Guildford named top countryside destination to relocate to

A bustling town in Surrey has been named the best place in the country for city dwellers to relocate to – and we’re not surprised in the slightest.

Looking at factors such as the average house price, median salary and download speed, Compare My Move has revealed the best places to live in the countryside.

The website has come up with a list of the top 10 rural places to move to, with Guildford taking the top spot out of more than 70 popular rural towns and villages.

In second place is St Albans in Hertfordshire, followed by Shere in Surrey, which has featured in a number of well-known films, including The Holiday and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

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The data shows that the average house price in Guildford is £539,496, the median salary is £34,207, and the median download speed is 60 megabits per second.

Comparatively for Shere, the average house price is £767,487, the median salary is £34,207, and the median download speed is 60 megabits per second.

Other factors taken into consideration include the annual average sunlight hours, annual average rainfall and the number of restaurants.

Guildford received the highest score with 87.45, while Shere received 85.52. Alresford, in neighbouring county Hampshire, took eighth place with a score of 76.44.

Dave Sayce, managing director at Compare My Move, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has seen many people reconsidering their living situation, with a large number of city dwellers ditching urban living and relocating to rural areas for a slower-paced life in the beautiful English countryside.

“It’s easy to see why people are choosing a quiet life in the country as the UK is home to some of the world’s most beautiful rural towns and villages. However, relocating can come at a large cost, particularly with hidden fees, such as the cost of removals.

“It’s not surprising to see the top rural destinations are near London, with the likes of Guildford and St Albans proving popular places for Londoners to escape to, whilst having the benefit of quick and easy transport links into the city.”

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