Dream of house in country keeps buyers searching for right move

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The project to upgrade a 12-mile chunk of the A1 to three lane motorway standards between Dishforth and Leeming looks set to bring more buyers from West Yorkshire to places like Bedale, Northallerton and the surrounding countryside.

The improved traffic flow and speed limits will cut journey times. Prices for period properties in these areas is 25 per cent lower than in the golden triangle, though that could change if demand soars.

Wensleydale is a prime hunting ground for those who want to live in the country and work in Leeds. A cottage starts from as little as £80,000 and detached properties can be bought from just under £300,000.