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10 Properties in Britain’s Best Towns to Live in

Properties nestled within the UK's most desirable areas...

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The UK has 69 towns in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. This week, take your pick from our round-up of the best properties on the market right now in some of the UK’s most desired towns and cities…

1. Bathwick Hill, Bath

This stunning Grade II-listed Regency villa commands some impressive views of the city centre, over National Trust farmland. As pretty on the inside as its outside suggests, the property contains some wonderful period features, particularly in the drawing room and magnificent reception hall, with high ceilings and elegant proportions throughout. The lovely grounds are a particular draw: the gardens burst forth with lush greenery, wisteria and magnolia trees. Bath city centre, a cultural hotspot with a multitude of shopping and entertainment attractions, as well as excellent schooling and transport links, lies only a mile away by foot. Available through Strutt & Parker for £3.85m

2. Badgemore Grange, Henley-on-Thames


Henley-on-Thames is a picturesque, bustling market town in Oxfordshire, annually hosting the famous Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Music & Arts festival. Situated in a secluded location within mature woodland, yet only a mile from the town’s centre, this grand 19th century house combines the best of country and town living. The interior is classically proportioned, featuring bay windows, herringbone flooring, fine fireplaces and a lovely orangery, while the huge grounds include impressive tree-lined avenues, multiple flowering gardens and topiary. Available through Savills for £5.25m

3. Christchurch Road, Cheltenham

An ideal, spacious family home in a sought-after Montpellier area of Cheltenham, this four-bedroom period property also features a roof terrace, offering 360-degree views over the surrounding rolling hills. A charming Regency-era town, Cheltenham has previously topped the charts for best places in the UK to raise a family and remains one of the best areas in the country for schooling, with the highly-regarded Cheltenham Ladies College and Dean Close school moments away. Cultural attractions abound, as the town’s annual festivals include the ever-popular Literature Festival as well as events revolving jazz, science and music. Available through Knight Frank for £1.1m

4. Peninsula Square, Winchester

In an elevated position on Winchester’s prestigious Peninsula Square, the split-level garden of this modern, light-filled townhouse offers prime views of Winchester Cathedral’s gothic façade and the South Downs beyond. Stylish and fully remodelled to include a wonderful open-plan kitchen and living space, the property is just a stone’s throw from the historic streets, cathedral sites and museums of central Winchester. Keen walkers will enjoy the routes stretching across the water meadows of St. Cross, the banks of the river Itchen and breathtaking views from St. Catherine’s Hill. Available through Savills for £1,495,000

Read the CTH Guide to Henley-on-Thames

5. Yellands Farm, Chagford, Newton Abbot

Don’t let the quaint outside fool you – Yellands Farm is far from a tumbling farmhouse, having been fully updated for all the comforts of modern living. The property’s ample living space still retains much of its character charm, including exposed wood ceiling beams, granite fireplaces, and stone walls, while glass double doors open onto far-reaching views across the unspoiled beauty of Dartmoor National Park. The town of Chagford, only a mile and a half away, has a welcoming community with a thriving social and arts scene. Local amenities include galleries, independent boutiques and a wide range of sporting facilities. Available through Strutt & Parker for £1.2m

6. Gillygate House, York

This fully-refurbished Grade-II listed townhouse is a unique opportunity to own a slice of history in one of the country’s oldest and most culturally significant cities – the spacious, mature gardens are actually bound by ancient city walls. In a prime position, the fine six-bedroom home comes with original period features throughout, including a grand central staircase and stunning ceiling friezes. The famous, imposing Gothic towers of York Minster provide the house with a dramatic backdrop. Near the historic quarter, Gillygate House is moments away from York’s well-preserved medieval streets, theatres, and museums. Available through Carter Jonas for £1,825,000

7. Beechwood House, Lewes

Set over 30 acres of orchards and gardens at foot of the South Downs, Beechwood House is just a short drive away from Lewes, a historic market town renowned for its traditional Bonfire Night celebrations and the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Lewes is well-connected to both London and nearby Brighton, with a number of excellent schools within the vicinity. The seven-bedroom house itself is stylish and bathed in natural light; at the rear, wisteria-fronted French doors and the upstairs balcony open onto the gently rolling hills of the downs, ideal for riding and country walks. Available through Hamptons. Price on application

8. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Fully restored, this double-fronted Victorian townhouse is an opportunity for stylish, semi-country living in Bury St Edmunds. Ideal for entertaining, the house boasts a stunning, contemporary integrated kitchen and dining room, with double French doors opening out onto the terrace and garden perfect for al-fresco summer evenings. A charming, architecturally diverse town with a burgeoning foodie scene, Bury is surrounded by beautiful Suffolk countryside, also offering good transport links to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge. Available through Jackson-Stops for £895,000

9. North Pallant, Chichester

Elegant and well-proportioned, this 18th century, Grade II-listed townhouse lies at the heart of Chichester’s sought-after Pallants, within the historic city walls. Though fully modernised to include a stylish kitchen/breakfast room, wine store and quadruple garage, the house retains a plethora of period features, such as solid wood parquet in the sweeping entrance hall. Enjoy a diverse range of independent shops and restaurants in Chichester’s city centre, while those looking for a cultural programme can head to the renowned Festival Theatre and Pallant House Gallery, home to arguably the world’s finest collection of 20th century British art. Available through Strutt & Parker for £2.5m

10. Boraston House, Edinburgh

Country and town living is gloriously combined at this exceptional, seven-bedroom Edwardian home, set over two acres of woodland and sweeping lawns. Secluded at the edge of the popular Ravelston Golf Course, Boraston House is also within close reach of Edinburgh’s historic city centre, buzzing with arts events including the iconic Fringe festival. Bright and spacious, each of the mansion’s 22 rooms offers wonderful open views, also retaining period features such as ornamental ceilings and the ornate, oak-panelled dining room. Edinburgh’s fascinating museums, royal residencies and fine dining restaurants are also not to be missed. Available through Rettie & Co, offers over £3,750,000