One town in the Cotswolds has been named the best place in the UK to live in, beating the likes of York, Primrose Hill and Bristol among a whole range of others
The UK is full of picturesque spots to live and can be a little slice of heaven on Earth for a lucky few residents.
However one town in the Cotswolds has been named the best place to live in the UK for 2021, a prestigious title for those who call it home.
The famous town — Stroud — owes its top spot on the podium to its setting in the famously pretty Five Valleys.
It is also the birthplace of environment defenders Extinction Rebellion, something that is obvious in the town’s organic cafes and amazing air quality.
The Sunday Times named the town in its annual review of the best British hotspots, claiming it made the top spot because of the quality of life, proximity to other places of interest, historical aspects and the food, among other factors.
The beautiful Cotswold town of Stroud is the ‘best place to live in the UK’ according to the Sunday Times.
Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bristol are all relatively nearby and direct trains to London Paddington take less than 30 minutes.
Renters in the Gloucestershire town have an average rent price of £700 every month, while house prices in the town start at around £195,000 for a starter home and peak at roughly £500,000.
The Sunday Times described a typical weekend morning: “Families queued at stalls selling doughnuts, the smell of Thai food filled the air and a lone woman strode past carrying a large piece of cardboard bearing the words “stop racism”. In every direction beautiful wooded hills appeared through gaps between buildings.”
Lucky locals also enjoy great food, with a wide variety of Michelin guide restaurants, independent shops and pubs
The full list of the 78 best places in the UK to live in is below.
It includes mid-market house prices with a really wide range. West Yorkshire market town Todmorden has the lowest mid-market price of £120,000, while the village of Hambleden Valley in Buckinghamshire is top of the range with houses costing £1.2 million.
The full list is below:
Arnside and Silverdale
Isle of Eigg
Isle of Wight
Llandeilo and the Tywi valley
The Shotley Peninsula
Tisbury and the Nadder Valley