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North Somerset takes in the Chew valley which is unique in the West Country comprising some thirty-five thousand acres of unspoilt and protected countryside. It is the middle ground for the Bristol, Bath ,Wells triangle. To the South lies the Mendip hills with it’s undulating countryside that reaches for miles. It is hugely popular with walkers, climbers and horse riders.

The southern outskirts of Bristol with a network of villages linked by winding country lanes. There are numerous pretty rural villages to choose from that are within a few miles of the Georgian city of Bath.

Bristol is a thriving university city offering a cosmopolitan and diverse lifestyle choice. The Georgian village of Clifton with it’s smart shopping, cafes and bars will always be a sought after place to live. Alternatively for those looking for inner city living the Bristol waterside has been hugely developed over the last few years. The areas popularity has further increased due to the regeneration of the city centre and opening of Cabots Circus with it’s array of restaurants,cinema and shops including the long awaited Harvey Nichols.

The area in North Somerset known as the Chew Valley is to the South of Bristol and the many pretty villages surrounding Chew and Blagdon Lakes are the perfect relocation choice for those working in Bristol or Bath or wanting easy access to Bristol airport. The village of Chew Magna is central to this area with it’s busy high street and a thriving commmunity. Other popular villages include Ubley, Compton Martin, West and East Harptree ,Litton and Bishop Sutton to name a few. All have a strong sense of community and all having easy access to great schools, village shops ,churches and pubs.

Further south into Somerset are the historic and bustling market towns of Wells, Shepton Mallet and Frome . It is often said that living close to these thriving towns helps make the transition of relocating from city living to a rural life much easier and gives people the best of both worlds. One national newspaper recently suggested that more and more people are aspiring to live near places such as Wells and Frome with all their amenities as they can enjoy an easier and more relaxed lifestyle than living in a busy city can offer.

Commuting is made easy with mainline stations at Bristol Temple Meads , Bath Spa, Castle Cary, Nailsea, Backwell and Yatton. All have rail links to London Paddington, Bath and Bristol. Bristol International Airport is located 4 miles west of Chew Magna. The M5 and M4 motorways run through the North and West of the region providing quick an easy access to the rest of the UK.

The choice is yours depending on budget and area. In Bristol Clifton offers large tall Georgian town houses and many many flats within these type of buildings. The houses in Redland and Cotham are of a more Victorian style . The Sneyd Park area is essentially 1930’s houses with many houses in this area enjoying views over the Clifton Downs. The city centre offers flats,houses and penthouse apartments in new build waterside developments.

The North Somerset countryside is home to large and small country properties some rendered and some built with the traditional Somerset stone. If you search hard enough one will come across the perfect large Georgian property with acres of garden at a price, but much of Somerset is known for it’s traditional longhouses and cottage style properties. There seem to be far less houses that need renovation coming to the market, but occasionally the odd farmhouse will come available with acres of land and lots of potential!

Bristol is a thriving city attracting people working in the financial and service industries. It has a renowned university and a constantly developing city centre. Further afield into Somerset there is lots of farming Many farmers farm with a huge level of diversity. Many develop their property through holiday lets or attractions on their land to subsidise their income. In the more rural areas of Somerset there has been considerable growth in home working with entrepreneurs able to use the road,rail and air services when needed.

Thereare a large amount of smart hotels and National Trust properties such as Babington House, Ston Easton Park Hotel, Charlton House, Stourhead and Dyrham Park to name a few within the South West that bring people to the area.
The Mendips has always been a thriving area for tourism. There are Outdoor Pursuit Centres , Equestrian Centres and lots of employment centred around the quarries.

The area includes a wide range of excellent state and private schools.
A few excellent private schools in the area include Wells Cathedral, Millfield School, Downside School, Prior Park College, Clifton College, QEH Boys School, Clifton High, The Downs School, Bristol Grammar, Badminton Girls , Redland High, Red Maids. Many of these are well served by feeder prep schools such as The Downs School, All Hallows and The Paragon.

There are also excellent state schools including The Blue School Wells and the Chew Valley School that have strong reputation for both science and the arts respectively. (Most of the schools , both private and state, offer an excellent bus service to pupils living out of the city centre)

For more information contact see www.iscis-sw.co.uk

Bristol as would be expected has a diverse range of things to do. ‘At Bristol’ and it’s science centre has been a huge success with children of all ages. Bristol Zoo,Bristol Museum, Ashton Court, Leigh Woods and all the activities on offer at Bristol Harbourside make Bristol a fun and enjoyable place to live.

In North Somerset the Chew Valley is dominated by its reservoirs; Chew Valley Lake, Blagdon Lake and Litton reservoir. These provide ample opportunity to sail, fish, birdwatch and walk in thousands of acres of protected countryside.
Local tourist attractions in the area include Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury Tor and Abbey, Wookey Hole Caves, Longleat Safari Park, Clarks Shopping Village and Stourhead and Bowood as National Trust properties. For those interested in golf, hunting and horse racing there is plenty to choose from.

