Manton is one of ‘Britain’s best places to live’

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A village has made it into a national newspaper’s list of the best places to live.

Manton, in Rutland, is in The Times’ 30 best places to live in the countryside.

The village is located to the southwest of Rutland Water and has a population of about 360.

The pullout, which was published on Tuesday last week, says, “the sweet village of Manton is set in England’s smallest county, with all the charm and limestone cottages of the Cotswolds next door but at half the price. Set in 4,200 acres of open countryside, Rutland Water has trout fishing and sailing”.

Oakham was recently named in The Sunday Times’ annual 101 Best Places To Live in Britain list.

The guides combine data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with the knowledge and expertise of writers at the papers.

Places in the lists were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

The Sunday Times’ home editor Helen Davies said: “The best places guide is dedicated to celebrating Britain’s abundance of great cities, towns and villages.

“We combine in-depth data with first-hand personal experience to produce an authoritative list.

“There are lots of places across Britain that are worth celebrating, and everyone has different priorities, so this year our supplements cover everything from the countryside to inner-cities.”