Leamington Spa tops a regional reader poll of best places to live in Coventry and Warwickshire - The Leamington Observer

Leamington Spa tops a regional reader poll of best places to live in Coventry and Warwickshire

LEAMINGTON Spa has topped a reader poll of eight potential areas in Coventry and Warwickshire as the best place to live during a year of lockdowns, according to a lifestyle site.

With lockdown creating a huge desire to relocate in search of a more fulfilling life balance, award-winning Muddy Stilettos, the acclaimed ‘urban guide to the countryside’, asked its readers across 25 counties to choose the best places to live outside London choosing from its Top 200 Best Places to Live guide.

The top 8 most popular towns, villages and suburbs in Coventry and Warwickshire were:

  1. Leamington Spa
  2. Henley-in-Arden
  3. Warwick
  4. Kenilworth
  5. Shipston-on-Stour
  6. Dunchurch
  7. Gibbet Hill/Earlsdon, Coventry
  8. Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon

From market towns to villages, hamlets to commuter favourites, each of the 200 locations were independently picked by the editorial team and then more than 21,000 readers went on to vote.




Leamington Spa was voted as the most popular place to live with its bustling cosmopolitan community, plenty of great schools on the doorstep, plus the commute into London, Coventry, Oxford and Birmingham is easy. Victorian painted stucco villas, Regency houses, period terraces and riverside parks avenues means it boasts an average house price of £328,769.

Hero Brown, the founder and editor-in-chief of Muddy Stilettos said: “When people move out of London they are searching for more than just a house, they want to find a new lifestyle that works for them. This exclusive reader vote will give them a fresh perspective to  make their search easier.  It’s hard to be confident on whether a location is the right place for you, but we’ve built our reputation on having first-hand knowledge on the coolest place to go and things to do in the countryside.  This reader vote now gives a truly independent view on living during a year of Lockdowns in many towns and village with popular postcodes, schools, restaurants and more.”


Voting took place between January 19 – February 12 2021, and voters got one vote each, decisions were based on their own knowledge of best postcodes, shopping, schools, restaurants and bars, plus the commuting journeys for those needing to travel into London and major conurbations.

Both national and county results reveal some surprising facts.  Not driven just by size of population, the vote revealed the strength of passion for each town or village’s sense of community, quality of local facilities, and immediate surroundings.

For full results in Coventry and Warwickshire, go to Muddy Stiletto’s Best Places to Live website.

Muddy Stilettos is one of the UK’s top women’s lifestyle websites and local guides for women outside London looking to make the most of their and their families’ time.

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