Garrington Property Finders have released their list of the Best Places to Live 2024 in England and Wales and a village in Berkshire has nabbed first place.

Twyford, a picture-postcard village in Berkshire sandwiched between Bucklebury, the Princess of Wales’s childhood home, and her royal residence in Windsor came in at number one.

A spokesperson for Garrington Property Finders said “Twyford’s pristine, pollution-free air and low crime rate propelled it to 15th place in the wellbeing category.

“While its fast train links to central London via the Elizabeth Line, coupled with the quality of its schools, high broadband speeds and proximity to high-paying jobs lifted it to 30th place in the schools, employment and connectivity category.”

At £767,521 for a typical family home, property prices in the village are well above the national average but they fell by 3% in the 12 months to September 2023 and are competitive by Berkshire standards – propelling Twyford to 26th place in the value for money category.

The top places on the list were hotly contested, with the top 10 locations being closely matched on scores.

After Twyford took the crown, second place fell to St Albans, and Epsom in Surrey took the third position.