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? We reveal some of our favourite that truly blossom in spring.
This village is well-known for the number of traditional monochrome 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 or five-bedroom barn conversions and historic homes can range from £400,000-£550,000.
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 two-bedroom bungalow can be worth £450,000.
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 five-bedroom cottage can cost around £850,000 in Bibury.
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.
You can buy a four-bedroom cottage for around £700,000 in Grasmere and and a lakeland manor can be worth up to £9,000,000.
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 between £400,000 to £600,000.
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 £250,000.
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 four-bedroom detached home in the village will cost around £650,000, and a two-bedroom detached home at around £435,000.
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.
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. A four-bedroom detahed home can be worth between £550,000 and £900,000.
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 around £365,000. A two-bedroom detached house can cost £230,000.
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 13-bedroom townhouse in an exclusive development could cost up to £1,700,000. Four-bedroom semi-detached homes are between £500,000 and £570,000.
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.
Five-bedroom detached homes are popular and can cost £1,170,000. A smaller bungalow with three bedrooms will be around £725,000.
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 with five-bedroom cost up to £900,000. In the village, three-bedroom detached homes are around from £325,000.
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 luxury five-bedroom beach home can cost around £3,000,000 in Abersoch whereas a four-bedroom detached home with views can cost around £515,000.
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 semi-detached home could cost from £485,000 to £565,000.
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 four-bedroom semi-detached home can cost around £425,000.
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.
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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