Poshest villages to live in Britain: The 54 most desirable countryside locations from Cornwall to Fife

These are the most desirable villages to live in Britain with houses ranging from £200,000 to £2 million, according to The Telegraph.
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The Telegraph has revealed the poshest villages to live in Britain - from a tiny village in Essex to a place called Rock in Cornwall. According to recent research by property agent Savills, the exhaustive list includes 54 villages from up and down the country that were deemed “most desirable” in terms of costs and the lifestyle they offer.

With more people having greater flexibility about where to live through working from home, demand for rental homes in the countryside has risen since the pandemic, with high numbers of households spending a fortune renting in lesser locations for months, and possibly years, until a home in the right village comes up.

More than half of estate agents working for Savills across the country reported a rise in demand in the most desirable countryside locations, with 57% saying they were unable to buy where they wanted.

Frances Clacy, analyst at Savills, told The Telegraph: “People want villages that have a bit of everything, from schools to stunning countryside, with accessibility to cities and transport infrastructure. Less well-trumpeted factors count too, such as the main road through the village should only lead to other villages.”

The village of Rock in Cornwall, with an average house price of £1,080,534, is an example of this type of property. Its "posh appeal" is a result of its popularity in the 1990s, when Princes William and Harry holidayed there, along with its “foodie reputation” at its eateries and tasting menus.

It said: “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.”

Tiny village in Essex among poshest in UK

Another village that made the list is Ramsden Bellhouse, a tiny village in Essex. With houses typically ranging from £800,000 to £2 million due to its large plots and proximity to London, the village is also praised for its good links to nearby grammar schools and a popular pub.

Christine Mahy of Connells estate agents said: “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.”

With houses typically ranging from £800,000 to £2 million due to its large plots and proximity to London, Ramsden Bellhouse in Essex is also praised for its good links to nearby grammar schools and a popular pub.With houses typically ranging from £800,000 to £2 million due to its large plots and proximity to London, Ramsden Bellhouse in Essex is also praised for its good links to nearby grammar schools and a popular pub.
With houses typically ranging from £800,000 to £2 million due to its large plots and proximity to London, Ramsden Bellhouse in Essex is also praised for its good links to nearby grammar schools and a popular pub.

The Telegraph’s top 54 "most desired" villages, based on a combination of highest housing values, best lifestyle facilities, connectivity, and chocolate-box appeal along with trendy amenities like yoga studios, cycling shops and running clubs, is listed below.

Along with general stores that offer zero-waste refill stations for domestic supplies and homemade ready meals and vegetable boxes, there is also the juxtaposition of an authentic architectural aesthetic (the older the better) around a green. History, a strong sense of self, and a sense of community are also important.

List of 54 poshest villages in Britain and the average house price

  1. Bedfordshire - Studham - £700,494
  2. Berkshire - Sunningdale - £1,101,285
  3. Buckinghamshire - Turville - £1,463,240
  4. Cambridgeshire - Hemingford Abbots - £829,437
  5. Cheshire - The Alderleys - £1,268,175
  6. Clwd - Rowen - £363,214
  7. Cornwall - Rock - £1,080,534
  8. County Durham - Brancepeth - £390,238
  9. Cumbria - Hawkshead - £460,001
  10. Denbighshire - Llanarmon-yn-lal - £290,118
  11. Derbyshire - Edensor - £670,644
  12. Devon - South Pool - £999,000
  13. Dorset - Studland - £972,831
  14. East Lothian - Gullane - £356,615
  15. East Riding of Yorkshire - Sutton upon Derwent - £409,071
  16. East Sussex - Kingston-near-Lewes - £792,339
  17. Essex - Ramsden Bellhouse - £1,017,722
  18. Fife - Elie - £349,951
  19. Gloucestershire - Bourton-on-the-hill - £799,348
  20. Greater Manchester - Haigh - £257,020
  21. Hampshire - Beaulieu - £1,524,287
  22. Herefordshire - Bosbury - £452,954
  23. Hertfordshire - Little Gaddesden - £1,333,501
  24. Isle of Wight - Fishbourne - £509,356
  25. Kent - Ightham - £836,260
  26. Lancashire - Great Eccleston - £430,630
  27. Leicestershire - Newtown Linford - £692,157
  28. Lincolnshire - Uffington - £467,548
  29. Merseyside - Hightown - £299,304
  30. Monmouthshire - Shirenewton - £474,775
  31. Norfolk - Burnham Market - £826,770
  32. North Yorkshire - Kirkby Overblow - £698,656
  33. Northamptonshire - Church with Chapel Brampton - £681,450
  34. Northumberland - Warkworth - £289,459
  35. Nottinghamshire - Colston Bassett - £786,955
  36. Oxfordshire - Harpsden - £1,307,182
  37. Pembrokeshire - Newgale and Roch - £219,555
  38. Perthshire - Strathtay - £287,476
  39. Rutland - Burley - £737,762
  40. Shropshire - Cound - £454,587
  41. Somerset - Wellow - £954,993
  42. South Yorkshire - Cawthorne - £512,288
  43. Staffordshire - Shenstone - £575,613
  44. Stirling and Galkirk - Killearn - £315,927
  45. Suffolk - Walberswick - £832,131
  46. Surrey - Shackleford - £1,161,183
  47. Tyne & Wear, Dinnington, £210,671
  48. Warwickshire - Whichford - £901,115
  49. West Glamorgan - Oxwich - £309,519
  50. West Midlands - Barston - £571,202
  51. West Sussex - The Lurgashall, Lodsworth and Lickfold Triangle - £1,055,250
  52. West Yorkshire - Scarcroft - £630,325
  53. Wiltshire - Avebury - £422,413
  54. Worcestershire - Ombersley - £435,943