One of the bonuses of our business is that it is located near the borders of several counties. So when it comes to making local moves, we are perfectly placed to help people in a wide area – over Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire. For example, the beautiful South Somerset town of Chard is just 15 miles from our headquarters in Bridport and we have helped many people move into and out of the Chard area. If you are thinking of moving to Chard perhaps you’d like to know what it is like and what to expect. Here are some of our favourite things to see and do in the Chard area:
The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
These rolling wooded hills stretch across from Somerset to Devon and feature a wealth of country pubs and pretty villages. Our favourite walk here is at Castle Neroche – maintained by the Forestry Commission this is the site of earthworks from an Iron Age hill fort, surrounded by many well maintained walking and horse riding trails and a spacious picnic area with views across the valley towards the Quantocks.
The town of Chard is steeped in history and the museum here was originally opened in the seventies by a team of local history buffs who felt that local stories needed to be told! Exhibits here cover the history of local cider making, farming, local potteries and the intriguing tale of local man and pioneer of powered flight, John Stringfellow – one of the town’s biggest claims to fame!
South West Deer Rescue Centre
Some seven miles East of Chard at Wayford near Crewkerne, you will find the South West Deer Rescue Centre. This exceptional place is home to several herds of rescue deer, managed by passionate enthusiast Mike Gage and his team of volunteers. Visits are generally by arrangement only and Mike will show you around the centre and tell you all about the animals. Visitors are encouraged to feed the deer with biscuits and carrots. Some of them are very tame and like to be stroked or walk around with you. The centre also has open days throughout the year, if you prefer to show up on one of these dates without booking. You can find out more about the centre and their work on their Facebook page.
So those are a few of our favourite things about Chard but it you’re really thinking of taking the plunge and moving to the area then of course you will want to know how much a house is going to cost there:
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 £141,900. Detached properties averaged around £260,400 and semi-detached flats were around £174,950.
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 house prices in Chard have stayed similar to the year before but have increased by around 3% since 2007.
If you’re thinking of renting in Chard, an average 3 bedroom property will set you back around £650 per month and 1 bedroom flats start at around £450.
(Prices shown as of July 2017).