Ms Hodgson, a civil servant, and Mr Loveland, a manager, settled into their new lifestyle quickly, and the North-South divide is a myth, as far as Ms Hodgson is concerned. "Harrogate is a wealthy part of North Yorkshire," she said. "I can't say I've noticed any difference in cost when we go for a meal, and a pint costs the same."
There is one disadvantage. "There is a definite difference in temperature up here," she said. "It's much colder. But we don't intend to go back to London. We like what we get from living in the North, which really surprises us."
House: one/two-bedroom flat Cost: pounds 350/month mortgage
Combined gross monthly earnings: pounds 45,000
Food: pounds 400 per month
Electricity: pounds 60 per month
Telephone: pounds 20 per month
Council tax: pounds 100 per month
Combined water: pounds 20 per month
Car: Ford Fiesta and BMW
Monthly outgoings: pounds 950
Local amenities: Theatres and art galleries in central London.
Cost: pounds 550/month mortgage
Combined gross monthly earnings: pounds 5,833
Food: pounds 600 per month
Electricity: pounds 30 per month
Telephone: pounds 25 per month
Council tax: pounds 75 per month
Water: pounds 30 per
Car: Ford Focus
Monthly outgoings: pounds 1,310
Local amenities: French and seafood restaurants. Open grassland.Reuse content