Revealed: Britain’s 54 most desirable villages

Postcode snobbery is nothing new in the central London housing market, with multi-millionaire homebuyers waiting for an address to become available on Abbeville Road in Clapham, say, or Kensington Park Gardens in Notting Hill.

But it is now rife in the countryside, too. High numbers of households are spending a fortune renting in lesser locations for months, and possibly years, until a suitable (or even unsuitable) home in the right village comes up.

In fact, 60 per cent of estate agents working for Savills across the country reported a rise in demand for rental homes in the most desirable countryside locations during the pandemic. And 57 per cent said that the demand was coming from those who were unable to buy where they wanted. Many prospective buyers are choosing to rent in the high-end country markets while they wait for a property to become available in their chosen area so as to be chain-free when properties in the desirable villages become available. And Knight Frank has this week reported the highest number of sales in the country market for 15 years, with the number of wannabe buyers registering up 35 per cent last year.




The Beaulieu River

The Beaulieu River, Hampshire


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So what is it about these villages that drives such demand?  The traditional criteria still apply, says Frances Clacy, analyst at Savills. “People want villages that have a bit of everything, from schools to stunning countryside, with accessibility to cities and transport infrastructure,” she says. Less well-trumpeted factors count too, such as the main road through the village should only lead to other villages,” Clacy adds.

But on top of that is the juxtaposition of an authentic architectural aesthetic (the older the better) around a green, with on-trend amenities such as yoga studios, cycling shops, running clubs and general stores that deliver homemade ready meals and veg boxes, and provide zero-waste refill stations for household products. History and a strong sense of identity and community spirit are important, too.

New research by Savills, exclusive to The Telegraph, reveals the most desirable villages in each ceremonial county, based on the combination of highest house prices, best lifestyle amenities, connectivity and chocolate-box appeal. 


Studham

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£700,494

POSH APPEAL

Pub founded in 1502Beautiful Studham CommonHiking pathsGood primary school

Studham was named one of the best places to live in a lockdown, by Savills. Nestled in the Chiltern Hills, there are plenty of hikes nearby, but right on the doorstep is Studham Common. The two pubs are the Bell, dating back to 1502, and the Red Lion, and there’s a good primary school. Nick Ingle of Savills says it has “rural charm without being too remote… close to Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted.”


Sunningdale

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£1,101,285

POSH APPEAL

Waitrose on siteGood links to LondonStand-out French cuisine

Sunningdale would qualify as a “super” village, with plenty going on. There’s a wide choice of places to eat, such as French cuisine at La Cloche at the Carpenters or casual brunch at Eliane of Sunningdale. There’s a Waitrose and a train station and it suits those moving out of London who still want urban lifestyle amenities but also to be on the doorstep of open countryside.


Turville

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£1,463,240

POSH APPEAL

16th century cottagesSmall riding centreFamous Cobstone WindmillFeatured in Killing Eve and The Vicar of Dibley

This tiny village is wrapped in Chiltern Hills greenery and dotted with 16th-century cottages. Its setting secured appearances in Killing Eve and The Vicar of Dibley. “The village has an excellent pub, nursery, small riding centre and a church. Cobstone Windmill, featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, sits at the top of the hill,” says Charlie Chavasse of Savills.


Hemingford Abbots

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£829,437

POSH APPEAL

Home to 500-year-old pubPlaying fieldsWildflower meadowsFlower festival with neighbouring village

This small, historic village, three miles east of Huntingdon, dates back to Roman times. It sits on the banks of the Great Ouse in a conservation area. Visitors enjoy walks in the wildflower meadows. There’s a 500-year-old pub (the Axe and Compass), a village hall and playing fields. It runs into neighbouring Hemingford Grey, and the two villages share community events such as a flower festival.


