Merseyside's millionaire village with mega mansions and coastal views

The village was recently named as one of the UK's most desirable places to live.
-Credit: (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

It's easy to see why Caldy is one of the UK's most desirable places to live.

Lined with mega mansions, the Wirral village is one of the region's millionaire playgrounds, home to local celebrities and footballers, with Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush and Rafa Benitez all having lived there over the years. Property experts from across the country recently gave their verdict on the UK's most sought-after villages - and Caldy made the top 30 list.

The village was praised for "offering visitors stunning vistas of the River Dee and Welsh hills." Speaking to Mail+, Wirral estate agent, Liam Gretton said: "Often the area is linked to Premier League footballers and celebrities seeking privacy."

In the vicinity, highly esteemed educational institutions include Calday Grange Grammar School, which James Bond actor Daniel Craig attended as a sixth-form student. We took a look at life in the exclusive Merseyside enclave where properties sold for an average of £939,295 over the last year.

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Caldy is one of the Wirral Peninsula's most affluent villages and is within easy reach of West Kirby and Thurstaston. The area is full of buildings made from local red sandstone, with high walls enclosing huge, sprawling properties.

If you take a walk down Croft Drive, you can access Caldy Beach. Described as a hidden gem by visitors, the secluded beach boasts of white sand and beautiful views across the Dee Estuary.

A railed walkway leads down onto the beach, while those looking to soak up the coastal views can sit on a bench on the clifftop above. The Wirral Way, a walking and cycling path on the track of an old railway line, can be accessed from Caldy.

Beautiful views from Caldy Beach
Beautiful views from Caldy Beach -Credit:Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo

The trail stretches more than 12 miles from West Kirkby to Hooton in Chester and incorporates the Wirral Country Park. The leafy village isn't short of places to soak up the views of North Wales, but a particularly popular beauty spot is the National Trust site, Caldy Hill.

The woodland walk can be accessed along Caldy Road, with car parking available at the Wirral Way. Caldy Hill offers panoramic views over the Dee Estuary to Hilbre Island and beyond on a clear day.

Sandstone was quarried from Caldy Hill to build many local walls and buildings. Dozens of homes are currently on the market in Caldy, with price tags of between £350,000 and £4m.

Rock Mount is a "Hollywood Hills" style home in Caldy
Rock Mount is a "Hollywood Hills" style home in Caldy -Credit:Ingram Premium Listings/Rightmove

One property recently put on the market for £3.5m was this Hollywood Hills style home, nestled on a private road off Thorsway. The six bedroom mansion, Rockmount, is built on a former quarry at the summit of Caldy Hill.

The property recently featured in the new Channel 4 drama, The Gathering. It boasts of a heated outdoor pool and 1.18 acre plot surrounded by over 10 acres of National Trust woodland.

The leafy village is lined with mega mansions
The leafy village is lined with mega mansions -Credit:Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo

According to the Right Move listing, the mansion, built in 2013, was nominated for the RIBA Mansell house of the year. The judging panel said "with elements of America's West Coast mid-century modern homes, it is an original and inspiring new composition that matches the quality of its setting in every way".

Elsewhere, in the prestigious enclave of Kings Drive, is this five bedroom home, known as Hilthorpe. The property is currently on the market for £2.35m and comes with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and four reception rooms.

This five bedroom home on Kings Drive in Caldy is on the market for £2.3m
This five bedroom home on Kings Drive in Caldy is on the market for £2.3m -Credit:Rightmove/Bradshaw Farnham & Lea

The 12m swimming pool is the real star of the show, with its own kitchen, changing rooms, shower and toilet facilities. Surrounded by woodland, the south facing garden has manicured lawns, a greenhouse and its own tennis court. Caldy Golf Club can be found on Links Hey Road, with stunning views of the coast.

A tree lined road in Caldy village
A tree lined road in Caldy village -Credit:Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo

Caldy sits to the south-east of West Kirby, meaning it is within walking distance of the area's shops, pubs and cafes. It was not the only area of Merseyside to be named among the 30 most desirable places to live in the UK.

Hightown was recently crowned the UK's top city in a Which? survey. The coastal village offers shingle beach strolls and boasts one of the UK's top 50 pubs, The Pheasant Inn. Peacocks have even been spotted strutting down the village's high street

You can find out what other areas made the list here.

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