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The back-breaking price of country life - Tom Hodgkinson

Regulars | By Tom Hodgkinson

I love weekends away. But let someone else do the work – a richer friend or a hotel, says Tom Hodgkinson.

There’s a mass exodus from the city to the countryside going on. Since the Industrial Revolution, we’ve been steadily migrating from country to city – but now the trend is reversing as a result of lockdown. June and July this year saw a 126 per cent rise in rural property searches. Town mice are fleeing their cat-filled tenements with dreams of large stores of nuts, home-made cider and bracing air. ...

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