54 most desirable villages to live in England including Greater Manchester village and list in full

A lovely Greater Manchester location has been named in the Daily Telegraph and Savills list - here’s what’s good about Haigh.

Haigh near Wigan has been named as one of the most desirable villages to live in England in a new study by the Daily Telegraph and Savills estate agent.

Savills has reported a boom in people keen to rent or buy homes in villages since the Covid pandemic enabled more people to work remotely - and value a bit of green space.

Savills added people valued the overall look of a village, its history, sense of commuity and outdoor green areas when looking to invest.

Average house prices in Haigh are £257,020, making it one of the more affordable villages on the list - below the UK average of £294,000 - and the village was praised for attractions like leafy Haigh Woodland Park, and the historic Haigh Hall and Haigh Windmill.

Frances Clacy, property analyst at Savills, said people want villages that ‘have a bit of everything, from schools to stunning countryside, with accessibility to cities and transport infrastructure.’

Other north west locations to make the list include Great Eccleston in Lancashire.

Exterior of Haigh Hall
Exterior of Haigh Hall
Exterior of Haigh Hall

The most desirable villages in England list in full

Studham, Bedfordshire

Sunningdale, Berkshire

Turville, Buckinghamshire

Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire

The Alderleys, Cheshire

Rowen, Clwyd

Rock, Cornwall

Brancepeth, County Durham

Hawkshead, Cumbria

Haigh parkrun
Haigh parkrun
Haigh parkrun

Llanarmon-yn-Iâl, Denbighshire

Edensor, Derbyshire

South Pool, Devon

Studland, Dorset

Gullane, East Lothian

Sutton upon Derwent, East Riding of Yorkshire

Kingston-near-Lewes, East Sussex

Ramsden Bellhouse, Essex

Elie, Fife

Bourton-on-the-hill, Gloucestershire

Haigh, Greater Manchester

Beaulieu, Hampshire

Bosbury, Herefordshire

Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire

Fishbourne, Isle of Wight

Ightham, Kent

Great Eccleston, Lancashire

Newton Linford, Leicestershire

Uffington, Lincolnshire

Hightown, Merseyside

Shirenewton, Monmouthshire

Burnham Market, Norfolk

Kirkby Overblow, North Yorkshire

Church with Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire

Warkworth, Northumberland

Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire

Harpsden, Oxfordshire

Newgale and Roch, Pembrokeshire

Strathtay, Perthshire

Burley, Rutland

Cound, Shropshire

Wellow, Somerset

Cawthorne, South Yorkshire

Shenstone, Staffordshire

Killearn, Stirling and Falkirk

Walberswick, Suffolk

Shackleford, Surrey

Dinnington, Tyne & Wear

Whichford, Warwickshire

Oxwich, West Glamorgan

Barston, West Midlands

The Lurgashall, Lodsworth and Lickfold Triangle, West Sussex

Scarcroft, West Yorkshire

Avebury, Wiltshire

Ombersley, Worcestershire