We’re all going on a Yorkshire Holiday

The sun is shining, the sand is golden, the beers are chilled and the sea is… Ok, the sea is blooming freezing! No, I’m not talking about the Balearic Islands; I’m talking about the beautiful Yorkshire coast. Many of us are deciding to holiday in the UK this year, either staying local or exploring somewhere new, and after Yorkshire was name the second best place to visit in the world (according to Condé Nast Traveller 2020) it is no wonder so many are heading Up North this summer.

So where are the best places to visit in Yorkshire this summer? Here is a quick summary of some of the hotspots and hidden beauties that tourists will be flocking to.

The Coast

The spectacular Yorkshire coastline stretches for more than 90 miles from Staithes in the north, to Spurn Point in the south. Famous tourist hotspots include Whitby, Filey, Scarborough, Bridlington and Robin Hood’s Bay. If you fancy somewhere a little quieter, Hunmanby Gap, just south of Filey, is less busy at peak times and is a great place to make sandcastles. Here you will find a café, car park and toilets open during the summer season.

Another quieter area along the Yorkshire coastline is Skipsea, a village south of Bridlington. There are good local eateries including a pub, café and restaurant, an ice cream parlour and fish and chip shops. Attractions in the area include Skipsea Castle and a holiday park with lots of facilities and entertainment for all the family. A few miles further south is the beautiful blue flag beach of Hornsea. Known for being a quintessential British seaside town with a Victorian folly, it is popular with ornithologists due to its 250 species of birds around the peaceful nature reserve. You can have fun sailing or taking part in fishing activities and there is a folk museum with lots of interactive displays.

The Countryside Towns

Yorkshire’s food capital, Malton, has always been a popular market town with a regular livestock market and a Food Lovers Market but it is increasingly becoming known for its fantastic restaurants, selection of food shops and food and drink producers. The town also has lots of independent shops and free parking. In close proximity to Malton you will find attractions such as Eden Camp (a Second World War themed museum), Castle Howard (a stately home), Scampston Hall and Walled Gardens and Flamingo Land (a theme park and zoo). There are plenty of B&Bs, guest houses and campsites surrounding Malton and of course plenty of green space, rolling hills and fresh air.

About 15 minutes drive North of Malton is Pickering, famous for the North Yorkshire Moors railway, Pickering Castle, Go Ape! at Dalby Forest, and plenty of shops, cafés pubs and restaurants. From Pickering, it is about a 30 minute drive to Whitby and the views along the way are spectacular. Why not stop along the way at one of the viewpoints and admire the breathtaking sights?There are also walks a-plenty around the North York Moors.

Nidderdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. If you fancy sleeping under the stars there are lots of surrounding campsites but equally there are plenty of B&Bs and guest houses in the surrounding villages. Local attractions include Ripley Castle, Brimham Rocks, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. Nearby towns worth visiting include Pateley Bridge, Harrogate and Knaresborough.

Richmond is often known as the Northern Gateway to the Dales. Founded by the Normans in 1071, it is is a leafy, vibrant market town with an impressive castle, a cobbled market place and a wide range of pubs, restaurants and cafés to choose from. For the more brave among us, you can take part in a guided ghost walk where local legends and traditions are brought to life! If you prefer a less scary break, take a walk along the River Swale or from Richmond Castle to the remains of the pre-monstratensian house.

The City Break

If you are more into vibrant nightlife, retail therapy, Michelin Star and high quality restaurants and live shows, then Leeds is the city for you. Over the last 20 years, Leeds has seen a massive regeneration and continues to evolve, making it one of the coolest cities around. John Lewis moved into the city five years ago and occupies space in the glamorous Victoria Leeds Shopping Centre. Also in this Centre, and in the surrounding Victorian Shopping Arcades, you will find other up market brands such as Anthrapologie, & other stories, Kurt Geiger, Mulberry, All Saints, Space NK and Jo Malone. A short walk away you will find Trinity Shopping Centre, a haven for high street shopaholics with over 120 stores, bars and restaurants aplenty and Trinity Kitchen, a foodery serving traditional street food of varying cuisines which rotate every 8 weeks.

