Hi all. DH and I have started to seriously consider leaving London and moving back to the West Country where we are both from, closer to family. Bath is seeming the number one choice due to great schools, proximity to ace city and gorgeous countryside, and just all round general loveliness. Whilst there are jobs in DH's line of work in Bristol, it would very much be a case of waiting for the opportunity to arise. I am wondering whether a good way to make the transition wold be for DH keep his job, to work from home two days a week and make the commute to London on the other three days. We could then initially rent a place in Bath and buy a property once DH had managed to secure local work. I'm aware of the time (4 hour daily commute) and cost implications of this, but I think as a short term strategy until the right Bristol job came up we could try and make it work. Has anyone (or anyone's partner) tried doing this, and how does it work in reality? I suppose we are both really apprehensive about taking the plunge, so I'm hoping this might make it a little less scary!
Rosie (wife), Lola (2 years old) and I moved from SW17 to BA1 at the beginning of November. We are now 3 months into an initial 7 months rental to suss out Bath. We now have a very good idea re areas and the +/- points. Currently in Richmond Lane and likely to head to Larkhall for another 6-12 month rental.
Rosie has been able to port her business to Bath (Garden Designer) and I head to London by early train or M4 once a week for an overnight trip either side of compressed client meetings. The train is £87.50 single for a peak hours walk up and as low as £25.00 for advanced booking. A combination of M4 and fast train into Waterloo is also an option. I have just set up a lift sharing group to make the drive easier
Bath is a lovely to look at and the vast majority of people very friendly. There is quite a lot going on (ish) and we are both slowly making friends locally. Lola and I cycle everywhere which is much faster than dri
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Thanks for your input Roger! After my initial research I have been quite drawn to the Weston/Newbridge area, do you have any thoughts or knowledge of the area?
Also, how do you manage your overnight stay; do you have friends/family to stay with? I suppose my main concern is this plan either involves a lot of cost (around £750 per month for an annual season ticket with tube travel) or me not seeing DH for two nights a week which might be fine, but we are due our second DC this year and so I do worry about feeling lonely.