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2018-11-21T13:07:43+00:00
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2018-11-05T22:55:02+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:19:57+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:55:52+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:42:07+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:17:11+00:00
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2018-11-21T13:06:52+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:30:52+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:50:28+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:32:12+00:00
"Despite other interested parties, Stacks were able to help us secure our preferred property."
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2018-11-21T12:53:20+00:00
"Stacks has been an invaluable source of experience and wisdom on the successful landing of just the right house"
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2018-11-21T13:15:37+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:22:38+00:00
"Being able to 'stand behind' Stacks, whilst they brought their negotiating skills to the fore, took us to another level"
"We were moving country – had booked the packers – and had nowhere to move into!"
2018-11-21T13:12:46+00:00
"We were moving country – had booked the packers – and had nowhere to move into!"
"They didn’t try to persuade us to buy anything unsuitable."
2018-11-21T12:57:31+00:00
"They didn’t try to persuade us to buy anything unsuitable."
"You have exceeded our expectations for a buy-side property service and have made the process a smooth one for us."
2018-11-21T13:18:01+00:00
"You have exceeded our expectations for a buy-side property service and have made the process a smooth one for us."
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2018-11-21T12:56:37+00:00
"The house is ideal ... and it is nothing like our first (unsuitable) ideas!"
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2018-11-21T12:43:03+00:00
"I completely underestimated how much of a difference you would make"
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2019-05-02T11:00:08+00:00
"You made a huge difference to our search as I am sure you do for all your clients."
“We really enjoyed working with Sara and Stacks and would highly recommend having them on your side in the home buying process”
2019-06-19T13:54:55+00:00
“We really enjoyed working with Sara and Stacks and would highly recommend having them on your side in the home buying process”
"You have an empathetic approach which, added to your knowledge and wise guidance, has made the whole thing a lot less stressful"
2018-11-21T13:17:15+00:00
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2020-01-13T11:52:49+00:00
"I was impressed by the efficient, kind and courteous service provided by Stacks"
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2018-11-21T12:37:14+00:00
"found us a home in a sought-after area with a high demand for properties and very little on offer"
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2018-11-21T12:41:04+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:43:48+00:00
"I gained a house, setting and location which are right for me"
"Stacks were a tremendous help and we would never have found our home without them. She is a lovely person with a great sense of humour which was essential during some of our tricky negotiations"
2020-01-13T11:52:24+00:00
"Stacks were a tremendous help and we would never have found our home without them. She is a lovely person with a great sense of humour which was essential during some of our tricky negotiations"
"Practically, I needed someone to do the legwork and the eye-balling"
2018-11-21T12:49:38+00:00
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2018-11-21T13:19:40+00:00
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It is not often that one is pleased to part with money but I can truthfully say that I am on this occasion. You have earned every penny of this cheque and what is more, you have done it with great courtesy and good humour. It has been very pleasant working with you. You really did take most of the stress out of our house hunting.

Stacks’ performance on this assignment has been absolutely outstanding and more than met my expectations. Her understanding of the brief and the ‘after-find’ service set a standard of professionalism that I have not met before"
2020-01-13T11:51:03+00:00
"I have been delighted with the service I have received from Stacks and will not hesitate to recommend Stacks in the future. It is not often that one is pleased to part with money but I can truthfully say that I am on this occasion. You have earned every penny of this cheque and what is more, you have done it with great courtesy and good humour. It has been very pleasant working with you. You really did take most of the stress out of our house hunting. Stacks’ performance on this assignment has been absolutely outstanding and more than met my expectations. Her understanding of the brief and the ‘after-find’ service set a standard of professionalism that I have not met before"
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2018-11-21T13:18:39+00:00
"You have found us a superb home which we feel fortunate to call our own."
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2018-11-21T12:54:09+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:33:22+00:00
"extremely helpful, knowledgeable and tireless in their efforts to assist us"
"Many thanks for your hard work and patience in assisting in buying our property. You made the whole process infinitely less stressful than it might have been"
2020-01-13T11:50:30+00:00
"Many thanks for your hard work and patience in assisting in buying our property. You made the whole process infinitely less stressful than it might have been"
"Finding a plot not yet on the market and persuading the developer to enter into an exclusive contract with me to build to my specification."
2020-02-27T09:48:25+00:00
"Finding a plot not yet on the market and persuading the developer to enter into an exclusive contract with me to build to my specification."
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2018-11-21T12:38:34+00:00
"got our offer accepted even when it was not the highest"
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2018-11-21T13:08:49+00:00
"We are delighted with our choice and so are the children."
"Stacks had the critical combination of expertise and tenacity to broker a solution for us"
2018-11-21T12:52:31+00:00
"Stacks had the critical combination of expertise and tenacity to broker a solution for us"
"a calming, guiding presence where nothing was too much trouble"
2018-11-21T12:13:26+00:00
"a calming, guiding presence where nothing was too much trouble"
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2020-01-13T11:52:01+00:00
"You gave a much-valued ‘younger’ perspective on our situation, which was a real asset"
"We love the house and cannot wait to move in and get settled."
2018-11-21T13:10:27+00:00
"We love the house and cannot wait to move in and get settled."
"They've been a close and very helpful part of our discussions with everybody. When you’re new to a town and an area, that’s priceless."
2018-11-21T12:58:19+00:00
"They've been a close and very helpful part of our discussions with everybody. When you’re new to a town and an area, that’s priceless."
"carried out with discretion"
2018-11-21T12:28:29+00:00
"carried out with discretion"
"great value to us during a difficult, competitive purchase"
2018-11-21T12:39:48+00:00
"great value to us during a difficult, competitive purchase"
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2018-11-21T12:46:40+00:00
"I’ve seldom had such consistent, wise support in a major life decision, and I can’t emphasize enough how helpful it is."
"...took just days to come up with the property that fitted all our criteria"

