The UK’s most beautiful relocation hotspots

Dart River Valley from Sharpham Wine Estate

Discover the UK’s most beautiful relocation hotspots and the long-term health benefits of living in an attractive area.

Why where you live matters

The location is the top priority for most people when buying a house, but not just in terms of beauty. Proximity to jobs and schools and the safety of the neighbourhood are usually the main deciders. However, it’s worth remembering that your surroundings will also impact your health.

Living in an attractive countryside setting means you can enjoy better air quality, especially important for sufferers of respiratory issues like asthma. Furthermore, research shows that connecting with nature improves our mental health, boosting our mood and reducing stress.

Particularly if you’re relocating as part of your retirement and children and your career are no longer a factor, consider prioritising the look of your location. Far from vanity, this could be the secret to a longer and happier life.

Portloe on the Roseland Heritage Coast in Cornwall
Cornwall is a popular place to live in the UK

4 picturesque places to relocate to in 2024

Margate, Kent

According to a recent survey by Hammonds fitted furniture specialists, Margate in Kent is one of the most affordable picturesque places in the UK. Despite its coastal position and sensational sea views, house prices here are 26% lower than the county average.

Margate is known for its broad sandy beach, a family favourite on hot sunny days and an exhilarating option for a winter walk.

Snowshill, Gloucestershire

Looking to escape the capital but keen to remain within striking distance? Snowshill in Gloucestershire is just two hours from London but feels a world away with its old stone cottages covered in roses and the spectacular backdrop of the lush Cotswolds hills.

Fun fact: Snowshill was made famous when it was chosen as the filming location for the Christmas jumper party in Bridget Jones.

Arlington Row, Bibury, Cotswolds
The Cotswolds area is known for its beauty

Kingham, Oxfordshire

Just 30 minutes southeast of Snowshill is Kingham in Oxfordshire, an exceedingly pretty village with a traditional English feel. Cottages are grouped around shared village greens, and the striking church has stood on this spot for almost 1,000 years.

Located in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, here you’re at the heart of the walking capital of England, praised for its stunning panoramas and peaceful atmosphere. It may take some saving to be able to afford a home here though, with houses typically costing 107% more than the country average due to it’s breathtaking scenery.

Whitby, North Yorkshire

In the market for a destination that brings you close to nature without leaving you cut off? Consider Whitby, the crowning jewel of the North York Moors coastline known for its striking Gothic abbey which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The location has been tagged over 1.2million times on Instagram, showing there’s no shortage of beautiful backdrops waiting to be explored.

Beautiful beaches are in abundance and many tranquil trails await, both along the coastline and inland through the national park, and the town itself is lively with plentiful entertainment options. You’re also an easy drive from York, a city rich in heritage and attractions.

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