“Va Va” Frome does it again!
March 29th, 2021
Once again Frome has been named as the Best Place to Live in the Southwest of England in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide.
Frome is a picturesque town with cobbled streets, a stream running down Cheap Street depicts its Medieval history and you will certainly need some stamina to climb Catherine Hill it’s not for the faint hearted but your heart will love it’s Artisan Quarter. The centre is home to over 300 listed buildings and beautiful Architecture and an abundance of Independent local shops, some of which are nicely old fashioned.
Well known for its vibrant arts scene and the annual ten-day Frome Festival in July, which in recent years has included more than 160 events held at various venues in and around the town. The town is host to a number of artists, many of whom open their studios to the public during the Festival.
There are a variety of cultural & community events that have become regular features of the town’s life throughout the years, we recently saw the Covid Safe Window Wonderland festival of light and colour, where people transformed their windows and neighbourhood into a gallery of magical displays. There is a real feel of community spirit amongst the locals in this sociable town, this is shown by the large number of local groups, organised clubs and classes so whether you fancy walking, dancing, singing, wildlife or photography no matter how old you are you’ll be sure to find something for you .
Frome is also home to the UK’s first Community Fridge, the original fridge and larder are based on the Market Yard car park, food comes from local businesses which would have gone to waste and the fridges are filled with the help of volunteers, there is now a second community fridge and larder located next to Christchurch School on Feltham Lane .
Whilst Frome may not be the most convenient location, it is fine for daily commuters working in Bristol and Bath. The railway station serves a largely rural area of the county of Somerset and is situated in the town on Portway. The station is located on a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long branch line which loops off the main line railway, which carries services to London Paddington, both the Reading to Taunton line and Bristol to Weymouth route. Visit the GWR website for the train timetable.
Whilst Frome is named best place to live what is the housing market like right now?
According to the national estate agency figures reported in The Sunday Telegraph at the end of 2020, last year saw a 90% increase in demand from house-hunters for country and rural locations. With lockdown starting to lift demand is higher than this time last year despite the pre lockdown market, we are seeing prices pushing up by around 1.5% in value, so if you are thinking about selling then now is a good time to do so. Buyers be warned though don’t hang around as you may find yourself in a bidding war!
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