Hiya Jo

We are pretty set on Flagstaff Hill, Aberfoyle Park or Coromandel Valley, have researched everywhere but like you say, you don't know until you have been. We have friends in Marion and in Coromandel Valley so have taken their advice, also we have an estate agent who will sort us a rental for our arrival and she is based in Flagstaff Hill so we will begin there! Probably can't afford to buy for 2years so by then we will definatley know where to base ourselves.
Good luck with it all.