It’s official, the countryside property market is booming as people turn away from towns and cities in search of the perfect rural bolthole.

Estate agents Knight Frank this week reported the highest number of sales in the country market for 15 years and the number of home buyers registering last year up 35 per cent.

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

Isle of Wight County Press: People are heading out of towns and cities in search of country life. Picture: CanvaPeople are heading out of towns and cities in search of country life. Picture: Canva

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.”

So, taking into account the highest house prices, best lifestyle amenities, connectivity and chocolate-box appeal, here’s which village came out on top on the Isle of Wight.

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Isle of Wight’s most desirable village


Average house price: £509,356

What makes it so appealing? Offering picturesque scenery, Fishbourne gained popularity when tourists flocked to the village during the pandemic.

A sailing enthusiasts paradise, the pretty village offered those looking for a coastal retreat a location that was easy to escape to.

Located by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club on the banks of the Wootton Creek, the car ferry offers easy access to the mainland, convincing many of those visitors to put down roots and make a home there.