Last week we discussed idyllic locations to buy property in Dorset, in the South West of the country but this week we are 275 miles north in the county of Lancashire in north west England.
Downham is located a few miles east of Clitheroe and is a beautifully attractive village and is often quoted as the most beautiful village in Lancashire. Downham found its first settlers over 1000 years ago, in around the 8th or 9th century although there is no mention of it in the Domesday book. With a small population of just 214 residents noted during the 2011 census. Stepping into Downham is like stepping back in time, largely untouched by many of the pitfalls of the modern world, from signs to television ariels and is largely unspoilt. A favourite amongst television crews, Downham has been the location for many period drama’s and due to its beautiful scenery, wonderful walks and old world charm, Downham finds itself with an almost constant flow of tourists.
Croston is another beautiful village in the Lancashire countryside, located in west Lancashire, halfway between Chorley and Southport. Croston is noted for having a population of 2917 at the 2011 census and it is well known for being picturesque and has won the north west bloom awards for being picture perfect a number of times. Croston has close ties with Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley, which Croston is twinned with. It is their French associations which causes the village to celebrate Bastille day on the village green. Despite the French vibe Croston is a typically English village with red brick houses, pubs and a charming church.
The village of Hest Bank is located a couple of miles north of Morecambe and lies within the parish of Slyne-with-Hest and provides some of the most stunning views across Morecambe. Hest Bank is a seaside village and a great location for walkers, birdwatchers and cyclists due to the view across Morecambe Bay, and the village still has cobbled streets and exudes and Olde Worlde vibe.
The village of Chipping is located in the Forest of Bowland which is six miles north east of Preston and in the 2011 census recorded Chipping as having a population of 1046. Chipping is located in magnificent countryside with an abundance of beautiful walks, both around the village and around the fells which are located to the northern edge of the village and has notably won a number of best kept village competitions.
Although a wonderfully beautiful county, Lancashire benefits from cheaper property prices than those typically found in the south of the country, so if you are looking for beautiful scenery but at a discounted price you might want to check out some of these wonderful Lancashire villages. A flat or maisonette in the area typically costs around £89,853, while a terraced house will set you back £96,165. A semi-detached property costs in the region of £140,475 and a detached property costs on average £227,914.