Historic York is another ideal city for a short break and has activities to suit all tastes. If you are a beer lover you will find numerous real ale houses serving beer brewed locally. If you are fascinated by York’s Viking and Roman roots, there are thirty museums to explore as well as the winding cobbled streets, the Shambles and the City Walls. For the shoppers among us, there are plenty of independent and high street stores. Foodies will appreciate the quality of the bars and restaurants in York, including the Tommy Banks owned, Michelin Star Restaurant, Roots. If outdoor activities are more your thing, why not enjoy afternoon tea on a city cruise up the River Ouse or even hire a canoe.

Wherever you roam, don’t forget to pack your factor 50, summer sandals, wellies and umbrella, because, you know, it is Yorkshire after all!

All information correct at time of publication. July 2021.

Focus on…Chapel Allerton

Chapel Allerton is one of my favourite Leeds’ suburbs. Maybe because I used to work nearby and it was the perfect place to visit on a Friday night for after work drinks or end of term meals. I love how it has a distinctive village feel as you wander round, browsing in the independent stores. My ideal place to live would be one where you can buy most, if not all, grocery goods from local shops and not have to visit a large supermarket, and you can certainly do this in Chapel Allerton (although there is an “up-market” Aldi and a Tesco should you need to visit).

I’m not the only person who has fallen in love with Chapel Allerton. Chappy A (as it is sometimes fondly known) was declared as one of the best places to live in the North (Sunday Times Best Place to Live Guide 2021). It’s an extremely desirable area for young professions and families to live and has a lovely community vibe thanks largely to CA Spaces, a community group run mostly by local mums who have been busy introducing street art, planting trees and creating pick your own veg plots. They have also made a mud kitchen for children in a patch of woodland.

Other activities in the area include walking through Gledhow Valley Woods, visiting Chapel Allerton Park, getting involved in racket sports at the Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, attending the local library (housed in a 1900s police and fire station) and attending arts events at 7 Arts, an independent community art space with a cafe and bar, hosting events such as film, dance, drama and comedy.

You can’t talk about Chapel Allerton without mentioning the world famous Leeds West Indian Carnival, the longest running West Indian carnival in Europe and held in Chapel Town, just a short walk away from Chapel Allerton. This is usually held over August Bank Holiday and features colourful floats, music, dancing, drinks and lots of delicious Caribbean food. The carnival will be an online event this year with some managed physical events.

Like all popular suburbs, house prices in Chapel Allerton have seen an increase recently whilst availability of houses has decreased. However, if you are lucky enough to buy property here, the average house price is £265,362. You can buy a five bedroom detached house from £430,000, a three bedroom semi could cost £260,000, and you can buy a one bedroom apartment from £165,000

For those with school aged children, there are quite a few very popular schools surrounding Chapel Allerton which include:

  • Chapel Allerton Primary School- Ofsted rating Good
  • St Matthew’s Church of England- Ofsted rating Good
  • Manor Wood Primary School (formally Carr Manor PS)- Ofsted rating Outstanding
  • Carr Manor Community School- Ofsted rating Good

As is the case with many Leeds schools, these may be over-subscribed with long waiting lists, therefore it is always advisable to speak to Local Authority School Admissions as soon as you know where you are going to live to apply for a place (a service I offer as part of the relocation package with Move to Yorkshire).

There are, of course, a number of private schools across Leeds if this is your preference.

All information correct at the time of publishing. June 2021.

How much…?!

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Inspired by research into the difference in cost of house prices between London and Yorkshire, my latest blog continues the comparison of prices between North and South, but this time it focuses on “luxury” everyday items. So once you’ve made the move, cleared your mortgage and have more disposable cash than you know what to do with, how much more can you save by moving to Yorkshire?

Here is a quick comparison of everyday prices in Leeds and London. I’m sure if you shopped around you would find these items cheaper (or more expensive) but you get the general idea!

