Here is a list of 10 picturesque British villages you should move to right now.
1. Hay-on-Wye, Wales
Its unique position on the border between England and Wales makes Hay ideal for visitors to explore and enjoy the beautiful border country. There’s truly no better village in the world to run away to than the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye. It’s one of the most atmospheric places for book lovers that ever existed. It’s a pretty good foodie spot, too.
2. Looe, England
As the memories of summer start to fade, why not take a short break in Cornwall? This Cornwall coastal town offers a charming beach and stellar views from its hilltop, not to mention Looe is home to the largest fishing fleet in Cornwall, so fresh and delicious seafood is all but guaranteed. Looe dosen’t close up for the winter, there are plenty of events on and they welcome in the festive period in early December with a whole weekend of Santa-tastic activities, including this year a beer and cider festival.
3. Pittenweem, Scotland
Pittenweem is now the most active of the fishing ports in the East Neuk coast of Fife. Fishing boats jostle for position in its busy harbour and this is a lively vibrant place at any time of day. To add to the atmosphere, visitors can watch the fish market conducted in the sheds on the harbour each morning. The busy harbour village offers local foodie treats, arts, and historical buildings dating back to the 16th century.
4. Bibury, England
Bibury was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as “the most beautiful village in England”. Nestled on the River Coln in the picturesque Cotswolds, this fairy-tale village is easily reached from the more connected Cirencester.
5. Finchingfield, England
The area is mainly rural and has been inhabited since records began. The quaint and sleepy town was once a common stop on the horse-drawn coach route from London to Norwich, and is still a popular spot for weary travellers to take a relaxing break. It was also the home of beloved children’s author Dodie Smith.
6. Bourton-on-the-Water, England
Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton on the Water has a unique appeal to visitors and residents alike, there is plenty to see and do with a wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms, or simply for you to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges throughout.
7. Plockton, Scotland
This National Trust site tucked along the edge of the Scottish Highlands makes for a perfect seaside retreat. The village is particularly notable for its wildlife: A mild climate allows cabbage palms to prosper, and Highland cows can be regularly spotted in the village. Duncraig Castle is just a quick trip across the bay, and don’t miss the chance to enjoy fresh seafood and a seaside view at the Plockton Shores restaurant.
8. Tenby, Wales
Tenby is a delightful little harbour town and seaside resort, and it would be difficult to find a setting more picturesque. Many of the hotels in Tenby overlook some of Pembrokeshire’s beautiful beaches and the town itself is home to many restaurants, shops, cafes and pubs all linked by cobbled streets. Tenby’s sloping streets offer the perfect vantage points for ocean views, while the village’s array of art galleries and local shops make for great local shopping.
9. Abbotsbury, England
Dating back to the Iron Age, the countryside village of Abbotsbury is surrounded by beautiful and timeless ruins. Today, the village is known for its local arts scene, featuring galleries and studios throughout the town. The magic of Abbotsbury is intrinsic with her ability to excite the imagination of every one of her visitors whatever their age, nationality or interest might be, for above all else, Abbotsbury is a village flourishing in all seasons.
10. Blockley, England
Blockley bears some resemblance to the villages of the Stroud valley but the stone much more golden in colour. Blockley is now a very peaceful charming village with its mill stream winding its way through the bottom of the valley. With many very enjoyable walks leading from the village and surrounded by beautiful countryside, Blockley has much to offer the holidaymaker. Its attractive village green overlooks the popular Bowling Green and beautiful Norman Church and is a pleasant place to enjoy a picnic on sunny days.