It’s official, the countryside property market is booming as people turn away from towns and cities in search of the perfect rural hideaway.
Estate agents Knight Frank this week announced the highest number of national market sales in 15 years and the number of registered home buyers last year up 35%.
Driven by this increased demand for country living, The Telegraph has named the country’s most desirable villages in each county.
Speaking of what makes a place highly desirable, Savills analyst Frances Clacy told the paper: “People want villages that have a bit of everything, from schools to beautiful countryside, with access to towns and to transport infrastructure.
“Less clear factors also matter, such as the main road through the village should only lead to other villages.”
So, taking into account the highest house prices, the best lifestyle amenities, connectivity and the appeal of chocolate boxes, here’s which village came out on top in Dorset.
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Dorset’s Most Wanted Village
Average house price: £972,831
What makes it so appealing? A sandy beach and transport links from Poole put this place on a pedestal.
It also offers fine dining options such as the Pig on the Beach Restaurant and includes essential amenities such as the Village Store and Post Office.
With tourists flocking to the Studland Bay area, as well as the nudist beach towards Shell Bay, the location wouldn’t be complete without a decent bed & breakfast for visitors to come home to.
Hampshire’s Most Wanted Village
Just across the BCP border is another much sought after location on the edge of the New Forest National Park…
Average house price: £1,524,287
What makes it so appealing?
With its 16th century main street and artisan shops, it will come as no surprise that Beaulieu has been rated the most chic.
According to Savills’ research, not only does it trump all other villages in Hampshire, but it is the most expensive village in all of England, Wales and Scotland.
In a picturesque setting on the edge of the New Forest and close to Lymington Sailing Centre, this is the ultimate chocolate box destination.