Pint of beer£3.80£5.33
Starting TAXI fare£2.20£3.00
Monthly travel pass£92£204
Three course meal (mid-range restaurant)£50£60
Take out pepperoni pizza£7.40£9
Cappuccino Coffee£2.65£2.70
1 litre petrol£1.24£1.29
Ladies hair cut and finish with senior stylist£50£77
Bottle of Pinot Grigio wine at bar£26£23

All prices accurate at the time of publishing. June 2021.

Yorkshire vs London

How much Bang can you get for your Buck?

Many professionals and families are now saying goodbye to the rat-race of the Big Smoke and saying hello to that clean green Yorkshire air. There’s a lot to consider when making such a big leap as London and Yorkshire are like chalk and cheese in many ways; one of the most obvious is the price of property and how much house you get for your money. But if you have a spare £4,000,000, what can you actually buy in Yorkshire and London? Read on to find out how properties in London compare with the price of properties in two Yorkshire locations.

Four million pounds will buy you a beautiful, elegant Grade II listed family home in Clapham. Marketed by James Pendleton, the property is situated in an exclusive private crescent in one of the most prestigious areas south of the river. The property exceeds 4,080 sq ft over five stories and comprises of four bedrooms, three bathrooms, three reception rooms and a study in the main house as well as a two bedroomed self contained apartment. Outside space includes a private landscaped garden additional to communal gardens and off street parking exclusively for residents.

In Alwoodley, one of Leeds most exclusive residential areas, you will find The Manor. Marketed by Fine and Country for £4,000,000, this property extends over 10,200 sq ft and comprises of five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a double aspect drawing room and siting room complete with cinema, two further reception rooms and a top of the range kitchen. Additional to these living facilities there is also a luxury apartment with open plan living space, kitchen area, bedroom suite and luxury bathroom. Also there is a further ancillary apartment complete with living area, kitchen and dining space, bedroom and bathroom facilities. If this is not enough, the property also boasts a spa and fitness facility including a heated pool, separate jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, gym and changing facilities.

Approximately 14 miles north of Harrogate and marketed with Croft for £3.5 million, you will find West End Farm, a 10,000 sq ft property situated in 6 acres of land. This property boasts six en-suite bedrooms, open plan living space comprising of kitchen, family room, dining areas and French doors leading to an outdoor eating area. Inside the property you will find a gym, wellness and entertainment wing which includes a jet pool, sauna, showers, changing facilities and exercise suite. Within the extensive grounds of the property you will find five stables and tac-room, horse wash and heated dog kennels. Additional to the manicured gardens you will find a horse arena, garage with space for up to 8 cars and a gated driveway.

For just over a cool £1,000,000 you can buy this charming period Victorian family home in Clapham. The property is over 1,350 sq ft and has potential for further expansion. The property comprises of a double reception room, an extended kitchen and breakfast room, three double bedrooms and a private rear garden. Listed with James Pendleton.

Back in Yorkshire and listed with Fine and Country for just under £1,000,000 is this stone detached home, located within an exclusive gated development. The home consists of four reception rooms, a master bedroom with en-suite, four additional bedrooms and two further bathrooms. Doors lead from the contemporary living room onto a rear garden. The property backs onto Alwoodley Golf Club and has garden space that is ideal for a growing family. Outside space also includes a driveway, a carport and a generous outdoor store.

Situated just a few miles from York and listed with Fine and Country, you will find this exclusive property within a gated development for overs over £1,000,000. This Victorian property sits in approximately 1 acre of land and access is via a sweeping driveway through woodland. The gardens offer beautiful views, privacy from neighbours and there is parking space for 5 cars plus a garage. Once inside, you will find light, spacious living areas with high ceilings, large windows and doors, with many of the original architectural elements of the Victorian building being preserved. The property has two double bedrooms with en-suite and walk-in-wardrobes and a further two double bedrooms. There is also planning for a fifth bedroom.