Sunday Telegraph

2018-11-06T13:59:47+00:00

Sunday Telegraph

"...took just days to come up with the property that fitted all our criteria"
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2018-11-21T12:48:37+00:00
"It made a potentially very stressful process very straightforward"
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2018-11-21T13:09:36+00:00
"We cannot imagine how long it would have taken us to find our perfect home without Stacks – and we suspect that we would have compromised a long time ago!"
"Encouraging me to think creatively about what could work for me."
2020-02-27T09:49:08+00:00
"Encouraging me to think creatively about what could work for me."
"Thank you very much for the professionalism, patience and understanding"
2018-11-21T12:55:04+00:00
"Thank you very much for the professionalism, patience and understanding"
"I would recommend using Stacks as they are well connected to the property market and provide a realistic assessment of activity and pricing."
2018-11-21T12:45:49+00:00
"I would recommend using Stacks as they are well connected to the property market and provide a realistic assessment of activity and pricing."
“Thank you very much.  We are very excited on the purchase of the flat as well.  Sara has been instrumental in every aspect, we are blessed to have her on our side.
2019-12-06T09:48:50+00:00
“Thank you very much.  We are very excited on the purchase of the flat as well.  Sara has been instrumental in every aspect, we are blessed to have her on our side.”
"found precisely what I was looking for, and even on my request made an offer before I had even seen the property!!"
2018-11-21T12:35:46+00:00
"found precisely what I was looking for, and even on my request made an offer before I had even seen the property!!"
"Your advice on how to effectively instruct and motivate our professional team allowed us to complete in one month."
2018-11-21T13:22:31+00:00
"Your advice on how to effectively instruct and motivate our professional team allowed us to complete in one month."
"We were in a tricky housing situation, looking to buy a very specific type of house and needing to find it in a very specific time frame"
2018-11-21T13:12:00+00:00
"We were in a tricky housing situation, looking to buy a very specific type of house and needing to find it in a very specific time frame"
"We found the service extremely helpful and professional at all times"
2020-01-13T11:51:31+00:00
"We found the service extremely helpful and professional at all times"
"Well done in taking us to a house we didn’t know we wanted … and then fell in love with!"
2018-11-21T13:14:45+00:00
"Well done in taking us to a house we didn’t know we wanted … and then fell in love with!"
"Would not hesitate to use you again."
2018-11-21T13:16:29+00:00
"Would not hesitate to use you again."
"Should I move again, I shall definitely use you again"
2018-11-21T12:51:23+00:00
"Should I move again, I shall definitely use you again"
"You we able to give us confidence that we were doing the right thing"
2018-11-21T13:20:39+00:00
"You we able to give us confidence that we were doing the right thing"
"You were able, by taking on much of the responsibility and the effort, to enable us to relax and enjoy the process"
2018-11-21T13:21:20+00:00
"You were able, by taking on much of the responsibility and the effort, to enable us to relax and enjoy the process"
"...negotiate on anything"

Financial Times

2018-11-06T14:00:36+00:00

Financial Times

"...negotiate on anything"
"In essence, you are buying your best ally "
2018-11-21T12:47:38+00:00
"In essence, you are buying your best ally "
"Because I had invested in the process of working with a Buying Agent, I had the confidence to go ahead"
2018-11-21T12:21:23+00:00
"Because I had invested in the process of working with a Buying Agent, I had the confidence to go ahead"
"We now own a most suitable house in the position of our dreams thanks to Stacks"
2018-11-21T13:11:13+00:00
"We now own a most suitable house in the position of our dreams thanks to Stacks"
"We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to anyone thinking of using such a service"
2018-11-21T13:13:46+00:00
"We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to anyone thinking of using such a service"
"I needed the continuous advice and support on the many issues that can and do arise, and, above all, someone acting in one’s own interest."
2018-11-21T12:44:59+00:00
"I needed the continuous advice and support on the many issues that can and do arise, and, above all, someone acting in one’s own interest."
"Through the whole process they went above and beyond, and it was worth every penny!"
2018-11-21T12:59:15+00:00
"Through the whole process they went above and beyond, and it was worth every penny!"

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