9 Villages So Pretty They Should Be on a Christmas Card
If you have time to hop across the pond, be sure to check out these incredible villages that are breathtakingly beautiful, especially during the winter months.
1 HELMSLEY, YORKSHIRE
Not only does this market town look beautiful but it also plays host to an annual Christmas tree festival where all trees are sourced locally. On top of that, it holds a festive fun day to ensure that everyone feels the Christmas cheer.
2 ALFRISTON, EAST SUSSEX
This idyllic village lies in the valley of the River Cuckmere and is home to the Cathedral of the South Downs. Here, you'll enjoy a slower pace of life.
3 HAWORTH, YORKSHIRE
Home to the Bronte sisters and no doubt a heavy influence in English literature, Haworth in North Yorkshire is a charming village amongst the rolling Yorkshire moors. A long, steep cobbled street lined with old-fashioned curiosity shop types makes for picture-perfect winter scenes.
4 LUSTLEIGH, DEVON
Lustleigh is a small village situated in the Wrey Valley, Dartmoor National Park. Here you will find thatched cottages and frosty forest walks.
5 EAST LINTON, EAST LOTHIAN
This undiscovered gem is populated with historic mills dating back to as early as 1200. Here, the fountain in the Village Centre provides the perfect setting for a winter wonderland but, if you fancy a little more hustle and bustle, Edinburgh is only a short journey away.
6 MALPAS, CHESHIRE
Malpas is a picturesque village deep in the south Cheshire countryside; which still retains its Norman motte and bailey castle, as well as a medieval street pattern. If the views alone aren't enough, there is local shopping and cosy rural pubs aplenty.
7 BRAEMAR, CAIRNGORMS
The village of Braemar in Royal Deeside is at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and acts as the eastern gateway to the Cairngorm Mountains. Braemar is surrounded by spectacular highland scenery and has welcomed travelers and visitors, from cattle drovers to Kings, throughout its long and colorful history.
8 UPPER AND LOWER SLAUGHTER, COTSWOLDS
These twinned villages, linked by a dainty river, derive their names from "wet" or "mud" but, despite this, provide for the most eye-wateringly beautiful streets. Lower Slaughter is home to the most romantic street in Britain, Copse Road, according to a Google street view poll.
9 GODALMING, SURREY
With cobbled streets lined by historic buildings, it's no wonder this was one of the filming locations for Christmas film The Holiday. Godalming lies in arguably the finest countryside of Southern England and is sure to captivate those who visit.