Spring is in the air. All across our green and pleasant land, villages are coming to life. But where are the top 20 prettiest spring villages? From the Cotswolds to Cornwall and Suffolk to Swansea, here is our round-up.
Polperro is a popular, quaint Cornish seaside village, civil parish and fishing harbour with winding streets and cute cottages. The village has had a colourful past as a smuggling port in the 18th century. The area is famous for its seafood, and there are numerous cafes and pubs, where visitors can try fresh cuisine.
A detached home with four bedrooms can cost over £700,000 in this popular village. If you're looking for a two-bedroom property with good holiday let potential, you can expect to pay upwards of £200,000.
Beside the beautiful Hedingham Castle is the village of Castle Hedingham. The village keeps a medieval street layout and includes historic timber-framed buildings, two friendly pubs, and a tea room.
A three-bedroom home in the village will cost around £450,000, while semi-detached homes start at around £200,000.
Once the largest fishing port in the North East, Staithes is of great geological and historical interest. For tourists and locals there is a gallery, cliff-top path and fossil hunting on the sandy beach.
Property is good value here. A four-bedroom home can cost £265,000. A two-bedroom detached house can cost £230,000.
Long Melford was a busy village in Tudor times, and still attracts many visitors while remaining a popular place to live. There are lots of shops and restaurants, as well as the Holy Trinity church, which sits on the hill at the top of the great green.
There are many fine historic homes in the village centre, which can cost up to £1,200,000.
This village is well-known for the number of traditional black and white buildings. Mentioned as having 2,000 residents in the Doomsday Book, it now has around half as many people living there. Visitors can enjoy the medieval buildings on nearly every street.
For a home in Pembridge, expect to pay £700,000 for a large detached home with land. Four-bedroom semi-detached homes can range from £300,000-£550,000.
Named ‘the most beautiful village in England’ by William Morris, Bibury is a charming village and civil parish located on both banks of the River Coln which is a Thames tributary. This area is a prime destination for tourists due to the many historic buildings and tea houses.
A four-bedroom home can cost upwards of £600,000 in Bibury.
Mumbles village is situated on the edge of the Gower peninsula in Wales. It is surrounded by beaches and has been Swansea’s seaside destination of choice since the early 19th century. With the days getting warmer, it’s the perfect time to have a walk along the beach.
A five-bedroom detached home in an exclusive development could cost up to £1,000,000. Three-bedroom semi-detached homes are around £270,000.
This hidden gem is particularly popular in summer, but spring is the best time to explore the winding narrow roads of Abersoch.
“Abersoch is situated on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales and has become a popular village seaside resort. Great beaches, internationally recognised sailing waters, pleasant climate and beautiful scenery, all set in the heartland of the Welsh language provide a special combination,” says Abersoch.co.uk.
A four-bedroom home can cost around £450,000 in Abersoch.
Slightly more urban than some of the other villages, Rottingdean is just along the coast from the city of Brighton, but retains a village feel. The windmill is one of the local attractions and was constructed on the hill in 1802. There are many beautiful properties around Rottingdean, including cosy cottages and impressive townhouses.
Six-bedroom detached homes are popular and can cost £1,200,000. A smaller property with two-bedrooms will be around £320,000.
On the Scottish Isle of Mull, this seaside town is known for its colourful houses and as the filming location of children’s TV show Balamory. The port is always busy with fishing boats and the ferry to and from Kilchoan.
A guest house in this vibrant village could cost under £500,000, or buy a nearby piece of land to build your dream home for as little as £55,000.
In North Yorkshire, close to Harrogate, sits the village of Darley. The parish has two greens, three churches, and regular village events.
Detached homes in the surrounding countryside can be expensive, with four-bedroom homes costing up to £800,000. In the village, three-bedroom terraced homes start from £200,000.
Grasmere, one of Cumbria’s best villages, is popular with tourists. They come to see the beautiful landscape and to visit William Wordsworth’s tombstone. The Wordsworths came to Grasmere in 1799, and William lived in various houses around the village until his death in 1850.
