The Semi Rural Dream

We are looking for a family home in a semi-rural location. If we had a pound for every time someone called us and said this, Mrs Clarke would be sitting on a deckchair with her Jimmy Choos up. We understand this aspiration, the idea of a large house, on a quiet lane, surrounded by the beautiful British countryside but close enough to a Costa Coffee and a motorway is the modern family’s idea of perfection. Well, Earlswood and the pretty village of Tidbury Green could be the holy (semi-rural) grail. You are tucked away in a lovely part of Warwickshire, there is a church, a pub and a farm shop. People stop to say “hi” on the morning dog walk and you can be in Solihull in ten minutes.
Let’s get down to some details. Schools? You have St Patrick’s which is rated as Outstanding, Tidbury Green, is a good school and highly regarded. Then there are Grammar options in Stratford and some top private schools in Solihull. Mums and dads are spoilt for choice.

The only traffic is caused by tractors

So it is pretty, the schools are good but what about the 3 Ps? (Pubs, People and Pastimes). A tick for each. There are five pubs close enough to walk to. There is a busy local community with a golf club, football and cricket club, sailing and water sports at Earlswood lakes and a friendly Parish Church. Our favourite place though has to be Earlswood Garden Centre. This is no ordinary garden centre. Firstly you have a cafe run by the fabulous Wedges, where you will be served the finest breakfast on the planet. The dog can get a groom, there is a great selection of shops in the centre and even a barbers.
When it comes to accessing towns and urban hubs, you are just a hop across a field or two. Here are the stats… The closest train station is Wythall which is 5-10 minute walk and can be in Stratford and Birmingham in less than 30 minutes. M40 (J3A) 2 miles away and (J16) 5 miles, Hockley Heath 4.5 miles, Henley in Arden 6 miles, Solihull 7.5 miles, Birmingham city centre 12.5 miles & Stratford upon Avon 19 miles. Birmingham International Airport twenty minutes away.
Welcome to semi-rural wonderland.

  • Closest village/town: Hockley Heath & Dickens Heath
  • Post Office: 1
  • Stores: The Co-Op in Earlswood is great for the newspaper and a pint of milk. Select & Save is super close for Tidbury Green
  • Supermarket: Waitrose in Solihull darling.
  • Pubs: The Bulls Head is a great local boozer & Tidbury Green Farm is due in 2019
  • Walks: Endless dog walking in the countryside or around The Lakes
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