Three places in Warwickshire feature in this year's Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide in the Midlands

As well as a number of other factors, judges looked into the community spirit shown during the pandemic

Ilmington was selected as one of the best places to live by the Sunday Times judges.
Ilmington was selected as one of the best places to live by the Sunday Times judges.

Three places in Warwickshire have featured in this year's Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide in the Midlands.

The list is regarded by many as an important guide as judges assess a wide range of factors, from schools, air quality, transport and broadband speeds to culture, green spaces and the health of the high street.

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They look for improving towns, villages or city centres, for attractive, well designed homes and locations bursting with community spirit - which the pandemic has shown to be the most vital quality of all.

Sadly, Rugby did not feature in the 2021 guide but the Warwickshire was represented by Ilmington, Earlsdon and Stratford-upon-Avon.

The overall winner for the Midlands is Stamford in Lincolnshire.

Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times property editor said: “This guide has never been so important. The pandemic has taught us just how much we rely on our homes, our communities and our surroundings. With working from home now common, it’s no surprise that many of us are reassessing our priorities and thinking hard about where we really want to live.

“Our focus for this year has been community, countryside and convenience. It hasn’t been a year for big cities or small villages. Instead it is small towns that have shone: big enough to have everything you need within walking distance and small enough for everyone to feel connected."

A detailed breakdown of house prices has been supplied by data specialists TwentyCi and information on internet speeds has been supplied by


The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021: The Midlands

· Winner: Stamford, Lincolnshire

The others (in alphabetical order)

· Birmingham: Bournville and Stirchley

· Church Stretton, Shropshire

· Earlsdon, Warwickshire

· Edale, Derbyshire

· Ilmington, Warwickshire

· Rutland

· Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain covers the following regions: North and Northeast, Midlands, Northern Ireland, Southeast, Wales, Southwest, East, London, Scotland and the Northwest.

Stroud in Gloucestershire was named as the Best Place to Live in Britain.