Conveniently located just off Clapham High Street, and within a few seconds walk from shops, bars, restaurants and transport links, is a bright and well presented first floor flat with two double bedrooms which you can buy for £500,000 with James Pendleton. The property has recently been neutrally redecorated throughout and has a reception room with feature fireplace and separate kitchen, a three-piece bathroom suite and boasts ample storage throughout.

Situated in the beautiful village of Thorner, which is approximately 8 miles North East of Leeds City Centre and has excellent commuter links, is this four bedroomed family home. The property consists of a family room, open plan extended dining kitchen, spacious living room, utility room, home office, one en-suite bedroom, three further bedrooms and a house bathroom. Outside is a landscaped garden, a flagged patio area and a shared driveway. The property is listed with Furnell Residential for offers in the region of £500,000.

Located in Hunton, a picturesque and sought-after village at the foot of Wensleydale and around 5 miles away from the market town of Leyburn, is this extensively renovated, spacious Victorian property which comprises of three bathrooms, four bedrooms, three reception rooms with exceptional south facing views, garden and parking space for 2 cars. All this for £500,000, listed with GSC Grays.

All information correct at time of publication. Houses listed may no longer be available or prices may have changed due to the fast moving property market.

Focus on… Horsforth

Situated about 5 miles North West of Leeds city centre, Horsforth is an incredibly desirable area to live due to its excellent transport links, a large array of shops, a multitude of independent bars, cafes and restaurants and being extremely family friendly.

Close to the centre of Horsforth village you will find Horsforth Hall park; a fantastic open parkland for the little ones to run around, with a large play area and adventure playground, a sand pit, a cricket pitch and bowling green, a skate park and a bandstand. It is also home to the Japanese formal garden which was restored and reopened in 2014 following a £90,000 restoration project. The gardens celebrate traditional oriental features and materials that represent the mountains, woodland areas, lakes and grassland found in Japan. It provides a tranquil environment and is open to the public everyday of the year during daylight hours.

There are many walks you can access within a couple of miles of Horsforth. Some of the beautiful location you can visit include:

Kirkstall Abbey

Bramley Fall Park

Rodley Nature Reserve

Kirkstall Nature Reserve

Otley Chevin

Yeadon Tarn

Beautiful views from Otley Chevin

Other people are attracted to Horsforth due to its excellent transport links. Leeds city centre is only 15 minutes away on a direct train and there are also direct trains to York, Harrogate and Knaresborough from Horsforth. If you are looking to travel further afield, for business or pleasure, Leeds Bradford Airport is a 10 minute drive away with flights to London Heathrow, Newquay and many European destinations.

For those with school aged children, Horsforth is a popular choice due to its number of Good and Outstanding schools as well as its proximity to some excellent independent schools. These include:

Westbrook Lane Primary School – Outstanding

St Margaret’s Church of England School – Outstanding

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School – Outstanding

West End Primary School – Good

Broadgate Primary School – Good

Horsforth Featherbank Primary School – Outstanding

Horsforth Newlaithes Primary School – Good

Horsforth School (Science Specialist Secondary School) – Good

The Grammar School at Leeds Primary and Secondary – Independent

Woodhouse Grove School – Independent

Froebelian School, Primary Provision – Independent

You can also access Further Education in Horsforth as you will find Leeds Trinity University located within a beautiful campus. Once famous for teacher training courses, the University now offers foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a range of humanities and social sciences.

Average house prices in Horsforth are above the national average at £289,101, due to its popularity and proximity to Leeds city centre. You can find a 2 bedroom semi- with small garden and on road parking from about £160,000 whereas a 4 bedroom detached home can cost anything between £500,000- £1,000,000.

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts”

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School days.

They can be the best days of our lives, and as parents we do everything we possibly can to ensure our children’s happiness at school. When moving home, finding the right school is often the number one priority above all else. So, how do we go about finding the right school for our children?

Nowadays schools must be totally transparent; an Ofsted inspector can almost make an initial judgement on a school from website information alone. Therefore you would think that looking at a website and reading the most recent Ofsted report would tell you all you need to know about a school. However, this is not always necessarily the case.

