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TBS in The Daily Telegraph – Why I moved from London to the sticks to rewild my kids

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Knight Frank
London and Country specialist property buying agents
24 Sep 2019  |   Mark Lawson

An increasing number of families are leaving the capital to trade in screens for hide-and-seek, wild swimming and lots of fresh air. Mark Lawson, who covers High Value Residential and Rural Estates at The Buying Solution, talks to The Daily Telegraph about the rise in city folk uprooting to the countryside to “re-wild” their children. 

Mark comments: “The Cotswolds are a key focus for clients of The Buying Solution, with 41 per cent of our buyers moving from their primary address in London to the country. Most are in their 40s, and the dream is kids running wild and playing by the stream. Don’t be fooled – they still want to play on social media, but at least they have more of a balance. Potentially they will be less streetwise, but more rural-wise, able to identify an oak tree and still play with conkers, says Lawson.” 

Recent data from the ONS show a record 340,500 Londoners left the city last year and according to Hamptons International, Londoners purchased £30bn worth of property outside the capital in 2018. Locations in the west such as Cornwall is the most popular relocation destination for Londoners with children up to 9 years old, while Oxfordshire, Essex, Hampshire, Berkshire and the Cotswolds are also highly desirable. 

To read more visit: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/moved-london-sticks-rewild-kids/ 

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