The Alderleys

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£1,268,175

POSH APPEAL

Glamorous boutiques and barsWithin the Cheshire ‘Golden Triangle’Popular with sports stars

Nether Alderley is the more subtle version of the achingly hip Alderley Edge. With the Grade I-listed St Mary’s church at its centre, it sits within what is known as the Cheshire Golden Triangle, the poshest bit of the Cheshire countryside, where plenty of high-profile, Manchester-based footballers choose to reside. The Beckhams once owned a house in Nether Alderley.


Rowen

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£363,214

POSH APPEAL

Small, pretty villageRiverbanks, farmland and hillsideLocal pub, church, shop and post office25 minutes from Snowdonia

The Vale of Conwy is a lush green interlude between rocky Snowdonia and the open moors of Mynydd Hiraethog. Farmland, riverbanks and hillsides are dotted with villages including Rowen; one of the prettiest in Wales. There’s a pub, church, shop and post office and singing every Friday night in the Ty Gwyn hotel. (See overleaf for more villages in Wales).


Rock

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£1,080,534

POSH APPEAL

Teen haunt of Princes William and HarryFoodie reputationEateries and tasting menus

Rock shot to fame in the 1990s when Princes William and Harry holidayed there. Gordon Ramsay is a current resident, which is apt given its foodie reputation. Eateries include Fee’s Food for Cornish picnic fodder and Karrek at St Enodoc hotel, which has a tasting menu. There are only a few homes for sale, but there is an eye-catching six-bed property for £1.45 million through John Bray.


Brancepeth

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£390,238

POSH APPEAL

Ivy-covered cottages12th century Brancepeth CastleGolf course designed by Wentworth architectActive village hall

There is a string of pretty former colliery villages to the west of Durham, explains Jan Claridge of property specialists Youngs RPS. “It is small and pretty with lots of ivy-covered cottages,” she says. Brancepeth Castle dates back to the 12th century, with a café in the gatehouse. It is now a family home but runs tours. There’s a golf course next door and a village hall.


Hawkshead

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£460,001

POSH APPEAL

Picturesque market villageLinks to William Wordsworth and Beatrix PotterTraditional inns and restaurants

Not the priciest village in the county, in fact it’s half the price of Cartmel Fell (£803,980), which boasts the most expensive average house price. However, it is one of the most established and popular, with plenty of life. Just north of Esthwaite Water, it has a jumbled collection of stone houses, old arches and squares with connections to William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.


Llanarmon-yn-Iâl

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£290,118

POSH APPEAL

Community-run shop and pubFriendly atmosphereClose to Offa’s Dyke Path

A friendly village deep in the Clwydian Range, Llanarmon-yn-Iâl has a community-run shop and community-owned pub – the Raven Inn – which hosts live music and quizzes and takeaway curry nights. There’s a choir and a local panto. It’s only 11⁄2 miles off the Offa’s Dyke Path, which brings visitors to the village.


Edensor

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£670,644

POSH APPEAL

Estate village of Chatsworth HousePicturesque small villageFascinating local history

Homes rarely come up in these picturesque pockets of Britain that are cared for by the landowners and residents alike. Edensor was commissioned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire to house the estate workers of Chatsworth House and grounds in 1839. In St Peter’s church is the grave of Kathleen Kennedy, sister of JFK, who married the heir to Chatsworth, William Cavendish.


South Pool

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£999,000

POSH APPEAL

Award-winning Millbrook InnGrade I-listed church from 1100sVillage hall runs events

This creek-side village sits on the eastern bank of the Kingsbridge Estuary. For locals and visitors, South Pool goes hand-in-hand with the award-winning Millbrook Inn, a cosy gastro-pub. The Grade I-listed St Nicholas and St Cyriac church dates back to the 1100s and is built almost entirely of slate. There’s a village hall and an active community that is famous for its charity duck race.


Studland

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£972,831

POSH APPEAL

Sandy beach at Studland BayFine dining at Pig on the Beach restaurantTransport links from Poole

The heart of the village is the village store, which is also the post office and a B&B. Locals and visitors flock to the pristine golden sands of Studland Bay in between the white cliffs (there’s even a nudist beach, located towards Shell Bay) in the summer and dine at the boutique hotel, the Pig on the Beach. It’s a quiet retreat from nearby Poole.


