Britain’s top 20 prettiest summer villages

Britain’s top 20 prettiest summer villages

Few places compare with Britain’s country villages. They offer rural retreats, hidden hideaways and a slice of country life. Prices can vary from £400,000 for a cute Cotswold cottage, to a multi-million-pound country manor in Sussex. We have scoured the UK to find the top 20 prettiest villages. Discover your perfect property.

 

1. Beddgelert, Gwynedd, North Wales


In the heart of Snowdonia, Beddgelert is regarded as one of the prettiest villages in the region.

The village, in keeping with its location in the Snowdonia National Park, is picturesque and unspoiled. The small and friendly village boasts a full range of amenities, including great guesthouses, arts and crafts shops and workshops, restaurants, and traditional pubs.

It certainly is one of the most attractive villages in Wales.

Prices range from £250,000 for a two-bedroom cottage to £350,000 for a four-bedroom house.

 

2. Rye, East Sussex


Rye is a fortified hilltop town with cobbled streets, tea rooms, and historic properties.

The medieval town of Rye is home to the enchanting cobbled Mermaid Street, the impressive Norman church of St Mary’s, a rich selection of specialist shops and a thriving fishing fleet. Rye was once surrounded on three sides by the sea and its maritime heritage dates back to Norman times.

Prices range from £260,000 for a two-bedroom terrace to over £1,300,000 for a large five-bedroom detached house.

 

3. Shaftesbury, Dorset


The setting for one of ‘Britain’s best-loved adverts’ is in Shaftesbury. In a 1973 advert for Hovis bread, a baker’s boy had to push his bike to the top of the cobbled hill. Even now, people still visit the village to see the famous hill. The village has a farmers’ market, information centre, museum and supermarket.

Prices range from £900,000 for a four-bedroom historic home, to £170,000 for a two-bed apartment or terrace.


4. West Somerton, Norfolk


If you’re in search of a quintessential country village, try West Somerton. It is ideal for fishing, walking, and boating. There is a wind farm near the village and a pretty ancient church.

Property doesn’t come on the market often, so be sure to snap up anything that comes onto the market. A two-bedroom terrace nearby can cost upwards of £170,000, while five-bedroom detached homes cost up to £650,000. 

 

5. Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk


This must be one of Britain’s finest villages, and at this time of the year it has a full calendar of activity.

Lavenham offers the perfect backdrop with fine historic buildings and the tallest village church tower in England. The village plays host to live events, car rallies, and has been location for TV productions and films including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

A grand five-bedroom family home can cost up to £900,000, or a two-bedroom terrace from £230,000.

 

6. Craster, Northumberland


Here is a picturesque country village perfect for nature lovers. The Nortunmberland Wildlife Trust owns a nature reserve that is home to rare birds. There is seaside-inspired artwork at a gallery, and chances to see fishermen working. Craster is also famed as being the home of the Kipper, a smoked fish delicacy exported to food lovers across the country, and reputedly popular with the British Royal Family.

Properties do not become available here often. To live nearby, a four-bedroom detached home can be £600,000. For a three-bedroom property, expect to pay around £220,000.

 

7. Ilmington, Cotswolds


Ilmington stands out in our top 20 for a number of reasons. It has two welcoming inns, The Red Lion and The Howard Arms, and a tennis club.

Ilmington is a beautiful village mainly built of warm honey coloured local Cotswolds limestone nestling at the foot of the Campden hills, in particular, Windmill Hill, which is surrounded by green fields and classed as part of the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty.

There are regal manor houses within a few miles of the village that can cost upwards of £2,000,000. A three-bedroom terrace costs around £270,000. 

 

8. Goathland, North Yorkshire


Goathland is a showbiz village in the North Yorkshire Moors. Both Heartbeat and the first Harry Potter films were shot here, and visitors have flocked to the village ever since.

The North York Moors National Park recommend arriving on the trains of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, then enjoying lots of local strolls and hikes. The station may be familiar as 'Hogsmeade' station from the early Harry Potter films.

You could pay upwards of £700,000 for a large, six-bedroom house, or have a two-bedroom property for around £250,000. 

 

9. Tobermory, Isle Of Mull, Argyllshire


On the Scottish Isle of Mull, this seaside town may be larger than a village, but it shares a similar atmosphere. It 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.

Tobermory was built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main town on Mull. It has brightly painted buildings along the main street to the pier and the high woodland-fringed hills surrounding the bay. The town has a good variety of shops, hotels, and other accommodation as well as being the administrative centre for the island.

You can pick up small plots of land for £60,000. A house on the seafront can cost around £500,000. 

 

10. Hambledon, Hampshire


Cricket lovers should head to Hambledon in the South Downs National Park. Hambledon is the 'Cradle of Cricket', where the laws of the present-day game were formalised in 1770 and the early notable matches were played on Broadhalfpenny Down in the eighteenth century.

A three-bedroom cottage home can cost around to £350,000, while five-bedroom detached homes cost around £800,000. 

