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The study found that this desire to live in the country is more appealing as we get older, with people under the age of 25 keen to move to a city, while those aged 35 and older wanting to get away from it all to a certain extent… perhaps an unsurprising result.

Commenting on the findings, David Searle – director of financial services with the AA – had this to say: “Throughout history - and even after a very hot summer - the UK has long been known as a green and pleasant land. This is playing out today with the property market.

“It really is time for the industry to look beyond London and better understand what is happening in the regions. Whist our research shows London is the most popular place to move to, this is driven by young people many of whom are renters or would struggle to get on the property market in the capital. From the age of 35, families are far more likely to be planning a move to the country.”

Those of you currently looking for houses for sale in Retford with a view to enjoying a few more country views than you may have had in the past are certainly in luck… you get the best of both worlds with this delightful little market town, which is just 30 miles or so from Nottingham and 20-odd miles from Lincoln.

If you fancy something with a bit more hustle and bustle, you can whisk the family off to either of these two townships, but you’re sure to want to stay closer to home since there’s some incredible countryside just waiting to be discovered right on your doorstep.

You’ve got Sherwood Forest very nearby that you absolutely must explore, with 450 acres of beautiful countryside and over 1,000 veteran oaks providing you with much-needed respite from your hectic day to day lives.

There’s also The Dukeries, a stunning and hugely peaceful country escape with rolling green fields and lovely English country gardens just begging to be discovered. Do make sure you pop off to Clumber House, home to the Dukes of Newcastle for more than 300 years. There’s a lovely walled kitchen garden and pleasure grounds, as well as an exhibition for you to find out more about the history of the state.

The park itself is open to the public and is actually home to the longest avenue of lime trees to be found in Europe, as well as an 87-acre serpentine lake and a Gothic revival chapel.

Alexander Jacob - Letting and Estate Agents in Retford