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Stunning Cotswold village was once considered the ‘best place to live’ in the South West

With cozy village vibes and winding chocolate box lanes attracting thousands of visitors and potential homeowners each year, the Cotswolds has a lot to offer.

Many of us would love to wake up every morning in a honey-colored house to the sounds of nature, but where exactly in the Cotswolds is the best place to live?

Well, an AONB village has been declared ‘best place to live in the South West’ by The Times in 2017.

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After reviewing stats on crime rates, weather, schools, sense of community, culture and scenery, Blockley topped the charts above several other beautiful, home-worthy places. in the West Country.

After Cozy Village, Chagford in Devon, Exmoor, Frome and Kingham, another Cotswold village near Stow-on-the-Wold.

But what is it about this Cotswold village that makes it so worthy of its ancient title?

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Blockley is nestled in the north-eastern tip of Gloucestershire and is just three miles north-west of Moreton-in-Marsh.

A larger, unspoilt village, Blockley has plenty to offer holidaymakers and day-trippers, even if it’s just a leisurely stroll away from the hustle and bustle, complete with a pub lunch.

Mill Dene Garden, Blockley

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Blockley was hugely important in the silk industry, with the silk mills using the waters of the stream that runs through the village to create the beautiful material. The silk was then shipped to the ribbon mills in Coventry.

After 1860, this industry declined due to a tax imposed on imported silk, and the silk mill is now a magnificent private home.

Blockley is a quintessential Cotswold village with so much fun to offer lovers of nature and tranquillity, but there’s also plenty of excitement to be had for fans of a popular film and book franchise.

Blockley-based motorcycle and sidecar maker Watsonian Squire has designed seven bespoke three-wheelers for use in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, the penultimate film in the Harry Potter franchise to be released in 2010.

Ben Matthews with the pale blue Royal Enfield motorbike and Watsonian sidecar, from Watsonian Squire to Blockley, who starred in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One
Ben Matthews with the pale blue Royal Enfield motorbike and Watsonian sidecar, from Watsonian Squire to Blockley, who starred in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One

Whether you’re a Harry Potter fanatic or just a motorbike enthusiast, Watsonian Squire is open Monday through Friday to the general public for a read.

On the small screen, Blockley’s fame lies in the use of his church, St Peter and St Paul’s, in the popular television series ‘Father Brown’. It took on the character of the fictional church of “St Mary”, while the parsonage served as the residence of Father Brown.

In terms of village life, The Great Western Arms is a traditional village pub with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

The Great Western Arms at Blockley
The Great Western Arms at Blockley

Located right in the heart of Blockley, the pub welcomes families, hikers and their dogs to enjoy local ales and fresh home-cooked food.

The village is very popular with walkers, as it forms part of the Blockley and Batsford Circular – a walk encompassing just under five miles of wildflowers and nature. It is considered an ‘easy’ route, so it is perfect for anyone who feels like it.

Blockley Cafe is another stop to consider if you plan to stop in for a bite to eat.

This artisanal cafe is open seven days a week and is considered a “hidden gem” with its creative menu, wine list and even a fancy mezzanine.

Where in the Cotswolds do you think deserves the title of ‘best place to live’? Let us know in the comments below.