ONE in ten Brits would relocate to the Cotswolds and many would pay 21 per cent more to live in the countryside, a survey by Certas Energy revealed. 

The survey asked more than 2,000 UK residents their views on relocating to the countryside, with more than three-quarters (78 per cent) of Brits saying they would consider moving.

The Cotswolds was the sixth most popular location for Brits escaping to live in the country, with 14 per cent of people expressing interest in the district.

Cornwall was named as the top location for Brits, with 28 per cent of respondents choosing the county.

This was followed by Devon, Lake District, Somerset, North Yorkshire, and then the Cotswolds. 

People were also willing to pay a staggering 21 per cent more than the national average house price for the better quality of life and cleaner air that comes from living in the countryside.

Angus Blundell, director of marketing at Certas Energy, said: “Many people choose to move to the countryside in search of fresh air and an overall better quality of life.

"Leaving the city behind and going a little further off the grid can let you enjoy the rural lifestyle and traditions that have existed for centuries in this country.

“Although a lot of Brits seem willing to pay the price for the benefits that rural life brings, making the move to the countryside doesn’t have to cost the earth and the scenery can be more than enough compensation for not being close to a corner shop!”

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