Loved both by residents and weekenders – not to mention movie location scouts – there’s something enduring about the appeal of a traditional village.
Eagerness to buy in or near a well-appointed village remains an important trend in the prime country house market. Though properties with land in much more rural locations are still in demand, we often hear buyers say that their lives are so busy, working harder and longer while juggling children’s commitments, that they just want their out-of-town move to be easy. That’s where a good village comes into its own.
Young families moving from the capital to the countryside are used to having amenities on their doorstep and friendly faces nearby, so village toddler groups, primary schools and book clubs are a major draw. Meanwhile, buyers in search of a weekend retreat can arrive on a Friday evening, walk to the pub, pop out for a pint of milk in the morning and feel part of a community too. That same sense of community is also a strong pull for those buyers downsizing from larger farms and estates.
Here’s a selection of the best village houses currently on the market.