Here’s our gift to you: a list of the Top Ten British Villages guaranteed to give you that warm feeling!
An historic fishing village which sits pretty as a pearl along the East Neuk of Fife, this little village is only a short drive from St Andrews and is a former royal burgh. This little community is a pleasure to visit and looks as if it has grown from out of the coast itself.
2. Castle Combe, England
Known as the prettiest village in England — an official title, actually — it is not hard to work out why. It comes with an array of fine stone buildings and quaint little houses which you take a leisurely stroll across the low historic bridges to reach.
3. Polperro, England
Part of South East Cornwall, Polperro carries with it an air of grace and sea spray and all the charms that the big city Cornwall offers. Azure waves crash languidly against rocks that protect the houses and hills from the fierce currents that lay beyond.
4. Beddelelert, Wales
Beddelelert comes with all the comforts of a small village community, complete with acres and a dainty post office, but it is the beating heart of Snowdonia, too! After a fine afternoon tea of scones and cream tea, why not take the opportunity to explore one of Britain’s finest landmarks?
7. Crovie, Scotland
This can barely be called a village for it is home only to a single row of houses, yet despite this, the people are friendly and the views unforgettable, so why not take a chance on this wild Scottish flower?
6. St Davids, Wales
A weekend away in the Pembrokeshire hills, surrounded by rolling green fields and sandy beaches, who wouldn’t want this on their dream destination list?
The capital of the Isle of Mull, it was once also the capital of the BBC children’s programme, Balamory. Famous for its 1 stunning coastline houses every colour of the rainbow it’s not difficult to fall in love with such a beautiful Scottish town. These residents would love for you to come and support their local businesses and your camera would love to see the sunrise over the pomade.
8. Cushendun, Northern Ireland
Cushendun lies cushy on a carpet of elevated beaches close to Bally Castle, constructed in 1912 by Clough William Ellis, all to please his Penzance-born wife. True romance blossoming into perfect fruition!
9. Castleton, England
Birthed onto the Western Edge of the Hope Valley, this stunning little town is a special treat during the snowy months. Climb to the peak of Mam Tor and view this sprawling village in all its splendour!
10. Luss, Scotland
Luss lies within the vicinity of Loch Lomond but unlike other stony and hilly Lochs, this is one that could easily trick you into thinking you woke on the shore of the Bahamas — if the temperature were a little more forgiving that is!
By Heather Lukins