Should I Live In The Country? – Why it might make sense for you & your family! – Written by D.C. Merrett
The term “country living” broadly describes the lifestyle of those that live in low population areas that are much more rural in their nature. Whether it be their surroundings or just their area, rural living makes for a much less “congested” lifestyle.
Rural living is a tempting choice for those who grew up on the edge or in a city for most of their life, since it offers a different style of living, away from the hustle & bustle of your local metropolis. From the quiet surroundings, cost of living to the natural lifestyle, it’s easy to see why some people may seek the country especially if all they’ve known is city life.
A big aspect that pushes people to consider country living is the space they’ll gain, both in their own home & in their surroundings. One thing the country does have is a lot of space, with houses being much larger as well as gardens being bigger than anything available in the city. Depending on the area you are looking at, you may very well be getting much more space for your money in terms of the size of your home & garden. The same cost of a 1 bedroom flat in a city might very well cost the same as a 3-bedroom home in some rural areas.
Country living for a start is much slower paced, giving you the chance to lead a quieter, more relaxed lifestyle than if you were still living in a busy city. Rural living also offers a plethora of different activities you may not be able to do in a city like growing your own food, raising your own animals & even just taking a long walk through the woods, enjoying what nature has to offer.
Nature is sometimes taken for granted, with the notion of walking through a field being seen as something frivolous & inconsequential. It can take a few months of country living to make you really understand the beauty of nature and the simple things in life. With ample time chances to spend more time surrounded by nature; you’re able to better observe the beauty that the UK countryside has to offer. If the idea of living in nature is the main drawing point for you then it’s hard to see how any other way of living will suit you since it’s hard to replicate the sense of true nature when it comes to country living.
Country living tends to mean you’re living with much fewer people, however, you’ll most likely have a stronger sense of community. It’s counter-intuitive, but the provincial communities like those of most rural areas tend to be a tight-knit group, with more opportunities to socialise with a lot of the locals. Whether it’s down the local pubs, restaurants or even the shops, you’ll have the chance to bond with the community around you, as you will be a part of the community.
Location, Location, Location:
Your experience on country life will vary on where you plan on living since there is a multitude of villages or market towns you could choose to live. You may very well be picturing the Cotswolds but rural living could be far from that image. It sounds silly to bring up but remote living can be very isolated. A lot of people underestimate the isolation you might feel when your closest neighbour lives five miles away from you. It’s a far-fetched notion but there are remote areas that make for good rural living, which makes the above not so far from the truth! Living so far out also means amenities like schools, pharmacies & hospitals amongst other things are a car journey away which is another aspect you may want to consider since you’ll need to get used to the fact that things may not be as convenient as it once was in the city.
Not only are you far away from local amenities, you’re also far away from the comforts that you were used to in the city. From food to entertainment: cinemas, restaurants, gigs, as well as medical facilities will all be a considerable distance further than it would be in the city. You will most likely still have friends & family in the city too, so visiting them on a regular basis is also a problem when living in the country. Being so far away from your social groups will most likely put a damper on your social life, as neither group will want to constantly travel to each other. For some, this may be a deal breaker as it’s difficult to stay disconnected from the social life you knew.
Think About Employment/Job Opportunities
Country living will also throw up issues when it comes to employment, as you aren’t given as many opportunities as cities do. Rural areas aren’t going to have offices, retail outlets or headquarters that have a multitude of jobs for
you to apply for, so employment choices may be limited. Depending on your career path, working in a city may be a much more viable choice in terms of sustainable living.
Getting Used To The City Comforts
An aspect that people don’t tend to consider is domestic amenities like utilities like gas, electric, water & Internet. You may think it is an outdated opinion on rural living, but for people who do live in remote areas in the UK, Internet access can be a real problem. It isn’t that getting Internet is an issue; it’s the issue of getting fast Internet that you would expect from any urban home. If you work in an occupation like IT, design, marketing or publishing then you may be dependent on fast Internet. If your lifestyle is dependent on Wi-Fi/Internet then this could be a problem that is hard to address.
Bespoke Internet connections can be arranged with certain Internet providers but it can be costly. Having a fibre optic line being built on your property can be very expensive since it’ll take the work of a few technicians to get things in order, not to mention the time it may take working in a rural area. There are government schemes that aim to provide 95% of the country with good broadband however development of this scheme is slow, to say the least.
Things like your water, gas & electricity will potentially rise in price, as your utilities will most likely be coming from remote facilities that are not part of central lines. If your area is part of the main network then your utilities will be priced at a fairly decent rate, however, if you’re living in an area with that requires remote gas, electricity & water lines, you can expect to pay much more as it takes more resources to send those utilities to you.
Another aspect that a lot of people don’t consider is sewage, as we live in a society that comes to expect efficient sewage systems wherever we go. This is the case for most parts of the UK; however, some remote areas aren’t connected to main sewage lines. It’s these areas and the properties it affects that will need to make use of cesspits/septic tanks in order to store the waste produced by the household.
Septic tanks/cesspits may be something that you’ve never dealt with or even heard of before, so it can be daunting when you first encounter them. There are companies however that take the stress away from managing your sewage, like D.C. Merrett who provide environmental services to rural areas that aren’t connected to sewage lines. They manage, maintain & empty your cesspit so you don’t have to deal with it.
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
At the end of the day, there are always going to be disadvantages to both ways of living as no one way is perfect. There will always be cons regardless of which lifestyle you live with, but there are always ways of overcoming them. Whether it’s slow Internet or emptying a septic tank, there will be some way of addressing problems. If you’re still confli!cted in your choice, then you have to understand up your priorities, requirements & preferences to come up with a decision in what you think is the best choice for you & your family. We hope this article has helped address some of the misconceptions & outdated stereotypes of rural living!