The Daily Telegraph - Saturday
MALTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE Av. £238,089 +37pc searches
Ten years ago the high street in Malton was dying. Estate owner Tom NaylorLeyland, heir to the £176 million Fitzwilliam fortune, embarked on a journey bringing food producers back into the heart of the town by offering discounted rents. It worked and he put Malton on the map as a food-orientated destination. In fact, 40,000 people attended the annual Malton Food Lovers’ Festival in 2019.
Although businesses will have suffered over the past 12 months, many have innovated to survive. “Lots of tenants who had not got around to putting their produce online did so in a week in the first lockdown,” Naylor-Leyland says. He set up maltondelivers.co.uk, listing retailers and producers doing deliveries, including the butcher Derek Fox, the Yo Bake House Cafe and the Purple Carrot vegan deli. The Rare Bird Distillery started distributing gin in reusable eco-friendly pouches.
“Malton is not the downtrodden and unconnected market town it was,” says
Savills’ Stoyle. “It is 30 minutes to York by train to connect to London which feels considerable when commuting five days a week. Therefore, even a moderate shift in the home-office balance makes towns like Malton far more appealing,” he says. It also has superfast broadband.
Last month Malton hosted its first monthly food market of the year and the Food Lovers Festival is being planned (optimistically) for the August bank holiday.
FROME, SOMERSET Av. £299,942 +41pc searches
Frome is one of the “coolest” destinations for people making the move out of London or Bristol, according to Jo Henry at Jess Simpson Property Search, although it’s still cheaper than the likes of Portishead and Nailsea.
Once the centre of the wool trade in the 1600s, it is now famous for the Frome Independent food market. Flow Bar – dubbed “the bar on the bridge” – opened last summer and has been offering click-and-collect cocktails while Burrito Boi delivers. “People who chose to live in Frome passionately support small, local retail and hospitality businesses,” says Henry.
There is a range of property types from terraced cottages to detached Georgian townhouses and large Victorian villas line Victoria Park. New homes are being built, too. The Old Printworks is the conversion of the Butler, Tanner and Dennis printworks that published Penguin books between the wars; 157 new homes ranging from twobedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses are being delivered with prices starting from £235,000.
MOBBERLEY, CHESHIRE Av. £342,484 +38pc searches
Mobberley is one of Britain’s most spread-out villages and presents more value for money than Cheshire’s “designer lifestyle” hotspots of Mottram St Andrew, Alderley Edge, Prestbury and Wilmslow. The Mobberley scene is pubs and farm shops with the Waugh Brow Farm Shop selling local produce both online and in person. Fitness boot camps are back up and running in the fields and there’s a playground in the farmyard (waughbrowfarm.com).
“The Mobberley market is booming and covers all ages and professions, but typically they are buyers moving away from cities or suburbia, looking for countryside views and to get a better work-life balance,” says Jamie Carter of Savills.
The fastest train from Mobberley to Manchester Piccadilly is 37 minutes.