Below is my list of the top 7 places to escape to and find your dream home.
If you are looking for the most beautiful views in Berkshire, the royal town of Windsor is the place to go. Only a 40-50 minute drive from the centre of London, the town is filled with wonderful attractions such as Windsor great park, Windsor castle and Legoland for the family. The Windsor Royal Shopping Centre is also a must visit as it’s filled with cafes, restaurants, bars and a selection of markets.
Surrey Hills is an area of outstanding natural beauty with some of the best walking, running and Cycle routes in the South of England. The area is popular for horse riders and artists as there are many galleries and museums to visit. Nearby towns include Farnham, Dorking, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere and Reigate.
The Colne Valley regional park is full of parks, green spaces and reservoirs which sit alongside the River Colne and the Grand Union Canal. This is a very popular destination for people moving out of London as many historic buildings are being transformed into sumptuous homes such as Harefield Place. Some of the most popular local areas include Uxbridge, Harefield, Ickenham, and Ruislip.
Just a walk, drive or tube away from London, Epping Forest is surrounded by history, woodland and outstanding countryside. Interesting places to visit include the market town of Waltham Abbey, the royal gunpowder mills and the Iron Age forts. There are over 50,000 trees, 100 lakes and ponds and 2,400 hectares of land in the forest so there is plenty of scenery to take in.
Lullingstone Country Park
Lullingstone is packed with ancient woodland, countryside and historic buildings. There is a 6.5-mile circular walk and a Roman Villa is located just north of the site. Lullingstone Castle is particularly interesting because the building has a large collection of plants from across the world. The country park has many transport links to London and is only a 30-minute drive from Gatwick Airport.
Only a 20-minute drive from the capital, St Albans Cathedral stands out across the city skyline. One of the most popular destinations is Verulamium Park, which includes sports facilities, historic buildings, indoor swimming pool and a beautiful ornamental lake.
Situated in the country of Essex lies the exquisite town of Brentwood. There are many things to do in the area such as walking on the Hainault Forest trails, see some animals at Old MacDonalds Farm and visit some historic sites at Weald Country Park.
After searching for countryside areas outside of London, it’s clear to see that you can have the best of both worlds. If you have the opportunity to live in these areas, it’s possible to still work in London but still enjoy the rural experience and escape from city life.