Best Places in the UK to Buy a Country Home

22nd May 2014 posted in Home Lifestyle Buyers

The dream for a lot of people is to either retire to a beautiful country cottage or have a holiday home in the countryside to visit when city life gets too much. For the rich and famous, having a beautiful countryside home is a given, with people from around the world spending millions on the ideal country estate.

With popular programs like Downton Abbey gluing us to our seats, the love affair with country homes is going nowhere fast in the UK. With a magical setting and green surroundings, what’s not to love about the idea of an idyllic country home.

But with many beautiful areas of the countryside to choose from, where are the best places to find the country home of your dreams?


Devon is the number one place for people to retire to and it is not hard to see why.  With a fantastic location and great transport links, you can access the county by plane, train, boat or car.

Even if you are not at the age to retire, the county of Devon is a fantastic place to invest in. With the sea not far away, if you don’t want to live there all year round you can be sure that someone else will do, so you will always be able to make money from rent.


The beautiful country of Scotland is very popular with Scandinavians due to its many fun activities. With stunning scenery in the Highlands, there are many sporting opportunities to take part in, such as fishing, shooting and hiking.

With beautiful open spaces and extensive woodland area, finding a rural property to buy is not hard. The only thing to think about though is the accessibility, as some of the more rural areas can be tricky to get to.


Famous for its rolling countryside, beautiful little market towns and fantastic woodland strolls, the Cotwolds usually features quite highly when it comes to dream country home locations.

Offering a quiet and quintessentially English experience, the Cotswolds was once named as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and rightly so. If you are looking for a true escape from city life, then this breathtakingly beautiful region of the country is a great choice. You can even get there in just under two hours from London.

Lake District

A favourite with many people, the incredible landscapes of the Lakes are very popular when it comes to weekend breaks and holiday homes. Home of Beatrix Potter, the stunning scenery of the Lake District could lead you to believe you are in another country altogether.

The Lake District National Park is England’s biggest park and is home to over 42,000 permanent residents. It offers a ton of different activities including cycling, walking, rock climbing and more. If you want a beautiful yet peaceful place to retreat to, then the Lakes are a great choice.

West Wales

The unspoilt beauty of West Wales provides a unique area to live in. With two beautiful castles to explore and even dolphins to be found at Cardigan Bay, this are of the country is fantastic for families of all ages.

Who needs a villa abroad when you could live in your very own cottage by the beach – great for surfers, sailors and swimmers, there is always something to keep you busy. There are lots of beautiful villages surrounded by acres of greenery to choose from in West Wales, so much so that you will be spoilt for choice.


There are many reasons why Norfolk is a great place to buy a country home, for a start, it is one of the safest places in the country to live and it also tends to have great weather. Norfolk is famous for many places, including Great Yarmouth, the Norfolk Broads and the lovely Waveney Valley.

The gorgeous North Norfolk Coast was named as an Area of Outstanding Beauty and the Brecks offer an expansive landscape of dense pine and heath. With a huge variety of things to do and see, you will never run out of activities living in the wonderful region of Norfolk.