A Wiltshire village has been named as one of the poshest places to live in the UK.

The countryside property market is booming as people turn away from bustling towns and cities in search of the perfect rural retreat.

Estate agents Knight Frank has reported the highest number of sales in the country market for 15 years and the number of home buyers registering last year is up 35%.

Driven by this increased demand for the country life, The Telegraph has named the country’s most desirable villages in each county.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Avebury. Credit: Google MapsAvebury. Credit: Google Maps

Talking about what makes a place highly sought after, analyst at Savills, Frances Clacy, told the newspaper: “People want villages that have a bit of everything, from schools to stunning countryside, with accessibility to cities and transport infrastructure.

“Less well-trumpeted factors count too, such as the main road through the village should only lead to other villages.”

Wiltshire's most desirable village


Average house price: £422,413

What makes it so appealing? Described as a "beautiful village" which is maintained by the National Trust, Avebury is sought after by locals and tourists too.

You will find Avebury just over five miles from Marlborough encircled by a Neolithic stone monument.

The Telegraph says that it is "steeped in magic, myth and paganism", making it a popular tourist spot for visitors to explore the standing stones or walk in the wildflower meadows.

The village also boasts picturesque thatched cottages and Georgian townhouses and is served by a community-owned shop, a pub and a National Trust shop.