One of the bonuses of our business is that it is located near the borders of several counties. Which means that when it comes to moving home locally, we are perfectly placed to help people in Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire get settled into their homes. The beautiful South Somerset town of Chard is just 15 miles from our headquarters in Bridport and we have helped many people with our Chard removals service. If you are thinking of moving to Chard perhaps you’d like to know what it is like and what to expect.
Chard used to have a reputation for being a bit ‘rough’ but this is no longer the case and more people are flocking to the area and the picturesque surrounding villages, like Hinton St George (recently voted one of the poshest villages in the country) and Dowlish Wake (home to award-winning cidermakers, Perrys).
The town itself is steeped in history. Chard Museum was originally opened in the seventies by a team of local history buffs who felt that these local stories needed to be told! Exhibits in the museum cover the history of local cider making, farming, local potteries and the intriguing tale of local man and pioneer of powered flight, John Stringfellow – possibly the town’s biggest claim to fame.
Chard is also close to the stunning Jurassic coastline at Lyme Regis and Charmouth and surrounded by beautiful countryside including the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Blackdowns are dotted with accessible forest trails, country pubs and picturesque villages, which stretch across the border from Somerset to Devon. There are plenty of places to walk and experience nature. Castle Neroche is home to an Iron Age hill fort, surrounded by many well-maintained walking and horse riding trails and several picnic areas with views over the vale of Taunton, across to the Quantock Hills AONB on the other side of the valley.
What is it like to live in Chard?
If you’re moving to Chard with a young family, there are several schools to choose from. Avishayes Community Primary School, Manor Court Community Primary School, Tatworth Primary School and The Redstart Primary School all offer primary education, with Holyrood Academy being the local secondary school. The transport links here are fairly good. The nearest train station is in Axminster, just over 6 miles away and the nearest motorway is the M5, which is about 17 miles away (a 30 minute drive). If you want to commute to London the A303 is closer at around 5 miles away and a ten minute drive.
House prices in Chard
The majority of houses sold in Chard over the last year were terraced properties, which sold for an average price of £191,762. Detached properties averaged around £351,773 and semi-detached homes sold for around £230,375.
Overall, sold prices in Chard over the last year were 4% up on the previous year and 11% up on the 2019 peak of £213,939. The general average price of a house in Chard was £236,769, over the past year (2022).
If you’re thinking of renting in Chard, an average 3 bedroom property will set you back around £850 per month and 1 bedroom flats start at around £550.
Ready to make your move?
Ready to move to Chard? Get in touch with us today for a detailed quote. We can help you downsize (or right-size), Pack it, store it, move it… whatever you need! We also have some really useful free moving resources on our website to help you plan ahead and make sure that your Chard removals go as smoothly as possible.
(Prices shown as of December 2022).
Picture credit: Chard museum by David Smith, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.