Gullane

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£356,615

POSH APPEAL

Three golf coursesArt galleries and museumGood quality restaurants

This pretty village, with a double village green and ruined castle, is just along the coast of the Firth of Forth, five miles west of North Berwick. It’s dominated by the number of golf courses surrounded by large villas. It attracts windsurfers and also boasts the Myreton Motor Museum, art galleries and lots of restaurants, including the Bonnie Badger.


Sutton upon Derwent

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£409,071

POSH APPEAL

Woodhouse Grange Cricket Club down the roadTennis club, which hosts ballsPrimary school on sitePopular pub St Vincent Arms

The Woodhouse Grange Cricket Club is a mile down the road and the proud winner of the National Village Cricket Knock Out tournament in 1995, with the final played at Lords. There is also a tennis club in this sporting village, which holds events such as balls, along with a village hall, primary school, post office and the St Vincent Arms.


Kingston-near-Lewes

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£782,339

POSH APPEAL

One mile from South Downs WayYoga, bridge and whiskey tastings‘Green’ communityClassic country pub, The Juggs

Just one mile from the South Downs Way, and two miles from Lewes, this village is green in more ways than one. There’s a community energy project under way and a pavilion with a living roof. The calendar is packed with yoga classes, bridge nights and whisky tastings. There’s a 13th-century church and the Juggs makes for a great second living room.


Ramsden Bellhouse

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£1,017,722

POSH APPEAL

Popular pub, the Fox & HoundsGood links to nearby grammar schoolsProximity to London

House prices are high here, typically ranging from £800,000 to £2 million due to its large plots and proximity to London. “There’s a strong community with a local store and post office, a village hall and an extremely popular pub called the Fox & Hounds. The primary school, Downham, feeds Chelmsford and Southend grammar schools,” says Christine Mahy of Connells estate agents.


Elie

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£349,951

POSH APPEAL

Five beachesTennis clubGallery and farm shopRestaurants, including Michelin-starred Peat Inn

This sheltered inlet started out as a harbour village in the 16th century. It was the Victorians who built large detached properties and turned it into a tourist resort. There are five beaches with plenty of watersports on offer, a tennis club and an abundance of restaurants, including the Ship Inn and the 19th Hole at Earlsferry, and the Michelin-starred Peat Inn is a short drive away. There’s the treasured Ardross Farm Shop and the Wade Gallery, too, along with a primary school.


Bourton-on-the-hill

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£799,348

POSH APPEAL

Charming rural villageProper country pub, the Horse & GroomClose to Dormy House Hotel and Soho Farmhouse

The housing stock is a mixture of small, characterful cottages with lots of charm to large detached houses, with prices ranging from £325,000 to £2 million-plus, says Amelia Craven of estate agents RA Bennett Broadway. It’s a rural village with a proper country pub, the Horse & Groom, and is close to the celebrity hangouts of the Dormy House Hotel and Soho Farmhouse.


Haigh

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£257,020

POSH APPEAL

Home to Haigh Woodland ParkCountry mansion, Haigh HallFew miles from Wigan

Shrouded by trees, Haigh is a hidden gem just a few miles from the busy Wigan town centre. There’s an imposing country mansion, Haigh Hall, built between 1827 and 1840, and the restored Haigh Windmill, originally used to pump water to Haigh Brewery. It is also home to Haigh Woodland Park, with miles of winding trails through woodland and manicured gardens.


Beaulieu

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£1,524,287

POSH APPEAL

16th century high streetArtisan shopsBorders the New ForestNear the sailing hub of Lymington

The position and the aesthetics of Beaulieu make it the most expensive village in England, Wales and Scotland, according to the Savills research. It is chocolate-box pretty with a period high street boasting artisan stores, while being on the doorstep of both the New Forest and Buckler’s Hard. The sailing hub of Lymington is 15 minutes away and there is a wide choice of schools, both state and private.


