Escape To The Country

This morning I ventured into the Market Place to drop some stationary into our new office. What a lovely surprise to see that Friday market was on and at last feel a sense of normality. Admittedly, with 2m markers at each stall, but I guess this may well become the new normal for a time yet. This got me thinking about returning to life after lockdown and how incredibly lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the country. The coronavirus pandemic that has taken over our lives so dramatically has certainly made me reassess mine and my family’s, and I’m sure I will not be the only one. We have seen a significant increase in viewing hits on our properties so it seems many are thinking it might be time for a lifestyle change. Perhaps considering running a business venture from home, getting that bolt hole in the country or simply relocating whilst still being able to commute to work. With this in mind, I wanted to share a small selection from my long list of “pros” when it comes to moving to Easingwold and the picturesque surrounding villages.

Business Opportunities

Looking to run a successful business from home? Why not look for those properties that offer additional accommodation. North Yorkshire is hugely popular and highly successful for Airbnb/ holiday lets. We have many properties with an annex, separate cottages or space for a Shepherd’s Hut! These are lucrative businesses and you do not even need to leave the house! We have some super properties coming to market that would fit the bill (watch this space) but check out Framfield House in Shipton By Beningbrough, offering two holiday cottages and an annex. (income from the business can be supplied).

Sense of Community

My daughter lives in London, she’s been there for four years and still doesn’t know her neighbours! She is very sociable so I can safely say it’s not her! There is a great sense of community spirit in our villages. You can take it or leave it, but in times of need (like now) it is wonderful to see how these communities have really pulled together to look out for and help one another. During the lockdown many of the village pubs have provided a takeaway service, pop up local shop or delivered fresh produce to those who are unable to go out.

Being Close to Nature

I learned a lot whilst doing my psychology degree but the one thing that resonated with me most was the module about the great outdoors and mental wellbeing. I don’t want to be “hippy dippy” but it is amazing how being outside in a natural environment is so good for you. We are all predisposed to the great outdoors, it makes us feel better, gives positivity and is generally calming. Here in North Yorkshire, we are so lucky to have it all on the doorstep. Yearsley Woods, The White Horse, The North Yorkshire Moors…the list is endless. And with York station approximately 30 minutes away from Easingwold it is doable for commuters…the best of both worlds!

Best of Both Worlds

My family members living in London and other cities love to visit us and long for something similar! I used to think living outside a city meant giving up city life! Wrong!! Easingwold and the surrounding villages offer plenty of aspects of city living on a smaller, more personal scale. Cafes catering for the keen baristas, exquisite restaurants (The Black Swan in Olstead was voted Best Restaurant in the World!!), fabulous gin makers (try Cooper King, I’m a convert!) Plus, a wonderfully varied array of independent, boutique shops. York city and Leeds are both chic, hip and not too far away, so we truly do have the best of both worlds.

With daily life set to change for the foreseeable future, I feel we will look to improve our health, well being and lifestyles whilst remaining as safe as possible and I can’t think of a better location in the UK for doing just that. Formally a city girl, I have been converted to country living and, now more than ever I feel so lucky to live where we do.