 

11. Crail, Scotland


This hidden gem sits on the east coast of Scotland. Crail is a historic fishing village in the pretty East Neuk of Fife. Explore the narrow wynds of the village or simply take a walk along the quaint harbour to see the fishing boats. Charming cobbled streets tumble down to the miniature harbour, which is sheltered by cliffs and surrounded by historic fishing cottages. 

A four-bedroom house with sea views can cost over £500,000, while two-bedroom cottages start at £150,000. 

 

12. Hawkshead, Cumbria


For pure escapism, Hawkshead is the answer. In the heart of the English Lake District, Hawkshead is a truly historic and wonderfully picturesque village characterised by its cluster of whitewashed houses, archways, and alleyways, courtyards and squares.

A prosperous medieval wool town, its rich history includes important connections with the poet William Wordsworth and children's story author Beatrix Potter.

A lakeside home can cost upwards of £3,000,000. A three-bedroom terrace in the area can cost £300,000. 

 

13. Grassington, Yorkshire Dales


Get away from it all in the Yorkshire Dales. Here you will find beautiful waterfalls, undulating countryside, and friendly people. There are stunning views, beautiful stone buildings, quirky shops and friendly pubs. There are also waterfalls which are spectacular, particularly the falls at Linton. 

A four-bedroom home can cost upwards of £600,000, while one-bedroom bungalows can cost under £200,000. 

 

14. Finchingfield, Essex


This village ticks all the boxes. It is beautiful, historic, and full of charm. The Mediaeval and Georgian cottages are arranged along the winding country lanes. The village centre has a sizeable duck pond and a village green. There are three charming pubs, a post office, general store, a health centre and a primary school. 

Cute three-bedroom period cottages start at £375,000, while a six-bedroom detached home can cost over £1,000,000.

 

15. Blakeney, Norfolk


Nature lovers will feel at home in Blakeney, with regular boat trips to see the local seal colony. It is set on a small hill leading down to the harbour and has pretty flint cottages (many for holiday rent), shops, cafe's, restaurants, hotels, pubs and inns. In a side street off the quay is the 14th century Guildhall which has an early example of a brick built vaulted ceiling. The beautifully restored, village church is large and spacious.

Blakeney started life as a busy medieval commercial port until the estuary began to silt up preventing all but pleasure craft from gaining access.

A one-bedroom cottage costs around £300,000, while a larger detached property with four bedrooms can cost over £900,000.

 

16. Wycoller, Lancashire


If you’re looking for a writer’s retreat, head to Wycoller in Lancashire. The Brontes spent much of their life in the area, and the nearby Wycoller Hall is thought to be inspiration for Ferndean Manor in the novel Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Bronte.

Wycoller was featured in the BBC's Countryfile programme and it also appears in the 1970 film "The Railway Children".

Three-bedroom homes can cost £200,000. For a historic four-bedroom house, expect to pay £650,000. 

 

17. Nunney, Somerset


If you’re looking for a beautiful village with a historic castle at its heart, then Nunney is definitely worth a look.

The ruin of medieval Nunney Castle has walls largely intact. A village trail, available from Frome Tourist Information, is the best way to explore the points of interest, including the parish church and the George, an old character coaching inn. Once a year on the first Saturday in August, the village streets are turned over to stalls of all kinds for an old-fashioned Street Fayre.

Four-bedroom family homes cost up to £650,000. Two-bedroom properties start at £250,000. 

 

18. Hathersage, Derbyshire 


This Derbyshire village is heaven for rock climbing enthusiasts.

Hathersage is a popular centre for walkers and rock-climbers.There are also spectacular tors, such as Higgar Tor, and the enigmatic hillfort at Carl Wark, which has so far defied archaeologists' attempts to date it. Charlotte Bronte visited Hathersage in 1845 and used it as the 'Norton' of the story 'Jane Eyre' - taking the heroine's surname from the local family.

Five-bedroom detached country homes can cost up to £1,250,000. Two-bedroom flats start at around £150,000. 

 

19. Dale, Pembrokeshire


If you’re looking to relocate with the whole family, the Pembrokeshire coast could be the perfect location. With lots of things to do and beautiful beaches to enjoy, there’s fun for all the family.

The traditional activities of agriculture and fishing still take place and have been joined by tourism as a major aspect of the area.

The village is a popular location for family holidays – safe beaches and lots of water-based activities such as sailing, swimming, surfing, kayaking and windsurfing. The area has an abundance of wildlife including birds, seals, dolphins and porpoise. The cliffs and coastal path also provide stunning views and the chance to see a wide variety of beautiful wildflowers.

Properties rarely come on the market here, so be sure to snap up your dream home if you find it. A five-bedroom home can cost over £600,000. 

 

20. St Agnes, Cornwall


Sitting in both an area of outstanding natural beauty and a world heritage site, St Agnes is being preserved for the future. And there’s an obvious reason why. With an incredible sandy beach, picturesque cliffs, and a great community spirit, this could make you feel like you’re on holiday year-round.

You could run a guest house for under £1,000,000. A two-bedroom cottage can cost £260,000. 

 

To discover beautiful properties in these locations, search on our homepage at www.fineandcountry.com/uk 


Note: House prices updated June 2018. Intended as a rough guide only. 

31st Jul 2017

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