Bosbury

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£452,954

POSH APPEAL

Monthly farmers’ marketBowls, cricket and tennisPilates and film nights at village hall

History buffs will love Bosbury’s church of the Holy Trinity, with its 13th-century bell tower and sturdy defensive style; close to the Welsh border, it was a refuge for parishioners in times of trouble. In keeping with its traditional roots, there’s a monthly farmers’ market, bowls, tennis and cricket, and a pub (the Bell) which was once a coaching inn. Pilates and Flicks in the Sticks film nights are held at the village hall.


Little Gaddesden

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£1,333,501

POSH APPEAL

National Trust’s Ashridge EstateNear to market town, BerkhamstedTennis and cricket clubs

Little Gaddesden is known for its historic ties with the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate and sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty. However, the high average house price is driven by its proximity to the market town of Berkhamsted – a popular location for London commuters. “It’s highly desirable and full of character, with a local shop and post office, a primary school and tennis and cricket clubs,” says Kris Smith of Savills.


Fishbourne

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£509,356

POSH APPEAL

Sailing at Royal Victoria Yacht ClubEasy access to PortsmouthIdyllic beaches

With overseas travel made difficult throughout the pandemic, UK tourists flooded to the beaches on the Isle of Wight. First come the tourists and then the home-buyers, says RPS Youngs’ Jan Claridge. Buyers who can work flexibly, and love to sail, are heading for pretty Fishbourne on the banks of the Wootton Creek, by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and the car ferry to Portsmouth for easy access to the mainland


Ightham

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£836,260

POSH APPEAL

Chart Farm produce shopNational Trust medieval house Ightham MoteNearby WaitroseClose to Sevenoaks

There are two types of housing style in Ightham: traditional listed cottages in the centre and big detached modern mansions built in the 1990s and 2000s on the edge, explains Matthew Hodder-William of estate agents Knight Frank. Its selling points are proximity to Sevenoaks, the Chart Farm produce shop and the National Trust-run medieval house Ightham Mote. Waitrose is also a four-minute drive away.


Great Eccleston

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£430,630

POSH APPEAL

Plenty of good pubsClothing boutiqueFortnightly farmers’ marketAnnual agricultural show

This is walking country: it’s flat with plenty of good pubs. In easy reach of Blackpool, Lancaster and Preston, Great Eccleston is a village of cute cottages and handsome houses and is famous for its annual agricultural show and tractor-pulling event, which is a real crowd-pleaser. There’s a clothes boutique (MMJs) too and a bustling farmers’ market every other Wednesday.


Newtown Linford

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£692,157

POSH APPEAL

Private members clubActive communityHome to rare police box

This village comes with a private members’ club, the Lindford, which was originally attached to the British Legion. In the Second World War the skittle alley in the back room became a temporary factory to assemble aircraft parts. Today it hosts rock ’n’ roll Mondays, Brownie meetings and body-blast classes. The village has one of the only surviving police boxes in Britain.


Uffington

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£467,548

POSH APPEAL

Lively communityAnnual scarecrow festivalThatched-roof 17th-century pubHorse trials and golf club at nearby Burghley House

Uffington sits on the edge of Stamford town centre, but has its own amenities. The village has an active community scene – the highlight of the calendar is the annual scarecrow festival in May. The atmospheric thatched-roof pub, the Bertie Arms (dating back to 1681), is popular and Burghley House, Gardens, Horse Trials and Golf Club are close by.


Hightown

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£299,304

POSH APPEAL

Quaint coastal village10 miles from LiverpoolNearby Sefton Coastal PathPopular pub, the Pheasant Inn

The Liverpool Echo describes Hightown as “quaint”. Just 10 miles from Liverpool, commuters can work in the city and retreat to the coast where there are sandy and shingle stretches, dunes and wetlands teaming with wildlife such as natterjack toads. The nearby Sefton Coastal Path provides views of sprawling farmland and coastal vistas. Locals hole up in the Pheasant Inn.


