Britain's top 30 villages revealed - and Leicestershire makes the list

-Credit: (Image: Leicester Mercury / Chris Gordon)
-Credit: (Image: Leicester Mercury / Chris Gordon)


Village life is a key part to British culture, whether its the traditional thatched roofs or even hedge-lined country road. It's a uniquely British thing - and Leicestershire has its share of pretty places to be.

According to the Mirror, the draw of village life is so strong for mant that it's no surprise more and more Brits are wanting to experience it for themselves. Steve Anderson, national franchise director at Yopa estate agents, said: "Who wouldn't be drawn to these village locations with their stunning green spaces, lower crime rates, excellent schools, cosy pubs and unique homes full of character?"

Now, in a new list compiled by the Daily Mail, Britain's most desirable villages have been compiled. It makes good reading for some in Leicestershire too.

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The list has been put together by property experts nationwide who have looked at finding the country's most sought-after villages. It's a wide-ranging list which covers all parts of the UK.

For those in Leicestershire's Newtown Linford, they have reason to celebrate after making the list too. On the list, it is described as a "true millionaire's paradise", with many choosing to reside behind the gates of extravagant mansions. Local amenities include a private members club and easy access to Bradgate Park. There's also a rare police box. Rightmove reports that the majority of sales in the past year were detached properties, fetching an average price of £1,975,600.

The full list is as follows:

  • Roundhay, West Yorkshire

  • Dirleton, East Lothian

  • Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

  • Scarcroft, West Yorkshire

  • Newtown Linford, Leicestershire

  • Alderley Edge, Cheshire

  • Haigh, Greater Manchester

  • Bishopthorpe, North Yorkshire

  • Abersoch, Gwynedd

  • Solva, Pembrokeshire

  • Shalbourne, Wiltshire

  • Beaulieu, Hampshire

  • Elie, Fife

  • Warkworth, Northumberland

  • Brancepeth, County Durham

  • Ombersley, Worcestershire

  • Virginia Water, Surrey

  • Hightown, Merseyside

  • Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

  • Sunningdale, Berkshire

  • Kingham, Oxfordshire

  • Biddestone, Wiltshire

  • Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire

  • Beckington, Somerset

  • Caldy, Merseyside

  • Llandough, Vale of Glamorgan

  • West Kilbride, North Ayrshire

  • Barrington, Cambridgeshire

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