Property prices in Grasmere range from £330,000 for a three-bedroom terrace home to £9,000,000 for a nine-bedroom lakeland manor.
Iffley is a village in a designated Conservation Area in Oxfordshire. The well-known Iffley Lock crosses the River Thames near the village, next to a popular pub.
“Iffley is proud of its long history and varied landscapes including a weir and lock and the ancient and magnificent St Mary’s Church in its spacious churchyard,” says Friends of Iffley Village. “It boasts a huge variety of buildings constructed over the past nine centuries, which greatly contributes to its much-valued village atmosphere.”
Four-bedroom semi-detached homes can cost up to £1,000,000 due to the good connections into Oxford. A three-bedroom semi-detached home can be worth £300,000.
Stanton is a small village in Gloucestershire. The village is made almost completely from Cotswold stone, including the high street with the popular pub ‘The Mount’ at the top. For walkers, the Cotswold Way long-distance footpath passes through the village.
Properties rarely come onto the market here. In the surrounding area, a typical Cotswolds house with eight bedrooms can be worth up to £3,000,000. Semi-detached and terrace homes with three bedrooms cost around £300,000.
Arisaig is a coastal village, known for the white-painted buildings by the harbour.
“Centred on the sheltered shore of Loch nan Ceall on the west coast, Arisaig is a pretty village boasting superb scenery,” says Visit Scotland. “The landscape is characterised by a rocky coast, blue seas and particularly white sand which all make the village a good base for exploring the incredibly scenic surrounding countryside. The views out to the islands of Rum and Eigg can be breath-taking, especially at sunset.”
You could buy land near Arisaig to build your own dream home for as little as £80,000.
This Lake District village is situated between the Skiddaw Mountains and Derwentwater Lake. There are shops, cafes, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, as well as the popular Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival which returns on the 9th-12th May to bring the spirit of the New Orleans Mardi Gras to Cumbria.
A five-bedroom house is likely to cost around £600,000, while a one-bedroom flat costs around £100,000.
The main attraction of this Norfolk village is the picturesque 18th century windmill standing on the edge of the marshes, which is open to the public.
“These days, Cley next the Sea is nearly a mile from open water but back in the middle ages this lovely Norfolk village was an important trading port,” says Tour Norfolk. “The area between the village and the sea is now occupied by one of the best nature reserves in Norfolk and has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“There is a brilliant delicatessen, a local craft gallery, a famous smoke house, a bookshop, a couple of tea shops and a country pub.”
Norfolk is home to many stunning historic homes, and one could be worth as much as £2,000,000. A three-bedroom character home could cost under £3,000,000.
Kersey is a picturesque Suffolk village with a ford flowing through the main high street. The small ford is a tributary of the River Brett which flows through the neighbouring village of Hadleigh. The popular Bell Inn pub is timber-framed and dates to the 14th century.
If you find a home that you like in Kersey, be sure to snap it up as properties rarely come onto the market here. Nearby, you can get a four-bedroom detached house for £600,000 and a two-bedroom bungalow for £300,000.
Corfe is a village in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between the Blackdown Hills. There are lots of great walks in the area, a country pub, and year-round events for locals.
There are many fine country homes around Corfe, which can cost up to £1,750,000. A small two-bedroom cottage in Corfe can cost around £250,000.
Here is a village that embraces spring.
“Each year nearly 10,000 people visit Thriplow for our annual Daffodil Weekend,” said Thriplow Daffodil Weekend and Country Fair. “Visitors step back in time, walking the beautiful traffic-free lanes and connecting footpaths, visiting 'open gardens', craft barns, marquees, stalls and demonstrations, and experiencing the warm and friendly atmosphere.
“Virtually everyone in the village does something towards the event, be it baking cakes, helping serve teas, or working in the car park to bring off one of the best loved charity events in Cambridgeshire.”
A five-bedroom house with easy access to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend can be worth £1,200,000. A three-bedroom property in a nearby village will cost around £325,000.
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