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  Apple Mount Farmhouse, Thorpe Morieux, sold through Lacy Scott & Knight The estate agent’s view
Village homes with gardens in demand
  Rob Swiney, partner at Lacy Scott and Knight
Where is the market going and what have we learnt over the course of the past year? Some context first. The last 12 months have included three lockdowns (the first one shut the property market down completely) but a stamp duty holiday, lasting for nine months but coming to an end shortly, has been beneficial.
Our experience is that purchasing habits have shifted. Buyers are now seeking properties with gardens in villages, with the ability to work from home (garden offices, etc.). They are high up on people`s priority lists like never before.
I think most other agents will agree with me that the market has steamed ahead since last May. All the indications are that even after the stamp duty holiday, sales will continue on a high in Suffolk, a county that is very popular, yet still something of a hidden gem.
Lacy Scott and Knight have been in the business for 152 years so our vast experience means we can assist with all property decisions. Even if you have no intention of selling immediately, we would like to hear from you whether it is via an initial Zoom call, or a socially distanced physical valuation. We can cater for most of your property needs so please get in touch with our team on 01284 748600.
 ‘ hamlet near Bildeston. Unless I divorced my husband and married a footballer, that was simply not possible before (naturally I’d also have to factor in the cost of plastic surgery in order to attract one in the first place). The downside would be cleaning and heating it, but that was a small price to pay compared to the benefits of living the dream.
The emotional cost, however, can be high. Although friends and family relish spending the odd weekend with us, their visits are few and far between, so relocating a fair distance away can be isolating. For months I suffered from a nagging doubt that I’d made a mistake and learned that I had to be prepared to drive back to my old stomping grounds in order to maintain strong relationships.
Despite having loved ones close by in the capital, I could also enjoy anonymity. Forget that when you move into a rural enclave. Chatting to someone who appears to know everything about you before you’ve even learned their name is disconcerting. However, the upside is you feel part of a genuine community, not just one insignificant fish in a pond of millions.
When I used to ask the people around me how they were, the answer would predictably be “busy”. Now when I make the same enquiry, I receive an appreciative response as those in the sticks have more time to be chatty. Within a week we were on first-name terms with most of our neighbours.
The crow of cockerels and whiff of fertiliser means you cannot help but commune with nature. My husband quickly went native like the sitcom classic The Good Life and started growing vegetables. The peace of our surroundings also brought us a sense of calm, making us pause and realise we no longer had to rush through life.
We finally understood the power of the night sky to seduce Copernicus, Galileo and our gloriously eccentric homegrown astronomy guru, the late
Sir Patrick Moore. It is inky blue and crystal clear in the countryside and astounded us with its myriad of stars. This was a revelation after the smog- infused soup above the city, punctuated only by the pulsating lights of 747s heading to and from Heathrow.
That’s happiness covered. What about the health benefits? Is it a myth that life in the country is better for you? It’s a fact that the air is cleaner, so Sir Cliff was correct all those years ago. Furthermore pollution has been linked to all kinds of illnesses, from heart and ‘
 Quiet backwater: The River Stour in Suffolk
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