The annual survey carried out by The Sunday Times recently revealed that Herts, Bucks and Oxfordshire boasted three locations in the Top Ten places to live in the Southeast (congratulations to Salisbury for being crowed overall winner in the UK).
Coming in top spot for the Southeast is: Berkhamsted. The judging panel said: ‘A canal, a castle and cool shops make Berko the model of a modern country commuter town.’ and we would agree! This historic town is full of character and boasts a fabulous High Street which is the heart of the town. There are excellent housing options available for families who are keen to enjoy all the town has to offer as well being on the doorstep of the countryside. With journey times of just 33 minutes into London Euston it is a popular choice for commuters. The town is situated in a valley with a wide High Street lined with many Grade II listed buildings. There are excellent schooling options and the town is well known for the private co-educational Berkhamsted School.
Coming in Third place is Brill. Yes it is brill! The experts say: ‘Escape the daily grind in a village that truly lives up to its name, with cricket, good schools and great pubs.’ It’s very picturesque with 250-year-old cottages with roses around the door, one of the oldest windmills in the country, and a beautiful expanse of common. The village has seen an influx of new residents from London given its journey time of 90 minutes by car.
And in seventh place is Hambleden Valley. Experts say: ‘All rose-covered cottages and cosy inns, this bucolic haven is like Midsomer without the murders’. Hambleden is a small village and civil parish within Wycombe district in the south of Buckinghamshire, England. It is about 4 miles west of Marlow, and about 3 miles north east of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.