I know this really varies person to person but can anyone recommend a place that isn't too big a suburb (we like semi rural in England) but is easily accessible to beaches, hills and possibly the city? We would like to be close to very good schools (not private) and we have a friend in flagstaff hill so close to her would be a bonus. We don't want to be living on a massive estate but appreciate that is appears a lot if the suburbs are like this so maybe need to be on the edge of one? We have 2 young boys (4&6) so school is really the most important thing.
Any ideas so we can start to look for houses?