Hi and welcome
I like the village life, I am a county girl, the cities are good for shopping and nights out
We are in quite a big village though and most villages around our region have at least one shop, one bar/cafe, post office and a bus service to get you out and about (albeit some villages have a bus twice a day). In our village we have 3 cafes, many shops, DIY store, school, medical centre, a dentist, library, restaurant down the road, train station, it's not bad at all!! There's room for our daughter to play outside, our dogs can run around, we have a veggie garden, smell of manure instead of traffic fumes, have no choice to but know your neighbors, it's great!!
It's a peaceful life, I look at the mountain every day, sit in the garden (when the sun's out), but we're only 8 minutes from the town, so best of both worlds.
Saying that, I am off to the UK in 3 weeks and can't wait to get out and about with my friends, a night out in Manchester ....... yes please!!!!