Shirenewton

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£474,775

POSH APPEAL

Severn Estuary viewsFamous Christingle serviceYoga

Shirenewton is the biggest of three villages – the others being Mynyddbach and Earlswood – in between the Usk and Wye valleys in the Monmouthshire hills, with views that stretch down to the Severn Estuary. “It has a sense of community that rivals other villages,” says Mike Watkins, partner at Mr and Mrs Clarke. “You make friends mainly through the dog-walkers of the village, and at the crossroads of the three villages.” It is famous for its Christingle service, to which two ladies bring real donkeys, adds Watkins. There is a primary school, pubs, and yoga in the Church Rooms.


Burnham Market

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£826,770

POSH APPEAL

Nicknamed ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’Boutique and antique shopsFashionable hotel and restaurants

Dubbed Chelsea-on-Sea because of its social scene, Burnham Market is a traditional Georgian village just two miles from Brancaster Beach and six miles from Wells-next-the- Sea, and surrounded by nature reserves. Around the village green are boutique stores, antique shops and restaurants such as No Twenty9 and Socius, plus fashionable hotel the Hoste.


Kirkby Overblow

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£698,656

POSH APPEAL

Big family homesGood pubsNearby other villages

The average price is dragged up by the big family homes in this village, says Ed Stoyle of Savills. “It has all the things that define a village, such as good pubs,” he says, recommending the Shoulder of Mutton. For these pubs to work they must have a drinking bar for the locals, as well as a great family restaurant offering. “It has a school and a quiet road that just leads to more villages,” he adds.


Church with Chapel Brampton

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£681,450

POSH APPEAL

Dubbed the ‘millionaire’s village’Great riding schoolsPopular farm shopHistoric pub

The duo of Church and Chapel Brampton are known locally as “millionaire’s village”. As well as pretty houses, in the centre of Church Brampton is the historic pub Brampton Halt and Smiths Farm Shop, which sells sustainably farmed produce. Riding schools are also a staple of the area.


Warkworth

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£289,459

POSH APPEAL

Historic medieval villageThree pubsWarkworth Castle

This medieval village looks like a scene from a story book, says Jan Claridge of Youngs RPS. It is almost entirely surrounded by a loop in the River Coquet with Warkworth Castle on top of the hill. “Warkworth is steeped in history.” There are three pubs including the Sun and the Hermitage Inn. Properties seldom come up so she recommends Belford as a pretty nearby village.


Colston Bassett

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£786,955

POSH APPEAL

Foodie country, home of StiltonAward-winning pubNearby England cricketer Stuart Broad’s pubLocal spa

Colston Bassett Stilton – arguably the king of British blue cheese – hails from this village in the Vale of Belvoir. It is foodie country with the award-winning pub the Martin’s Arms in the village, a short drive to Perkins Bar & Bistro and England cricketer Stuart Broad’s pub Tap & Run. There’s even a local spa called The Little Day Retreat.


Harpsden

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£1,307,182

POSH APPEAL

Riverside villageNearby Henley golf clubClose to London and Reading

On the periphery of Henley-on- Thames and the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this well-connected village has seen demand spike during the pandemic, according to Knight Frank’s Nick Warner. It’s half a mile to the Thames, making it part of the golden stretch of riverside villages between London and Reading. Henley golf club is on the doorstep, too.


Newgale and Roch

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£219,555

POSH APPEAL

2-mile sandy beach with cavesLocal pub and fish and chip shopGood seafood

Newgale Beach is a two-mile sandy stretch with caves and coves at one end. It’s popular with surfers, kitesurfers and sea anglers. There’s a smattering of buildings, including the Duke of Edinburgh Inn, but the main village is Roch, just inland. The Puffin Shuttle coastal bus service runs to St David’s and Haverfordwest, while the village itself has a pub, a shop, a fish and chip shop, and Mo’s Dressed Crab & Lobster take-out.


