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10 Properties in Britain’s Best Towns to Live in

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10 Properties in Britain’s Best Towns to Live in

Check out these properties in the most desirable areas within the UK


This week C&TH have found the best properties currently on the market in the UK’s most sought after locations, from the country to the town we have something for everyone in this week’s round up…

1. Keynsham Lodge, Cheltenham

keynsham lodge

Famous for its magnificent municipal gardens and elegant Regency and Victorian architecture — a legacy of its heyday as an ultra-fashionable spa town — Cheltenham Spa hosts a clutch of highly regarded annual festivals embracing classical, jazz and folk music, literature, film, comedy and science, making it the perfect town to live in with young children or to start up a family outside of London. This superb 5-bedroom detached Grade II villa hosts bags of space with large rooms with high ceilings and two separate lower ground floor apartments. This house is perfect for potential owners looking for another source of income through rental/ B&B services. Available through Savills for £1.25m

2. 17 Park Place, Cheltenham

17 park place

Typical of Cheltenham’s architecture and wealth of heritage this house is a handsome semi-detached double fronted town house. The property has flexible accommodation and is currently arranged as 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 Reception rooms, gym and study, as well as private parking and a lovely garden. Inside you can find an abundance of period features, including some beautiful decorative mouldings, deep skirtings, working shutters and unusual window detailing. Situated between fashionable Montpellier and The Park, this house is close to all Cheltenham’s desirable amenities. Available through Knight Frank for £1.5m

3. Wick Lane, Bath

wick lane bath

Bath is a picturesque World Heritage Site offering residents impressive Georgian crescents as well as countless other Georgian terraces, architecture and museums. It is also home to 200-year-old Theatre Royal and Recreation Ground for watching the esteemed Bath Rugby. This wonderful 8-bedroom Grade II listed house is set just outside of the city and offers excellent family accommodation over its 3 floors. The house benefits from an indoor pool and approximately 2.4 acres providing the perfect haven for your little ones to indulge in. Available through Christies Residential Sales and Strutt & Parker for £2.7m

4. Johnstone Street, Bath

15 Johnston Street

This beautifully presented 4-bedroom maisonette benefits from its own private entrance on the lower floor of Pitt House, a classic Grade I listed Bath townhouse. The dual aspect of this property, with two pairs of windows at each end of the rooms looking out onto your own private courtyards, creates a light and airy principal living space. The maisonette can be found in the very centre of the town on the corner of Great Pulteney street which hosts a beautiful Georgian fountain and has been featured in many period dramas. Although the central location of this flat might put people off, the city was recently voted as the second safest place to live in the UK. Available through Hamptons for £1.2m

5. Brook Cottage, Bath

brook cottage

Set just 6 miles from Bath this delightful mid-17th century, 5-bedroom, Grade II listed detached farmhouse is set in beautiful grounds in a secluded position in the valley of St. Catherine. Surrounded by endless countryside and untouched woodlands, this is the perfect country retreat. The generous kitchen/dining room is the main hub of the house with a welcoming open fire, perfect for snuggling up to on those cold winter evenings. Being so close to Bath, Brook Cottage is within perfect driving distance of all of its amenities and fantastic local primary and secondary schools. Available through Knight Frank for £1.7m

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6. Yule House, Oakham

yule house

Oakham is a peaceful historic market town packed full of character, ideal for those who thrive off the simple pleasures in life. With quaint little streets full of antique shops, local pubs and undemanding hills, this small town is idyllic. Oakham sits next to Rutland Water, one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe – a weekend playground for sailing, kayaking, fishing, wildlife-watching, walking or cycling. Located centrally, Yule house is a gorgeous 6-bedroom Grade II Listed townhouse, with a date stone indicating 1700. This house is every bit as quirky as its setting, and the property is surrounded by a walled garden which also encloses the property’s barn annexe. Available through Strutt & Parker for £1.3m 

7. Underwood, Henley-on-Thames

Underwood Henley on Thames

This famous riverside market town is best known for its regatta, but Henley has also become notable for the number and range of charity events it hosts. This charity rich community has led to Henley being voted one of Britain’s friendliest places to live. Lying just less than a mile from the town centre, this 4-bedroom family home is a striking new build which has been designed to emphasise the stunning position and views over the Thames. Spread over three floors, the accommodation is well laid out and offers all the comforts of modern and contemporary living, including a luxury home cinema. Available through Knight Frank for £3.5m 

Read the C&TH Guide to Henley-on-Thames to find out more about this delightful town.

8. Springfield Court, Rye

springfield court

This beautiful mansion can be found in the historic and picturesque town of Rye, which retains many of its historic buildings and offers a wide range of individual shops and restaurants combined with modern shopping and leisure facilities including golf, tennis and sailing clubs. Surrounded by exceptional countryside and fine beaches this town has it all. Originally constructed in the 19th Century, this 8-bedroom property has elaborate Italian architectural influences making it truly unique. The property retains all of its period charm including ornate moulded cornicing, plasterwork ceilings and original paint colours throughout. The library has the original wooden shelving from No 11 Downing Street, a feature which really makes this property stand out from the crowd. Available through Sotheby’s International Realty for £2.9m

9. Stocking Toft, Balsham

west wickham

Close to Cambridge city centre, Balsham is a rural village lying south east of the city. The River Cam provides unique opportunities to view the city’s beautiful architecture as well as its world-famous university by boat. Stocking Toft is a one-of-a-kind contemporary 6-bedroom property which was built to make the most of the natural light, achieved by the designer through the creation of free-flowing versatile living space with large glazed doors leading to the terraces from all communal living spaces and bedrooms. The views from the house, gardens and south-facing terraces are unsurpassed and stretch far over the neighbouring fields and farmland.  In addition to the main house is a delightful detached annexe which offers the perfect guest accommodation. Available through Christie’s Real Estate for £2.25m

10. St Johns Hill, Shrewsbury

St John's Hill Shrewsbury S&P

Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire situated on the River Severn, with its own castle, quirky bars and eateries, as well as countryside views across Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is often featured in The Sunday Times’ Best Places To Live In Britain list. This quintessential 6-bedroom Georgian townhouse has plenty of spacious accommodation set over five floors, beautifully presented with numerous period features including sash windows, cornicing, original fireplaces and a stunning Georgian staircase, which is flooded with natural light from the domed roof light on the top floor. The house is set in a beautiful walled garden with a large lawn and patio area and is located on a handsome street lined with beautiful Georgian townhouses, which is peaceful despite its proximity to the city. The property is just a short distance from the Quarry Park which is home to a number of events throughout the year including the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show. Available through Strutt & Parker for £899,950

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