Who’s been eat­ing my por­ridge?

Country Life Every Week - - Property News -

AS if the Gov­ern­ment needed fur­ther in­cen­tive to im­prove broad­band in ru­ral ar­eas, a never-be­fore-taken Knight Frank Buyer Sur­vey proves that con­nec­tiv­ity is key to mar­ketabil­ity. Some 61% of buy­ers cited fast in­ter­net and phone sig­nals as vi­tal fac­tors when mov­ing house, which they deem more im­por­tant than a good view.

Other in­ter­est­ing in­sights show that 41% of prime buy­ers have re­duced their bud­get as a re­sult of Stamp Duty changes and a fur­ther 14% plan to stay in their next prop­erty longer. Qual­ity of life is the pri­mary mo­ti­va­tor for a move, fol­lowed by up­siz­ing or down­siz­ing. Some 30% say they would like their next home to be in a city and a quar­ter would like to move to a vil­lage, but only 19% pre­fer a ru­ral hide­away.

IT was here, in the depths of Dorset, un­der the thatched roof of Burton Cot­tage, that Ro­man­tic poet Robert Southey first penned his The Story of the Three Bears, based on an old folk tale. A great man of let­ters, he lived at the cot­tage from 1799 to 1805 and many of his early man­u­script drafts are still in the cel­lar.

With an im­pres­sive en­trance porch, four bed­rooms, a lawn and decked ter­race and in a charm­ing vil­lage north of Christchurch, Burton Cot­tage is for sale through Lovett (01202 489180), with an ask­ing price of £1.15 mil­lion.

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