Strathtay

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£287,476

POSH APPEAL

Victorian architectureGorgeous wildlifeGolf course opened in 1909Pubs within walking distance

Red squirrels bound through the landscaped gardens that belong to the large Victorian villas of Strathtay. The architecture and, therefore, the look of the village remain largely unchanged from this era. By the River Tay, there’s a golf course that opened in 1909, and in the spring the woods are carpeted in bluebells. Pubs within walking distance include the Inn on the Tay and the Grandtully Hotel.


Burley

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£737,762

POSH APPEAL

Overlooks Rutland WaterBurley-on-the-hill mansionFascinating local history

Residents can play lord of the manor in the mansion at Burley on the Hill. Built in 1690, it inspired many a poet. A fire broke out in 1908, destroying the west wing, at a shindig attended by Winston Churchill. It was owned by the businessman Asil Nadir in the early 1990s but is now a collection of grand apartments on an exclusive 67-acre housing estate in the hamlet overlooking Rutland Water.


Cound

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£454,587

POSH APPEAL

68 listed buildingsCommuter villageTennis and cricket clubClose-knit community

This ancient village sits on the west bank of the River Severn, just seven miles south east of Shrewsbury. Once an industrial port, it is now a commuter village for those working in Shrewsbury and Telford. There are 68 listed buildings in the parish, including the Grade I-listed Cound Hall. Cound has a close-knit community with a church, tennis club and cricket club.


Wellow

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£954,993

POSH APPEAL

Vibrant community, with monthly newsletterPopular pub and village shopGood stables

On the edge of the Cotswolds and just three miles from Bath, Wellow is built on oolitic limestone. “It has a vibrant community with an excellent pub, the Fox and Badger, a well- stocked community-run village shop, a church, primary school, monthly newsletter, two flood-lit tennis courts, a playground and stables,” says Francesca Leighton-Scott of Knight Frank.


Cawthorne

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£512,288

POSH APPEAL

Ties to the aristocratic Spencer familyFamous Cannon Hall70 acres of parklandPopular farm and pub

Once an iron and coal mining village, Cawthorne is now a commuter village that feeds Barnsley. Its big attraction is Cannon Hall, originally the seat of the aristocratic Spencer-Stanhope family. It has 70 acres of parkland, a Victorian kitchen and a museum exhibiting fine arts. The pub is named after the dynasty too – the Spencer Arms. Cannon Hall Farm is also a draw.


Shenstone

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£575,613

POSH APPEAL

Excellent transport linksCommuter village for Birmingham and LondonFamous former residents

Shenstone is one of a handful of villages in the area that have a direct rail link into Birmingham city centre and it is only a 10-minute drive from Lichfield Trent Valley station which has a direct train to London Euston in an hour and a half. This village suits relocating commuter families who still want to travel to the capital. Former famous residents include Sir William Parker and Helen Baxendale.


Killearn

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£315,927

POSH APPEAL

Highland malt whisky distilleryTheatre schoolVillage hall with popular cafe

Killearn sits near the north-western end of the Campsie Fells, 17 miles from Glasgow, and on the “Highland Line” – the imaginary divide that separates highland from lowland Scotland. The church/village hall is home to the Kitchen Window, a dog- and baby-friendly café, and hosts plenty of activities, from yoga to a baby music class. There’s a theatre school in the village, too. Glengoyne, the most southerly Highland malt whisky distillery, is nearby.


Walberswick

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£832,131

POSH APPEAL

Artistic hubShingle and sandy beachCharming pub

Artists have been drawn to Walberswick for centuries, starting with Philip Wilson Steer and his gang of English impressionists. The Georgian village has a shingle and sandy beach, dunes and mudflats, and otters and deer live on the banks of the River Blyth. The village hosts the annual crabbing contest, and the Bell Inn is a characterful pub with low beams and nooks to sink into.


Shackleford

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£1,161,183

POSH APPEAL

Outstanding natural beautyDates back to 14th centuryHurtmore House, with famous former ownersPopular pub, the Cyder House Inn

One of Shackleford’s more famous properties is the eight-bedroom Hurtmore House, complete with a helipad, which was once the marital home of Ashley Cole and Cheryl. The village is seven miles southwest of Guildford in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and dates back to the 14th century, with a shop, a primary school and a pub, the Cyder House Inn.


