Britain’s most expensive villages revealed by estate agents Savills

The most expensive villages in each county of Britain have been revealed, with some areas seeing average house prices reaching more than £1million.

These spots contain the priciest average property prices during the past five years, according to exclusive data from estate agents Savills.   

As transactions tend to be lower in these locations, it removed any areas where there were fewer than 20 sales during this period.

By doing this, it showed the villages where there is a better chance of homes becoming available to buy – something that will be welcome news to those seeking the quiet life with more space in a rural location. 

Does your local village feature? Scroll to the bottom for the full list. 

Pictured: The map shows the top 10 most expensive villages in different counties

This four-bed house in Itchenor, Chichester, is for sale for £1.65m via House estate agents

This four-bed house in Itchenor, Chichester, is for sale for £1.65m via House estate agents 

While the data covers the five years up to the end of last year and does not cover the coronavirus pandemic, Savills insisted that the data was more relevant than ever as people seek to move to the countryside due to the lockdown.

The estate agent also argued that the figures are over a long period and there have been a low number of transactions, meaning average prices in these areas will not have changed much despite the pandemic.

The village with the most expensive average house prices that fulfilled the data’s criteria was West Itchenor in Chichester, West Sussex.

Savills said the average house price in the village – with its research based on Land Registry sales figures – is £1,336,763. 

It means a home there is nearly five times more expensive than the average value of a home in Britain, which currently stands at £286,126, according to property website Zoopla.

West Itchenor in Chichester, West Sussex, is the village with the most expensive average house prices

West Itchenor in Chichester, West Sussex, is the village with the most expensive average house prices

Nine out of 10 of the most expensive villages identified by Savills have an average house price of more than £1million.

These include the village of Beaulieu, in the New Forest, in Hampshire, which is ranked second and has an average house price of £1,179,408.

It is followed in third place by Shackleford, in Guildford, Surrey, where average values stand at £1,166,236.

Pictured: The village of Beaulieu, in the New Forest, Hampshire, has the second highest average village house prices in the country

Pictured: The village of Beaulieu, in the New Forest, Hampshire, has the second highest average village house prices in the country

Pictured: The Post Office in Shackleford, in Guildford, Surrey - one of the most expensive villages in Britain

Pictured: The Post Office in Shackleford, in Guildford, Surrey – one of the most expensive villages in Britain

The top 10 locations also include Pishill with Stonor in Oxfordshire, Mottram St. Andrew in Cheshire and Fulmer in Buckinghamshire.

Ramsden Bellhouse in Essex is the only village in the top 10 without a seven-figure average house price.

The village is in the borough of Basildon and has an average house price of £955,376.

This four-bed house in Bayford, Hertfordshire, is for sale for £1,195,000 via Thomas Childs & Co estate agents

This four-bed house in Bayford, Hertfordshire, is for sale for £1,195,000 via Thomas Childs & Co estate agents

Savills highlighted how, until recently, living in expensive urban areas has been more desirable than living in expensive rural locations.

Some of these exclusive villages will have a some second homeowners, along with some full-time residents, it said.

But Savills pointed out that the tide is turning due to the virus, with people switching the location of their main home.

It said second homeowners who tended to have their main home in London are now using that as a pied-a-terre, with people wanting their main residence to be in the countryside.

This five-bed house in Greatford, Lincolnshire, is for sale for £1,350,000 via estate agents Savills

This five-bed house in Greatford, Lincolnshire, is for sale for £1,350,000 via estate agents Savills

Savills said the data revealed the villages that have a reputation as ‘best-in-class’, with people often upgrading within them leading to intense competition for new properties on the market.

It suggested that a village’s reputation often stems from its accessibility while being away from main roads, the quality of its housing stock and people clustering around that area due to its reputation.

It added that the three things to look out for when selecting a village to move to include the quality of the village school, pubs and parish shops, and housing stock.

This five-bed house in Witchampton, Dorset, has a guide price of £995,000 and is now under offer via estate agents Savills

This five-bed house in Witchampton, Dorset, has a guide price of £995,000 and is now under offer via estate agents Savills

Lindsay Cuthill, head of the country house team at Savills, said: ‘Villages have always had a special place in the national psyche, epitomising an age-old sense of community. 

‘Offering rural charm without being remote, as well as the bonus of relative value for money and greater space compared to more urban areas, villages are an appealing prospect.

‘We expect well-connected locations, that allow those who can to split their time between working from home and going into the office, will prove to be especially popular. 

‘It will be fascinating to see how many lockdown dreams of a lifestyle change become reality in more normal times.’

