Who’s been eating my porridge?
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.