Dinnington

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£210,671

POSH APPEAL

Small rural villageClose to popular PontelandNear Darras Hall, home to celebrities

This medieval settlement dates back to the 13th century. It has the hall- marks of a traditional village with a church as well as a doctor’s surgery, primary school, village hall and social club. The Masons Arms pub overlooks the green. All made more desirable by this village’s proximity to Ponteland and Darras Hall – millionaire’s row of the north with lots of footballers.


Whichford

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£901,115

POSH APPEAL

Cotswold commuter beltWhichford Pottery

“Whichford is a magnet for those who may have started their search in the traditional Cotswolds commuter belt but realised they can get a lot more bang for their buck here,” says Paul Clarke, founder of Mr and Mrs Clarke. He says it has a more “free-spirited vibe” than its Cotswoldian neighbours with the likes of Whichford Pottery selling ceramics in its café.


Oxwich

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£309,519

POSH APPEAL

Medieval town6th century churchOxwich Bay HotelWildlife at Oxwich Natural Nature Reserve

This Gower Peninsula village is steeped in history. The medieval church of St Illtyd has 6th-century origins and is shrouded in myth, owing to a half-man, half-horse creature that was said to stride among the gravestones. The village was also well known for wrecking, with one of Britain’s best-recorded smuggling stories occurring in 1557. The village has traditional fishermen’s cottages (some thatched), a post office and the Oxwich Bay hotel. Mountain goats roam the Oxwich National Nature Reserve. It’s only 11 miles from Swansea.


Barston

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£571,202

POSH APPEAL

Good transport linksFeels ruralBordered by River Blythe

Bordered by the River Blythe, Barston feels rural yet it has quick access to transport networks. It’s a five-minute drive to the M42, and the train to Birmingham runs from the neighbouring village of Knowle. An HS2 interchange station is being built to the north of Barston to provide Solihull, Birmingham Airport and the NEC with a fast service to London.


The Lurgashall, Lodsworth and Lickfold Triangle

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£1,055,250

POSH APPEAL

Within South Downs National Park16th-century pub and gardenPlenty of restaurants and pubs

This corner of Sussex, in the footprint of the Blackdown Hills in the South Downs National Park, a triangle of villages, typifies all that is lovely about British country life. Locals are spoilt for choice for pubs and restaurants, too. In the district of Chichester, Lurgashall’s Noah’s Ark Inn is a 16th-century pub with a garden. It has a shop, church and campsite and is surrounded by farms.


Scarcroft

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£630,325

POSH APPEAL

Horse racing hubGood primary schoolBacks onto nature reserveOutskirts of Leeds

In the countryside on the outskirts of Leeds, this village has a golf club, primary school and a pub (the Inn at Scarcroft, which dates back to 1852) and backs onto Hetchell Wood Nature Reserve. It’s a horse racing hub with the Hellwood Racing Stables and a riding centre at Scarcroft Hall.


Avebury

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£422,413

POSH APPEAL

Maintained by National TrustPrehistoric henge and stone circlesWildflower meadowsThatched cottages and Georgian townhouses

A beautiful village maintained by the National Trust and set inside a Neolithic stone circle. It is steeped in magic, myth and paganism. Visitors flock to Avebury to see the standing stones, walk in the wildflower meadows and take on the Ridgeway trail which leads to Marlborough. The village has a community-owned shop, a pub (the Red Lion) and a National Trust shop.


Ombersley

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£435,943

POSH APPEAL

Beautiful buildings with characterCosy local pubFine dining from butchers

The estate agent Leaders put Ombersley among the top five most beautiful places to live in the UK due to its distinctive black and white timber properties. The Kings Arms pub is similarly characterful with deep inglenook fireplaces. Checketts Great British Food is a butcher’s and deli. It delivers produce hampers and pizza and provides a fine dining service in the home.


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