County-by-county guide to most expensive villages
Parish / Village LA Cermonial County Average Price
Studham Central Bedfordshire Bedfordshire 706,400
Aspley Guise Central Bedfordshire Bedfordshire 547,284
Aspley Heath Central Bedfordshire Bedfordshire 545,074
Bisham Windsor and Maidenhead Berkshire 1,060,095
Sonning Wokingham Berkshire 890,577
Streatley West Berkshire Berkshire 887,451
Fulmer South Bucks Buckinghamshire 1,086,617
Hambleden Wycombe Buckinghamshire 1,062,333
Medmenham Wycombe Buckinghamshire 1,010,000
Wothorpe Peterborough Cambridgeshire 791,619
Hemingford Abbots Huntingdonshire Cambridgeshire 706,606
Little Shelford South Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire 685,462
Mottram St. Andrew Cheshire East Cheshire 1,125,946
Mere (icnluding Bucklow Hill and Hoo Green) Cheshire East Cheshire 989,180
Nether Alderley Cheshire East Cheshire 881,652
Henryd Conwy Clwyd 379,376
Hanmer Wrexham Clwyd 322,547
Rossett Wrexham Clwyd 301,933
St. Minver Lowlands (Rock, Treberthick, Polzeath) Cornwall Cornwall 916,041
St. Just-in-Roseland and St Mawes Cornwall Cornwall 749,219
Mawgan-in-Pydar Cornwall Cornwall 627,928
Elwick Hartlepool County Durham 363,562
Hilton Stockton-on-Tees County Durham 353,578
Brancepeth County Durham County Durham 351,143
Cartmel Fell South Lakeland Cumbria 884,413
Hawkshead South Lakeland Cumbria 491,106
Crosthwaite and Lyth South Lakeland Cumbria 453,341
Quarndon Amber Valley Derbyshire 617,866
Hazelwood Amber Valley Derbyshire 552,138
Curbar Derbyshire Dales Derbyshire 538,057
Thurlestone South Hams Devon 646,144
Bigbury South Hams Devon 623,556
Dittisham South Hams Devon 612,750
Studland Dorset Dorset 889,609
Witchampton Dorset Dorset 707,259
Holt Dorset Dorset 661,266
Llanarthney Carmarthenshire Dyfed 298,672
Brawdy Pembrokeshire Dyfed 295,948
Pencaer Pembrokeshire Dyfed 288,826
Etton East Riding of Yorkshire East Riding of Yorkshire 402,298
Catton East Riding of Yorkshire East Riding of Yorkshire 396,761
Lund East Riding of Yorkshire East Riding of Yorkshire 367,888
Fletching Wealden East Sussex 732,586
Kingston near Lewes Lewes East Sussex 723,540
Long Man (Wilmington, Milton Street and Folkington) Wealden East Sussex 686,552
Ramsden Bellhouse Basildon Essex 955,376
Stock Chelmsford Essex 853,940
Woodham Walter Maldon Essex 836,655
Ampney Crucis Cotswold Gloucestershire 926,482
Shipton (and Shipton Oliffe) Cotswold Gloucestershire 702,300
Chedworth Cotswold Gloucestershire 694,977
Haigh Wigan Greater Manchester 282,900
Carrington Trafford Greater Manchester 196,061
Llanvaches Newport Gwent 503,269
Llanarth Monmouthshire Gwent 449,305
Llangattock-Vibon-Avel (Llangattock, Skenfrith, Rockfield & Newcastle) Monmouthshire Gwent 447,098
Llanengan (Abersoch, Llangian, Mynytho & Llanengan) Gwynedd Gwynedd 393,361
Llanfaelog (Llanfaelog, Rhosneigr, Bryn Du, Tye Cores & Pencarnisiog) Isle of Anglesey Gwynedd 293,905
Llanddona Isle of Anglesey Gwynedd 291,783
Beaulieu New Forest Hampshire 1,179,408
Itchen Valley (Itchen Abbas, Avington, Easton & Martyr Worthy) Winchester Hampshire 972,898
Mattingley Hart Hampshire 901,528
Woolhope Herefordshire, County of Herefordshire 483,833
Colwall Herefordshire, County of Herefordshire 409,083
Bosbury Herefordshire, County of Herefordshire 400,735
Bayford East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire 1,023,633
Little Berkhamsted East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire 937,151
Flaunden Dacorum Hertfordshire 858,386
Fishbourne Isle of Wight Isle of Wight 479,108
Shalfleet Isle of Wight Isle of Wight 358,341
Gurnard Isle of Wight Isle of Wight 345,624
Shipbourne Tonbridge and Malling Kent 846,098
Bidborough Tunbridge Wells Kent 819,850
Penshurst Sevenoaks Kent 773,403
Wiswell Ribble Valley Lancashire 689,205
Dalton West Lancashire Lancashire 596,678
Pleasington Blackburn with Darwen Lancashire 421,113
Newtown Linford Charnwood Leicestershire 661,678
Cadeby Hinckley and Bosworth Leicestershire 555,725
Tugby and Keythorpe Harborough Leicestershire 518,435
Greatford South Kesteven Lincolnshire 559,384
Uffington South Kesteven Lincolnshire 470,152
