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Whether renting a home or buying, many are in search of a more rural location to settle. In fact, 60 percent of estate agents working for Savills across the country reported a rise in demand for rental homes in the most desirable countryside areas during the pandemic. With demand for housing high and property stock low, 57 percent said the demand was coming from those who couldn’t buy a home exactly where they wanted.

New research by Savills, exclusive to The Telegraph, has unveiled the most desirable villages in each ceremonial country.

The research has been based on house prices, lifestyle amenities as well as transport links.

But why are countryside villages in such high demand?

Frances Clay, analyst at Savills, commented: “People want villages that have a bit of everything, from schools to stunning countryside, with accessibility to cities and transport infrastructure.

“Less-well trumpeted factors count too, such as the main road through the village should only lead to other villages.”

With an average house price of £700,494, Studham in Bedfordshire made the list.

Savills named the village as one of the best places to live in a lockdown.

Located in the Chiltern Hills, the village is surrounded by areas to hike and walk.

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There are also two pubs, dating back to 1502, as well as a good primary school.

In Berkshire, Sunningdale made the list as the most desirable village, best known for its golf courses.

Those who want to move to the area can expect to pay an average of £1,101,285 for a home.

In Devon, South Pool is a great location for those wanting to live near to the coast while Rock in Cornwall was named as another desirable village.

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With Gordon Ramsay a current resident in the area, there are only a few homes on the market.

Rock has an average property price of £1,080,534.

Ightham in Kent, which is close to Sevenoaks, is home to traditional listed cottages as well as detached modern houses.

Close to the Chart Farm produce shop and a Waitrose supermarket, properties in the area sell for an average of £836,260.

In the north of the UK, Haigh in Greater Manchester made it onto the list.

Home to Haigh Woodland Park, residents can enjoy miles of woodland trails and gardens.

Close to Wigan town centre, the area had the only remaining windmill in Greater Manchester, which was built in 1845 and restored in 2011.

The average house price currently stands at £257,020.

In North Yorkshire, Kirkby Overblow has big family homes, good pubs and is located close to other villages.

According to Ed Stoyle of Savills, the average property price of £698,656, is dragged up by the big family homes available.

He said: “It has all the things that define a village, such as good pubs. It has a school and a quiet road that just leads to more villages.”

Cumbria is home to stunning villages, including Hawkshead, where buyers can expect to pay around £460,001 for a home.

Although not the most expensive in the country, it is home to traditional inns and restaurants and has plenty of life.

Full list of most desired villages:

Bedfordshire: Studham (average property price £700,494)

Berkshire: Sunningdale (average property price £1,101,285)

Buckinghamshire: Turville (average property price £1,463,240)

Cambridgeshire: Hemingford Abbots (average property price £829,437)

Cheshire: The Alderleys (average property price £1,268,175)

Clwyd: Rowen (average property price £363,214)

Cornwall: Rock (average property price £1,080,534)

County Durham: Brancepeth (average property price £390,238)

Cumbria: Hawkshead (average property price £460,001)

Denbighshire: Llanarmon-yn-Iâl (average property price £290,118)

Derbyshire: Edensor (average property price £670,644)

Devon: South Pool (average property price £999,000)

Dorset: Studland (average property price £972,831)

East Lothian: Gullane (average property price £356,615)

East Riding of Yorkshire: Sutton upon Derwent (average property price £409,071)

East Sussex: Kingston-near-Lewes (average property price £782,339)

Essex: Ramadan Bellhouse (average property price £1,017,722)

Fife: Elie (average property price £349,951)

Gloucestershire: Bourton-on-the-hill (average property price £799,348)

Greater Manchester: Haigh (average property price £257,020)

Hampshire: Beaulieu (average property price £1,524,287)

Herefordshire: Bosbury (average property price £452,954)

Hertfordshire: Little Gaddesden (average property price £1,333,501)

Isle of Wight: Fishbourne (average property price £509,356)

Kent: Ightham (average property price £836,260)

Lancashire: Great Eccleston (average property price £430,630)

Leicestershire: Newton Linford (average property price £692,157)

Lincolnshire: Uffington (average property price £467,548)

Merseysire: Hightwon (average property price £299,304)

Monmouthshire: Shirenewton (average property price £474,775)

Norfolk: Burnham Market (average property price £826,770)

North Yorkshire: Kirkby Overblow (average property price £698,656)

Northamptonshire: Church with Chapel Brampton (average property price £681,450)

Northumberland: Warkworth (average property price £289,459)

Nottinghamshire: Colston Bassett (average property price £786,955)

Oxfordshire: Harpsden (average property price £1,307,182)

Pembrokeshire: Newgale and Roch (average property price £219,555)

Perthshire: Strathtay (average property price £287,476)

Ruthland: Burley (average property price £737,762)

Shropshire: Cound (average property price £454,587)

Somerset: Wellow (average property price £954,993)

South Yorkshire: Cawthorne (average property price £512,288)

Staffordshire: Shenstone (average property price £575,613)

Stirling and Falkirk: Killearn (average property price £315,927)

Suffolk: Walberswick (average property price £832,131)

Surrey: Shackleford (average property price £1,161,183)

Tyne & Wear: Dinnington (average property price £210,671)

Warwickshire: Whichford (average property price £901,115)

West Glamorgan: Oxwich (average property price £309,519)

West Midlands: Barston (average property price £571,202)

West Sussex: The Lurgashall, Lodsworth and Lickfold Triangle (average property price £1,055,250)

West Yorkshire: Scarcroft (average property price £630,325)

Wiltshire: Avebury (average property price £422,413)

Worcestershire: Ombersley (average property price £435,943)

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