Thinking of moving slightly further afield? These towns and villages offer you country living close to the city
Living within commuting distance of a big city offers you the best of both worlds. The pretty villages and towns that you can find outside of the metropolis can feature hidden rural gems and pleasant country pubs, and being just a short drive from the city offers you complete peace of mind. We’ve rounded-up our favourite towns and villages within commuting distance of Bristol to make your choice even easier.
Located a mere 13 miles from Bristol proper, Rangeworthy is a semi-rural farming village in South Gloucestershire that’s perfect for those looking for a quieter pace of life. Close to the communities of Falfield and Charfield, the village lies between Iron Acton and Bagstone. The village itself is incredibly pretty and quaint, and has many good local amenities. These include a well-used village hall, The Rose and Crown pub, a hotel, an Indian restaurant, Rangeworthy Primary School and a church. Activities throughout the year include a children’s Christmas party, a summer fete and a beer festival, and the village has an overall average house price of £451,775.
Just over an hour by car to Bristol is the bustling town of Port Talbot. Best known for Port Talbot Steelworks, one of the biggest in the world, the town is formed from the merging of many villages. The town is built along the eastern rim of Swansea Bay and has two beaches – Aberafan Sands and Morfa Beach – perfect for those who enjoy long, scenic walks! There are also two museums, The South Wales Miners’ Museum and the Margam Stones Museum, as well as a shopping centre and a high street. Port Talbot has been used as a filming location for Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and has an overall average house price of £113,928.
The new town of Cwmbran in Wales is just under an hour away from Bristol by car and lies within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire. Established in 1948, it comprises six villages and is the sixth largest urban area in Wales. The town is well served by a variety of amenities, which include the Cwmbran Centre – comprising supermarkets, pubs, banks, a theatre, a cinema, a bowling alley, multiple restaurants and over 170 shops and more, it has everything you could possibly need. There are also excellent public transport links and a train station, as well as two secondary schools, multiple primary schools and nurseries. The overall average house price in Cwmbran is £176,327.
Also located in Monmouthshire, the town of Chepstow is located on the River Wye, and is around half an hour’s drive from Bristol. A strikingly beautiful area of Wales, there is plenty to see and do, including visiting Chepstow Castle, Port Wall and Town Gate or exploring the splendour of the Wye Valley. The town is home to Chepstow Racecourse, a top horse racing venue, as well as many lovely parks and green spaces. The high street is lined with handsome Georgian and Victorian buildings and offers a range of well-known and independent retailers. Chepstow has an overall average house price of £255,126.
Located within the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, Tetbury is a small but incredibly picturesque town. Around 45 minutes’ drive from Bristol, there is an abundance of history and culture to enjoy, including the Tetbury Police Museum and Courtroom, nearby Chavenage House, and just on the outskirts, the National Arboretum at Westonbirt. The high street alone is well worth a visit, where striking period buildings can be found at every turn, and there are four main streets full of recognised and independent traders. There are also twice-weekly markets, a primary school and a secondary school. Tetbury has an overall average house price of £347,063.
Situated eight miles north-west of Bristol, the town of Chipping Sodbury is a bright and vibrant place to be. Once an important market centre in medieval times, it stands at the crossroads on the main route between Bristol, Oxford and London.
The town has a long market square lined with an impressive assortment of period houses – making it a very pretty place to while away the day. Shops include boutiques and the town is home to the Fabulous Baker Brothers, who own a bakery, butcher’s, café/restaurant and the Hobbs House Bakery. The beauty of the Cotswolds is enviably close by, and the overall average house price is £307,692.
Located within the stunning Chew Valley in Somerset, Clutton boats a prime situation, just 10 miles from Bristol and Bath. The history of the town lies in mining, and Clutton is surrounded by beautiful countryside, perfect for weekend walks. It is also located close to the village of Temple Cloud – the name of which relates to the Knights Templar who held the manors of Cameley and Cloud around 1200 – and Midsomer Norton. There are a number of striking Grade II-listed buildings to be found, and the Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams was brought up here. The overall average house price in Clutton is £375,325.
A small town situated just over six miles from Bristol city centre, Patchway is close to the satellite towns of Filton and Bradley Stoke. The town has a close proximity to a number of large employers, such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Airbus UK, and is close to the much sought-after new housing developments at Charlton Hayes. Leisure and retail amenities are plentiful, with both The Mall Cribbs Causeway and Aztec West a short drive away offering a huge range of shops, bars, restaurants and more! It is also incredibly well-connected, with direct routes to the motorway networks, good public transport and a train station.
The overall average house price in Patchway is £250,176.
Winscombe is a large village located in North Somerset, some 14 miles south-west of Bristol. Quaint and attractive, it is close to Axbridge and Cheddar, and is just seven miles from Weston-super-Mare. The village itself has a few shops and businesses located in the centre, as well as a doctor’s surgery, two dentists, a pub, a bowls club and a wine shop – this offers regular monthly tasting events and hosts the annual Somerset Wine Fair. Winscombe features two schools, and there is a well-established recreational ground which accommodates a range of different sports including cricket, tennis, hockey, bowls, football and rugby. The overall average house price in Winscombe is £429,749.
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