Based in Bridport, Northover and Gilbert is conveniently situated close to 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 countless people with removals in Chard and the surrounding areas. If you are thinking of moving to Chard and want to find out a bit more about what it is to live there, here’s a bit of local information along with some of our favourite things to see and do in the Chard area.
Forde Abbey House and Gardens. This is a private manor house (not National Trust) which has been sympathetically converted from its monastic origins in 1141 to its present day use as a family home. Set in 30 acres of gardens the house has been used as a location in numerous movies and is open to the public. There is also a plant nursery, they serve food and have lots of interesting events going on all year round.
The Blackdown Hills
These rolling wooded hills are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) dotted with country pubs and picturesque villages, which stretch across the county line from Somerset to Devon. There are plenty of places to walk here and experience nature. Castle Neroche – maintained by the Forestry Commission – is home to an Iron Age hill fort, surrounded by many well-maintained walking and horse riding trails and several picnic areas with views across the Taunton Deane towards 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. Latest attendance figures (2019) suggest Holyrood has around 1,276 pupils between the ages of 11 and 18. The transport links here are reasonable but not great. 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 detached properties, which sold for an average price of £301,912. Terraced properties averaged around £157,482 and semi-detached homes sold for around £209,145.
Properties in Chard cost around the same as properties in nearby Crewkerne but are generally cheaper than properties in other local towns, Ilminster and Hinton St George. In the past year average house prices in Chard have risen by around 7% from the year before.
If you’re thinking of renting in Chard, an average 3 bedroom property will set you back around £750 per month and 1 bedroom flats start at around £475.
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(Prices shown as of March 2020).