Revealed: 54 most desirable villages to live in in the UK

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The beautiful Bedfordshire village of Studham has just been crowned the UK's 'most desirable' place to live.

According to new research by Savills for The Telegraph, 60% of estate agents reported a rise for rental homes in the most aspirational countryside locations during the pandemic — with 57% saying that demand was coming from those were unable to afford their dream location.

The research is based on house prices in villages around the country, taking into consideration factors like the highest property prices, transport links, best lifestyle amenities, and their 'chocolate box' appeal. Demand for city life might be bustling once again, but there is still a desire to settle down in a thatched cottage away from it all.

As well as Studham, some of the UK's desirable villages also include Rock in Cornwall, Turville, Buckinghamshire, and Cumbria's Hawkshead.

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Photo credit: Michael Charles - Getty Images

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

Take a look at the full list of places below...

54 most desirable villages in the UK:

  1. Studham, Bedfordshire

  2. Sunningdale, Berkshire

  3. Turville, Buckinghamshire

  4. Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire

  5. The Alderleys, Cheshire

  6. Rowen, Clwyd

  7. Rock, Cornwall

  8. Brancepeth, County Durham

  9. Hawkshead, Cumbria

  10. Llanarmon-yn-Iâl, Denbighshire

  11. Edensor, Derbyshire

  12. South Pool, Devon

  13. Studland, Dorset

  14. Gullane, East Lothian

  15. Sutton upon Derwent, East Riding of Yorkshire

  16. Kingston-near-Lewes, East Sussex

  17. Ramsden Bellhouse, Essex

  18. Elie, Fife

  19. Bourton-on-the-hill, Gloucestershire

  20. Haigh, Greater Manchester

  21. Beaulieu, Hampshire

  22. Bosbury, Herefordshire

  23. Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire

  24. Fishbourne, Isle of Wight

  25. Ightham, Kent

  26. Great Eccleston, Lancashire

  27. Newton Linford, Leicestershire

  28. Uffington, Lincolnshire

  29. Hightown, Merseyside

  30. Shirenewton, Monmouthshire

  31. Burnham Market, Norfolk

  32. Kirkby Overblow, North Yorkshire

  33. Church with Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire

  34. Warkworth, Northumberland

  35. Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire

  36. Harpsden, Oxfordshire

  37. Newgale and Roch, Pembrokeshire

  38. Strathtay, Perthshire

  39. Burley, Rutland

  40. Cound, Shropshire

  41. Wellow, Somerset

  42. Cawthorne, South Yorkshire

  43. Shenstone, Staffordshire

  44. Killearn, Stirling and Falkirk

  45. Walberswick, Suffolk

  46. Shackleford, Surrey

  47. Dinnington, Tyne & Wear

  48. Whichford, Warwickshire

  49. Oxwich, West Glamorgan

  50. Barston, West Midlands

  51. The Lurgashall, Lodsworth and Lickfold Triangle, West Sussex

  52. Scarcroft, West Yorkshire

  53. Avebury, Wiltshire

  54. Ombersley, Worcestershire

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