Last time we were in the beauty of the North West of the country and for this week’s idyllic location we are going to be exploring the southern county of Wiltshire.
Surrounded by the counties of Dorset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire, Wiltshire is characterised by down lands and wide valleys, with tourist draws at both the Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles. It is due to both Stonehenge and Avebury stone circle which has drawn and immense about of historical interest into the area, as well as being noted for its pre-Roman archaeology and evidence of Bronze Age occupation.
Salisbury is far from the quiet towns and villages we have mentioned in previous articles for some of the other counties, but in the case of Wiltshire Salisbury is a major attraction for property buyers. With a short commute from the city, if you need to be there for work or play, Salisbury is a great place for your main or second home. Although prices tend to a be a little higher, living in Salisbury gives access to a great school system along with many clubs, societies and attractions which also come from life living in a city.
Tisbury is a large village located around 13 miles west of Salisbury with a population of 2,253 in the 2011 census. Located in the West Wiltshire Downs, Tisbury is located within an area of outstanding natural beauty and the largest village located in Wiltshire’s Nadder Valley. Historically Tisbury shows evidence of early human activity ranging back from the Bronze Age, roughly from the 9th to 8th century BC. Today it is home to one of the largest tithe barns which is still in existence in the United Kingdom. In 2013 Tisbury was named by the Sunday times “Best places to live” guide, based on low crime rate, property price, unemployment figures and transport links. It has a traditional high street with a number of independent shops and businesses and a brilliant primary school, with an Ofsted rating of “Good”.
The historic village of Ramsbury is located in the Kennet Valley. A pre-medieval village which is steeped in both history and tradition, located 7 miles to the east of Malborough and 5 miles to the west of Hungerford. In 2011 the census recorded the population in Ramsbury at 1,989. Ramsbury has a thriving primary school with an “Outstanding” Ofsted rating making it a brilliant choice for parents with children who are looking to relocate. The village also has a large doctors surgery, a number of small shops, as well as sports clubs, societies and services all located in the village.
Wiltshire, although often mooted as a great place to purchase a home with still being within reaching distance of the city of London should you want to be, and that is certainly not everyone’s motivation, has slightly lower prices than those located in the home counties. In 2015 the majority of property sales were from terraced properties, which sold on average for £195,410. Semi-detached properties were recorded on having an average selling price of £234,128, meanwhile detached properties sell for around £376,711.