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Looking to move? Discover the places voted most desirable to live in Britain

With its rugged landscapes and pretty harbour town of Portree, Skye has topped a list of the most desirable places to live in Britain, according to a new survey.

Nest point lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Nest point lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Image by Getty Images

Woolacombe in Devon was in second place, with the popular Cornish holiday destinations of St Ives, Padstow and Newquay also in the top ten.

A view to the Woolacombe sands, perhaps one of England's finest sandy beaches. Devon.
A view to the Woolacombe sands, perhaps one of England’s finest sandy beaches. Devon. Image by Getty Images

Many of the most desirable places to live have house prices which are relatively cheap, compared with the national average, the study found. Pembroke in Wales was also among the most desirable places to live.

Beach on the Pembrokeshire coast path
Beach on the Pembrokeshire coast path.  Image by Getty Images

Salcombe in Devon,was also among the most desirable places to live. Many of those surveyed dream of setting up home where they can enjoy the views of the Lake District, with Ambleside and Keswick also appearing on the list.

Loughrigg Tarn is a small, natural lake in the Lake District.
Loughrigg Tarn is a small, natural lake in the Lake District. Image by Getty Images

Nowhere in London or the South-East of England – where house prices tend to be higher – appeared in the top ten. Rightmove research manager Abiola Oni said: “people clearly want to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and settle down in some of the most beautiful places around Britain, from as far north as the Isle of Skye to as far south as the glitzy town of Salcombe. It’s interesting that none of the areas are in the highest-priced regions of Britain – London and the South-East – likely because the appeal of some of the big cities is the good job options and transport links rather than moving for the amazing scenery.”

Here are the most desirable places to live in Britain, according to Rightmove, with the average asking price for a home there:

1. Isle of Skye, Scotland, £230,952.
2. Woolacombe, South West, £346,396.
3. Callington, South West, £235,860.
4. St Ives, South West, £366,628.
5. Keswick, North West, £319,628.
6. Pembroke, Wales, £169,969.
7. Padstow, South West, £421,290.
8. Salcombe, South West, £635,083.
9. Ambleside, North West, £431,669.
10. Newquay, South West, £246,976.

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