We’ve all had a chance to reassess our priorities this year.
Whether it’s a major rethink about our long-term ambitions, or just a yearning to be around some more green space, plenty of us are eyeing up a move to reflect this new normal.
It seems unlikely that many of us will ever go back to the office five days a week – if there’s an office at all – so city-centre living doesn’t have the same appeal that it did this time last year.
However, that throws up some more problems.
A life in the country might seem tempting with the doom and gloom, until you’re trying to connect to Zoom calls, get public transport to meet friends or find the right school for your children.
To help, the Telegraph and estate agents Savills have compiled a list of the 40 best villages to live in for right now.
The new priorities relied on good public transport links for the occasional meeting, good local pubs and shops, quality schools, and access to super fast broadband.
Unsurprisingly, a number of Hertfordshire villages made the list.
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They are all within the Chilterns, with the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty winning over the judges, and just one of the villages in the East of England category fell outside our borders (just) in Studham.
Potten End is almost halfway between Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted, with a population of around 1,340.
Despite the village being given high praise, locals have been fierce in their defence of their surrounding green belt so it won’t be growing any time soon.
There is everything that you’d want in a quaint country village, right down to the village green and pond for those summer evenings.
The average house price is a cool £844,844, so out-of-reach for most of us but that’s the price of being somewhere so exclusive.
Aldbury has popped up on several lists that we’ve covered before, and for good reason.
It had previously been named as one of the best villages in Britain by the Sunday Times, and it also apparently has its own mountain (the 2,407th tallest in England).
The village has been deemed a Conservation Area in order to protect its character and heritage, which dates right back until the Norman Conquest.
The average price here is the lowest on the list at £739,090.
With an average house price of £1,274,314, most of us will have to make do with adding Little Gaddesden to our walking route.
However, the experts at Savills and The Telegraph believes it comes out as one of the best places in the country to live in for those escaping the city.
Similarly close to the Ashridge Estate, there’s plenty to explore or closer to home there are over 25 different clubs and societies – so you can definitely make yourself part of this community.
Closer to Rickmansworth and Chorleywood than Berkhamsted and Tring this time, but Sarratt is another Chilterns village that makes the list.
There are 30 miles of footpaths to explore as you walk towards the Chess Valley riverbed, which can make you wonder why you ever wanted to live in the city in the first place.
As well as the main stretch around the green, there are still the hamlets surrounding it that are just as appealing to those wanting to escape the city.
The average house price here is £844,896.
Do you agree with the experts’ picks, or is your village a better option? Let us know in the comments!