Totnes Devon England

The most searched-for countryside market towns on Rightmove

Market towns are in the spotlight as buyers look for homes close to the countryside with good schools, a thriving community and high streets that are the heart of the town.

As lockdown restrictions start to ease further, we’re seeing more home-hunters on Rightmove search for small, rural market towns that are bigger than a village, but offer a quieter life than busy city centres.

The appeal of a bustling high street, with not just a great pub and a handy corner store, but a string of independent shops and cafés, and a much-loved restaurant serving good, local produce is hard to ignore. Throw in an artisan bakery, a good fishmonger and a weekend farmer’s market, and you might just have almost everything you need within a stone’s throw of home.

So we have taken a look to find out which countryside market towns are at the top of home-hunters’ wish-lists right now.

Most searched-for countryside market towns

Top spot: Totnes, Devon

Average asking price: £318,924

£335,000: a three-bedroom cottage in Totnes

Totnes is an historic riverside market town in the heart of South Devon that does seem to have it all. So it’s no surprise it is the market town at the top of our list.

Overlooking the picturesque town centre is Totnes Castle, an English Heritage-listed castle dating back to the 14th century. The River Dart flows directly into Totnes, with riverside pubs and wildlife walks a short distance from the high street and hiking trails that lead directly into the surrounding countryside areas of Ashprington and Dartington.

The scenic coastal town of Paignton, with its stretches of sandy beaches, is within a 15-minute drive.

Totnes high street has plenty of independent boutiques, local arts and crafts galleries, organic food shops and weekly outdoor markets.

You can find detached family houses close the town centre, along with terraced homes, character cottage and bungalows. Two-bedroom flats are priced from around £220,000, while four-bedroom family homes sell for about £400,000.

Direct trains to London Paddington take just over three hour and the station is about 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre.

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Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Average asking price: £279,924

£235,000: a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Ashbourne

The market town of Ashbourne sits at the edge of The Peak District National Park. Surrounded by countryside, there are hundreds of walking paths and cycle routes across the hills and the dales.

The cobbled Market Square hosts the traditional outdoor market every Thursday and Saturday, with lots of independent traders, and there is a good choice of shops and pubs around the town.

The average asking price for homes in Ashbourne is just below £280,000. Large Georgian family houses are priced at around £650,0000, but you can find family-sized houses priced below £400,000, while new-build apartments and bungalows are priced below £300,000.

The nearest train station to Ashbourne is 18 miles away in Derby.

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Keswick, Cumbria

Average asking price: £353,063

£312,000: a two-bedroom cottage in Keswick

The market town of Keswick is within the Lake District National Park and is surrounded by hiking trails and peak walks.

Every Thursday and Saturday the town centre market fills up with food stalls, arts and crafts and handcrafted gifts.

Here you’ll find a mix of big Victorian houses, many operating as guest houses, and stone cottages. You can buy a four-bedroom terrace house near the town centre for about £350,000.

The nearest railway station to Keswick is Penrith, which is about 17 miles away.

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READ MORE: Six of the most searched-for villages on Rightmove


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