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April 2019

A Historic Gem in Hindon


Red Lion House is a handsome Grade II Listed house that once served as one of the many coaching inns that flourished in Hindon when the village was an important staging post between Exeter and London from the 18th to mid-19th Century. The present mainly Georgian building replaced a previous one on the site that [...]

A Historic Gem in Hindon2019-04-26T14:44:19+00:00

March 2019



If you thought that selling property by auction was the last resort for a desperate vendor to get rid of shabby, vermin invested dive, a bank offloading its stock of repossessions or a family wanting to move from a severely compromised house on the North Circular, think again! Many sellers are turning to auction as [...]

RURAL VIEW DO AUCTIONS!2019-03-29T12:59:29+00:00

December 2018

Enter our Christmas Quiz to Win a Magnum of Champagne!


For a bit of Christmas fun, we have devised a quiz asking you to name the 10 people below who during their lifetime had associations within an area covering a 20 miles radius of Tisbury. The first 5 you will need to identify them from their portraits and the second 5 from objects or places [...]

Enter our Christmas Quiz to Win a Magnum of Champagne!2018-12-04T15:59:24+00:00

November 2018

Marketing Your House This Winter, Is It A Good Idea?


The question regularly asked by prospective house sellers is whether it is a good idea to market one’s home over the winter months or is best to wait until spring? Traditionally the spring/early summer has been regarded as the prime selling season but in recent years the peaks and troughs between the usual ebb and [...]

Marketing Your House This Winter, Is It A Good Idea?2018-11-22T15:26:22+00:00

Village House, Town House? Where’s your next move?


It may seem obvious to some that those moving house should be absolutely clear about the sort of property they want to move to and where it should be. We are approached directly by buyers because they want to live in this particular area, but when one drills down in to precisely what they are [...]

Village House, Town House? Where’s your next move?2018-11-15T12:09:36+00:00

September 2018

Back to School – Our List of Schools in the Area is Top of the Class!


After the long summer which this year began early with the heatwave stretching back to May, the summer holidays have come to an end at last and our thoughts turn to the start of a new academic year, no doubt to the relief of parent and child alike! Salisbury and its Valleys, Shaftesbury, the Wiltshire [...]

Back to School – Our List of Schools in the Area is Top of the Class!2018-10-22T15:19:22+00:00

August 2018

July 2018

Making a Splash, Village Houses with Swimming Pools


Until this summer it had been the understanding for many years in the property industry that houses with an indoor swimming pool had a positive advantage and having one could help sell a home as well as adding to its value. In contrast, an outdoor pool did not add any more to the sale price [...]

Making a Splash, Village Houses with Swimming Pools2018-10-22T15:27:37+00:00

April 2018

Government to overhaul the property market & professionalise estate agents


Rural View are delighted that the Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has announced plans to introduce new measures to speed up the house selling/buying process and professionalise the estate agent sector, driving up standards and bringing an end to ‘rogue managing agents’. This is something that is more than overdue and we, together with the rest [...]

Government to overhaul the property market & professionalise estate agents2018-04-17T11:10:37+00:00

March 2018

Gold Hill – Shaftesbury’s Treasure


Sitting proudly on top of a hilly promontory on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, is an ancient Saxon market town of tremendous historic interest as well as being a lovely place to live or visit. However, it is one street that really puts Shaftesbury on the map even though this modest twisting cobbled lane only has buildings [...]

Gold Hill – Shaftesbury’s Treasure2018-10-22T15:31:14+00:00

Moving? – Get Your Finances Sorted First


In a recent article, I urged anyone venturing into the property market to appoint a solicitor as soon as possible and preferably before, so as to pre-empt any issues and ensure a speedy transaction. The same goes for property financing and this applies to both buyers and sellers. Before one starts looking to buy a [...]

Moving? – Get Your Finances Sorted First2018-03-20T11:02:08+00:00

February 2018

Tisbury – A Cool Place to Live


According to a recent feature in The Times, for a rural village, Tisbury is 'having a damn good go' at being cool. Those of us who have lived & worked in the Nadder Valley for many years have of course known this for a while. What is behind the emergence of Tisbury becoming such a [...]

Tisbury – A Cool Place to Live2018-10-22T15:41:57+00:00

January 2018

Reasons Not to Delay Selling


Why you should considering selling your house now It’s pretty cold out there and we just seem to be assaulted by one storm after the next. Isn’t that just one reason not to even think about moving house? Of course we can come up with all sorts of excuses to batten down the hatches and [...]

Reasons Not to Delay Selling2018-02-08T09:07:52+00:00

Choosing a Property Solicitor


Appointing a solicitor for conveyancing You’ve found your perfect home or your agent has hooked you a buyer, now what? For many, it’s only at this stage that they start to think about appointing a solicitor to act on their behalf in the conveyancing process. i.e. the legal business of buying and selling property. However, [...]

Choosing a Property Solicitor2018-02-08T09:01:14+00:00

Local Community Support 2017


2017 was yet another busy year in our support of local community events and we are delighted to have been a part of their success. Fonthill Dog Show In June we were principle sponsors of the South West Wilts Hunt Supporters Dog Show, a very well attended event on the Fonthill Estate where very serious [...]

Local Community Support 20172018-01-03T15:27:48+00:00

A very happy & prosperous New Year from Rural View!


  The answers to our Name the Christmas Artist Competition were: A. Vincent van Gogh, B. William Turner, C. Joseph Farquharson, D. Fra Angelico, E. Peter Rubens, F. Claude Monet, G. Leonardo da Vinci, H. Rembrandt van Rijn, I. Pieter Bruegel (the Younger) & J. Paul Gaugin. The tie breaker - Salvator Mundi sold for [...]

A very happy & prosperous New Year from Rural View!2018-01-03T14:54:36+00:00

December 2017



Here are 10 winter & Christmas scenes, some are more familiar than others but who painted them? Name as many artists as you can! 1st Prize - 12 Bottles of Wine 2nd Prize - 6 Bottles of Wine TIE BREAK - How much was Picture G sold for at auction in 2017? Email your answers [...]


November 2017

EPC changes in Residential Lettings


It has been on the cards for a while now, but legislation has a habit of creeping up on us and EPC changes in residential lettings is on the horizon. Government guidance states that: ‘ From April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach [...]

EPC changes in Residential Lettings2018-01-03T15:18:36+00:00

September 2017

Now Selling AND Finding your Next Home


Nervous about marketing current property before finding your next home? We often conduct market appraisals where owners are not comfortable with putting their own properties on the market until they have found somewhere to move to. This is understandable, especially in a market where there is little to choose from. If they have been in their [...]

Now Selling AND Finding your Next Home2017-10-05T14:38:17+00:00

Moving for Wiltshire Grammar Schools and other Top Schools


One of the most pressing reasons for moving house is to live within reach of the best school that we have selected for our children. Gone are the days when a job for life meant a house for life with the local school as the only option. We are all much more mobile and selective [...]

Moving for Wiltshire Grammar Schools and other Top Schools2017-09-26T09:05:18+00:00

June 2017

Victorian Elegance in Thomas Hardy’s Shaston (Shaftesbury)


A former rectory for sale in the heart of a historic market town of Shaftesbury Where is historic Shaftesbury? Straddling the Wiltshire/Dorset border, the ancient hill top market town of Shaftesbury, or Shaston as Thomas Hardy named it, is a truly historic settlement. It may have Celtic or Roman origins but is strongly associated with [...]

Victorian Elegance in Thomas Hardy’s Shaston (Shaftesbury)2017-09-06T09:40:48+00:00