Wadhurst, Sussex, has been named as the ‘best place to live’ despite less thank 5,000 people living in the tiny town.
Judges named the ‘best of Britain’ locations across the UK, praising the Sussex town for stocking “pretty much everything needed for modern life in miniature”, as the smallest winner in the award’s 11-year history.
The market town has “good schools, convenient transport connections, an amazingly well stocked high street and stunning scenery” – as well as a historic castle which makes for a fun day out, The Sunday Times revealed.
The town, which is home to less than 5,000 people, has no shortage of activities available for children, with the farmers’ market, clubs, classes and the community cinema, and proudly hosts the ‘Wadhurst Warriors’, a group of dads who fundraise for the whole village.
Wadhurst has also been called home by celebs, too. TV host Davina McCall lived in the Sussex town up until 2019, when she owned a six-bed mansion which went on to sell for £6.25million.
Rock icon Jeff Becker currently lives in the town – and Jack Sparrow actor Johnny Depp is said to have stayed at the property.
Wadhurst has crept higher up in the list than Poundbury village, in Dorchester, planned by King Charles, critics said that its affordable homes, renewable energy and walkability “suggest it was ahead of its time”.
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A spokesperson for Halifax said: “We know that the housing market can sometimes feel daunting…but looking at these fantastic locations is a great start, with options for different budgets and family situations, alongside an exciting blend of urban and rural living.”
Big cities, such as Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle are back on the list, suggesting that the countryside towns that topped the charts during covid have reached their peak – and the convenience and culture of big cities are back in fashion.
Previous winners of the Best Places to Live in Britain are: West Yorkshire (2022), Gloucestershire (2021) and Altrincham, Cheshire (2020)
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