“I’m a jeweller based in London, but I want to move to the countryside for inspiration. As well as a house, I’d need a workspace – ideally in outbuildings, so I can lock up and leave at the end of the day. I’d like to be close to a city with a strong creative scene and good travel connections. Where would you suggest?”
ED STOYLE, HEAD OF RESIDENTIAL SALES, SAVILLS YORK
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“York has a creative buzz thanks to its two universities, as well as its many museums and cultural attractions – and there’s a great restaurant scene. The Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty north of the city, is a lovely place to live, with lively villages and plenty of inspiring walks.”
Founded as a Roman fortress in AD71, York has been sparking innovation for two millennia. It is one of the UK’s 13 Unesco Creative Cities, with several theatres and arts venues, and 65% of businesses here are independently run. There are more than 90 trains a day to London King’s Cross – the fastest services take less than two hours. For a large house with land and outbuildings, head to the Howardian Hills, named for the magnificent Castle Howard. Handsome stone villages in and around the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty include Terrington, Slingsby, Welburn, Hovingham and Crayke.
Pictures from top: the Jacobite steam train on the West Highland Line in Scotland (Alamy); a beautiful family home in a Yorkshire village; the Shambles in York (Getty)