With fifteen years’ experience as a teacher and senior leader in a number of schools I have found schools that are rated “Requires Improvement” on paper might actually be one you choose to send your children to.

To give an example, one school I worked at was – prior to my working there – deemed one of the worst schools in the country. Its Ofsted report read very poorly indeed, with numbers on its roll dwindling as parents scrambled to enrol their children elsewhere. Following this a raft of changes were announced; the school became an academy along with a new head principle and senior leadership team. With that, and a full change of staff, order quickly followed. Fast-forward four years and the school gained Outstanding Ofsted status in every area. The school still remains Outstanding and is recognised as the best school in Leeds and in the top two dozen in the country for progress of pupils.

During the four years of change and transition, the staff and children at the school worked harder than anyone else I have ever worked with before to prove they were not inadequate, they did not require special measures and in fact they were outstanding. It was definitely a school I would have considered for my own children (had I had them at the time). If parents new to the area solely relied on the previous Ofsted report, they would have dismissed the school immediately as they would not have seen all the hard work going on.

Of course I am not saying that all schools that “Require Improvement” go on a similar journey and their road to “Good” or “Outstanding” may be a lot longer. The purpose of this anecdote is to show that when choosing a school, don’t judge a book by its cover. Visit the school; get a real feel for what your children will experience. Understand its ethos, see how the school makes you feel when you’re inside. Observe the way the staff interact with the children and the way that the children interact with each other. Look at standards of work that are on display as you walk around, or ask to see a few anonymous examples of work from books. This will give you a real understanding about how proud the children and the staff are of the work produced.

School searches are something I offer as part of my standard relocation package. With fifteen years’ experience working in schools, you can trust me to help you to choose the right school for your children.

Focus on…Roundhay

Located to the North East of the city, Roundhay is one of the most popular suburbs of Leeds for many a good reason; whether you are a young professional, a small but growing family, or even looking to be tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac, Roundhay has something for everyone.

A main attraction to living in Roundhay is the vibrant Street Lane. Home to numerous independent bars, cafes, bakeries and delis and a diverse choice of restaurants, there is somewhere different to eat for every meal of the day, should you so choose! There are also plentiful independent retailers based along the length of Street Lane where you can find jewellers, clothing shops and book shops, not to mention a shop for golfers, wine aficionados and charity shops for those looking for a bargain whilst helping a worthy cause!

If you decide that you would like a change of scenery and fancy a trip into Leeds, or need access to rail links, the city centre is less than a 15 minute drive away and there are regular buses running into the city throughout the day and evening.

Another major attraction in Roundhay is Roundhay Park, one of the largest public parks in Europe. Not only is it a glorious green open space with numerous walks, a children’s play area, a boating lake and home to The Mansion, an 1800s listed venue, it is also a 100,000 person arena, famous for hosting major musicians such as Robbie Williams, Ed Sheran, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, U2 and Madonna to name but a few.

Across the road from Roundhay park you will find the Canal Gardens; a small, tranquil walled garden with lawns, colourful flower displays and a fine selection of mature trees. It is a very peaceful location where you can enjoy a picnic or simply sit in the sun and enjoy your senses being tickled by the sights, sounds and smells that surround you.

Next to the Canal Gardens you will find Tropical World; a firm family favourite where you can explore the flora and fauna of rainforest, mangrove and desert environments. Admission is free for under 5s and there is a lovely cafe with ample indoor and outdoor seating.

If you have school aged children, there are quite a few very popular schools surrounding Roundhay which include:

Talbot Primary School- Ofsted rated Good

Roundhay St. John’s Cof E- Ofsted rated Good

Roundhay School Primary Campus- Ofsted rated Outstanding

Roundhay School Secondary Campus- Ofsted rated Outstanding

Moor Allerton Hall Primary School- Ofsted rated Good

Allerton Grange Secondary School-Ofsted rated Good

Understandably, many of these school are often over-subscribed with long waiting lists, therefore it is always advisable to speak to the Local Authority School Admissions department to apply for a place as soon as you know where you are going to live (something I offer as part of the relocation package with Move to Yorkshire). There are, of course, a number of private schools across Leeds if this is your preference, which I can also help you find.

