The best place to live in the UK? Possibly.

Shipston-on-Stour has been declared one of the best places to live on more than one occasion, and to experience this quaint, historic market town is to firmly concur in its authenticity, community spirit and bountiful qualities that make it both old-school charming and contemporary in its hosting of amenities.

If tradition take your fancy, you’ll be tickled pink by the offering of cottage hospital, butchers, fishmongers and customary peppering of pubs, of this former working wool town. For a dose of daily modern life, contemporary independent businesses are right their on your doorstep. Head to Portobello Farm, the lifestyle emporium, for a perusal of the coolest pieces for design savvy folk. Antiques, vintage and pre-loved pieces are to be discovered there. The George Townhouse and the Bower House are modern gastro pubs to satiate that appetite, morning, noon and night. Further out you’ll find the Royal Oak at Whatcote and The Fuzzy Duck (careful how you say it) at Armscote to whet the whistle.

A town with personality and charm

Fancy a walk along the River Stour? it’s all yours to enjoy. But, should meandering further afield spark your imagination, head over to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon for the majesty of Shakespeare’s home digs, step into the grounds of Warwick Castle, or bimble around Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh.

National Trust gems like Upton House are also close by to really seal the deal on this stunning little market town.

Moreton-in-Marsh 8 miles (mainline to London Paddington from 90 minutes) Stratford-upon-Avon 12 miles • Banbury 14 miles (mainline to London Marylebone from 54 minutes) Oxford 31 miles • Birmingham 47 miles • London 95 miles • M40 (J11) 15 miles (all distances and times are approximate)

Primary and secondary schools in Shipston-on-Stour and Chipping Campden, grammar schools for boys and girls in Stratford-upon-Avon, independent schools include Tudor Hall, Bloxham, Kitebrook, Kingham Hill and The Croft whilst further afield are Cheltenham, Rugby, Warwick and Beaudesert Park.

  • Closest village/town: Stratford-upon-Avon just 9 miles away
  • Post Office: 1
  • Stores: A charming assortment of independent shops, cafés, home stores and hairdressers
  • Supermarket: Two Co-ops and a Tesco Extra for everything you could need
  • Pubs: The George Townhouse or The Lazy Pug are our favourite spots
  • Walks: Endless rambling opportunities right on the doorstep