I listed building located in the centre of the town. Glastonbury has fast become a centre for religious tourism and pilgrimage, as well as supporting a large number of alternative shops in what is regarded as a new age community. There are a number of primary schools as well as St Dunstan’s which provides secondary education, which had just 639 students between the age of 11 – 16 years old.
Somerset is considered as part of the west country and therefore is often known for its tourism but is a wonderful, scenic county in which to purchase a home. For a flat or maisonette, the average cost to purchase is £113,375 while on average a terraced property across Somerset sells on average for £163,281. For a semi-detached property you can expect to pay £197,021 while if you want to purchase a detached property in the area property costs around £306,701.