You can get lucky in the country, I did try it but it was too isolated but I think edge of town/village is the only way I’d ever go near the country again.
A couple of other things to consider.
Water - some supplies can be bad. collect rainwater.
Feuding neighbours - yeah I know very hick and all but it can be a pain if you find yourself living between relatives who aren’t even talking to each other. Renting in an area for a year should give you an idea of the local politics, plus what house you shouldn’t bid on if you want to avoid the wrath of some belligerent (think of The Field), stupid thing to have to consider but some places are a law unto themselves.
Don’t trust informal arrangements - Access and right of ways can become contentious if you are suddenly deemed as being unhelpful and awkward. Get legal matters resolved before any purchase. Knew a family who bought a plot off a farmer who assured them that the only traffic on the lane would be the annual harvest, two years later he opened a quarry and had trucks going up and down the lane all day; heaven became hell. They didn’t want to fight as the farmer was related to nearly everyone around so really as an outsider he just preferred to shut up and keep quiet.
As someone said stay apolitical as possible however this isn’t easy, someone might want to hunt through your land and if you object then everyone will want to know why you’re being unhelpful. Avoiding people with a grudge can be as stressful as feeling lost in an anonymous city environment. Renting for a year will help you figure out if the natives are restless.
The country side being a good place to raise kids has another side - there’s a strong drug culture in some rural communities with addiction support being hard to access. In the city you may direct your kids away from it but in some rural communities it can be very pervasive and hard to escape. Get involved with organising alternative activities as Coles does to counteract this. Again renting can help figure this out.
There’s going to be massive farm amalgamations in the near future, a lot of farmers heading for retirement with few coming behind them so be mindful of nearby farming activity, you might find your house becoming an Island in a vast harvest landscape or your access route being shared with a super dairy. Another reason to stay closer to towns/villages as you’ll have more support for establishing buffer zones etc.
I’m not trying to put anyone off, summer in the countryside can be glorious but living there fulltime has its downsides too. Actually just remembering that a good summer in the countryside can be glorious but a wet one can be oppressive. I know some families who moved to the countryside thinking that their kids would have the freedom of the countryside to explore but actually found their kids spending even more time playing video games than when they lived in urban estates with their friends.