I work in Birmingham, my boyfriend works in Leicester so we are currently renting a very nice, albeit very small flat in the middle so it's the same distance from both of our workplaces. It's a really nice, very quiet area in the countryside.
We currently pay £450 a month rent, £100 council tax, £100 electric (no gas) and about £10 water (plus broadband etc which will be the same wherever it is).
However, I now have the choice to work from home around 2-3 times a week and go to London once a fortnight.
His parents have just come into some money and have offered us one of their houses near Leicester for the same amount we pay in rent here (£450). It's a big house - 4 bedrooms, two reception rooms, garage, huge garden and means we can have a cat and dog! Obviously the council tax and bills will be more, but it means much more space and much smaller fuel bills for my partner (he is spending almost £300 a month)! However, it means I have further to travel when I do go into the office and the train station isn't as easy to get to for when I go to London (I would need to drive there where as it's a 3 minute walk now!) plus it will be slightly more expensive... although I'm sure they'd give it to us for less - they're not paying anything for it!
What would you do?! All ideas welcome... even from the trolls! Haha!