Barnoldby le Beck North East Lincolnshire Lincolnshire 441,806
Ince Blundell Sefton Merseyside 274,129
Hightown Sefton Merseyside 273,376
Sefton Sefton Merseyside 234,047
Coychurch Lower (Coychurch) Bridgend Mid Glamorgan 241,052
Coychurch Higher (Heol-y-Cyw) Bridgend Mid Glamorgan 205,593
Llwydcoed Rhondda Cynon Taf Mid Glamorgan 183,080
Burnham Overy King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Norfolk 748,219
Burnham Market King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Norfolk 607,314
Brancaster King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Norfolk 603,925
Kirkby Overblow Harrogate North Yorkshire 676,882
Follifoot Harrogate North Yorkshire 587,672
North Rigton Harrogate North Yorkshire 557,901
Whittlebury South Northamptonshire Northamptonshire 578,319
Church Brampton & Chapel Brampton Daventry Northamptonshire 547,506
Great Brington & Little Brington Daventry Northamptonshire 525,147
Whalton Northumberland Northumberland 454,601
Matfen Northumberland Northumberland 445,997
Thirston (East & West Thriston and Eshott) Northumberland Northumberland 439,985
Normanton on the Wolds Rushcliffe Nottinghamshire 634,896
Caythorpe Newark and Sherwood Nottinghamshire 570,560
Halam Newark and Sherwood Nottinghamshire 531,219
Pishill with Stonor South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire 1,155,818
Shiplake (inl Shiplake Cross and Lower Shiplake) South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire 1,140,880
Harpsden South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire 1,133,944
Llanigon Powys Powys 334,164
Felin-fach Powys Powys 303,586
Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine Powys Powys 294,874
Lyddington Rutland Rutland 576,274
Barrowden Rutland Rutland 495,858
Empingham Rutland Rutland 488,736
Montford Shropshire Shropshire 440,561
Leighton and Eaton Constantine Shropshire Shropshire 431,024
Astley Abbotts Shropshire Shropshire 419,402
Abbots Leigh North Somerset Somerset 924,566
Wellow Bath and North East Somerset Somerset 832,048
Barrow Gurney North Somerset Somerset 733,656
Welsh St. Donats Vale of Glamorgan South Glamorgan 498,855
Llancarfan Vale of Glamorgan South Glamorgan 493,165
Peterston-super-Ely Vale of Glamorgan South Glamorgan 456,074
Wortley Barnsley South Yorkshire 407,114
Thorpe Salvin Rotherham South Yorkshire 402,258
Cawthorne Barnsley South Yorkshire 402,101
Hanbury East Staffordshire Staffordshire 519,524
Wall Lichfield Staffordshire 461,504
King’s Bromley Lichfield Staffordshire 459,295
Walberswick East Suffolk Suffolk 661,182
Drinkstone Mid Suffolk Suffolk 659,885
Kersey Babergh Suffolk 624,457
Shackleford Guildford Surrey 1,166,236
Woldingham Tandridge Surrey 1,003,305
Thursley Waverley Surrey 960,057
Dinnington Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear 206,683
Woolsington Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear 187,755
Burdon Sunderland Tyne and Wear 187,650
Ullenhall Stratford-on-Avon Warwickshire 705,879
Whichford Stratford-on-Avon Warwickshire 703,033
Beausale, Haseley, Honiley and Wroxall Warwick Warwickshire 695,871
Ilston Swansea West Glamorgan 479,630
Reynoldston Swansea West Glamorgan 400,196
Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton Swansea West Glamorgan 352,677
Barston Solihull West Midlands (county) 531,351
Chadwick End Solihull West Midlands (county) 481,440
Tidbury Green Solihull West Midlands (county) 478,005
West Itchenor Chichester West Sussex 1,336,763
Kingston (East Kington, West Kingston & Kingston Gorse) Arun West Sussex 1,049,374
Lodsworth Chichester West Sussex 958,612
Scarcroft Leeds West Yorkshire 577,965
Collingham Leeds West Yorkshire 546,609
Arthington Leeds West Yorkshire 509,415
Shalbourne Wiltshire Wiltshire 819,271
Grafton (East Grafton & Wilton) Wiltshire Wiltshire 648,128
Woodborough Wiltshire Wiltshire 640,021
Broome Wyre Forest Worcestershire 648,192
Bentley Pauncefoot (Upper Bentley, Lower Bentley, Banks Green) Bromsgrove Worcestershire 643,521
Kemerton Wychavon Worcestershire 641,266

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