A trip to Barnes village by the Thames

May 26, 2017

This is dreamy London at it's best!  Postcard pretty even on dreary February days.  A proper little village atmosphere attracting the wealthy set and upwardly mobile and savvy young families to live (it has the top area state school here which means free great schooling until 11).

On a soggy day, an army of hunter wellies are out in force as families brave those few drops of rain to head down to the pond; the centrepiece of the village, to feed the ducks and geese.  It's a dreamy village pond too with a Saturday organic market; a village pub (The Sun Inn) and a deletable choice of organic eateries including Gails (for cakes, coffee and wonderful breads) and the might Feast which delights and excites with it's endless menu of salads and other delicious options.  It is a good idea to have a dog too to complete the look.  Restaurant favourites such as seriously classy Riva and the slick and contempory Sonny's are old favourites here but there's also a new gig in town with a top spot next to the Thames.  Mr Rick Stein is smart to grab that and it sparkles for a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner.  Another outstanding addition is the shiny and stylish Olympic Cinema and restaurant.  I may never watch a film anywhere else again!!!!!!!

Since I started to look to buy here a Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's have emerged around the village boutiques and cafes.  So you never really need to leave!!  A stroll around the pond with it's neatly boxed wildflower meadow and ducks and children playing means that the locals are proud and care for the environment and nature but this all comes at a price (two bed cottage £850,000).  It has a thriving art centre and interesting boutiques: take a trip to my favourite charity shop - Mary Portas Living & Giving for designer gear at a snip (savvy mum's go there).

I'll keep going back; checking out the house prices, because I love the country village feel; hard to find amongst the urban sprawl.  I just need to think about changing my Hunter wellies from country green to a Barnes cerise pink or purple then I'm truly one of the set...  It's important in this little place!

 

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