Tuesday 28 March 2017


Blockley named in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live

The Cotswold village of Blockley has thrown the spotlight on Gloucestershire after being named in The Sunday Time Best Places to Live 2017.

Whether you’re looking to relocate within Gloucestershire or fancy moving to the county, property hunters should be casting their search in Blockely after the Cotswold village was featured in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live round up.

The peaceful village, which is surrounded by picturesque countryside, was one of 15 south west locations selected in the round up of the best spots to live in the UK, along with the Oxfordshire village of Kingham.

The annual supplement examines a number of criteria, including jobs, culture, community spirit, exam results, broadband speed, local shops, and property prices, along with statistics on crime and education, and expert knowledge from The Sunday Times judging panel.

Commenting on The Sunday Times Best Places to Live, home editor Helen Davies said: ‘This is the fifth year we have compiled the list, and this year’s is even bigger and better – the guide is more personal, more detailed and more comprehensive than ever before.

The list weighs up everything from considering the likely impact of the local plan, to whether the post office is still open, the range of housing, and the quality of the coffee.’

Countrywide plc, the UK’s leading residential estate agency and property services group, provided the average property prices to sale and rent to build up an overall picture for all types of people, from first time renters to those buying their forever homes.

Johnny Morris, research and analytics director at Countrywide plc, said: ‘Using extensive data from across our businesses, along with official statistics, we have been able to paint a detailed picture, not just of how much it costs to buy or rent in different places across the country, but what it is like to live there too.

Although not named in this year’s south west round up, Cheltenham featured in The Sunday Times Best Places Top 20 Perennials, which celebrates places that have appeared in almost every list over the past five years – cementing the spa town’s position as a top place to call home.

© SoGlos
Friday 17 March 2017

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