Something that many people have felt over the last couple of difficult years, is the desire to connect with nature more. Walking in the woods, beside a stream or across wide open fields can really help the body and the mind. It is a fact that being around nature works to calm people struggling with mental health problems and relieve stress and tensions.
For this reason, more and more people have been looking for homes in more rural areas. The county of Gloucestershire is one of these areas, that has lots of natural landscapes to enjoy, and it has certainly meant that these Gloucester estate agents TGRES have been very busy!
Because many people have changed their jobs and working from home has become a permanent thing for many, this has given people the opportunity to move out of the city and into the countryside. So, if you are considering moving to a place in Gloucestershire, then here are a few of the areas that you might take an interest in…
The Cotswolds – The pretty chocolate box villages of the Cotswolds are those that are often what people picture when they think of rural Gloucestershire. They are very popular with tourists, for their great walking routes across beautiful countryside, and the picture-perfect villages like Moreton in Marsh and Bourton on the water that people like to take a stroll around on a sunny afternoon. However, because of this popularity, many areas of the Cotswolds can be quite pricey for property.
The Forest of Dean – The beautiful ancient woodland of the forest of dean on the Welsh border is a wonderful place to enjoy walks. It also has many small villages and towns dotted around the forest which are mostly originating from the times when the main work that was done in the forest was mining of the local ore. There are villages that are right on the banks of the River Severn such as Westbury on Severn and Newnham on Severn, as well as pretty places deep in the heart of the forest such as Coleford and Ruardean.
Stroud – The eclectic town of Stroud is a really great place to visit. It is surrounded by many little villages dotted around the Cotswold hills such as Amberley and Edge. All have lovely walks on their doorstep. With Minchinhampton common and Standish woods right there it is easy to see the appeal. Stroud itself also has a really unique and bohemian feel to it. It is a town that is full of fun and friendliness. There are plenty of markets in Stroud too which are very attractive to tourists and visitors as well as to the locals. Here you will be able to purchase food and drink that has been produced locally and ethically, as well as shops and stalls selling home made crafts.