Homes in Roundhay can be described as stunning and diverse. As well as spectacular 19th century properties along tree lined avenues, you can also find contemporary apartments. With an average property value of £306,765, there is property available to suit different budgets. A 5 bedroom detached house can cost up to and beyond £1,400,000, whereas a 3 bedroom semi can cost a moderate £365,000 and a 2 bedroom apartment could cost from £150,000.

All information correct at the time of publishing. March 2021.

Relocation in Real Life

Relocating is a big deal. It takes a lot of consideration, discussion, planning and organisation. Two families have kindly shared their honest views with me about relocating from London to Yorkshire and how this has impacted their lives.

Family One

We relocated from Fulham to Hull seven years ago. My husband was studying in the area so he knew Hull quite well, where as I had no idea what the area was like. When I first joined him, we contacted local estate agents and initially rented an apartment but it was so difficult trying to find somewhere to live. We both work as Health Care Professionals and were working long hours so we were looking at flats late at night, in the dark, and not really getting a sense of what the property and the location was like. Eventually, we did find somewhere and have since bought our own place (as we needed something bigger when our two children came along). We didn’t use a relocation agent but in hindsight we should have done as this would have take all the stress out of finding somewhere suitable, as well as helping us with removal companies and all the legal stuff.

I had real mixed emotions about leaving London. I had lived there all my life and left behind all of my friends and family. At first, I spent every Friday catching the late night train back to London, but as time went on this became exhausting and unsustainable. I started meeting more people through work and through church and in time through mother and baby groups once my children were born. Gradually, the emotional pull back to London lessened and I began to think of Hull as being my home.

I am sometimes asked if I would move back to London. Although it took me a while to settle in, I much prefer the slower pace of life in Yorkshire; I’m even a calmer and politer driver here! It is so much cheaper to live here and such a good place to raise a family. I can’t image how I would have done that in London! The transport links are great so we get to see family and friends often, it feels so spacious and safe. So, in answer to the question, No. I won’t move back to London. I prefer my Yorkshire life!

Family Two

We met at Leeds University 20 years ago. After graduation we both got jobs in London so moved to East Dulwich (via Blackheath and Clapham) but we always knew someday we would move back to Leeds, especially as some of our best friends had remained there after University. London was great but after having children we started thinking about when the right time to move was. When our eldest child started to complain about how busy London was we knew it was the right time; time for a change of location and a change of pace.

After city living for the last 15 years we knew we wanted something completely different, something quintessentially Yorkshire! Fresh air, less traffic and most importantly, more space. Time was a huge factor when searching for properties. We both work long hours and have the children to look after so we knew we only had a maximum of two weekends to find the right property and thankfully we were able to achieve this. We sold our mid-terrace property with an 80ft garden in London and bought a 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom detached house with 2.5 acres of land overlooked by cows and hills in Pool-In-Wharfedale. Certainly more bang for your buck!

So far, the move has been everything we expected and more! Given the constraints of Covid, we much prefer being here than where we were. Even in the surreal world of lockdown, we’re already enjoying the benefits of having more open space on our doorstep. Our children also both go to the same school now, which they weren’t able to before, so that makes our life a lot more logistically simple; not to mention increasing the bond between our kids. Ultimately, we have less stress and more time together as a family, which can only be a good thing (at least, as long as they don’t close schools again!!)

Kay France is the founder and owner of Move to Yorkshire, a relocation service working with families who want help finding their perfect home in Yorkshire and with businesses who are bringing talent to our glorious county.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

With estate agents in England being allowed to remain open as we venture forth into “Lockdown 2”, the allure for many to move now could be more tempting than ever, especially as the deadline for the Stamp Duty holiday edges closer. But what does this actually mean for those wanting to move before April 2021, and is it worth moving now or waiting until Spring?

When Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Stamp Duty holiday in early July, many movers were delighted as it meant they could save up to £15,000 if they were buying a home of more than £500,000 and if the sale is completed before April 2021. Great news!

Or is it?

The Land Registry’s UK Housing Price Index reported that the price of UK property has risen 0.7% month-on-month and 2.5% year-on-year meaning the average value of sold property in the UK was £239,196 in August 2020. When considering asking price data, Rightmove report that in October, asking prices increased 1.1% month-on-month and 5.5% year-on-year, with newly listed properties being at a record high and selling quicker than ever before. Specifically to the Yorkshire and Humber region, house prices have increased 7.4% over the last year. Taking this information into consideration, one has to consider if one will be better off buying before the Stamp Duty holiday ends. Are you really saving money if you move now? Some experts, including the Center for Economics and Business, predict that house prices could fall by a whooping 14% in 2021 so definitely do your maths before deciding when the best time to move is for you.

Another key thing to think about if you are considering buying before the Stamp Duty holiday ends is that the sale must be completed before April 2021. This may seem like a long way off but when it takes, on average, 50 days to sell a house and 15 weeks for the transaction to be complete, that already takes us through to the middle of April; after the deadline has past. If you have property to sell, there is a warning not to overprice your house to maximize the chances of finding a buyer sooner rather than later. There are plenty of buyers out there so make sure it works out well for all parties involved.

Additionally, consider when did the house go on the market? If the property was already for sale pre-lockdown, there is a chance that it would not have seen the hiked prices that some properties saw over the summer months, therefore you may benefit from the Stamp Duty holiday and a lower asking price.

So are you a stayer (for now) or a goer? Either way, one thing is for sure; as lockdown continues, consumer habits are continually changing. More people are working from home and are looking for affordable properties in rural locations (as long as the broadband is up to speed) with good transport links. If this is your dream, Yorkshire could be an ideal relocation destination for you!

Kay France is the founder and owner of Move to Yorkshire, a relocation service working with families who want help finding their perfect home in Yorkshire and with businesses who are bringing talent to our glorious county.

Relocation- the time is NOW!

You know the drill. You get up, you get dressed and you get on the tube to The City where you sit at your desk all day, attending a few meetings in between, before getting back on the tube to go home, just to do it all again.

Not any more!

Since the country went into lockdown in March 2020, that is no longer a reality for thousands of workers. Instead, people are working from home (WFH) and are able to enjoy the benefits of this; whether it’s being able to put the kids to bed at night, having family breakfasts together, or, like my husband, being able to do “walking meetings” where he goes out for a walk around the stunning countryside near to where we live whilst saving the world (or having one-to-ones with his colleagues). Great for his mental health as well as productivity.

During lockdown, house hunting has become hugely popular as companies, large and small, are starting to realise that employees do not need to be in the office at their desks in order to work; this work can indeed be done from home. In fact, a recent article published by the Yorkshire Post claims that almost one in four adults is looking to relocate over the next two years, with Yorkshire being a top preference, only second to Cornwall (Research by online mortgage broker Trussle).

So why Yorkshire? Perhaps it’s the ever changing scenery you view on the drive from city to coast. Everything from vibrant city life to rolling hillsides and heathered moorlands and arriving at beautiful beaches. Perhaps it’s the value for money. Many looking to relocate are craving extra space (potentially for that luxury home office), bigger gardens, being around fewer people or having access to woodland and countryside for those glorious autumnal walks. Compare what you can buy in London for £1.5 million to what you can buy in Horsforth, one of Leeds most popular suburban areas, for the same price and you may be shocked by the results. Swimming pool anyone? It is not out of reach!

Whatever your reasons for relocating to Yorkshire, it is now more realistic than ever to turn this dream into a reality. For support with your relocation, search Move to Yorkshire on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Kay France is the founder and owner of Move to Yorkshire, a relocation service working with families who want help finding their perfect home in Yorkshire and with businesses who are bringing talent to our glorious county.