I have relations in The Catskills. A small town called Leeds. Been a few times, loved the place and area.Would move to New York in a heartbeat, family live in upstate New York and have a cabin in the Catskill mountains and a boat on Lake George.
In 3 hours, you can drive to New York City, Montreal, Cape Cod, Boston.....or even moonlight in Vermont
If it was sticking to the UK, I would pick Cheltenham...and especially Montpellier
You can't retire to Spain now can you? What with Brexit and all that.Toughie this. Probably Blackpool overall as I always love it when I come back from my (many) travels and stays of exile.
There are some other stunning areas I've visited/lived in -
The Cotswolds, Cambridge/Ely/The Fens in general, Cheddar Gorge and surrounds, Worcestershire, large parts of Shropshire, North Essex/South Suffolk is very pretty with the highlight being the Elveden forest. Also and despite all its faults I'm a big fan of that there London ands as already mentioned Cornwall/Devon though it gets bloody busy...
Pretty much most of it - Northumberland is incredible, West Scotland as mentioned, Lake District (my 2nd choice after Blackpool), even that funny county Yorkshire with its odd coloured rose has amazing places - the dales, Whitby, loads of historic places with castles etc... Lancashire itself is obviously nice especially the start to the Trough of Bowland, West Pennines etc.
Bonus mention to Wales - large parts of it look lovely though I haven't explored much yet.
Bit of a fan of the UK overall I think though I might end up one of those cliched people living in Spain when I retire
East Yorkshire coast is at least 10 degrees cooler than the Sunshine Coast. Seriously. The North Sea is freezing.Somewhere rural but not too far away from amenities. Maybe the East Yorkshire coast or the Lake District if not the Fylde coast.
Missus has her eyes on going home to rural France so will probably end up there when the kids grow up.
SH, love Somerset. MrsDPs best friend has lived in Taunton for about 40 years (from Blackpool originally).Lived in Yorkshire all my working life (YS footslogger). Retired to Wellington, Somerset. Loved the area. 5 minutes drive to the Blackdown Hills, 15 to the Quantocks and 20 to Exmoor. 30 mins to the S Coast. Missus got homesick for the North and grandkids, so we compromised on the “Gold Coast”. No regrets.
All the millions of trippers photographing your home would drive you insane. Must be the most photographed house outside of Buck Palace.
One thing I didn’t manage down there Dave was going to T20 cricket. Tickets are like gold dust. STs sell out immediately. They have a strong core of fans from Devon and Cornwall too. Horse racing at Taunton and Exeter was a great day out too. I like my rugby and dropped lucky with a new friend down there, who always obliged me with a ticket for “Chiefs” games, under the proviso that I reciprocate with accommodation and BFC. Sadly, I’m still waiting for the opportunity to do so.SH, love Somerset. MrsDPs best friend has lived in Taunton for about 40 years (from Blackpool originally).
Sadly she's got dementia now (95 y.o.) so we can't visit her. Doesn't recognise any one. very sad.
We used to go every year for a week or two.